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  • 02 Apr 2013 11:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    SOUTHBRIDGE undefined  An allegedly drunken driver with his 9-year-old son in the car had a blook-alcohol reading of .224 on a preliminary breath test, nearly three times the legal drinking limit, police said.

    Dennis O. Buchanan of 25 Union St., Apt. 1L, pleaded not guilty today in Dudley District Court to drunken driving, child endangerment while driving drunk and negligent driving.

    Judge Timothy M. Bibaud entered a plea of not guilty on Mr. Buchanan’s behalf and ordered him released on recognizance. Mr. Buchanan returns to court Thursday for a pretrial hearing.

    An auxiliary police officer was driving behind Mr. Buchanan’s car just before 10 p.m. Saturday on East Main Street, according to a police report by Officer Leonard R. Beane.

    Officer Beane said the auxiliary officer saw Mr. Buchanan’s car cross the center line several times and almost cause an accident before he parked at McDonald’s.

    Mr. Buchanan smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet; his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot, police said.

    Mr. Buchanan allegedly told police he had consumed one alcoholic drink.

    He failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a chemical breath test, police said.

    Mr. Buchanan was allowed to call his sister, who took possession of the car and care of his son.

  • 21 Mar 2013 7:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Framingham Patch 3-21-13 By: Keith Regan

    The Framingham Auxiliary Police provided more than 4,000 hours of support to the town last year at community events and during storms, all at no cost to the community, Framingham Selectmen learned Tuesday night.

    Auxiliary Police Captain Marc Spigel said auxiliary officers helped dig out cruisers during snow storms, provided child fingerprinting services and performed crowd and traffic control at road races, concerts and other events.

    "I guarantee the town doesn't know how much work you do for the town and at no cost to the town," said Chairman Charles Sisitsky, who had invited Spigel to speak to the board.

    Framingham Deputy Police Chief Steven Trask called the auxiliary force "the town's hidden jewel" and said it provides important support to the department itself.

    Spigel said the Auxiliary force has long been a recruiting tool for the full-time department, with several recent officer hires and one dispatcher hire coming from their ranks. Candidates go through a rigorous screening and testing process and in addition to being volunteers, each invest around $1,800 of their own money to undergo training and purchase needed equipment.

    Framingham's auxiliary force is one of about 70 statewide, Spigel said.

    Th force is one of the oldest, dating back some 70 years to the earliest days of formal Civil Defense in the Commonwealth, he added.

    During last month's blizzard, he said, auxiliary force members were up early and shoveled out the town's fleet of cruisers, having them ready to go when officers arrived for their shift.

    The Framingham auxiliary police is currently recruiting a new class, hoping to boost its roster of active members from 20 to 25.

    An open house is planned for April 2 at 7 p.m. at the police department.

  • 04 Feb 2013 10:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    February 3, 2013

    Probe: Bonilla abused power

    By Keith Eddings

    LAWRENCE - Auxiliary Police Chief Jay Jackson was ebullient after promoting three auxiliary police officers during a ceremony in Mayor William Lantigua’s City Hall office two years ago.

    “I welcome these promotions wholeheartedly because I see them as the foundation and backbone of new recruits,” Jackson said after swearing in the three men, pinning new badges on their shirts and posing for photographs.

    In fact, Melix Bonilla, the deputy chief of the city’s regular police force and Jackson’s superior, strong-armed the promotions of the three men undefined all of whom had been foot-soldiers in Lantigua’s 2009 mayoral campaign, which Bonilla managed undefined over Jackson’s vigorous protest, a recent internal affairs investigation into the promotions concluded.

    The auxiliary chief objected that the promotions were not needed, that other officers were more deserving, and that the new positions were not even on the auxiliary’s organizational chart, the report said.

    The report, obtained under the state’s Public Records Law, shows Bonilla riding roughshod over the auxiliary chief, angrily waving off his protests, ordering Jackson to leapfrog the three officers over others in line for promotions, creating hostility toward Jackson from other officers in the department who blamed him for the promotions, and finally threatening to fire him.

    “Auxiliary Chief Jackson stated that the conversation was getting heated and Deputy Chief Bonilla was becoming belligerent,” the report said about a phone call Bonilla placed to Jackson. “Deputy Chief Bonilla indicated to Aux. Chief Jackson that his position as Auxiliary Chief would be in jeopardy if he did not do as he was told. During this conversation, Aux. Chief Jackson asked why he wanted the badges and Deputy Chief Bonilla stated, ‘Just get the badges’ and hung up.”

