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New Details Emerge on Waltham Police Chief Internal Investigation

Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix is facing criminal charges.

More details have emerged over how the internal affairs investigation of Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix will be conducted.

LaCroix remains under house arrest and on paid leave from the Police Department as his Feb. 13 trial date approaches. He is accused of assaulting his wife and her friend at his Maynard home in June 2012.

An independent consultant will be hired to conduct an investigation of LaCroix’s actions and the results could lead to disciplinary actions, Acting Police Chief Keith MacPherson told Waltham Patch.

Normally, MacPherson said, an Internal Affairs Unit Officer of a rank higher than the officer being investigated conducts the investigation. Currently, however, every IA officer is of a lower rank than the chief.

The internal affairs investigation is a completely separate case that would only impact his employment status with the department, MacPherson said. LaCroix would still face different penalties pending the outcome of the criminal case. Mayor Jeanette McCarthy would make the final decision on any disciplinary actions, MacPherson said. McCarthy could not be reached for comment.

The internal affairs investigation could include testimony from the criminal trial, witness interviews and documents MacPherson said.

"If other things came to our attention... we may have to follow up that as well," MacPherson said.

It’s not clear when the internal investigation will begin, MacPherson said. McCarthy’s request for

If a trial never happens, MacPherson said, Internal Affairs officers would try to obtain the same information they would have received from the court hearings. 

ij4239 February 04, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Internal affairs investigation done by officers that served under old chief sounds very impartial. Does anyone else see the broom sweeping under the rug. Same old WPD nothing ever changes no matter who's in charge!
CP February 04, 2013 at 06:32 PM
What does MacPherson mean "If that trial never happens". He knows something he is not stating?
Ryan Grannan-Doll February 04, 2013 at 06:36 PM
@CP, No inside knowledge. A person accused of a crime and scheduled for trial always has the option of changing making a plea agreement where he pleads guilty to a specific sentence. Doing that means no trial is held.
Tina February 05, 2013 at 09:21 AM
If Thomas LaCroix stands trial and is acquitted, will he still be subject to the "different penalties" mentioned in this article? Or would those disciplinary measures apply only if he is found guilty?

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