Brockton: New interim police chief named after legal wrangling

Brockton has a new interim police chief, after Mayor Bill Carpenter came out on top of an injunction filed by the police union on Friday. The police union was looking to stop Robert Hayden from becoming interim chief, citing his age. Hayden is 71, but the mandatory retirement age for police officers in Massachusetts is 65. The Plymouth County Superior Court judge denied the injunction, based on a statute that allows an exception on an interim basis. A half hour later, Hayden was introduced as Interim Chief at Brockton City Hall, promising widespread reforms in the next year, from motorcycle patrols around the city to a wholesale “rounding up” of 50-100 of the “worst gangsters” in the city, as well as permanent partnerships with federal and state agencies. WATD’s Steve Burns has more from Brockton City Hall.

 

Interim Police Chief Bob Hayden discusses his policing policies at Friday's press conference

Interim Police Chief Bob Hayden discusses his policing policies at Friday’s press conference

About Steve Burns

Steve comes to the South Shore by way of the Jersey Shore. Upon arriving at Emerson College in Boston back in 2010, and eventual graduation in 2014, Steve was immediately attracted to radio as an outlet for his reporting. Previous stops before the South Shore include WOBM on the Jersey Shore, WCCM in the Merrimack Valley, an internship at CBS Radio News' flagship station, WCBS 880 in New York City, and a few formative years at Emerson's WERS.