    Alexander Cain, the Andover lawyer defending Bonilla following his indictment on unrelated corruption charges in September, said Bonilla never mistreated Jackson or threatened him with his job.

    “He categorically denies ever threatening Mr. Jay Jackson to be terminated,” Cain said. “At no point in his career or in his interactions with Mr. Jackson has he ever engaged in an inappropriate behavior.”

    Lantigua did not return a phone call.

    The three promoted officers undefined Jorge Tejera, Tomas Santiago and Jose Montas undefined share ties beyond their volunteer work for Lantigua’s political organization. All three work day jobs in city schools as security officers or custodians. All three work night jobs as bouncers in local nightclubs as part of a business run by Montas.

    And all three are now gone from the auxiliary force.

    Santiago was relieved of duty on March 14, 2011, three months after his promotion from sergeant to lieutenant, following his arrest for driving drunk with a revoked license undefined while wearing his police uniform undefined in Haverhill. The drunken driving arrest was Santiago’s second in less than a year.

    Tejera, who was promoted from lieutenant to captain, has not shown up for a shift in longer than a year. Of the three, he may be closest to Lantigua. He often chauffeurs Lantigua around the city, sometimes armed and sometimes in military-style garb.

    Montas quit the force just six months after his promotion from patrolman to sergeant, at about the time his nightclub security business was taking off.

    Both regular and auxiliary police officers often use their badges as a credential to get private security jobs. For nighttime guards in Lawrence, the best money is in the clubs undefined where Lantigua is a regular and often holds campaign events, including one Dec. 28 at Rio’s Bar & Grill, where he announced he would run for a second term.

    Auxiliary police officers are not paid, so the leverage their badges give them to get private security jobs is an important perquisite of their volunteer auxiliary work.

    John Romero, the chief of Lawrence’s regular police force, ordered the internal affairs investigation into the three promotions after several auxiliary officers objected that Tejera, Santiago and Montas were elevated to the higher ranks over officers with longer service, violating a long-standing policy of the auxiliary.

    Their complaint was directed against Jackson, but Sgt. Emil DeFusco, commander of the internal affairs division, concluded in the report he submitted Dec. 20 that the complaint against Jackson was unfounded because he was “following orders from Deputy Chief Bonilla.”

    “Aux. Chief Jackson has in the past reviewed each candidate’s quantity and quality of hours as well as encouraged feedback from the officer’s supervisors prior to promotions,” DeFusco said in his report. “It appears that no specific criteria was used when promoting (Tejera, Santiago and Montas).”

    “Under my procedures for the last 26 years (as chief of Lawrence’s auxiliary police), I would have promoted other individuals,” Jackson said in an interview last week. “The past year, working under Bonilla, has been a pretty bumpy road.”

    Romero signed a document concurring with its findings on Dec. 27. He would not elaborate last week, except to say DeFusco did not interview Bonilla, Lantigua or the three promoted officers.

    “I signed off on the result of the investigation,” Romero said. “I’ll leave it at that.”

    DeFusco’s report does not suggest Lantigua ordered the promotions. But the police department and its 23-member auxiliary have been a focus of the mayor’s attention since he took office in January 2010. One of his first official acts was to promote Bonilla from sergeant to deputy chief of the regular police force, in what was also the first leapfrog to a higher rank by a Lantigua loyalist in the department.

    For nearly three years, Bonilla was Lantigua’s go-to man inside the department, where the mayor and Chief Romero have had an uneven relationship that has included several public feuds.

    Lantigua regularly said Bonilla would be the next chief, but that hope likely evaporated Sept. 12, when Bonilla was indicted for fraud, extortion and conspiracy for allegedly arranging to swap 13 used police vehicles undefined including a Lexus and a Cadillac undefined for four used Impalas owned by a local car dealer connected to the mayor. Lantigua put Bonilla on paid leave from his $140,000-a-year job following the indictment.

    Because Jackson manages the police department’s fleet of vehicles, he was at the center of that story as well. A transcript of the indictment shows Bonilla manhandling Jackson a second time while allegedly on a mission for Lantigua.

    Jackson protested, saying the car swap would violate state procurement laws, according to his testimony before the grand jury that indicted Bonilla. Bonilla suggested Jackson would be fired if he didn’t approve the swap, Jackson told the grand jury.

    Jackson responded by approving the deal. Then undefined as he did when he promoted the three auxiliary officers undefined he publicly praised the deal while privately condemning it.

    Publicly, Jackson told The Eagle-Tribune that the four used Impalas the Police Department received in the swap “drove exceptionally well” and even gave the deal a name in a memo to a police department file obtained by the newspaper. He called it, “The swap of cars to benefit the city of Lawrence.”

