Town of Arlington
Adam Chapdelaine, Town Manager
112 Mystic Street
Arlington, MA 02474
Arlington Police Department
Frederick Ryan, Chief of Police
112 Mystic St.
Arlington, MA 02474
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Statements of Arlington Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine and Police Chief Frederick Ryan
ARLINGTON — Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine and Police Chief Frederick Ryan wish to address the statements written in a police advocacy organization’s newsletter by a member of the Arlington Police Department who is involved with that organization.
The statements were written by Richard Pedrini in his capacity as a leader in the independent, non-profit Massachusetts Police Association. Pedrini is also a lieutenant with the Arlington Police Department.
Pedrini has been relieved of duty and placed on paid administrative leave while the Town of Arlington and Arlington Police Department investigate this matter.
The town leaders release the following statements to the public:
Town Manager Chapdelaine
“I am deeply disturbed by the apparent disregard for human life and for the duty of a police officer shown by Richard Pedrini in the Massachusetts Police Association newsletter. These comments do not represent the mission and values of the Arlington Police Department or the Town of Arlington. The sentiment raised by these comments is disturbing. The Town is taking these comments very seriously, and we will thoroughly investigate this matter.”
Police Chief Ryan
“The columns written by Mr. Pedrini in the Sentinel newsletter directly contradict the values, morals and mission statement of the Arlington Police Department. Such remarks risk eroding the public trust that municipal police departments in Massachusetts have worked so hard to build in recent years. I disavow the remarks in the strongest possible terms, and this matter will be dealt with swiftly and certainly.”
Pedrini has been employed by the Arlington Police Department since 1996.