A complaint to the MCAD by a woman sergeant against the Chief and Mayor, and Emails cast new light on Savino’s dismissal

Something seems to happen to people and institutions when they are successful. It happened to banker Dick Covell.  When he was in his home building of the Northampton Institute for Savings on Main Street in 1984, he was known as a “hands-on” administrator who ran a tight operation.  But then they grew and with all the money … Continue reading A complaint to the MCAD by a woman sergeant against the Chief and Mayor, and Emails cast new light on Savino’s dismissal

An Old Hand Weighs In

One of a Series of unsigned letters about the NPD Mr. Kirby, I write in response to the posted email that you placed on your blog that is supposedly from a former NPD patrolman.  Let me start off by saying that I am/was a seasoned veteran  employee of NPD who has seen a lot over … Continue reading An Old Hand Weighs In

Another Letter of doubtful provenance

I got this letter a couple days ago. The writer wants to remain anonymous, and he might not be a former Northampton Police Officer.  I think, however, that the guy is real and is telling it like it was. Don’t ask me why. Maybe those of us who were enlisted men  and lived under the … Continue reading Another Letter of doubtful provenance

Peyton Place

                        On Center Street ??                                               The other day I got a letter from a Northampton police officer. Letter in a bottle, a SOS from a veteran who’ll we’ll call officer “X.”  Letter sent to City Councilor Jessie … Continue reading Peyton Place

Click here for directory to police dept. stories

Police Department Stories For many years, the focus of city government on its police department had to do with bricks and mortar, on giving the Chief Sienkowicz and his rank and file a decent modern police station.  Now we have a castle, but we have had scandals, and millions in training money going down the … Continue reading Click here for directory to police dept. stories

Check out the figures

   Posted by Anonymous as a comment, February 3rd,2014 at 11:27AM and promoted to be lead story by the editor.“You should all check out the budget information slides the mayor presented to the council last week. One of the slides in particular showed the exploding costs of police and fire services in the city since … Continue reading Check out the figures

“Come Home Son, All is Forgiven.”

 I was walking downtown a week ago and saw a police officer I knew.  I asked him about the Scott Savino business.  “Well,” he said, smiling. “I can’t talk to you about that.” Last month, Northampton Police Chief Russell Sienkiewicz placed Captain Savino and a Mary Ann Keating, a civilian administrative assistant, on paid administrative … Continue reading “Come Home Son, All is Forgiven.”

“2 and 2 makes 4, not 44

“or 88,” said Captain Patenaude of the Northampton Police to me this morning. Responding to rumors fed by a story in the Hampshire Gazette, I called him to ask if the second instance of graffiti they reported was outside the Mayor’s campaign office at Old School Commons. He told me that the graffiti was on … Continue reading “2 and 2 makes 4, not 44

Power in a Small Town

A month or so ago, I was sitting there in the fortified intake room at the police station. Behind dark aquarium glass, officers were working on dispatch and intake work. They will talk to you if you lift up the phone. On the wall is a bulletin board with a clipboard listing all the Level … Continue reading Power in a Small Town