    Later, in what was then sealed testimony to the grand jury that indicted Bonilla, Jackson said he knew the deal was illegal but said he approved it because he feared he would be fired as the department’s facilities director and fleet manager if he did not. Jackson earned about $23,000 at the time. His hours have been increased and his salary is budgeted this year at $47,000.

    Fear for his job also caused Jackson to send Bonilla the three badges that allowed him to promote Tejera, Santiago and Montas.

    On Dec. 16, 2010, about a week after Jackson sent the badges, Bonilla ordered him to Lantigua’s office at City Hall to swear the three men in to their new ranks in a ceremony also attended by several of the officers’ family members and several members of the press.

    “What is significant about what you do,” Lantigua told the three officers in the brief ceremony, “is that the only payment you get is the gratitude from the people you serve.”

  • 04 Feb 2013 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    February 3, 2013

    Auxiliary Police Chief disciplined for sexual harassment

    By Keith Eddings

    LAWRENCE  - Auxiliary Police Chief Jay Jackson was disciplined last year for sexually harassing men he commanded following an internal affairs investigation into several complaints, including one alleging Jackson parked his cruiser under a bridge while on a midnight patrol with another officer and graphically described sexual torture by Afghan terrorists.

    “He informed me of their torture methods and one of them happened to be to single out homosexual men and then take gorilla glue and then squeeze bottles and bottles of the glue up their rectum, causing their stomach to explode,” William DeBenedetto Jr. wrote in one complaint on May 1, 2011, after he had resigned from the force. “He then proceeded to question my opinion on the subject matter along with my views on homosexual men. I was immediately uncomfortable with the situation.”

    Sgt. Emil DeFusco, commander of the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division, interviewed 22 past and current members of the auxiliary force, including Jackson, after receiving the complaints last year.

    The Eagle-Tribune obtained a copy of DeFusco’s investigation after requesting it under the state’s Public’s Records Law. City Attorney Charles Boddy redacted information about how Jackson was disciplined, which the law allows.

    Several of the complaints contained whole paragraphs that were the same, suggesting they were written by the same person.

    All but one of the complaining officers had been terminated from the force or resigned by the time they filed the complaints last year.

    Their complaints were wide-ranging. Besides sexual harassment, they said Jackson failed to provide required training to officers, walked away from violent incidents he encountered on patrol and provided promotions, the best equipment and preferred shifts to officers he favors.

    DeFusco acknowledged the sweep of allegations, but said all the complaints had one undefined sexual harassment undefined in common. His report addressed only that issue.

    Among those allegations, former auxiliary Lt. Chris Cresta said Jackson on many occasions “commented on my “fat Italian (buttocks).”

    “Continuous jokes pertaining to the size of (officers’) genitalia, the weight of other officers and inappropriate comments about how muscular officers are and the size of their rear ends,” former auxiliary Lt. Richard Tirado wrote.

    “By his own admission, Chief Jackson stated that he did in fact use the language in question during conversations with officers he was supervising,” DeFusco wrote in his report to Police Chief John Romero. “He did so because, incorrectly, he felt in the relaxed atmosphere, that it was appropriate. However, clearly it was not.”

    In an interview last week, Jackson said the allegations were made by disgruntled former officers seeking revenge because he had fired them from the force or had disciplined them while they served.

    “The allegations were brought by four officers months after they were no longer with the Lawrence Auxiliary Police Department,” Jackson said. He said one was fired and three others resigned at a time when they were either suspended or under investigation for misconduct.

    He would not comment on the substance of the allegations.

    Romero endorsed DeFusco’s findings, but suggested he is satisfied with Jackson’s performance.

    “The auxiliary performs a vital function for the Police Department and Jay Jackson has been a part of that for 30 years,” Romero said.

    Jackson joined the auxiliary force 40 years ago and has been chief for 26.

  • 27 Jan 2013 11:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 19 Jan 2013 10:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Manon Mirabelli
    on January 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM, updated January 18, 2013 at 9:51 PM


    WESTFIELD – From the time he was a small boy, Jay Torres knew he wanted to be a police officer, a dream he took the first step toward fulfilling this week when he was sworn in as an auxiliary officer on the department that was home to his father, officer Jose Torres.

    It is a possible career path that has taken on a whole new meaning for the 19-year-old who, along with his mother, Kara, and brother, Christopher, 13, lost Jose Torres on July 26 when he was struck by a truck while working a traffic detail on Pontoosic Road.

