A Press Release From The Mayor's Office in New London
On Friday, December 6, New London Police Officer David McElroy was terminated from employment by Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio upon the recommendation of Police Chief Margaret Ackley.
Officer McElroy was found to have violated department policies by releasing an internal police document to the media without the permission of the Police Department. It was also found that McElroy was untruthful in a memorandum to the Police Department and during an interview regarding his release of this information. The Police Department performed an exhaustive and professional investigation into the release of the document, including the retaining of one of the foremost forensic document examiners in the State of Connecticut to review the evidence
After the premature and unauthorized release of information about an alleged sexual assault, which needlessly caused fear in the public, an internal investigation was conducted to determine the source of the “leak.” Each member of the department was asked a series of questions, to which they needed to provide sworn and subscribed to responses. Not one member admitted releasing the internal email to the news media, or having any knowledge of the release. It became evident at that point, there was a person within the agency who not only made a mistake in using good judgment, but worse yet, was willing to swear and subscribe to false statements.
Given that at least one person who had been involved in the release of the information had written on the document sent to the news anchor, the department was able to have a forensic handwriting analysis performed by an independent professional. The examiner was provided with many handwriting samples, authored by many different department members. The highly-qualified and well-respected examiner, who had no knowledge of each sample’s author, found that those written by McElroy were the same as the writing on the document received by the media.
After this evidence was known, McElroy was provided with another opportunity to admit to his involvement and asked whether or not he was the one who had written the words on the document sent to the media. Under oath, he denied it was his writing. He was provided with the scientific evidence, with legal representation present, allowed to examine the evidence, and then asked again. He repeated his denial.
McElroy’s termination is the result of his demonstration of his lack of integrity. He swore and subscribed to a document which he knew contained false information. He then lied twice under oath. The New London Police Department has zero tolerance for this conduct. Moreover, his credibility as a law enforcement officer is forever ruined. As such, his services are no longer be of use to the Department.
The City is very proud of the high caliber of officers in the New London Police Department. This behavior is not indicative of members of this department. Because dishonesty and a lack of integrity harm the overall agency, the other officers, and citizens, it cannot and will not be tolerated. We stand very strongly in our beliefs regarding the importance of truthfulness.
In an effort to politicize and cloud this issue, the police union has stated that McElroy was “targeted” because of his involvement as a union officer. This simply is not the case and calls into question the motives of those making these statements, especially since they are all aware of the independent scientific evidence. The New London Police Department has an obligation to protect the citizens living in and visiting the city, including protecting them from dishonest officers.
“This is a sad day for the New London Police Department because, while the City must hold Officer McElroy responsible for his conduct, this incident clouds the fact that the vast and overwhelming majority of our police officers do an honorable job serving our community and upholding the privilege of being called a New London Police officer,” said Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio.