Picking a New Police Chief

Although Mayor Dan Rizzo is not making public statements about exactly what he wants to do to remake the police department, there has been a great deal of talk from his camp that Revere’s present police Chief Terence Reardon is up for replacement.

Reardon, it is believed, will either be removed and replaced or run out the last 8 months on his city contract. This will be entirely up to Mayor Rizzo.

He isn’t saying what he is planning to do. But we know he is thinking about the issue and will be making some kind of decision and sooner rather than later.

If Chief Reardon is removed by the mayor, he will return to the force as a captain with a yet to be determined position in the department.

There are presently less than 100 men and women members of the Revere Police Department. The force could legitimately use an additional ten to 15 more police officers.

The force also suffers from a severe morale problem. Newer officers who take their work seriously, and who are actually working a patrol car on the streets of this city, are woefully undermanned. At times, overnight, there are as few as four RPD officers patrolling the city. One might well ask, where are the other 90 or so officers?

According to an RPD police official, as many as 30 officers are involved in what are referred to as special assignments inside the police station when in reality, the greatest need is for officers out and patrolling the city 24/7.

With all so many senior officers and many junior officers confined to the police station under the guise of special assignments (a captain handles court duties) there are precious few bodies available for police outside of the police station.

The special duty officers inside the station don’t make arrests, don’t investigate crimes, don’t perform leadership roles for officers in the street.

“In fact, the people inside don’t understand the needs of those trying to patrol the city all day everyday. They are out of touch and frankly, it is as if they don’t exist. For those working the streets in this city, that knowledge is a bit overwhelming. When you are one of only four officers patrolling a city of almost 60,000 people, you tend to get a bit overwhelmed,” said the senior officer, who wished to remain unnamed.

Mayor Rizzo knows this needs to rectified. He also knows the force needs more officers.

However, more officers slipping and sliding into the arcane system already in place will be lost to more special assignments without ever seeing a moment of duty on the streets of this city.

Revere needs a minimum of 8-ten officers patrolling the city 24/7. Anything less makes the notion that the RPD is being managed correctly a laugh.

Mayor Rizzo is apparently leaning toward choosing Lt. Joe Cafarelli, a former Marine and longtime member of the force. He is regarded as a straight, strict police officer who knows what ought to be done.

In any case, the mayor is planning to act and soon.

10 comments for “Picking a New Police Chief

  1. January 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I am saddened to here how few police officers we have out on the streets

  2. Excited
    January 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Lt. Cafarelli would make a wonderful choice to lead the Revere Police Department.

  3. Bob
    January 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I hope Lt. Cafarelli is chosen. He will get the job done no excuses.

  4. Johnnythunder
    January 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm


  5. Johnnythunder
    January 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Attention…Whoever wrote this article is a joke.  You don’t know what your talking about, and this SENIOR official you claim to have spoken with is obviously a slacker who is jealous of officers who have moved up in the department.  Your figures and numbers are off by so much, it leads me to believe that you must have spoken to the guy who empties the trash.  Your a joke, the Senior official is a joke.

    Get your facts clear, there are exactly 22 members of the RPD, who are not engaged in patrol activities.  Of those, there are 9 detectives, who handle the little things, you know, like: drugs, rape, murder, child porn, etc. etc…you getting the hint.  They arrest and convict.

    The remaining 13 members in special assignment, include Administrators, ie..Chief, XO, Chief of Detectives, Evidence, Sex Registration, Gun Permits, Details, Training, MIS, and the school police.  The positions that are needed to run a major metropolitan police department.

    Why don’t you ask former Mayor, Tom Ambrosino, how many police officers he had when he took over in 2000, I’ll tell you 114.  Then ask him how many he hired in the 10 years he was in office, NOT many.  Then ask him how many police officers he layed off in 2009, I’ll tell you 9.  Then ask him how many men and women are employed with the RFD, and then ask how many he layed off EVER, I’ll tell you 0.

    So idiot, who made the RPD the way it is today.  Where was the outcry from the citizens of this city, when the mayor was laying off police officers, during the worst economic crisis this country has had since the Great Depression.  Now you want to point fingers, you want to listen to some joker who doesn’t even know how to add.

    My suggestion to you, and the citizens of this City, is to write the NEW Mayor, and tell him to stop hiring campaign supporters, and start hiring Police Officers. 

    P.S. Next time, why don’t you call one of these so called special assignment officers, and get the facts, instead of talking to some clown, who I’m sure if he gave his name, would be exposed for the slacker, cry baby, he or she is. 

  6. Anonymous
    January 13, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Our heroes, facing the dangers of obesity seated at a desk.

  7. Dinubliad21
    January 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I hope the RPD can be revamped there should be more patrols on the streets day and night.

  8. Armando57
    January 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Lt. John Goodwin for Chief.

  9. Citizen1234
    January 21, 2012 at 11:43 am

    You should read the chief’s response in this week’s paper.  He blames everyone and everything but himself, and even calls the patrol division a bunch of babies.

    Looks like he’s not going to step down gracefully.

  10. Roger
    February 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Why did no Captains show up at the swearing in of the new Chief, a disgrace!

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