This picture appeared with the Craigslist ad.
By Brian Fraga
Standard-Times staff writer
October 11, 2008 6:00 AM
NEW BEDFORD - A city police officer is under scrutiny for an Internet personal ad that shows a picture of him in uniform inside a cruiser.
The posting is listed under "casual encounters" on Craigslist, a popular classifieds Web site that advertises jobs, apartments, community events and personals.
The posting - which has a headline of "Do you have a COP fantasy?" - features a photograph of New Bedford Officer Norman Duchesneau.
Officer Duchesneau, 42, is shown wearing a patrolman's uniform. He appears to be taking a picture of himself while sitting inside a police cruiser. A laptop computer and radio microphone are seen in the passenger seat.
Posted Aug. 8, the advertising says a fit, 42-year-old white man who is "really a police officer" is looking for women interested in "friends with benefits-type relationships."
The ad says the officer is "willing to play out police fantasy," is drug and disease free, and "can be tender, can be rough ... how do you want it?"
While the listing says the officer is located in SouthCoast, the picture does not specifically show a New Bedford connection. A patch on the officer's left shoulder is obstructed.
New Bedford police spokesman Lt. Jeffrey P. Silva confirmed the Craigslist ad shows a city police officer. However, he said it is unknown whether the officer posted the ad himself or if it was "maliciously" posted by someone else.
"The origin of the posting is unknown," Lt. Silva said. "It is something we have to look into."
Nobody answered the telephone at Officer Duchesneau's residence Friday evening.
Officer Duchesneau told Channel 10 News he did not know who posted the picture and wanted to know who did.
The mayor's office said Officer Duchesneau has been a police officer since 1986. He has been a detective and served in the National Guard.
Mayor Scott W. Lang said an internal police investigation will be conducted.
"If we find that anyone misused their position as a police officer or misused their uniform or engaged in judgment that would cast aspersions on the New Bedford Police Department, they will be disciplined," the mayor said.
If the posting is authentic, the officer did not break any law but could be found in violation of Police Department regulations governing personal conduct.
The regulations say the Police Department "is often judged by the public according to the image presented by its members and employees" and instructs employees to be aware.
Regulations state: "It is important that all personnel be cognizant of their actions and conduct themselves as befits their rank and position and in accordance with the department rules, regulations, policies and procedures."