This past weekend the Chief of police for the Truro police department was involved in an accident that placed his own officers in a very precarious position. Following a one car motor vehicle accident, he was subsequently arrested and charged with OUI by the same officers who work for him.
The Boston Herald is reporting that he will face the arraignment and is currently on administrative leave. Regardless of the outcome here, his tenure as chief is effectively over absent a massive conspiracy being found against him. Situations like this are near impossible to recover from. The fact that the officers were placed in that position is near unforgivable.
When someone is promoted, they carry a responsibility with them, not just a job title. The organization looks to them to set the tone and create an environment to most effectively carry out their work. This is true from the first line supervisor to the Chief executive of the organization. I often see people who seem more inclined to constantly celebrate their ascension to the top spot rather than those who focus on the job at hand and how their actions do in fact affect everyone.
I don’t know exactly what happened in Truro, but I think we in law enforcement can visualize pretty easily how it played out. However, the bottom line is that the organization is one right now with their hands full and most likely in a state of chaos with uncertainty laying heavy everywhere. Lt. Kyle Takakjian is in charge of the department and to say he has a mountain of work both in the short term and long term is an understatement. Keeping everyone focused on their mission and not allowing the rumor mill to dictate the course of the organization are likely first orders of business. We wish him luck.
Attorney Ronald A. Sellon