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When people say we must do more with less, I can reply without reservation: "We have." Your police department has been reduced by 33 positions since 2007.
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fed up

Fitchburg, MA

#1 May 19, 2010
Instead of reducing funding for our police and fire departments why don't we cut the SOCIAL SERVICES in our city!!! How much money is being spent on that?
Mr Tootin

Marlborough, MA

#2 May 19, 2010
It's kind of ironic that the city of Los Angeles and it's PD were brought up in this editorial. Let's not forget that in LA in the 60's; during the Watt's riots; the LAPD ran away with their tails between their legs; and the hapless citizens of LA were left fending for themselves until the National Guard finally arrived.

And then, countless years later in LA; there were riots after the cops who beat the living crap out of Rodney King were wrongly found innocent. Needless to say, the citizens were justifiably outraged over the fake trial. So, some rioted. And, once again, the LAPD ran away scared. The honest citizens were left fending for themselves once again; as the fuzz retreated to safety. Chaos was everywhere. The taxpaying citizens of LA were victims of looting and of distruction as they impatiently waited for the Marines to arrive. How could they not be painfully aware of the fact that they had nothing more than cowards on the police payroll?

Two great examples of the city folk of LA truly needing their police department; but the PD was nowhere to be found.........

The FPD has history

Belmont, MA

#3 May 19, 2010
Unfortunately for Chief Demoura and the citizens of Fitchburg the FPD has long been viewed as inept, rude and improperly cliqued into a do nothing group.

Chief Demoura must understand that the citizens of Fitchburg have put up with inept policing of Fitchburg when they had the extra police.

With the firing of Tasca we all learnt more into the previous running of the FPD. Tasca stated that they all stole money through this fake posting. Why hasn't he been arressted and charged? He gave up others for the same behavior and nothing was done to fire those members of the police.

Many former FPD members posted evidence of corruption in reference to Tasca and other Brass. One of which was the refusal to allow gang task force into the city.

The city was running a muck, At one point Fitchburg made Lowell look like bible school pupils.

The Fitchburg PD has had many issues in the past year. Until recently the FPD were still inept. It is unfortunate that the Union continues to block true law enforcement efforts in the city. A lot of the officers that are protected are seriously out of shape and some morbidly obese. This is not an insult it is a fact.

Cheif Demoura has done a great job under the conditions he took over and a Union that is more interested in protecting the inept officers than they are concerned with safe streets and less crimes.

Civil dispatchers should be rehired and the police then need to be put on patrol.Those nine police officers need to be out on patrol.

The FPD needs to be making better efforts in reference to community relations! They need to introduce themselves as friends of the community. Meet and greet citizens in public and in our school system.

Create events where the officers intervene with the youth in Fitchburg. Make connections and get involved more as the community as a whole does not trust the FPD. This is due to the years of abuse, rudeness and ineptness. Severing the communities trust of the police is a reality not just a statement. This wound needs to mend and it takes interaction.

It is stated that calls increased but crime went down. If I was to make an evaluation, I would state that Fitchburg has a serious 'GUN PROBLEM" which is a serious public safety issue. The number of Gun incidents over the past three months have increased and summer is upon us.Myrtle street is known for gun running.

We need public campaigns addressing this gun issue. I wish this Chief more success but in order to achieve this we need to talk honestly. I agree that civil dispatchers need to be hired so the nine officers can patrol the streets.
The FPD has history

Belmont, MA

#4 May 19, 2010
Chief Bill Bratton has been from Boston,NY and then to LA if I recall corectly.

Chief Demoura, Chief Bratton focused on community involvement. Yes he added more police but he also added a serious Internal Affairs Department. He awarded his officers through merit and job performance.

The main ingredient to his success was community relations! A bigger force could do nothing if he didn't improve the relationship between the community and the police.

You mentioned that the department is down 33 police personel. When the FPD was at its greatest numbers it was the most inept.

I would suggest that you research what Fitchburg was actually like before you came to town.

I will be blunt; The FPD was a thuggish clique that had zero manners and disrespected everyone! They were more concerned with the power that they possessed as opposed to solving crimes.

I remember when kids would fire their guns off repeatedly off their porches and the police never arrived!! There was a neighborhood march.

I believe that everyone in Fitchburg wants more police but they don't want to see what they experienced in the past.

I believe that listening to the public is key to a much safer Fitchburg.

