Retired city firefighter Andy Fardy asserts Mayor Joe Ganim has his work cut out for him addressing reforms within the Police Department. In this commentary Fardy raises questions about the department’s handling of disciplinary action.
Well, Joe Ganim has inherited a pile of problems courtesy of Bill Finch and his management people.
It seems the Police Department is out of control. Who in hell is managing this department? What are the people on the police commission doing? Let’s start with the police Commission headed by Ganim’s right-hand man Danny Roach. How does an officer get placed on Administrative Duty for two years and two months and get his full salary while on this restricted duty? He was investigated for sexual misbehavior.
There are questions the management has to answer to:
1. How did this officer get to drive the women and himself to his home in Easton? Once there he got his personal car and then drove her home to Fairfield, then drove himself home again to get his patrol car. Where were his lieutenant and captain? They need to be investigated and reprimanded. Why was this case allowed to linger for over two years? Where was the Police Commission? Where was the Chief? Where were the deputies, captains and lieutenants?
2. Let’s also look at the missing money from the evidence safe. Whoever is in charge of this property room needs to be brought up on charges. Where is the sgt who logged this evidence in with no evidence number? Does this mean the money was there and anyone looking for by an evidence number would not find it? Why hasn’t this person been arrested and how did he get on disability leave (paper cut)?
It’s unfortunate the street cops have to work under these incompetent management people. Let’s put in place a police commission with guts to do what their job calls for. BTW how many more cops are on extended leave with pay?
It’s time to trim the police management force, it seems we have too many supervisors who are not doing their jobs. Do we need four deputy chiefs? There was a time not that long ago when we did not have deputy chiefs. The deputy chief slot is a retirement home for the favored few.