Aquinnah selectmen support Chief Belain

Police chief goes into wrong Tisbury house after birthday celebration.

Aquinnah Police Chief Randhi Belain, shown here in a file photo, was involved in an incident where he went into the wrong home while intoxicated.

Updated August 1

Aquinnah Police Chief Randhi Belain, after a night of drinking to celebrate his 47th birthday in Oak Bluffs, took a taxi home, but was brought to the wrong Vineyard Haven address in the early morning hours of March 31. He went inside, scaring the homeowners, who called 911.

When Tisbury police arrived at the Spring Street home at 3:19 am, they found their Island colleague “intoxicated by alcohol,” according to a memo written about the incident by Sgt. Chris Habekost to Tisbury Chief Daniel Hanavan about the incident. The Times obtained the memo through a public records request. It refers to Belain as the “off-duty Aquinnah Police Chief.”

The couple heard a noise in the living room. When the husband went downstairs to inspect, he saw Belain hunched over. Belain appeared to be sick, and there was a small amount of vomit on the floor next to the fireplace, the report states. He told his wife, who was still upstairs, to call police.

The door to the house was unlocked, the couple told officers that night.

“I spoke briefly with Belain, and he told me that he had become confused and walked into the wrong house after being dropped off by a taxicab at the Tisbury School,” Habekost wrote. That contradicts what the couple told The Times — that Belain was dropped off at their house by the taxi and escorted to their back door by the driver.

An initial incident report, also received by The Times through the records request, never mentions Belain, but provides the name of the person who reported it. A report filed the next morning, when the homeowner dropped off a set of keys found outside, also fails to mention Belain.

After The Times received the documents, Belain called to ask that a story not be written. “Obviously, it’s not something I’m proud of. I’m ashamed. I’m embarrassed,” he said. “I’m not trying to downplay it.”

Belain never denied the incident. Because he said he had not seen the police documents, The Times gave him 24 hours to review them. He did not respond to multiple phone messages and emails seeking further comment.

On Wednesday, Aquinnah selectmen met with Belain in an executive session. The meeting was posted Monday morning, Aquinnah town administrator Jeffrey Madison said.

Without saying what happened behind closed doors, Madison said the board and he support the chief. “I personally, unequivocally, without hesitation support him, end of quote,” Madison said.

Madison did not respond to repeated messages, both phone and emails, seeking comment before the initial story was published. “I think what the MV Times did was a cheap shot that you took,” he said. “I don’t think there was anything there to report.”

Hanavan has not returned repeated calls and emails to his office. When he initially dropped off the public records Wednesday, July 25, he said he would likely have no comment.

But the records raise questions about his department’s handling of the incident. Typically, a report is written on every incident a police department responds to, and the names of the reporting party and the person investigated are always included. It appears Belain was given preferential treatment by not having an official report written about the incident, which resulted in his name not being used in the subsequent report.

“If there’s an aroma, it’s around that,” said a longtime, retired off-Island police chief, who asked not to be named. The incident should have been documented, he said.

“Belain told us that he would be fine if he could just go home and go to sleep,” Habekost wrote. “I asked Belain who was at his house that could take care of him, and he told me there was no one there. I told Belain that I was not comfortable leaving him alone in the house without someone to take care of him.”

Belain called a friend in West Tisbury who said he could stay there. Officer Jeff Day drove him there. “When Ofc. Day returned to town, he reported to me that there was a man and a woman at the house that assisted Belain inside,” Habekost wrote. “When the sun came up, I called you to report this incident for your information.”

Belain said it’s common for a police department not to take someone in his condition into protective custody if someone can be found to care for the intoxicated person. Asked if roles were reversed and it was Hanavan who was drunk and inside the wrong house in Aquinnah, if his department would handle it the same way, Belain did not hesitate. “Honest answer, probably the same way,” he said. “That’s the honest answer.”

The retired chief The Times spoke with Friday said he has no issue with how the Tisbury officers handled Belain, including the ride in a cruiser to West Tisbury. “I like the part that they got him to a responsible party,” he said. They could have arrested him and let a judge sort it out, but the way they handled it was OK, the retired chief said.

In an email, Tisbury town administrator Jay Grande wrote that he has not yet received a copy of the report to review. “I learned of the incident recently, and the matter is being reviewed closely,” he wrote.

Four months removed from the incident, the homeowners — whom The Times isn’t naming because they were the victims that night — had mixed opinions about the incident.

The husband told The Times he doesn’t want to see Belain, who he described as a nice guy who made a mistake, lose his job. The Tisbury police officers were respectful and did not ask him to keep the incident quiet, he said. He said he overheard them saying it was the Aquinnah police chief.