The hiring of more police would be great but the dead weight inept police must go and the clique must be dissolved so they do not recruit these new officers into their clique.

Bratton went up against the Unions in these cities. On the other hand he took care of the officers who made a difference. In Boston they have a hand full of officers that take the neighborhood kids personally out shopping for christmas and they spend time with them. This program runs through the spectrum of nationalities.

With honesty I state that Chief Demoura has done a great job and he is serious about positive change. I encourage the public to work with this Chief as he has honest intentions for a better Fitchburg and a better FPD.

We all have to trust Chief Demoura and work with him towards our common goal. At the same time, we ask the Chief to please remain open for discussion as the community of Fitchburg regains faith in the FPD. It is not us against them, it is "us".
Excallaber

Worcester, MA

#5 May 19, 2010
the police let the city get out of hand in the first place one of the worse streets is prichard after living on the street i couldent belive what was going on right next to the station, its not about quanity its about quality.
Bratton quote

Belmont, MA

#6 May 19, 2010
"Bratton built his reputation in part by demanding accountability from his officers, especially precinct commanders. In New York, he required commanders to keep comprehensive records on the latest crime patterns in their precincts using a system known as CompStat -- a computerized, statistical approach to crime-fighting accountability. Over time, commanders whose precincts did not show improvement were replaced. "Working with police officers, you have to give them discretion but hold them accountable," Bratton says. "You have to find a balance." "
Bratton quote

Belmont, MA

#7 May 19, 2010
"The Bratton formula also calls for persuading the community to buy into his reforms. "Police clearly can't do it alone," he says. In New York, officers once seen by residents as adversaries now get out of their squad cars and meet with community members to address concerns. A new trust developed, and the NYPD has found friends among the city's average citizens."
Fitchburg Resident

Framingham, MA

#8 May 19, 2010
Do you know what I think? I think that the parents of these hood-rats should be accountable for their kids actions. It all starts in the home. Sure the police have a responsibility of keeping people safe. Well, so shouldn't the parents. I have kids and if one of mine was shooting a gun, let alone bringing it into my home, they would need Child Protective Services. When you tell these parents about what their kids are doing in the streets, they turn their heads and pretend like they can do no wrong. Fitchburg will never change, but if it did, it would be because the parents started kicking their kids asses instead of turning the other cheek. Just my opinion.
Mr Tootin

Marlborough, MA

#9 May 19, 2010
The image of the Fitchburg PD would greatly improve if the public had more confidence in what was happening within the walls of the FPD.

A very good example of what I am refering to is the case of Joel Kaddy and his mysterious police disability. On one hand we read how the FPD is grossly understaffed. And, on the other hand, we watch in total disbelief as Joel Kaddy continues to remain out of work from the force on his mysterious disability. I call it a mysterious disability because somehow Kaddy is completely unable to perform any sort of police work whatsoever; but he is fit and heathly enough to continue to run his poorly named personal business "Once Upon a Tile".

Let's put that loudmouth Kaddy back to work on the force; where his fat paycheck will at least show some weak and feeble semblance of actually being justified. Or, let's put the old boy out to pasture once and for all, and get his name removed from the roster of our paid public servants.

I get awful tired of reading the various stories where Kaddy has stuck his speckled nose into Fitchburg Police Business; while he collects his police disability paycheck and runs his poorly named business......
need for reorganization

Belmont, MA

#10 May 19, 2010
Mr Tootin wrote:
The image of the Fitchburg PD would greatly improve if the public had more confidence in what was happening within the walls of the FPD.
A very good example of what I am refering to is the case of Joel Kaddy and his mysterious police disability. On one hand we read how the FPD is grossly understaffed. And, on the other hand, we watch in total disbelief as Joel Kaddy continues to remain out of work from the force on his mysterious disability. I call it a mysterious disability because somehow Kaddy is completely unable to perform any sort of police work whatsoever; but he is fit and heathly enough to continue to run his poorly named personal business "Once Upon a Tile".
Let's put that loudmouth Kaddy back to work on the force; where his fat paycheck will at least show some weak and feeble semblance of actually being justified. Or, let's put the old boy out to pasture once and for all, and get his name removed from the roster of our paid public servants.
I get awful tired of reading the various stories where Kaddy has stuck his speckled nose into Fitchburg Police Business; while he collects his police disability paycheck and runs his poorly named business......
It seems like there are a lot of dead weight on the FPD now! I seen one officer directing traffic. He waved his hand for traffic to go through and he almost stopped breathing! There are a few of these officers that could collaspe on the job by just raising their arm!

