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Friday, November 12, 2010

Selectmen comment on police probe

The following statement was made by Board of Selectmen Chair John Williams at the board’s November 9 meeting:

“On behalf of the Board of Selectmen, I’d like to make the following statement regarding the Carlisle Police Department.

This morning, Town Administrator Tim Goddard, Selectman Doug Stevenson and I met with Lt. Leo Crowe to review the ongoing Police Department operations in light of the recent administrative leaves of Chief Sullivan and Sgt Cardonne. I am able to assure the public that our Police Force continues to operate at the high level of proficiency that we all expect. All shifts are being covered and the citizens of Carlisle should be comforted knowing that our dedicated officers are on the streets ensuring our public safety. Lt. Crowe regularly meets with the Town Administrator and has proven himself very capable in this temporary and unexpected leadership role.

I’d also like to take a moment to reinforce the importance of completing a thorough and accurate investigation of the allegations made against some members and the management of the Police Department. Although it may be frustrating that the public has not been made aware of the details of the allegations, it is of utmost importance that the specifics remain undisclosed at this time. To protect all parties, all personnel matters of this nature must remain confidential. We owe it to the Town, to the Police Department and to the individuals involved to do a timely, accurate and fair investigation, unhampered by a public debate based on partial or potentially inaccurate information.

Finally, I would like to thank the public and members of the press for respecting this process. It is a difficult and potentially volatile situation that requires prudence and composure from all parties. Thank you for your ongoing patience as we complete the investigation.”

We will not be making any further public statements or taking any questions at this time.” (See related editorial) ∆

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