According to the Dracut Police Officers Association, 92 percent of union members participated in a no-confidence vote Sept. 15 with more than half voting no confidence in Chief Kevin Richardson’s leadership and more than two-thirds voting no confidence in Deputy Chief David Chartrand. There are 37 officers on the Dracut police force who belong to the union, according to police officials.
The Lowell Sun reports that the union’s letter to selectmen complains of management indifference to union concerns, lack of trust of subordinates, failure to establish a long-term plan for training, operations, equipment and procedures and a hostile work environment.
Chief Richardson and Deputy Chartrand responded in their own open letter to the residents of Dracut by accusing some officers of pushing back against attempts to create an efficient, competent and professional police force in which officers are held accountable.
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