The husband said the taxi driver is somewhat to blame for leading Belain to the backdoor of the wrong house. The driver returned the next day with Belain’s credit card, which was left in the taxi, and that’s when he found out he took Belain to the wrong address.

“That was scary,” the wife said of finding an intruder downstairs. She’s also disappointed that Belain got preferential treatment because of his job. “What if that was anyone else?” she said. The couple brought keys to the police they found outside on their back deck, next to more vomit, and were told by the officer on duty that there was “no report” from an incident at their home the night before.

It’s unclear from the police reports how Belain was reunited with his keys and his credit card.

Belain, who still lives a couple doors down, has never returned to apologize, the husband said: “He’s probably embarrassed.”

Updated to include comments from Madison after Wednesday’s executive session. – Ed.


  1. Well, it seems this article should be more about how the Tisbury Police Department handles the situation than about chief Belain. Thank you for taking a cab!

  2. Seems like another strange coincidence that this info is just now being leaked to the times.. the same week the hiring process for a new Tisbury chief begins. Maybe one person who wants that job felt this was a good time to eliminate Chief Belain from the hiring process.

    • Nothing was leaked to The Times. The story was through a public records request made over two weeks ago.

      • A bit more to that story, according to your 8/1 editorial: “The story only came to light because it had been making the rounds through the rumor mill, and we asked for “any and all documents” having to do with a March 31 incident on Spring Street.” So the notion of a nefarious leak has some legs. It doesn’t have to be a leak *to* the Times to be a leak intended to *get* to the Times.

        But I see that you say this started with an ‘anonymous tip’ in early July, so that would be a slow-moving leak from March to July if that were the intent.

  3. So what made you request a public record of the incident? Didn’t just happen out of the blue. Information came from somewhere.

  4. You all really don’t have anything better to report on? Front page news? This is absurd… and a poorly veiled attempt to personally attack and defame someone that the community knows and respects. Everyone has a little too much to drink now and then and everyone makes mistakes. As someone (rightly) commented above, this headline should be much more about the Tisbury Police Department, but it’s truly shameful and poor reporting that you took this opportunity to be petty and air someone’s business out there. Wouldn’t be surprised at all if this was racially motivated. MV Times is officially a tabloid.

  5. Chief Belain got bombed, on his time off, and walked into the wrong house?
    This is Martha’s Vineyard; “Who among us…?”, as they say.

    But congratulations are due the MV Times for being the fortunate and rare recipient of public records from the opaque and obfuscatory Tisbury Police Department.

    Chief Hanavan’s tenure as chief has been a disaster, and cannot end soon enough. And the actions of the TPD’s ‘Public Records Officer’ Habekost would be laughable, if they weren’t so egregious, and such an insult to Tisbury residents, and the public at large.

    The TPD’s culture of secrecy, and disregard for the public’s demand for, and lawful right to, access to public records, makes them unfit to serve as law enforcement.

    It’s time to eliminate the Tisbury Police Department.
    Our island communities share an unique opportunity to forge a REGIONAL police force, island-wide, that will, hopefully, provide better service, higher standards, and some MUCH-NEEDED attrition to the many bad actors in that, and other island towns’, police.

      • Possibly. At least the Sheriff is ELECTED, and not yet another disappointing selection by mysterious insiders’ committees & expensive, OPAQUE CopCorp consultants, continuing the carousel of incompetence that we have now.

        • Elected law enforcement chiefs also come with potential problems – the Parkland incident comes to mind. But I agree with you that reliance on outside advisors has become a serious abdication of duty by our elected officials. We elect Selectmen to do a job, not parcel it out.

  6. “…someone the community knows and respects.” (clears throat, pauses before beginning) I don’t know what “community “ you refer to, nothing I have known in Martha’s Vineyard. I have yet to find a community which tolerates one of their chief law enforcement officers break into a home drunk, throw up everywhere, lie about it, intimidate the local newspaper into eliminating the story, at the same time, not do the right thing and submit his resignation. So far I have Public Intoxication, a licensed establishment serving an inebriated person, Break and Enter a Residential Dwelling at Nightime (likely a felony. Was he carrying his service revolver at the time? Did the TPD even search him? MAJOR FELONY!) , was there collusion between the TIsbury Police and the esteemed Chief of APD to commit Obstruction of Justice? Then there is the Intimidation towards the only responsible party here, the MV Times, who sought to inform the community, of such nefarious actions, sorry, Justwow, I think this one is headed to the District Attorneys Office. Belain, resign now.

