Hey Team: There will be a joint meeting of the 2 town select boards to solicit public opinion on the proposed one chief merger of the PD's It's at 8:00 PM on Jan 26th at the Shutesbury Town Hall.
They couldn't find anybody in Massachusetts with merger experience, so they are paying travel expenses for the Chief and town manager all the way up in Brownville, Maine to discuss their favorable experience with their merger with another podunk town NW of Bangor. Yup, BANGOR. :roll:
Anyway, neither town's PD's support the merger. Leverett select board want to get rid of OIC SGT Ting cause they are jealous of his work ethic and success. He's an outsider, minority, and a victim of crimes directed at him personally and against the PD, that the board chair :?: has ordered him not to investigate.
Their evidence room has been ransacked in the past even though Ting is supposed to have the only key. Ting's car was trashed while parked in front of the station while he was on a call. There were at least 1/2 dozen potential witnesses indoors less than 30 yards away having fire dept in service training, that Ting was forbidden to question if they might have heard or saw anything suspicious. The vandalism occurred while they were inside the public safety complex. Then, one time, they were drinking and broke a town copy machine while photo copying their asses, yes, their asses :shock: and tried to cover it up. Ting thought somebody did a B&E, and you guessed it, don't investigate it he's told.
The chair of the select board has repeatedly stated to Ting that SHE is the police chief. There has been several incidents of anti-Asian graffiti in town aimed at Ting over last 2 years. Ting is Chinese. Another officer is a Cambodian holocaust survivor. Ting's last 5 employee evaluations have been stellar. Then, this year, they refuse to give him his next one until 6 months late. It was bad of course. You can bet his next one will be submitted right on time and that it will be negative, so they can fire him. Town survey with 58 responses out of 1800 folks shows 96% high satisfaction with police services. LPD fire dept leads the way with their spiteful hatred of Ting, it's really sad, they should get therapy...really. No, REALLY!
Now, the select board has decided to investigate Ting and another officer for not making OUI arrests during 3 separate MVA's. One operator had a seizure, another defective equipment causing the accident, and the other severe emotional problems and an overdose of psychotropic meds. There was not sufficient PC for arrest, but never mind, the select board knows best, as does the fire dept employee who submitted the dates from his log. He should know, he shows up drunk all the time on FD call outs. Oh, did I mention, he has an ax to grind since the LPD was forced to summons him for a felony (found guilty) last summer.
Every time Ting farts, the board has an executive session to discipline him, then backs down due to his super good $500/hour civil rights/labor discrimination lawyer. Meanwhile, the convicted felon drunk on the FD has yet to be disciplined :?:
Stay tuned. And...be careful out there.