PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) – Police say an officer with the Pittsfield Police Department has been fired.
According to authorities, on Tuesday November 24 Officer Jeffrey Coco was terminated from his service following a lengthy internal investigation and a local civil service hearing, Coco was found responsible for multiple misconduct charges.
“The City of Pittsfield and the Pittsfield Police Department take any and all acts of police misconduct and/or violation of criminal laws by our personnel extremely seriously. Such acts reflect not only on the involved individual, but also on the office and reputation of the vast majority of police officers here in Pittsfield and across the nation, who perform their duties every day honestly and with extreme dedication. Service as a police officer requires a high degree of public trust. On those rare occasions, as is the case here, that trust is violated, severe sanctions must be imposed.” -Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn
Although the total monetary amounts are not available at this time, a preliminary tally shows that Officer Coco has stolen in excess of $150,000 from the union, officials say
According to records, cash withdrawals made by Officer Coco and the checks written out to Officer Coco and his wife show that the money withdrawn from the union account was not for legitimate union business but instead for Officer Coco’s personal use.