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Brookline cop surrenders to local officers: Police say that he violated his girlfriend's restraining order.

By Norman Miller / Daily News Staff
Tuesday, March 29, 2005

FRAMINGHAM -- A Brookline Police officer, who refused to leave his Windsor Drive home on Sunday when local police tried to arrest him, finally surrendered after one of his commanding officers persuaded him to give himself up.

Steven Mark Kaplan, 43, of 1202 Windsor Drive, is accused of violating a restraining order. He was ordered held without bail after his Framingham District Court arraignment yesterday.

It was Kaplan's second arrest this year by Framingham Police.

"A lot of people spent a lot of time on this," said Framingham Police Lt. Vincent Alfano. "He tied up two police departments with this. He's kind of getting to be a tax on our resources."

The latest incident occurred on Sunday at about 3 a.m., when Kaplan is accused of hanging out in his former girlfriend's apartment parking lot when he met up with her, violating the restraining order she obtained against him in January.

Kaplan returned to his Windsor Drive condo, and Framingham Police tried to speak to him.

"The officers tried a number of ways to contact him -- via the telephone and knocking on the door -- and he did not respond," said Alfano. "We contacted Brookline Police for assistance in making contact with him."

At one point, a lieutenant from Brookline had to come to Framingham and convince Kaplan to come out of his apartment without incident. That was at 6:30 a.m., more than three hours after police originally went to the home to arrest him.

Kaplan, a 22-year veteran of the Brookline Police Department, was also arrested in Framingham on Jan. 5. In that incident, he was charged with disturbing the peace, making domestic threats and maliciously destroying property worth more than $250, police said.

That arrest occurred after an incident with his girlfriend, police said.

Since his initial arrest, Kaplan has been put on desk duty, Brookline Police Capt. John O'Leary said.

It is not clear how this latest arrest would affect Kaplan's duties. "Any disciplinary action has to go through the chief," said O'Leary.

O'Leary said Kaplan has not had any disciplinary problems prior to the two arrests.

"Those are the only two incidents with him that I know of," said O'Leary.

Alfano said it is always difficult for officers to arrest other officers.

"They're colleagues," Alfano said. "It happens very rarely, but no one is above the law. He had the working knowledge of the restrictions of the restraining order, and he violated it, so he needs to be held responsible."

Kaplan is due back in court on April 14 for a pretrial conference.
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