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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 11 January 2008 11:11

MLBBaseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that Major League Baseball has established a new Department of Investigations, which will have primary responsibility for conducting all investigations into violations of Major League Baseball’s rules and policies, including investigations related to the use, possession or distribution of performance-enhancing substances by Major League or Minor League players, and other threats to the integrity of the game.

The Department will function independently of the MLB Clubs and will have broad authority to conduct investigations. In addition, the Office of the Commissioner will form an information hotline, which will be operated by the Department of Investigations. The hotline will be available to Club employees regarding potential violations of MLB’s rules and policies, including the use, possession or distribution by players or employees of prohibited substances, any conduct in violation of Major League Rule 21 (i.e., betting on baseball), or any other conduct that concerns the integrity of the game.

“The Department of Investigations will have critically important responsibilities in protecting the integrity of our sport,” Commissioner Selig said. “Major League Baseball will continue to act on all of Senator Mitchell’s recommendations as part of our continued efforts to prevent the illegal use of performance-enhancing substances.”

The Department of Investigations will begin operations immediately and be headed by Dan Mullin, who has been named Vice President and will report directly to Major League Baseball President and Chief Operating Officer Bob DuPuy, just as recommended in the Mitchell Report. Mullin, who currently holds the position of Senior Director of Security Operations for Major League Baseball, served 23 years with the New York City Police Department, retiring as a deputy chief with responsibility for over 3,000 officers. Mullin's varied experience includes supervision and operational oversight for more than 3500 narcotics investigators and oversight of the Joint Drug Enforcement Task Force. He also is a member of the Department of Homeland Security Critical Infrastructure working group and provides anti-terrorism training for the State Department.

In addition to Mullin, George Hanna, who currently holds the position of Director, Security Investigation at Major League Baseball, has been named Senior Director of Investigations, and will work closely with Dan on all the Department’s initiatives. Prior to joining the Office of the Commissioner, George had a long and distinguished career with the FBI, working for the agency for 30 years and heading numerous significant investigations and receiving several awards. Both Dan’s and George’s extensive experience with and contacts in the law enforcement community will be instrumental in allowing the new Department to achieve its objectives.

"The Department of Investigations will be led by two former law enforcement officials who combine to bring more than 53 years of law enforcement experience at the federal and local level,” said DuPuy, President and Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball. “Under the leadership and direction of Dan and George, Major League Baseball will promptly and aggressively respond to allegations of illegal use or possession of performance enhancing substances, whether those allegations arise from internal reports of suspected use or from outside sources.”

The creations of the Department of Investigations and the information hotline were among the recommendations made by former Senator George J. Mitchell in his report on the illegal use of steroids and other performance-enhancing substances by players in Major League Baseball. Mitchell noted in the report that “the ability to investigate vigorously allegations of performance enhancing substance violations is an essential part of any meaningful drug prevention program."
On Monday, Major League Baseball announced that it had unilaterally implemented five measures regarding clubhouse security and other logistical matters. With this announcement, MLB has implemented virtually all of Senator Mitchell's recommendations that do not require consent of or consultation with the MLB Players Association.

Other duties of the Department of Investigations will include interacting with law enforcement authorities, administering training for players and Club personnel, and establishing policies that ensure the integrity and independence of its investigations.

The Office of the Commissioner also will adopt a policy requiring that all information received by Club or Commissioner’s Office personnel regarding possible performance-enhancing substance use – separate from drug testing procedures – must be reported immediately and directly to the head of the Department of Investigations. This policy will be distributed to all Club personnel and will be posted in each Major League clubhouse. All Club baseball operations employees will be required to certify in writing that they have no undisclosed, actual knowledge of the use, possession or distribution of a prohibited substance by a player or other Club employee. These certifications will be submitted to the Department of Investigations annually.

Source: Press Release - Major League Baseball 


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