Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Another FPD officer resigns among allegations of harrassing woman

In what can only be another black mark on our FPD, an officer is allowed to resign and work somewhere else as a cop. What makes this story even worse than it is, is the fact that it started in 2012, and continued in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Clearly this was ignored by command staff. Many questions still need answers, like how many cops are on detail pay inside companies. Is this really what we pay them to do? It seems like a cushy job making over 6 figures in doing so.

Asked whether the episode could damage the police department's reputation, Trask said members of the public should have confidence the allegations against Calvao were fully investigated.

"I think we received a complaint, and we investigated it fully, and we came to the resolution that we came to," he said. "I don't think that anyone in the community should be worried about the integrity of the police department or our officers not doing their job diligently."

Assistant Chief Trask needs a reality check. The integrity of FPD has been in questions for years now. This episode is just another in a long list of serious allegations that have been largely ignored by the Town. I wonder if the harassed employees at TJX will sue the Town now. And with the officer's departure, is it fair to any other community to hire a know harasser of women. If he did it once, he will continue to do so without penalty. Once again, the union has failed to protect the community from a bad cop, instead, protects the offender.



At January 24, 2017 at 2:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Chief Ferguson back yet? If not, anyone know why? Sure does sound like he has been asleep at the wheel in allowing this to go on for so long.

At January 24, 2017 at 6:35 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

I haven't heard if Ken was back yet.
According to the paper, Chief Carl was in charge when this first happened. And he met with TJX and had the cop not return. So that's still an unanswered question.. how did the cop get back in there and why? I'm sure Ken is all over this and has done everything he could to get this resolved. But there's so much we don't know but hopefully the paper will continue to follow this story. I will be asking in committee or on the floor on TM, how many companies have inside details cops? How are detail shifts handed out?

At January 25, 2017 at 3:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be interested to see if you can get answers to those questions. Something tells me you won't, but good for you to try.

At January 26, 2017 at 4:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you see today's news? An officer indicted for stealing $20 grand. What a bunch of fine upstanding officers we have here in Framingham!

At January 26, 2017 at 5:56 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

What's odd is that he is charged with larceny over 250.00. I would have thought stealing 20k would be a charge of grand theft. And what the hell is "one (1) count of Unwarranted Privilege? I'll have to google that charge.
Another Carl leftover bites the dust. How many more are under investigation is the question now. The officers trial will be another interesting revelation. More names will be heard in this I believe. Good thing Ken is out for this.

At January 26, 2017 at 6:04 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Chief Trask answered my question... I thank him for his response:
"we have many details a week and they are distributed by a detail coordinator based on seniority. Officers are not assigned a detail for a period of time like they are a shift for their regular duty. We have several details that are inside corporations or private buildings such as the cinema or hospital. It varies from week to week but a think the number is around 5 businesses that customarily hire a detail such as that. Let me know if you need something else".

So the most senior guys get the detail pay. I wonder now how that impacts overtime for the rest of the department. Could not 5 guys take a separate detail in the same day and leave the department short handed?

At January 27, 2017 at 10:03 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

As reported on Fox news, the amount of money missing or stolen could be as high as 70K. But as the MWDN reports that the money is NOT a part of any criminal investigation. So where does that money come from you ask.... it comes from civil forfeiture. A way for cops to fatten their budgets with money that is not accounted for. And the last question I have is.. who were the auditors who have assured us that all the evidence in the evidence room is accounted for.



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