Dracut Police Officers vote “No Confidence” in Chief and Deputy Chief

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.

For the more of the story see The Lowell Sun.

About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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