  7. This article has gone too far. To besmirch the reputation of a person, solely due to his vocation, is not responsible reporting. What is responsible is his decision to take a taxi. Chief Belain is also not the only person to over imbibe for celebratory reasons. Let us hope, in fairness, that when a member of the MV Times finds themselves in an uncomfortable situation after consuming alcohol, that they post a front page story reporting their trespasses…

  8. I wonder how many times this happens on MV in the summer and how many of the drunks get placed in protective custody? I’d like the Times to get those police reports and do a story. Then you will see preferential treatment is and was real in this case.

    • As the retired police chief quoted in the story states, protective custody isn’t the issue. It’s that the incident was not properly recorded by the police department. No initial police report. In the subsequent report, the officer doesn’t even know there was an incident the night before. The officers did do the right thing by finding someone to care for Chief Belain that night, according to the retired chief.

      • It doesn’t matter what the retired chief says. It matters what the current chief says. But yes there is an issue with a police report not being done which is exactly where the preferential treatment is. Also anyone else would have more than likely pc’d and not driven to a doorstep in another town

  9. So, it appears that the MV Times policy is that if you are one of the car operators involved in a fatal Tisbury car crash, (twice in the past year) or if you barricade yourself in a home armed with a knife and have a standoff with the SWAT team, the Times won’t publish your name because it would invade your privacy.

    But, if you go out with friends to celebrate your birthday, have some drinks and take a taxi home and the taxi driver assists you into the wrong house, well look out, because not only is your name released but you are the subject of a feature story.

    This is nothing more than a barely disguised political hatchet job likely motivated by the current hiring process in Tisbury. Mr. Brennan should use his investigative skills, or lack thereof, to try and find out whispered in his ear and what their true motivation was.

    Thank you Chief Belain for trying to do the right thing.

    • The Times, as are the police, barred by Massachusetts law from exposing the names or identifying features of anyone who has these sorts of “mental health episodes” . It is rooted in the patients rights to privacy of their medical records. These laws are very strict and serve to protect the more “challenged” among us. I don’t like it either but no cover up going on those incidents, believe it or not.

  10. This reminds me of the old days in the Officer’s Mess where drunkenness was both accepted and encouraged, so long as it was in off duty hours. This seems to be the case with the Chief. I’ve seen officers more senior than him get a lot drunker and do considerable damage, and after having the damages added to their monthly mess bill, the incident is forgotten and the war goes on. Let’s not get too wrapped around the axle on this one, and instead focus on how the man performs on duty.

  11. He should be embarrassed.
    He should also immediately resign, and if not, he should be immediately relieved of his duties by the powers that be.
    And, shame on those who have kept this secret from the public that he serves!
    Many of us, in private lives, in our families, in our circle of friends and often times in our community, strive to accomplish the goal of leading by positive example.
    When you are a public figure, it is no longer only a hope to do so, but an obligation, an expectation, a responsibility that must be upheld routinely, daily, and throughout the service that one has committed to.
    Being the Chief of Police, especially in a small community where one is so visible, makes it imperative.
    When one makes the commitment to serve in a public capacity, that role takes on some tough life choices.
    One being, that you are not a public figure for 8 working hours a day, but for every day, and every hour, 24/7.
    Respect is earned.
    Chief Belain’s behavior was hardly worthy of respect.
    We, unfortunately, are living in a time where our police officers are being challenged and disrespected on a regular basis across our country. We have witnessed the horrific repercussions of this recently, and all too close to home.
    It is of the utmost importance for a man serving as the Chief of Police to honor his position in a respectful manner at all times, not only for the community, but for his fellow officers who are now in need of positive police images more than ever before.
    Chief Belain’s behavior will be viewed, for the remainder of his service, with disrespect, mockery, and lack of credibility.
    It is imperative that this community not allow this example to be what we want our youth to witness as acceptable by his continued service.

  12. Did this really need to be printed in the paper? I understand holding a police chief to a higher standard but Chief Belain has held himself to a higher standard for many years, serving the people of Aquinnah and the rest of the island for that matter. He is a man of great integrity and is beloved by most Aquinnah residents and is known as a very approachable, fair and honest man who is human like the rest of us. Unlike some, Randhi was smart enough to call a cab. A lesser person would have relied upon his position of power to get himself out of a possible drunk driving. Instead, he did the right thing and called a cab. Mistakes happen and I hope people cut him some slack. Chief Belain, you have my support and thanks for running your department with class and integrity and for treating the locals with fairness and respect.

    • I am amazed at this line of reasoning I see again and again. Are you advocating the Times cowing to a chief of police and sweeping a story under the rug? This isn’t any random private citizen. This is exactly the type of story journalists are here for. The fact he is a very good guy has nothing to do with it.

