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Russell Jenkins Named New Braintree Police Chief

Out of three finalists, Mayor Joseph Sullivan selected Braintree Deputy Chief Russell Jenkins to lead the department following the retirement of Paul Frazier.

Mayor Joseph Sullivan announced his appointment of Russell Jenkins as police chief on Wednesday afternoon, saying that Jenkins' years serving Braintree and his passion for the community will benefit the town and its residents.

"Russ shares with me the belief that we have a good department that can get better, and we are united in our focus to bring the Braintree Police Department to an even higher level of performance," Sullivan said during a press conference at Town Hall.

"In making this decision, I have followed a deliberative path that would lead in only one direction," Sullivan said. "The one that is best for the Town of Braintree."

Jenkins has served as Deputy Chief since 2004. He follows Paul Frazier, who retired in August after 19 years as Braintree's top cop.

Lt. Michael Moschella is currently the interim chief, and will remain in that position until the Town Council approves Sullivan's choice. The council meets next on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and the mayor said he has requested same night action.

Out of an original group of 22, Sullivan and a selection committee whittled the applicants down to three finalists last month. Jenkins and the other two – Framingham Deputy Chief Craig Davis and New York Police Lt. Richard Rudolph – were then interviewed publicly by local officials and a former Shrewsbury Police Chief.

For his years leading within the police department, his professionalism and understanding of Braintree, Jenkins was the right choice, Sullivan said.

"He knows our town, he knows the department and he is passionate about both," the mayor said. "I have faith he will lead this department well."

Jenkins said that he learned of his appointment on Wednesday, something that during his public interview Jenkins said has been a goal of his since he joined the department in 1983.

"It's a little overwhelming, truthfully," he said.

Over the next few weeks and months, Jenkins will lead a departmental review, Sullivan said. It will include examining and potentially reinstating the K9 program, possible reorganization and addition of personnel, and an emphasis on community policing.

"We're trying to get our numbers at a higher level," Sullivan said. He declined to say whether Braintree would end up having two or more deputy chiefs as in the past, and as Jenkins mentioned in his interview.

During that interview, Jenkins also stressed bringing the K9s back and enhancing the department's social media presence, along with the addition of personnel in general.

Other priorities include putting a juvenille officer back on the street after Officer Brian Hickman's retirement and focusing on servicing the public, Jenkins said on Wednesday.

"We are the 24-hour, you call, we come agency," he said.

Kathleen DeWitt October 11, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Congratulations to our new chief, Russ Jenkins. He was the right man for the job. I'm sure he will do Braintree well. Again, congratulation Russ.
Anne DeCotis October 11, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Congratulations Russ, best man for the job.
David C. Couper October 11, 2012 at 06:52 PM
You can do your new police chief a big favor, ask him to read, “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police” (Amazon.com). And visit my blog at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com. Police can be improved. Learn how. Get active – participate.
Debbie Killeffer October 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Russ was a great selection! He'll do the town of Braintree well, and lead a great police department.
G October 16, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Not against the selection,but please Russ reverse your decision to bring back the K9 officers. It has been a disaster.
cheryl ahmed October 27, 2012 at 07:56 PM
It is a sad day for women. Jenkins has been deputy chief to an evil regime that catered to violent middle eastern men and demeaned, degraded and humiliated American women. I am sure he will continue the errosion of women's rights in Braintree.
Matt October 27, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Ahmed where do come up with this stuff. how have women's rights eroded in Braintree?
G October 28, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Chief Frazier's evil regime? Ha ha!
cheryl ahmed October 28, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I have a mountain of evidence; too much to put in this post. Clearly you are one of Braintree's corrupt police officers trying to make anyone willing to expose you appear crazy or on drugs. Nevertheless, I will give you a few of the facts, keeping in mind there are many more. Fact: Braintree police humiliated, degraded, demeaned and sexually harassed their own female police officers in order to establish male turf. Fact: The female police officers filed suit in Dedham Superior Court when they had had enough, and were promptly retaliated against by being falsely accused. You can go to the court and look this up for yourself. Fact: I drove a cab in Braintree and was egregiously sexually harassed by Liberty Cab drivers for my refusal to date a drug dealer and all his drug customers who also drove cabs. Liberty Cab owner, Mehrdad Niknezdad, encouraged and defended the harassment until I finally threatened a lawsuit if he did not put a stop to it. Fact: Unaware that Braintree was being sued, I unwittingly sought assistance from the Braintree Police 3 times, the MBTA police once, and also called the DA's office. (I have phone records to prove this). I was yelled at, told that I "was probably asking for it", and ignored.
cheryl ahmed October 28, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Fact: I was informed that Liberty Cab drivers and Lt Kevin McHugh were conspiring to destroy my case. Fact: I witnessed Liberty driver Abbas Khalaj beating up a customer, and I drove the victim to the police station. The police refused to help the victim. Instead, they tipped off Mehdad Niknezhad off, and he sent someone after me. There are surveillance cameras in the T station that recorded all of this. Fact: I was chased down by Liberty driver Frederick Shock, who repeatedly threatened me and tried to punch me. Again, this was recorded by surveillance cameras. Fact: McHugh arrived with another officer and made me stay in the cab while he and the Liberty drivers concocted a ridiculous story about how I beat up two men all by myself. I was not allowed to talk, ever. McHugh had the MBTA police arrest me on false charges, and McHugh took away my Hackney license without due process. Fact: The other driver who claimed he was a "victim" was Abbas Khalaj, who, only 13 days prior, had beat up his customer. Again this is all on the surveillance video.
cheryl ahmed October 28, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Fact: The DAs office prosecuted me on the false charges, with no evidence whatsoever, knowing full well that this was retaliation for the harassment complaint. Fact: The MBTA destroyed the videotapes to cover up that they had arrested the victim instead of the perpetrators and had written bogus reports. Fact: Kevin McHugh wrote up a false police report under a false name, "Officer Lenehan" when in fact, the police don't have an officer Lenehan. He also stated in court that he wasn't there, "Officer Lenehan" was there. He did say that he took my Hackney license. So, if he wasn't there, how did he take my Hackney license? And why is there nothing in any of the newspapers showing that "Officer Lenehan" made any arrests ever? Fact: I filed charges against these creeps in both Quincy District Court and Dedham Superior Court, but because of their corrupt connections, I was never assigned a prosecutor, even though I was the first one to file a complaint and had a mountain of evidence.
cheryl ahmed October 28, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Fact: Abbas Khalaj was subsequently arrested by the Marboro police for assault and battery and intimidation of a witness. Had he been prosecuted the first time, this could have been prevented. Fact: Liberty driver Heider Alkhalidy punched and dragged another driver out of a moving vehicle because a women refused to get into a cab with him. I don't blame her; he sexually harasses nearly every woman who gets into his cab. He was not arrested nor did he have his Hack revoked. Fact: After this, Heider was allowed to open his own taxi company in Braintree, Tower Taxi, which he has been operating out of his jail cell. Fact: After Heider avoided responsibility for beating up the driver, he went on to beat up his wife so many times that they put a gps monitoring ankle bracelet on him.
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John Paul December 28, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Freedom of speech dies in Braintree
John Paul December 28, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Keep it up Cheryl, expose them all. If there's one honest cop in the Braintree police department, hopefully, that individual will get some balls and come forward to expose cops like Lt, McHugh, Lt. Karen MacAleese and the bigest crook of them all David Littlewood.
Joe Gorman December 02, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Am I reading this right ? Sometimes it's the wrong state, Is this Braintree Massachusetts ? Sounds like Stoughton ma. Don't take this.......

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