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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission has reprimanded public safety workers, saying police officers and firefighters acted improperly by using what appeared to be official vehicles and insignias in pro-slots campaign ads.

The commission says the workers didn’t break any laws but that the activity before the vote on a casino at Arundel Mills mall violated the spirit of the ethics law.

In a report issued after the election, the commission pointed out ads in which police officers were identified using their ranks.

The panel also noted the appearance of apparently uniformed firefighters in photos on the pro-slots campaign’s website, although the commission acknowledged that official insignias were “blurred or hidden.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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