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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.

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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