    Jay Torres is quick to point out that this is just a first step, one in many, toward following in his father’s footsteps in becoming what he viewed in his youth as the job of a superhero.jay torres.JPG

    Jay Torres, son of Officer Jose Torres, who was killed working a traffic detail in July, holds the hat that was given to him at his father's funeral. Behind him on the wall the Westfield Police Department are photos of his father being sworn-in as a police officer and others of his funeral procession. Jay has been sworn in a an auxiliary police officer and will attend the police academy in April.

    “Ever since I was little I wanted to be a police officer,” he said. “It definitely had a lot to do with the fact that officers are like superheroes when you’re little. They go out and catch the bad guys and save people.”

    A second-year criminal justice major at Westfield State University, Torres was among three other potential police officers who were sworn into their volunteer positions.

    Westfield Police Lt. Hipolito Nunez said there are currently 34 auxiliary police officers on the force, all of whom must graduate from the police academy after a 16-week program designed to teach the basics of police work. Torres is slated to start the academy in April.

    “I would be thrilled to eventually become a full-time officer in Westfield,” Torres said. “But this is the first step of many. I still have lots of training ahead of me.”

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    The late Westfield police officer Jose Torres, seen here in a 1999 photo.

    One of the most important things he has learned since losing his father, who was 53 at the time of the accident, is that the Westfield Police Department is comprised not only of dedicated law enforcement professionals, but of people who are an extended family.

    “Over the years, and especially the past few months, I have learned that the Westfield Police Department is a family,” Torres said. “They look out for each other while at the same time protect each other and do their jobs.”

    Becoming a police officer, remaining vigilant to the process and fulfilling the duties of the position are not easy tasks, but are ones he is willing to embrace with the help of his family on the department and the people with whom he was sworn in.

    “I know the demands of a police officer’s job are nowhere near easy, but it is a job that I feel I not only want, but need to do,” Torres said. “I am very excited to be starting this journey with a big group of people who have the same goal.”

    His biggest regret is that he will not be sharing the job with his father, a well-liked and respected 27-year veteran of the force who was twice recognized for heroism on the job.

    “I wish I had the chance to work alongside my father,” Torres said. “I think that would have been the highlight of becoming a WPD officer. He is still there in many ways, especially in the people he helped and in his brothers and sisters in the department.”

    Nunez said becoming an auxiliary officer is a great way for someone interested in law enforcement to test the waters and determine if the job is right for them.

    As for Jay, Nunez said the young man may find it is not in his future, but for now, he fully supports the son of one of his closest friends.

    “If this is the future he wants, I think it’s great,” Nunez said. “It’s rewarding, and if he feels it’s right for him and will make him happy it will propel him to follow in his father’s footsteps.”
  • 04 Dec 2012 5:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Source: MPTC Chief’s Newsletter – October 2012


    There is some confusion as to the new firearms standard for reserve/ intermittent officers. When the MPTC Committee approved the revised (242-hour) reserve/ intermittent basic training curriculum in 2009, it included a requirement that all reserve/ intermittent officers who would carry firearms must also successfully complete the 20-hour MPTC firearms training course for reserve/ intermittent officers.


    The class must be taught by a Level II or higher MPTC-certified firearms instructor.


    Reserve/ intermittent officers hired before that date were under a different standard and are not required to take the course retroactively.

  • 14 Nov 2012 7:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    By Kevin P. O'Connor
    Posted Nov 08, 2012 @ 08:34 PM

    They have a lot of work to do before the fun begins in Fall River next spring, Cullen said.

    Cullen, the commander of the Auxiliary Police Unit, put out a call for volunteers this week.

    Organizers are looking for United States citizens, ages 18 to 65, who live in Fall River, Freetown, Somerset, Swansea or Westport. They have to be in good health, and have no felony criminal records and current Massachusetts driver’s licenses. They also must be high school graduates or have GEDs.

    “We recruit every year in the fall and train through the winter,” Cullen said. “We have to be ready because we get so busy starting in the spring.

    The auxiliary police wear an identifying uniform and help full-time police officers during carnivals, processions and festivals. They are also called out to help with traffic and crowd control at fires and other disasters, Cullen said.

    “The city has 16 to 18 big processions and events through the year,” Cullen said. “Some years, there are more big events. We try to maintain a cadre of 36 trained volunteers so we don’t have to rely on anyone too much.”

    The Great Feast of the Holy Ghost and the July 4 fireworks show are the biggest events of the year for the volunteers, Cullen said. But with church fairs, graduations and block parties added to the mix, the volunteers end up working around 100 details a year. Some years, they’ve been called out 240 times, Cullen said.