  13. Massachusetts General Law Chapter 111B, Section 8, the “ protective custody” , gives clear discretion to the police to drive some drunk home rather than throw in the Drunk Tank. However, that is where reason ends. When that same drunk ( no matter how much we like the guy) has entered another private dwelling at 3am (!!!!!!) , by whatever means or reason, and that same drunk is licensed to carry a firearm by virtue of his job in law enforcement, I think it behooves the TIsbury Police to do more than a chauffeured ride home with a likely mint on the pillow. I applaud the times for their own Woodward and Bernstein moment by persisting in exposing this against a nefarious bunch of TIsbury Police. North Korea may have some job openings for such secretive police practices.

  14. If you want to discuss General Grant, that discussion can take place elsewhere.
    Here and now, we are talking about our small, impressionable, hometown community and one of our police chiefs.
    There are times in life where ones station, position, place, demands more.
    Where a higher standard is expected because of the influence that position may have on others.
    Certainly being a police chief must be high in the order of that standard.
    Let us live by a standard of excellence and not undermine what deserves to be held in great esteem.

  15. Whether the chief should resign or not is up to him. I do know that If I had done the same thing, the police might or might not arrest me. In a small community we are sometimes afforded special consideration, especially since he took a cab. I could see the police just bringing me home. If I were arrested, I would end up in the court report. I don’t believe that my picture would be plastered on the front of the paper.

  16. This article disgusts me!!! I would really like to know if Belain was thinking of putting his hat in the ring for the VH Police Chief job…..then I would say, look deeper into the VH dept and sabotage by someone who wants that position. Looks like someone brought this to the Times attention!! Just say’n

  17. Enough is Enough, are you saying the TIsbury Police cover-up does not disgust you, only the article? I don’t understand.

  18. James….the fact that someone obviously tried to sabotage Chief Belain disgusts me! I think the VH police dept. has someone in mind for the job and will ruin someone to get what they want. Truly a rotten group. Just shameful

    • So here’s a scenario to consider: What if this hadn’t come out and Belain was indeed hired for the chief’s position in Tisbury? Tisbury would then have a situation where the head of the police department was beholden to a few of his officers for the “favor” they did for him by omitting his name from the report of a very embarrassing and potentially career-ending incident–remember, Belain contacted the paper to ask that this story not be run. It’s not hard to imagine what sort of power those officers would have had over their new chief. To put it mildly, this situation would create an extremely unhealthy and dysfunctional dynamic in the department. In light of the events of that evening, it would demonstrate an alarming degree of naivete on the part of Belain to even consider applying for the Tisbury position. As sad as it is to contemplate, Chief Belain sabotaged himself the night of his birthday celebration. Actions are rarely without consequence, often unintended and frequently unpleasant. But in an adult world consequences have to be endured without putting the blame on others for an individual’s lapse in judgment. I applaud The Times for publishing this story.

      • Oh, Sapphire, aren’t you all high & mighty. Never had a night out and over indulged? If this were anyone else in our community, it wouldn’t even be a blip on the radar. I really think it was sabotage from within the VH dept..

        • Like many of us, I have indeed enjoyed a night out, although I am unfamiliar with the singular degree of over-indulgence that leaves one vomiting and then asleep on a neighbor’s couch. Also, like many of us, I am not, nor have I ever been, a chief of police. I do, however, have plenty of experience with regards to living with the consequences of my actions. If you’re up for it, we can go out for drinks some night and I’ll tell you all about it. I’ll even let you pay for my taxi ride home. Deal?

        • And since when did standing up for integrity in our government institutions become cause for being disparaged as high and mighty? Give me a break!

      • Sapphire your logic is impeccable but most Vineyarders wont agree with you about the conflict of interest issue. We dont know if the officer has his police uniform on or carried a service revolver but if wore plain clothes he could have been shot and killed for entering a home at 3 am. The Chief of Police should be held to a higher standard and has no business getting drunk so that he cannot identify his whereabouts.

    • Enough, all due respect to your admiration for our dedicated public official but it wasnt “someone” who sabotaged Chief Belain, it was none other than Chief Belain.

  19. In old days if you found someone (I’m 59) in your living room non-threatening and in distress you tried to help him, now you immediately call the police in fear. It’s a sad commentary on what this country has come to.

    • I agree OldMan. I happen to live very close by –If the Chief had come into my house even at 3am, I would have offered him a shower, some advil and invited him to join me in watching ER reruns on Hulu. Half of this “gray” neighborhood is up several times a night, has insomnia or just like the peace & quiet we can’t get in the daytime.

