Mount Holyoke, Smith College joint police chief on leave after twitter activity

Hampshire County

Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges have placed their joint chief of police on administrative leave after students protested his Twitter activity.

Students at both colleges were outraged to discover conservative tweets the chief had liked on Twitter.

Over the past few weeks, students have voiced a lack of trust in Chief Daniel Hect after students discovered he “liked” tweets from the NRA and President Donald Trump.

Mount Holyoke’s President Sonya Stephens came to the decision to place the chief on leave following concerns about Hect’s ability, “to develop the level of trust required to engage in community policing.”

Mount Holyoke is working closing with Smith College on this issue, and Stephens said they will continue to keep their campus community informed.

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