Medford officers say that 20 of the town’s law enforcement officials have been suspended with out pay, and 7 extra have been reprimanded, after an investigation into violations of the division’s element coverage.
“I’m dismayed and disappointed with the actions of some members of the Medford Police Department,” Medford Mayor Stephanie Burke stated in an announcement Thursday.
The disciplinary motion comes after the town launched an investigation in June into alleged violations of the element coverage final 12 months at a building challenge in Medford. The metropolis’s police chief, Jack Buckley, informed reporters Thursday that numerous officers have been paid greater than they have been owed, in line with CBS Boston. Some officers reportedly accepted extra funds, which totaled $17,000, of as much as $2,000.
Officials say the officers shall be required to pay again the cash by Oct. 4.
@medfordpolice Chief and Mayor say public belief shall be earned. Suspended officers won’t be fired for accepting overpayment for element work on the Cradock Bridge challenge in @medfordsquare. DA just isn’t concerned in timesheet controversy presently .#wcvb pic.twitter.com/SYrz5mGDrO
— Rhondella Richardson (@wcvbrhondella) September 26, 2019
The metropolis employed an out of doors investigator, retired state trooper Paul L’Italien, to conduct the probe, which was accomplished in August. According to the town, L’Italien acquired the “full cooperation” of the 45 officers investigated, who “largely” answered his questions “candidly and without reservation.”
Fifteen of the 45 officers investigated have been absolutely exonerated and “findings could not be sustained” for 3 others, officers stated.
In addition to the 20 suspensions — which different in size — and 7 letters of reprimand, the entire officers implicated within the investigation shall be prohibited from taking part in particulars for unspecified quantities of time.
“While I am disappointed in the findings of the investigation, I have faith in the women and men of the Medford Police Department and believe that the discipline imposed is appropriate to correct behavior,” Buckley stated in an announcement.
“The officers of the Medford Police Department, involved in this matter, are decent women and men who have historically served this City with distinction,” the police chief continued. “They are contrite. There is no question in my mind that each and every officer involved has served this City well and will continue to do so.”
Burke and Buckley each voiced confidence that the division may transfer ahead and that the Medford group may place belief in its police power.
“I am committed to building trust between this department and the community,” Buckley stated. “The investigation should be viewed in that light.”