Marshfield: Constable suspended for impersonating a state police officer

Marshfield Selectmen have temporarily suspended a town constable for allegedly impersonating a state police officer.

Both Marshfield Police and State Police are conducting a criminal investigation of Constable Thomas Jackson.

Police said Jackson approached two women and claimed to be a state police officer, looking for help in a domestic violence case.

Marshfield Police Chief Phil Tavares laid out the allegations to the Board of Selectmen.

“On August 7, 2014, Mr. Jackson approached two women in a parking lot. On two separate occasions he opened a wallet and showed the women a state police identification card and stated he was a state police officer, working on a domestic violence case. He then attempted to illicit their assistance with the case. One woman offered to call the local police and he said, ‘No, it’s a state police matter and the locals don’t need to be involved.’”

Chief Tavares said that Jackson even admitted that he produced an outdated state police I.D.

“In a phone interview with Mr. Jackson two days later, he admitted he showed his old state police I.D. He stated he often shows it when approaching people to make them feel comfortable. He also stated on three separate occasions that he was desperate to get help, for the victim of domestic violence.”

However, Tavares said Jackson hasn’t been a police officer since he retired decades ago, from the old M.D.C. police department.

“Mr. Jackson retired almost 35 years ago from the Metropolitan Police Department and is not a state police officer, or other police officer,” Tavares said.

When asked about the allegations, Jackson’s attorney had no comment.

 

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.