Dracut police chief responds to 'no confidence’ vote by union
DRACUT – In the wake of a union “no confidence” vote, Police Chief Peter Bartlett issued the following statement:
"Leading a complex municipal police agency in the 21st Century is difficult and challenging work. Progressive police chiefs recognize the importance of supporting the law-abiding women and men under their command, while also being responsive to the community’s demand for transparency and accountability. As we challenge the culture of the department and adopt the community values demanded by the public, we should expect union resistance to such change.
"Local union votes of no confidence are non-binding actions typically employed in response to progressive police chiefs who are unwavering in their commitment to the public’s trust, and who hold their staff fully accountable. This is precisely the case with the Dracut police unions.
"As the department continues to grow into a first-class community policing agency driven by exemplary values and high standards of ethical conduct, there will be internal conflict.
"In my 34 years of service, I have been no stranger to attempts to silence progressive growth and reform efforts. This community supported generous contracts for both police unions, and they rightfully expect transparency and good conduct for their investment. Organizational culture does not happen overnight. I remain committed to working toward that goal with every police employee who desires to make the Dracut Police Department live up to its great potential.”