H-NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

May 24, 2012 10:21 AM by Associated Press

Police Chief defends having officers help his son find phone

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - The police chief of the California college town of Berkeley is defending using 10 officers - some on overtime - to search for his teenage son's stolen iPhone.

Police Chief Michael Meehan told the Oakland Tribune (http://bit.ly/Lcal4Z ) on Wednesday no preferential treatment was given when the officers, including three detectives and a sergeant, searched for the phone, which was taken from a school locker in January.

Meehan says field supervisors decide how many officers to put on a case and he's confident the search was properly handled.

The police chief also came under scrutiny in March after ordering an officer to a reporter's home to ask for changes to an online story about a community meeting criticizing the alleged slow police response to an elderly man's beating death. Meehan apologized.

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