The Captains,Lts and Sgts are all in need of demotion to patrolmen. These guys have done nothing for years!

Then Tasca states that all the brass took money like he did? Why isn't there more firings? Captain Kearns looks pretty and thats all he does!!!! He gets paid well over a $100,000 to look pretty? And Tasca included him as being in on the Matchbook accounting scheme!! They need to arrest Louney who retired before they could fire him. He stole money as Tasca stated and he isn't arrested??

Fire all the Captains,Lts and Sgts who have been inactive for years and/or who have been involved in the matchbook accounting scheme! Then hire new patrolmen and civil dispatchers!

The Mayor takes half steps! I was unaware that Kaddy was still on the payroll! I haven't been able to find the payroll for these guys; they keep it hidden well! The Fire departments payroll is sealed I think! What is up with this fact?

Here is the link to Massachusetts State trooper payrolls! Check this out! There is a trooper first class making a base salary of $70,000 and on top of that OT for another $120,000. Here is the link:
" http://www.bostonherald.com/projects/payroll/...

Joe the plumber could get elected Governor of Mass if he ran on changing the Massachusetts Stte Police OT policy! These guys are groomed for a wedding during their work day!
Civil Servant Supporter

Fitchburg, MA

#11 May 19, 2010
Mr Tootin wrote:
The image of the Fitchburg PD would greatly improve if the public had more confidence in what was happening within the walls of the FPD.
A very good example of what I am refering to is the case of Joel Kaddy and his mysterious police disability. On one hand we read how the FPD is grossly understaffed. And, on the other hand, we watch in total disbelief as Joel Kaddy continues to remain out of work from the force on his mysterious disability. I call it a mysterious disability because somehow Kaddy is completely unable to perform any sort of police work whatsoever; but he is fit and heathly enough to continue to run his poorly named personal business "Once Upon a Tile".
Let's put that loudmouth Kaddy back to work on the force; where his fat paycheck will at least show some weak and feeble semblance of actually being justified. Or, let's put the old boy out to pasture once and for all, and get his name removed from the roster of our paid public servants.
I get awful tired of reading the various stories where Kaddy has stuck his speckled nose into Fitchburg Police Business; while he collects his police disability paycheck and runs his poorly named business......
Can't say I'm glad to see you back. How was the bighouse? Did you stay out of trouble? How was the food? How are the boys? Did they treat you "right?" Did you ever make that appointment with a psychatrist about your compulsive ruminating tendencies and narcissistic personality? Maybe in jail? Well, We'll just have to see how we can help you see your errant ways...

First of all, if you do have an issue with Joel Kaddy, Why don't you ask him? Was he the one responsible for your lowly state? Did you buy a batch of bad tile or something, or was it strictly a police matter?

Secondly, do you really think you're reaching the audience you wish to reach through this forum? How many people do you think care about what you say? How many people believe you? Oh, I know, you'll have your little toady "Dr Evil" or somebody nominating you for mayor, but what change do you really think you can make using this forum?

It's going to be fun trying to find out who you are again! After what you said about our SRO's, THEY'RE absolutely interested in finding out. Me too!!! You're a child abuser. You put fear and mistrust in children's and parent's minds with that diatribe about school resource officers. I'll help them by letting them know you're back.

See you at the parole office!!!
Mr Tootin

Marlborough, MA

#12 May 19, 2010
Civil Servant Supporter wrote:
<quoted text>
Can't say I'm glad to see you back. How was the bighouse? Did you stay out of trouble? How was the food? How are the boys? Did they treat you "right?" Did you ever make that appointment with a psychatrist about your compulsive ruminating tendencies and narcissistic personality? Maybe in jail? Well, We'll just have to see how we can help you see your errant ways...
First of all, if you do have an issue with Joel Kaddy, Why don't you ask him? Was he the one responsible for your lowly state? Did you buy a batch of bad tile or something, or was it strictly a police matter?
Secondly, do you really think you're reaching the audience you wish to reach through this forum? How many people do you think care about what you say? How many people believe you? Oh, I know, you'll have your little toady "Dr Evil" or somebody nominating you for mayor, but what change do you really think you can make using this forum?
It's going to be fun trying to find out who you are again! After what you said about our SRO's, THEY'RE absolutely interested in finding out. Me too!!! You're a child abuser. You put fear and mistrust in children's and parent's minds with that diatribe about school resource officers. I'll help them by letting them know you're back.
See you at the parole office!!!
You have worked yourself into a lather again. It seems to me that all I had to say about our SRO's was that a little prudence was wise; based on the various true stories floating around the US about SRO's gone bad. Are they all bad? Of course not! But, are some of them peddling drugs and fondling children? Yes! When it comes to the subject of our SRO's, let's hope for the best, but let's keep our ears to the ground and our eyes open. Our children's well being is depending on it. It's the least that we can do for them.

