Police Commission Must Not Turn its Back on Sworn Duty

BY LETTER TO THE EDITOR OCTOBER 26, 2021

To the Editor:

In all the high drama some are bringing to the issue of the citizen complaint mailed to me and that I have retained, I ask that people not lose sight of why I made that decision.  It is not because I want to create controversy.  It is certainly not because I take pleasure from some family’s troubles.  It is simply because I take seriously my obligation as a member of the Old Saybrook Police Commission to provide civilian oversight for our Police Department. 

The document in question is a civilian complaint against the department we oversee.  Pursuant to our by-laws, we refer that complaint to our Chief of Police in the first instance. But that by no means ends our responsibility.  As commissioners, we must exercise our authority to ensure that the department addresses the complaint promptly and conducts its investigation professionally.  For us to do that, we must not deprive ourselves of the information sent to us by the citizen whose complaint we are to oversee.  If we deliberately deprive ourselves of all institutional memory of that complaint, we would be turning our back on our sworn duty. 

Alfred “Chub” Wilcox
Old Saybrook, CT

Dan Moran

 

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Adam Boyd
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Colin Heffernan
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Carol Conklin
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A. Donald Cooper
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Ken Soudan
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Neil McCrudden
  • Neil and wife Ethel have lived in Old Saybrook for 20 years
  • Retired Pharmacist – having graduated from Pharmacy School at U.R.I.
  • Served in U.S. Navy during WW II
  • Member of the Elderly Benefit Committee
  • Served on the Estuary Transit Board
  • Past member of the OSDTC
  • Active member of the American Red Cross and American Cancer Society
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George Chang

 

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John O'Brien
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Alan Spargo
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George Wall
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Emilio Scamporino
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Susan Esty
 
  • Park and Recreation Commission member for over 6 years
  • Integral to the successful restoration of Parks and Play Fields after Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, including the Saybrook Point Miniature Golf facility
  • Worked on Appointment of the new Director of P&R, after retirement of Vicky Duffy
  • Serves on The Preserve Ad Hoc Committee
  • Strong believer in the value of Old Saybrook’s many natural resources for recreation.
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