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Psych firm that screens Baltimore cops investigated for cutting corners in evaluations

FILE - This May 1, 2015, file photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department shows Lt. Brian Rice, one of the police officers charged with felonies in the death of Freddie Gray. The psychological firm paid to evaluate Baltimore police, including Rice, Psychology Consultants Associated, has been reprimanded by the state police for cutting corners in its mental health screenings of officers. Rice, who was hospitalized in 2012, was charged with manslaughter in Gray's death. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File)

FILE - This May 1, 2015, file photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department shows Lt. Brian Rice, one of the police officers charged with felonies in the death of Freddie Gray. The psychological firm paid to evaluate Baltimore police, including Rice, Psychology Consultants Associated, has been reprimanded by the state police for cutting corners in its mental health screenings of officers. Rice, who was hospitalized in 2012, was charged with manslaughter in Gray's death. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A psychological firm paid to evaluate troubled Baltimore police, including a lieutenant charged in Freddie Gray's killing, is under investigation by the city and has been put on probation by the state police for cutting corners in its mental health screenings of officers.

The Maryland State Police took action against Psychology Consultants Associated in June after finding it was completing evaluations of officers' mental stability in 15 minutes instead of the required 45 minutes, according to government documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The city is also investigating the firm.

The firm also works for the Baltimore police to assess the mental health of officers who showed psychological distress. That should have included Lt. Brian Rice, who was hospitalized in 2012. Rice was charged with manslaughter in Grays' death.