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Discipline for Police Misconduct in Worcester Far Behind Springfield

By Tom Marino | August 22, 2023
Last Updated: August 22, 2023
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BOSTON – The Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission released data on complaints against police officers sustained by departments across the state on Tuesday, August 22. The data includes 3,413 records of 2,165 officers from 273 law enforcement agencies. The earliest record included is from December 1984. The data set is current through Jan. 31, 2023, according to the POST Commission.

According to the POST Commission, a sustained complaint is when “the investigation produced a preponderance of evidence to prove the allegation of an act that was determined to be misconduct.” The data set does not include investigations not sustained (preponderance of evidence did not prove or disprove the allegation), or when the investigation determined the complaint unfounded (allegation concerned an act that did not occur), or the where the officer was exonerated (the act alleged did occur, but the actions of the employee were legal, justified, proper and in conformance with the law and the agency policy).

The POST Commission notes that data involving “officers who have resigned or retired in good standing are not included. Data includes those who have resigned or retired to avoid discipline.”

The data in the POST Commission report is provided by each law enforcement agency.

SEE BELOW: The full, searchable reports by the Worcester and Springfield Police Departments, and the full POST Commission database. 

The report also confirms that the Worcester Police Department has failed to hold employees accountable in some of its highest profile cases, including those that led to settlements paid by the city’s taxpayers or in cases of falsifying police reports (a crime in Massachusetts), or cases that led to wrongful incarceration.

The data for sustained complaints with the Worcester Police Department includes 71 complaints sustained involving 46 department employees. The earliest incident date is July 6, 1993. The most recent is September 3, 2023.The allegations sustained are categorized as follows:

  • Criminal Conduct: 13
  • Unreasonable Force: 1
  • Bias: 3 ( 2 based on race and one based on ethnicity)
  • Truthfulness or Professional Integrity: 6
  • Other misconduct: 48

These sustained allegations led to 10 employees who reached last chance agreements with the department. The discipline enacted include:

  • 30+ days suspension: 5
  • 6-29 days suspension: 1
  • 1-5 days suspension: 20
  • Retraining: 5
  • Written Reprimand: 9
  • Written Warning or Letter of Counseling: 7
  • Reassignment: 1
  • Other: 11
  • Termination or similar: 1

Note: some cases fit more than one category of discipline. The one case that resulted in discipline of “Termination or similar” was for an allegation of Insubordination/ Orders.

Of the 13 allegations of criminal conduct sustained:

  • Last chance agreements: 7
  • 30+ Days Suspension: 4
  • 6-29 days Suspension: 1
  • 1-5 days suspension: 3
  • Other: 2

The types of criminal conduct sustained are redacted in the report.

The employee with the most sustained allegations is Angela Consiglio with 11 for incidents occurring between June 15, 1996 and November 20, 2018. Consiglio has been suspended for one to five days on five different occasions. Two of the three total allegations categorized as “Bias” sustained against employees of the Worcester Police Department against Consiglio. In the first bias case, for an incident taking place Feb, 24, 1997, Consiglio received a written reprimand  for “Remarks made during a phone conv, Harrassing phone call,” according to POST Commission data. In the other, discipline is listed “other” for “Submitting Reports, Other Misconduct, Extra Departmental Cooperation.”

In an incident on June 15, 1996, a allegation Consiglio “Threatened to shoot gas comp empl” was sustained. The discipline is categorized as “other.” 

Consiglio, who earned a base salary of $99,142 and gross pay of $127,978 in 2022, does not appear to have ever been subject to a last chance agreement according to the POST Commission data.

Comparing to Springfield

While the Worcester Police Department reports 71 sustained allegations against its employees to the POST Commission, the Springfield Police Department reported 418 sustained allegations. Of those allegations, 53 were for unreasonable force to just one in Worcester. Springfield suspended more officers for allegations than the total number of allegations the Worcester Police  Department sustained. The Worcester Police Department suspended a higher percentage of the subjects of sustained allegation (37%) than Springfield (24%). Springfield suspended nearly four times more employees (102)  than Worcester (26).

Police in Springfield were also subject to retraining as a result of disciplinary action at a rate much 30 time more than in Worcester.

Police Dept. Employee Suspensions (POST Commission Data)
Rank Worcester % of total Springfield % of Total
30+ Day Suspension 5 7.0% 20 4.8%
6-29 Day Suspension 1 1.4% 20 4.8%
1-5 Day Suspension 20 7% 62 14.9%
Total Suspensions 26 37% 102 24.4%
Retraining 6 8.5% 183 43.8%

According to the U.S. Census estimates on April 1, 2020, Worcester is the second largest city in Massachusetts, with a population of 206,519, while Springfield is the state’s third largest city, with a population of 155,929.

Find the full, searchable reports by the Worcester and Springfield Police Departments, and the full POST Commission database.

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