Getting back to the subject of Joel Kaddy; is there a proper medical term for what he has been stricken with? I am really curious. What sort of illness or disability leaves a portly Tile Seller unable to perform the most simple of tasks over at the police station (where he is employed) but miraculously heathly enough to run a Tile Business? Is there a medical term for it? Is there a cure? Can we organize a fundraiser to help to pay for research into this horrible disability? Maybe a motorcycle fundraising event? Or, a face painting fundraiser in front of Once Upon a Tile? I want to help. What can I do for Joel and others stricken with this sad disability?

Darn
Kaddy and Kearns in love

Belmont, MA

#13 May 19, 2010
Mr Tootin wrote:
<quoted text>
You have worked yourself into a lather again. It seems to me that all I had to say about our SRO's was that a little prudence was wise; based on the various true stories floating around the US about SRO's gone bad. Are they all bad? Of course not! But, are some of them peddling drugs and fondling children? Yes! When it comes to the subject of our SRO's, let's hope for the best, but let's keep our ears to the ground and our eyes open. Our children's well being is depending on it. It's the least that we can do for them.
Getting back to the subject of Joel Kaddy; is there a proper medical term for what he has been stricken with? I am really curious. What sort of illness or disability leaves a portly Tile Seller unable to perform the most simple of tasks over at the police station (where he is employed) but miraculously heathly enough to run a Tile Business? Is there a medical term for it? Is there a cure? Can we organize a fundraiser to help to pay for research into this horrible disability? Maybe a motorcycle fundraising event? Or, a face painting fundraiser in front of Once Upon a Tile? I want to help. What can I do for Joel and others stricken with this sad disability?
Darn
Tooten, you know what is even funnier! I believe Kaddy got the property off the city for pennies on the dollar. Or Maybe his next door neighbor from the Tile business our hard working Captain Kearns helped him retrieve the property.

Tooten you have me laughing and you have civil servant drinking in his basement again!
The Kaddy connection

Belmont, MA

#21 May 19, 2010
Lemay sounds familiar; hmmmm? Oh Officer Lemay!

Is this the same Lemay who McNamarra from the zoning board voted for him??? You think she may have excused herself from that vote!oops!
proof

Miami, FL

#22 May 19, 2010
all people do on this site is spout off with nonsense. It is actually sick that you are allowed to say things about people without any facts. All the chief was saying is that he is down a serious number of bodies in his department. he also stated in a council meeting there are less drug officers and clearly less proactive cops because numbers are down. And for anyone who thinks fitchburg cops do nothing just listen to a scanner, then listen to any other area dept. and compare who does what.
Clancy Wiggun

Fitchburg, MA

#23 May 19, 2010
proof wrote:
all people do on this site is spout off with nonsense. It is actually sick that you are allowed to say things about people without any facts. All the chief was saying is that he is down a serious number of bodies in his department. he also stated in a council meeting there are less drug officers and clearly less proactive cops because numbers are down. And for anyone who thinks fitchburg cops do nothing just listen to a scanner, then listen to any other area dept. and compare who does what.
Hey man don’t say that! This site is worth its weight in gold. You see it’s a place for all the winners who live in their parents basement to come and rant and rave about the police this or the police that. The police officer did this so we should do that. However, I have yet to see any of these losers get of the couch and become police officers. Instead they are content driving around in their old “police cars” that they bought at an auction and tricked out with more lights then 10 real police cars have on them.
RILEY

