police corruption

New England News
1:10 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Turnover Of Small Town Police Chiefs, Influence On Public Confidence

In recent months there have been a number of changes in police leadership within the small towns that dot western Massachusetts.

Whenever there is leadership change in an organization, there are going to be growing pains. However, those pains may be longer and more damaging when it pertains to small town police chiefs who are replaced because of alleged wrongdoing. Brian Buchner is the president of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, or NACOLE.

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New England News
12:36 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Lee Names Police Chief, Following Ousting Of Former Lead Officer

The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved Jeffrey Roosa as Lee's police chief at Tuesday's meeting.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The western Massachusetts town of Lee has named a new police chief for the third time in two years following the firing of Joseph Buffis in August.

“Relieved. Somewhat apprehensive. It’s a new job, but overall excited. Can’t wait to get started.”

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New England News
1:04 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Lee Names Search Committee for New Police Chief

Lee town Administrator Bob Nason has named a nine-member search committee to determine the best candidates to serve as the town's next police chief. So far 11 have applied for the position.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The town of Lee, Massachusetts has taken another step to replace its ousted police chief.

At Wednesday’s meeting, town Administrator Bob Nason announced a nine-member search committee has been formed to recommend a candidate to serve as the town’s new police chief. Lee’s fire chief, school principal and current interim police chief Ronald Glidden are among the committee members. Nason says he’s pleased with the group’s makeup.

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New England News
6:40 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Former Lee Police Chief Buffis Pleads Not Guilty, Will Challenge Firing

Buffis' Attorney Lori Levinson says her client will challenge Lee's Board of Selectmen's decision to fire him as police chief.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Former Lee Police Chief Joseph Buffis has pleaded not guilty to federal money laundering and extortion charges in Springfield, Massachusetts.

In U.S. District Court Thursday, Buffis pleaded not guilty to one count of extortion and three counts of money laundering. He was indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month. His attorney, Lori Levinson, has maintained her client’s innocence. 

“He does have a legitimate defense to the charges and we believe after all is said and done he will be exonerated," said Levinson.

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New England News
2:23 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Lee Police Chief Fired, But Not on Federal Indictments

The Lee Board of Selectmen fired Joseph Buffis as the town's police chief after Town Administrator Robert Nason said he improperly used over $5,000 in town funds to pay for his family’s cell phones and service plan.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The police chief in Lee has been fired, but not because of recent federal indictments.

“Absolutely stunned by the action of the board and the town tonight.”

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New England News
5:11 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Law Enforcement Scandals Raise Questions of Public Confidence

Lee Police Chief Joseph Buffis has been indicted on charges of extortion and money laundering. He is currently suspended without pay or benefits.
Credit Lee Police Department

The police chief in Lee, Massachusetts finds himself on the wrong side of the law. A federal grand jury has indicted Lee Police Chief Joseph Buffis for extortion and money laundering involving owners of a local inn. In February 2012, Buffis allegedly forced the couple who owns the Laurel Inn to make donations to a toy fund in an agreement that the chief would drop prostitution-related charges against them.

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