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Two NLPD Captains Retire; Officer Fired

Finizio also announces officer accused of corruption has been put on paid administrative leave

Mayor Daryl Finizio announced Friday night that two captains will retire from the , while a police officer has been fired from the department. Another officer is on paid administrative leave pending investigation of a corruption accusation.

Finizio made the announcement at the same time that he released documents on over claims of unethical behavior by former City Councilor Michael Buscetto III. Finizio announced earlier this week that retirements were under negotiation during a press conference where he discussed , whose contract was allowed to expire.

Captains William Dittman and Michael Lacey will retire from the department. Finizio said Lacey’s retirement was at his request, and that Dittman will retire on Sunday. He said both men had taken extensive sick time over recent years and chose to take advantage of restructuring in the department.

“They are both excellent public servants who have served the city very well for very many years,” said Finizio.

Officer Joshua Bergeson has been terminated following a disciplinary hearing. Finizio said Bergeson had frequently been absent from work and was involved in an incident at the Southeastern Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence center in December. According to , three police officers were accused of beating and pepper-spraying an intoxicated man at the facility. Finizio said the report on the investigation of the incident is complete but cannot be released because a lawsuit has been filed in connection to it.

Finizio said Bergeson’s disciplinary history was also taken into consideration in the decision. Bergeson received a suspension in 2009 after an incident at the Shrine nightclub at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Several other police officers said Bergeson was at the club while off-duty and slapped a woman while he was intoxicated.

Officer Roger Newton has been placed on paid leave during a corruption investigation. Finizio said Newton is accused of planting evidence on a person, who acquired a video of the incident and provided it to The Day. Newton has forfeited his service weapon and police canine while the State’s Attorney’s Office and U.S. Attorney’s Office conduct the investigation.

Finizio said he hopes to appoint a deputy chief soon and fast-track a promotion to fill one of the vacancies caused by the captains’ retirements.

 “The New London Police Department is a good department full of good officers and this administration will stand behind the police who want to come to work, do a good job, and help our city, and bring honor to their department,” said Finizio. “And through this transition in management and through these ongoing investigations we will make sure that we have the best department possible and that we become a model for efficiency and integrity and that we will make the city proud.”

Watch video of Mayor Finizio's press conference on theday.com.

