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June 11, 2014

Salem police captain suspended

Gilligan punished after probe into private work details


In response to the issue, Tucker said he has tightened the rules for officers working private details, including requiring them to call in over the radio when they arrive at the work site and do so again when they leave, so that the exact times are documented through the department’s recording system. Other rule changes include barring officers from using a portion of a vacation day to work a detail instead of a whole one.

“I’m confident that this won’t happen again,” Tucker said. “When we don’t get it right, we fix it.”

Mayor Kim Driscoll, who met yesterday with Tucker and representatives of the two police unions representing both patrolmen and superior officers, said everybody involved “embraced” the new, stricter set of rules regarding details and documenting related hours.

“I would characterize it as policy reform,” Driscoll said. “We were operating a little too loose in respect to details. ... We’re going to put in place some reforms to make sure that doesn’t happen going forward.”

Gilligan has already served two days of the suspension and will serve the other three at a later time. No other officers have been implicated in the investigation.

Gilligan’s pay last year amounted to more than $168,000, including $85,000 in base pay, $8,000 in overtime, $45,000 in additional compensation and $29,000 in miscellaneous pay. The last category includes money earned during details.

Tucker estimated the total punishment would cost Gilligan about $8,600.

Neil H. Dempsey can be reached at or via Twitter @NeilDempseySN.

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