Falmouth's Racial Profiling, Chief's contract postponed

EnterpriseFalmouth- Racial Profiling Survey Reveals Problems For Town To Address
But Police Get High Marks For Crime Prevention

By LAURA M. RECKFORD

Falmouth Racial ProfilingHow the Town of Falmouth is handling the racial profiling issue is being closely watched by police chiefs across the state and even nationally, according to consultants hired by the town.

Falmouth is one of the first communities in the state and, in fact, one of the first in New England, to reach out to citizens with a survey asking their opinions of the police department in general and racial profiling in particular. The surveys were sent out this fall to a random sampling of about 6,000 Falmouth residents. There was a concerted attempt to send the survey to non-whites... Read the rest of this Enterprise story here, and add your comments below.

Falmouth- Selectmen Postpone Vote On Police Chief's Contract
The celebration would have to wait

By LAURA M. RECKFORD

Falmouth Police Chief David F. CusolitoUnder the watchful eyes of 15 to 20 police chiefs from around the state, Falmouth selectmen last night postponed the renewal of Falmouth Police Chief David F. Cusolito’s contract, citing continuing problems in the department.

Falmouth Town Administrator Robert L. Whritenour Jr. drew up a three-year contract for the chief but selectmen stated they would prefer one or two years at maximum.

The police chiefs who accompanied Chief Cusolito (above on right) into the meeting room and sat in the first several rows during most of the selectmen’s meeting waited and watched as selectmen discussed the racial profiling survey and the police chief’s contract.

Jack Collins, an attorney representing the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, even asked Chairman of the Falmouth Board of Selectmen Kevin E. Murphy to act on the chief’s contract in advance of other agenda items, so that the group could celebrate with the chief after the contract was renewed.

But the celebration would have to wait...  Read the rest of this Enterprise story here, and add your comments below.

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