Chicopee cop detained, disciplined

@kate_ashworth
Published: 3/24/2017 10:34:36 PM

CHICOPEE – After becoming belligerent and apparently intoxicated at a St. Patrick’s Day event, a Chicopee Police Department lieutenant was detained and later disciplined for his behavior.

The department suspended Lt. John Pronovost for five working days and transferred him from his position of head of the training department to uniform patrol supervisor on the day shift.

Forty-five uniformed officers from the Chicopee police marched at the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade, including Pronovost, who was in full uniform except for his firearm, according to a press release from the department. Police said it was an off-duty, volunteer event.

“Towards the end of the parade, Lt. Pronovost became belligerent, and appeared to be inebriated,” the release states.

Police said that, due to Pronovost’s condition and inability to care for himself, he was placed in protective custody.

Chief William R. Jebb’s office investigated the incident and found Pronovost in violation of multiple department rules and regulations, the release stated.

Police said this was an isolated incident involving only Pronovost and members of the department.

Caitlin Ashworth can be reached at cashworth@gazettenet.com.


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