Rutland Aldermen Lose Confidence In Police Chief

03/16/10 5:50PM By Nina Keck
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(Host) Rutland aldermen say they've lost confidence in the city's police chief and the five-member commission that oversees him.   

VPR's Nina Keck reports.

(Keck) Rutland City Police Chief Anthony Bossi has come under fire for the way he's handled an ongoing criminal investigation of one of his officers.  

The officer allegedly downloaded child pornography while on duty.  

Alderman David Dress says he's confident that investigation will be handled properly by the legal system.  

But he says it's the third time since 2004 that a Rutland City police officer has been investigated for using pornography while on duty. Dress says that, on top of reported morale problems within the department, is troubling.

(Dress) "The man who is the leader of any organization sets the culture for that organization and I think the culture of this organization has been set very poorly."

(Keck) Dress says he's disappointed that the civilian panel that oversees the chief has not asked for Bossi's resignation. Dress says members of the aldermen will be reassessing the Police Commission's function to determine what, if any, changes need to be made.   

For VPR News, I'm Nina Keck in Rutland.

(Host) The Rutland Police Commission met late this afternoon about the controversy. The commission says it stands behind Chief Bossi.

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