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June 13, 2014

Police details policy changed

Captain's suspension prompted rules review

SALEM — The police department has revised its policies regarding detail assignments after a recent investigation determined that the captain previously responsible for overseeing them appeared to have “double-dipped,” or worked details while on duty.

View the new police detail policy

Capt. Brian Gilligan, who made $168,000 last year, was suspended for five days after Chief Paul Tucker determined he had improperly documented his work hours and appeared to have worked details while on duty.

Gilligan retained his position as commander of the Special Operations Division, but was removed from oversight of private details.

The resulting changes to the department’s details policy are the result of a meeting this week between Tucker, Mayor Kim Driscoll and representatives of the two unions that represent Salem police officers. They were issued by Capt. Mark Losolfo, who was put in charge of detail assignments when the chief launched his review into Gilligan.

“We revised the policy and put in place what I consider to be stronger controls,” Tucker said. “If going forward we find that they need to be modified any further, we will do so immediately.”

One of the first changes evident in the policies is that detail assignments will now be administered by the commander of the Administrative and Auxiliary Services Division — currently Losolfo — and as such will no longer be under the purview of Gilligan’s unit.

Another change in protocol is that officers will be required to “call out to Salem control when they arrive at the [detail] site, stating their radio number or name and the street,” a change that Tucker said would allow the department to record exactly when an officer arrives on detail. Officers also will be required to call when they’re finished.

Also, officers will no longer be allowed to use half-vacation days in order to work a detail, something that Tucker said Gilligan had done in instances where he should have used a full vacation day.

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