Fitchburg, MA

#24 May 19, 2010
IT APPEARS THERE ARE A COUPLE OF ONGOING PROBLEMS IN THE CITY OF FITCHBURG.POOR MONEY MANAGEMENT,AND THE INABILITY TO PROPERLY ALLOCATE FISCAL BUDGET MONEY.NAMELY;YOU DON'T GIVE YOUR SELF A RAISE,AND YOUR DEPARTMENT HEADS THAT ARE CURRENTLY MAKING 100K PLUS,AND CUT PUBLIC SAFETY,AT THE EXPENSE OF THE TAX PAYERS.THE COPS DO THE BEST JOB THEY CAN CONSIDERING THE INFLUX OF DRUG DEALING,GUN TOTING,
IDIOTS,WHO THINK PERFORMANCE IS A LOUD MUFFLER!THE MORE THIS CITY TRIES TO CHANGE,THE MORE IT STAYS THE SAME,AND EVEN WORSE.THEY SHOULD CHANGE THE SIGN AS YOUR ENTERING FITCHBURG TO "WELCOME TO TOMBSTONE"
resident

Fitchburg, MA

#25 May 20, 2010
need for reorganization wrote:
<quoted text>
It seems like there are a lot of dead weight on the FPD now! I seen one officer directing traffic. He waved his hand for traffic to go through and he almost stopped breathing! There are a few of these officers that could collaspe on the job by just raising their arm!
The Captains,Lts and Sgts are all in need of demotion to patrolmen. These guys have done nothing for years!
Then Tasca states that all the brass took money like he did? Why isn't there more firings? Captain Kearns looks pretty and thats all he does!!!! He gets paid well over a $100,000 to look pretty? And Tasca included him as being in on the Matchbook accounting scheme!! They need to arrest Louney who retired before they could fire him. He stole money as Tasca stated and he isn't arrested??
Fire all the Captains,Lts and Sgts who have been inactive for years and/or who have been involved in the matchbook accounting scheme! Then hire new patrolmen and civil dispatchers!
The Mayor takes half steps! I was unaware that Kaddy was still on the payroll! I haven't been able to find the payroll for these guys; they keep it hidden well! The Fire departments payroll is sealed I think! What is up with this fact?
Here is the link to Massachusetts State trooper payrolls! Check this out! There is a trooper first class making a base salary of $70,000 and on top of that OT for another $120,000. Here is the link:
" http://www.bostonherald.com/projects/payroll/...
Joe the plumber could get elected Governor of Mass if he ran on changing the Massachusetts Stte Police OT policy! These guys are groomed for a wedding during their work day!
It is laughable on what you write.
Mr Tootin

Marlborough, MA

#26 May 20, 2010
The Kaddy connection wrote:
KADDY JOEL City FITCHBURG
State MA
Address 57 HIGHVIEW STREET Zip 01420
Zoning NBD
Current Property Sales Information
Sale Date 11/24/2003 Legal Reference 5060-222
Sale Price 1,000 Grantor(Seller) FITCHBURG, CITY OF,
VERY enlightening! VERY enlightening indeed! Great job on your research; and thanks for posting it for all of us to see!

If your postings are correct (and, I would guess that THEY ARE correct) it appears that Kaddy has been buying real estate from the City of Fitchburg for years; for pennies on the dollar! And, to add insult to injury; he then seemingly pays real estate taxes based on a truly low property value assessment! Wow; how can ALL OF US get in on this action? It's the next best thing to having a money tree!

I suppose that it's the least that the Taxpayers of Fitchburg can do for Kaddy, because of that debilitating disability that he was stricken with, years back. Everytime I think of of this once proud policeman, this once lauded lawman, this once brave blueboy, this once courageous cop, this once fearless flatfoot; being reduced to nothing more than a portly, pistol packing purveyor of tiles; it brings tears to my eyes. Who can possibly imagine the turmoil that Kaddy is feeling? Sure, he would love to be serving the public over at the police station. Sure, he is willing to anything within the walls of the FPD. But, alas, he has that terrible disability to content with. And, as strange as it sounds, when a man is sticken with THIS disability; the only hope that he possibly has for gamefull employment is buying a building from the City of Fitchburg for pennies on the dollar; coming up with a lame name for a business; and cobbling up a business peddling tiles.......
Daisy

Canton, MA

#27 May 20, 2010
I agree it is not about the quantity of officers you have it is about the quality of the officers you have. If you have truly dedicated/hardworking officers who want to make a difference as opposed to power hungry, rude, cocky officers that makes a huge difference. Also the community has to take a major role in bringing crime down. Reporting suspicious behavior, neighborhood watches,etc. Its the only way you will turn the city around and bring new business in to make the city prosper once again.

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