    Those who sign on will have to agree to a background check and go before an interview board. Those accepted are asked to be available on weekends and ready commit four hours a week for volunteer work and training.

    Team members will be trained in first aid, CPR and the use of a cardiac defibrillator. They also will be trained on police procedures, radio conduct, the basics of law, use of a police baton, self defense, police vehicle operation and traffic control.

    “The team does a lot,” Cullen said. “We help out at all the big events. We also have volunteers who speak Spanish, Portuguese or Cambodian. It really helps when we have events that bring tourists to town.”

    Anyone interested in joining the Auxiliary Police Unit should call Cullen at 508-676-8511, Ext. 173.

    Training will be conducted over 3½ weekends in March, Cullen said.

    Email Kevin P. O’Connor at

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  • 14 Nov 2012 7:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    EAST BROOKFIELD An auxiliary police officer in Wales was arrested today and charged with driving under the influence of drugs, carrying a gun while intoxicated and using a badge without authority.

    Officer Matthew J. McGoldrick, 23, of Paxton was released on personal recognizance at his arraignment in Western Worcester District Court on seven charges today.

    He was arrested about 12:30 a.m. when State Trooper Sergio D. Figueiredo saw a Mustang headed north on Route 122 in Paxton crossing the center line, police said.

    The driver, Officer McGoldrick, was unable to find the registration and, after he was asked about the yellow police vest in his back seat, showed a Wales police badge and a Leicester firefighter’s badge, police said.

    Wales Police Chief Dawn Charette confirmed that Officer McGoldrick is an auxiliary officer there. He began working in Wales about six weeks ago and has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of an investigation, the chief said.

    Trooper Figueiredo wrote in his report that Officer McGoldrick had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol and marijuana and was carrying his “duty weapon” in a holster at his hip. He also had a smoking pipe and marijuana, which he said belonged to a friend, in his pocket, the trooper wrote.

    Officer McGoldrick allegedly had difficulty with some of the field sobriety tests but registered no reading on a portable breath test that detects alcohol.

    During the tests, Officer McGoldrick “continued to mention the names of several commissioned and non-commissioned Massachusetts state troopers which he knew and that I should call and speak with concerning the current situation,” the report said.

    State police could find no record of his .40-caliber Glock pistol being registered and seized it, along with the marijuana and pipe, according to the report.

    They also requested that Officer McGoldrick’s driver’s license be suspended, saying he posed an immediate threat to other motorists.

    In court, Assistant District Attorney Michael J. Luzzo asked that Officer McGoldrick be required to remain drug-free as he awaits the outcome of his case.

    Judge Paul McGill said he would leave it up to the Paxton police chief to decide whether Officer McGoldrick’s firearms identification card should be revoked.

    Officer McGoldrick was represented by public defender Roger Banks at his arraignment on the charges: driving under the influence of drugs, a marked lanes violation, a lights violation, negligent driving, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, use of a badge without authority and failing to report a firearm transfer.

    He was released on personal recognizance and is due back in Western Worcester District Court in East Brookfield on Jan. 17.

  • 25 Oct 2012 6:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Wednesday October 24, 2012

    PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield Police Department is receiving more than $70,000 in state grants toward helping victims of domestic violence and enhancing its police auxiliary unit.

    For the fourth consecutive year, the state Executive Office of Public Safety & Security has awarded city police $30,500 to employ a civilian advocate within the department. The advocate spends 27 hours a week counseling, supporting and seeking services for women, children and others in domestic abuse situations, according to Police Chief Michael J. Wynn.

    The remaining $40,320 is a first-time award under the state’s Volun teers in Police Services grant program. The funding from the Massa chu setts Emer gency Man age ment Agency (MEMA) doubles what the city will spend on its 10-member auxiliary unit this fiscal year. Wynn said the money will pay for additional training and upgraded equipment for unarmed officers who provide support at crime, accident or disaster scenes.

    The City Council on Tuesday night unanimously agreed to accept both grants, which must during fiscal 2013.

    Since 2009, the civilian advocate has kept close tabs on domestic abuse victims by helping them get the services and support they need.

    "In the event we deal with a victim of domestic violence, the advocate is able to follow through on their case," he said.

    The advocate also provides outreach and training for victim services counselors and police officers.


    the MEMA grant will fund further instruction for the auxiliary unit officers.

    "We also need to improve their equipment," Wynn added. "We are in the process of upgrading all police radios, but didn’t have enough funding for the auxiliary unit’s radios."

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