"A small handful of officers here would like to see the old style of law enforcement before I came here, to come back. There were some major problems with that," said Chief Turcotte.
Glasgow, Ky (WBKO) -- Glasgow Police Chief shared his intentions of publicizing his message.
"The letter I addressed to the community was a factually letter to advise the community about what was really going on with some of the rumors or gossip that have been circulating through the community," said Guy Turcotte, Glasgow Police Chief.
Chief Turcotte joined Glasgow Police in March 2011. He was appointed by Glasgow's City Mayor, Rhonda Trautman.
"Chief Turcotte was aware of the situation he was coming into. There had been some issues within in the police department, some disciplinary issues. Some officers that were under arrest for some certain things," said Rhonda Trautman, Glasgow City Mayor.
In Chief Turcotte's letter to media he stated, "I fell under scrutiny before I ever took the Oath of Office. He continued by referencing "a small group who refuse to accept change and would not accept an "outsider"."
"A small handful of officers here would like to see the old style of law enforcement before I came here, to come back. There were some major problems with that. I believe the friendships that they've formed with the Glasgow Daily Times and their way of reporting things, has skewed the actual factual stuff that has been happening," said Guy Turcotte, Glasgow Police Chief.
I reached out to the editor of the Glasgow Daily Times who said he has “no comment”.
While at the station, I chose to speak to personnel who interact with Chief Turcotte on a daily basis.
Chief Turcotte confirmed a portion of Glasgow Police Department policy, summarizing that nobody is to speak to media, unless otherwise approved by the Chief.
While Chief Turcotte was present, he allowed WBKO to interview an officer in his office. The officer was asked if he was aware of the accusations and rumors generated within the department.
"Yeah. I think at times it kind of puts you in a situation where it's almost like which side are you on. You just want to come to work, do your job, and do what you have to do," said
An opportunity was given to Lieutenant Colonel James Duff, to speak on camera about his opinion of the Chief's letter. He replied with, "no comment".
In the Chief's letter he also mentioned, "one of my Senior Officers of the Glasgow Police Department tells citizens and other officers he will be there one day longer than Turcotte”.
Chief Turcotte continuously reiterated a specific group of officers who he feels has intentions of removing him from his position. He did not confirm officers name in this comment.