lion king January 07, 2012 at 02:57 PM
gee one must wonder why two police captians would just pick up and go but they did no wrong ,lets start with some of the civilian complaints these two captians were involved with ,in my own personal experience from a couple cc me and my family filed in 2009 in which not one of my witnesses were contacted and statements from police officers were in question from the start ,sence that time i have been to court more than 5 times ,appeal hearings on more than one occasion where officers would not testify,after recieving video and audio from dash cams and police dispatch it made me think how can things be handled in this manner ,since 2009 when this process begin i have filed and foi complaint for an audio from police dispatch and was challenged by the deputy chief and the law director for over a year and to see the monies spent on behalf of the city to in my opinion to keep the audio from me was sickening ,they went as far as civil actions after they were told to comply with my request ,on oct 18 2011 the city withdrew there civil action after a motion was filed because of time issues by the city on fileing ,sence than i recieved the audio in which i was charged $5 for not the hundreds first wanted by the deputy and law director ,this audio brings many more questions into play and i myself will look foward to sitting down with the chief and mayor to try to see why things were put in motion just to hide a dispatch audio .
lion king January 07, 2012 at 03:31 PM
on a good note ,its nice to see that maybe the nlpd will be pointed in the right direction and start to remove more officers who are not doing there jobs and using there positions to harm others ,this is my own opinion and i stand by it
Concernedcitizen January 07, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Officer Bergeson has disgraced his fathers name. I'm sure he would be dissapointed.
Lori Hopkins Cavanagh January 07, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Gee, if the cops were smokin' pot, it would be o.k.? According to Finizio's executive orders, right?
Concernedcitizen January 07, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Beating someone up while drunk and in custody and planting drugs to arrest someone is worse then smoking pot. And groping and slapping women is also worse then smoking pot. Maybe if they did this wouldn't have happened since they would be happy and relaxed:)
Lori Hopkins Cavanagh January 07, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Concernedcitizen. Were you there? Do you realize that these reports are incomplete? Perhaps you will read what has been uploaded and see that the accusers were drinking and may have had impaired thoughts and alternative agendas. A woman who is being sexually harassed does not belly up to the bar with her assailant for a few shots afterwards. This whole thing stinks and is tainted by politics. This 'he said, she said' internal police dysfunction cannot be trusted on any level. Condoning and encouraging marijuana intoxication of city employees by executive order is irresponsible. I never said it was better or worse than alcohol intoxication. This isn't about that, silly.
Concernedcitizen January 07, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I don't think he was encouraging or condoning its use. I think he just got smart and didn't want to waste any more money or ruin anymore peoples lives for smoking pot. I doubt he wants city officials driving around on duty smoking a joint but what they do at home is their business and if it interfers and they start missing work and being lazy then fire them for that, not for smoking weed.....
Kathy Tinoco January 07, 2012 at 11:32 PM
@Lori... BIG ????? Were you there???? Tainted by Politics??? Well of all people you should probably look in the mirror for someone who doesn't remember where one has paid taxes and lives in WTFD, maybe you can remember that incident for it was founded when you were trying to run for Mayor (documentation open to the public )
RGray January 08, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Agreed, Carrie. I know Mike and Bill from years ago. Both stand up, good guys. Not sure who is tainting whom with the mayor and the chief. But, let's face it, the chief has always had an axe to grind with her superiors. I wonder if, when the wind blows the wrong way, she'll pull the same stuff with the mayor. In any case, congratulations to Mike and Bill. They are probably so relieved to not have to deal with any of this anymore. They served well and deserve a couple of huge retirement parties!
Suzanne Cattanach January 08, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Concernedcitizen (ironic username you have chosen). Talk about kicking someone when he's down. He was an aggressive cop. He got fired from a job and it's all over the local paper. He lost his police officer dad, that you refer to, when he was oh, maybe in fifth grade. From what I've read, he also might have trouble with alcohol. Maybe someone "up there" is disappointed that you're a compassionless shit.
Carrie Lesage January 08, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Lion king, You should really Walsh what your saying. Apparently you lost your civilian complaint and court case. Maybe you should spend some time volunteering for the fire dept. Get a life.
CJ January 08, 2012 at 05:19 AM
What were the retirement packages?
Chip Smith January 08, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Hush money, now it makes sense.
lion king January 08, 2012 at 01:51 PM
carrie lesage, i dont believe i lost anything but i know the police dept lost two captians and a deputy that were part of this mess and from what i see and whats been in the papers someone has an issue with leaving things out so the public can not see them ,and i dont volunteer anywhere i like to get paid for what i do ,sorry all your friends at the nlpd got there own dirt put in there face by a women who had the balls to do it
FedUP January 08, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Ackley is an absolute epic failure !!!!
Chip Smith January 08, 2012 at 09:47 PM
That's what its called....dirt? I think they would beg to differ. I think I just saw them all running to the bank.
lion king January 09, 2012 at 12:21 AM
chip smith , you may have saw them all running to the bank but did you see there lawyers right behind them ,from there some may be running to ga10 ,dont worry they all know how to get there
Richie Marshall January 09, 2012 at 12:29 AM
The lion king is smoking the Finizio dope!
lion king January 09, 2012 at 03:11 PM
sorry richie drug free and always will be ,one has to wonder if a nlpd cops planted drugs where did those drugs come from //////////////////////////////one more thing to look into
Lori Hopkins Cavanagh January 09, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Kathy Tinoco: You are a Finizio liar. I have never lived in Waterford. My home is in New London where it has been for 51 years. You and the Finizio camp are a bunch of bullies that have no respect for a lifelong New London Business woman and resident. My husband pays taxes in Waterford on the property that is in his name. Why don't you concentrate your evil lies on covering up for the bully Finizio family and his sex offender brother. You fit in well with the family that bullied an innocent handicapped nine year old girls family. I have never witnessed a bigger group of low life liars and corrupt politicians as I am witnessing now with the likes of you, Alan Devars and Finizio. Everyone that knows me, knows where I live and everyone who knows the truth knows you are a liar. You know nothing about my life and who I am, thank god. Finizio needs to resign. We need people with integrity running New London, not bullies like Finizio and Kathy Tinoco. Occupy City Hall. Passaro for mayor!
Alan Green, Jr. January 09, 2012 at 07:41 PM
And, still, Dirk, you let that kind of talk continue from Lori? Isn't there something that can be done? It really is pollution. Liars? Low life? Bullies? She's consistently mean and nasty and contributes nothing but venom. I know she advertised once with you and the Patch. I will tell you now you'll lose at least this poster if you continue to allow her to get away with such flagrant violations of the spirit and rules of this community.
Lori Hopkins Cavanagh January 09, 2012 at 07:41 PM
You have an inaccurate news story with a false headline and no documentation. That is why I was able to legitimately run for mayor. Are you saying I was ineligible? Why did they include me in the debates? Why didn't any of the other candidates argue that I could not run? You are wrong, unfair and a liar. Sort of like Finizio. Attack bully, Attack.
Lori Hopkins Cavanagh January 09, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Alan,. Dirk has read the charter and knows that what you are doing to me publically is wrong. Dirk: Can't you do something about these Finizio supporters who haven't read the charter and keep on attacking me and my innocent family, unfairly? All venom and no truth. If you think I will not call you on your lies, you underestimate me.
Eric B January 09, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I enjoy your posts, Lori. NL is a circus, and you've made yourself the freakshow.
lion king January 09, 2012 at 09:11 PM
lori , please once again stop posting and drinking ,your comments are getting untasteful, no all jokes aside we all need to act like adults on here ,some children may be reading this
Eric B January 13, 2012 at 06:56 AM
I think it is more probably that no one saw you as a threat, so proven by what... 5% of the vote?
Lori Hopkins Cavanagh January 13, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Lying King, can you have the courage to attack people using your real name. Maybe it is Daryl Finizio in disguise. Honeymoon is over! Tell Daryl to head for California where his radical progressive ideas will be appreciated. We do not want a sanctuary city.
Lori Hopkins Cavanagh January 13, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Concerningcitizen - do you not have the courage to attack using your real name? Maybe you are Daryl Finizio in disguise! Honeymoon is over. Daryl's days are hopefully numbered.
Lori Hopkins Cavanagh January 13, 2012 at 01:56 PM
So Finizio has now proven himself to be a racist. He thinks the appointment of Eminent Jane has met our diversity quota for blacks in the city. Shame on you Daryl. Did you read Collins' column today? Daryl doesn't really want anything to do with helping advance minority representation within our departments, the homeless or making the City safer. It is all a facade and behind this facade is a very dangerous and dishonest career politician. Resign now Daryl, the honeymoon is over.
lion king January 13, 2012 at 02:27 PM
lori, attacking people, please go back and read some of your post and than tell me who is attacking people ,your issues and some of your poor taste shows not just me but many others your class ,i dont attack anybody but i will state my opinion in a decent manner unlike yourself ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, o and please explain who is we ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,if there are people that back your poor taste than the city will be in worse shape than we are already , bring a coat wensday its going to be cold but seems cold dont bother you

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