Northampton Police lieutenant returns from leave

  • Northampton Police Lt. Alan Borowski returned to work Friday after being placed on leave Sept. 18. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Published: 11/24/2017 3:48:00 PM

NORTHAMPTON – After more than two months on leave, Northampton Police Lt. Alan Borowski returned to work Friday.

Borowski had been on paid administrative leave since Sept. 18 while  allegations that he violated department policies were investigated. Police Chief Jody Kasper declined to say if any disciplinary action was taken against Borowski, but Mayor David Narkewicz confirmed Friday that the lieutenant was placed on unpaid leave from Nov. 17 through Tuesday.

Reached on Friday, Borowski said he was not able to comment.

Allegations of misconduct by Borowski were presented to Kasper in August and Borowski was placed on leave once an investigation began. An external investigation by APD Management of Tewksbury found that Borowski violated polices related to access to the drug drop box and how its contents are processed.

Earlier this month, Kasper said in a statement that Borowski had placed pills related to an overdose in another community into the drop box, and then later decided they constituted evidence. “He returned to the drop box, retrieved the pills, created a report, and entered them as property/evidence,” Kasper wrote. In his report on the pills, Borowski omitted information about the pills having been placed in the box, according to Kasper.

Additional allegations of policy violations were investigated by Police Capt. Dorothy Clayton who determined other workplace rules had been violated, according to Kasper. She declined to elaborate on what other rules had been broken. 

Narkewicz would not comment Friday on whether any further disciplinary action was taken.

Borowski, 44, earned a gross annual salary of $138,687 in the fiscal year that ended June, 30, 2017, according to city records. The figure includes regular pay and overtime earnings and made Borowski the second highest paid city employee that fiscal year, behind only Northampton School Superintendent John Provost.

Borowski was appointed a Northampton officer in 1998. He worked in the patrol division as well as becoming a certified field training officer and crime scene unit supervisor. He was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2010, joined the detective bureau, and was promoted to detective lieutenant in 2014.

He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and has attended multiple specialized training courses, as well as management studies at Roger Williams University’s Justice System Training and Research Institute.

At the time of the incident, Borowski was head of the department’s detective bureau and oversaw property and evidence in police possession. While he was on paid administrative leave, Kasper announced that Borowski would no longer head the unit and would serve as a patrol lieutenant upon his return. 

Lt. Craig Kirouac now heads the detective unit.

Emily Cutts can be reached at ecutts@gazettenet.com.


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