  20. For fudge cakes sake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is so much ado about nothing.
    A guy went out with some friends, celebrating his birthday.
    He got a bit carried away with his celebrating, was responsible and took a cab home.
    Taxi let him out at the wrong address and he accidentally went into the house.
    If this story wasn’t blown out of proportion, it actually would be a funny “island “story.
    Chief Belain, is a very honorable guy, who happens also happens to be a human being.
    As humans, sometimes we make mistakes.
    As mistakes go, this mistake was a bit silly but very much a “non event”
    All the noisemakers out there, who feel so badly about themselves that their only source of joy it to delight in kicking people when they are down, really need to get a life.

    • He is not just some guy. He is the Chief of police !
      Expected standards cannot be disrespected just because someone is a friend and a nice guy !

    • I remember a few years ago a certain female TPD officer was all over the paper for shaking her behind at an all male review show. How is this different?

  21. what do we need, Q Anon to put together the pieces? My understanding is that Chief Belain was going to apply for the VH position. “Somebody” didn’t want that so they fed a tip to the Times to bring a March incident to the forefront…. thus why I used the word sabotage.

  22. Honorable people clean up their own vomit, figuratively and literally. Honorable people do not rely on preferential treatment from colleagues to cover-up their bad behavior. Honorable people do not conduct themselves with a different and less honorable set of standards than are required of other adults. Honorable people do not ask a newspaper not to do its job. Honorable people man-up when they do something wrong. Honorable people apologize to people they have frightened and victimized, and to a supportive community they have let down. No one forced Chief Belain to drink far beyond a reasonable limit to disgrace himself. Self-sabotage is real. This is a man at the height of his career of law enforcement, not some immature college dope. He dishonored himself as well as his position within the community. He did it all alone, all by himself and to himself, and then made it far worse by allowing others to help hide what he alone is responsible for. That shows cowardice, not honor. George Brennan and the Times show courage for writing this story. I am glad that the pressure from the disgraced Chief of Police not to publish the facts was ignored. Good for the MV Times for doing its job, and doing it well. Tired of hearing how supposedly honorable a person is who has displayed cowardice and dishonorable behavior by hiding from the truth for the last 4 months. If there was a tipster that led the Times to request public records, that’s great. The follow-through, interviews, and investigation are what good journalism is all about.

    • Aisra’s comment above is the best piece of writing I have seen in months. He/She often disagrees with me on other subjects but on this one he/she shows there is hope for Aisra.

  23. Must be pretty lonely sitting on your golden thrones of perfection. How many of you who are chastising this man voted for our president? I bet you decided to cut him some slack. People are human and they make mistakes. If Randhi was showing up to work with nips in his pocket or ended up in someone’s house, blacked out on multiple occasions well then yes, you have a news story. This was a one time thing. In fact, I’m glad the chief was out blowing off steam on his birthday. That’s exactly what he should be doing. It was unfortunate that he ended up in someone’s house. Yes a real inconvenience for the people who were startled awake but should the guy lose his job over this? Absolutely not. For those of you who have never made a mistake or never had a momentary lapse in judgement, please remind me not to hang out with you as you’re all probably really boring people. Leave the guy alone and pick on someone who deserves it like a drug dealer or a rapist. Chief Belain has always taken his job seriously. What he does on his own time is up to him. It is up to the police who were called to the scene to use their own discretion in how they handle the incident. I know someone when I was in college who did the exact same thing and the police drove the man home and delivered him to his room mates and that was that. No charges were ever filed. Randhi never broke the law and asking to not be smeared in the paper is exactly what anyone else would have done. No one deserves a public shaming like this. This island has become accustomed to news stories like this in the Times. It isn’t right. Just wait until one of you makes a mistake and your name is plastered all over the paper. Enough is enough.

    • island hunter. This is not a ”mistake”. A mistake is when I buy the wrong milk at Cronigs or I purchase the Gazette instead of the MV Times. This is about CHARACTER. A police Chief does not get drunk and pass out in a strangers house.

      • Andrew— you speak of CHARACTER for a local police officer who had too much to drink , but care less that trump cheats on his wife ( wives) stiffs contractors, lies about everything and is about the most disgusting and un compassionate person on the planet , and you could care less—perhaps trump “policies” could put a few dollars into your already fat wallet, so you don’t care about the CHARACTER of him , but you sanctimoniously care about a fine citizen who drank too much on one night.. have you no shame ?

  24. Give me a break. I know Randhi and he is a man of character and he runs the Aquinnah police department like a tight ship. He has prioritized keeping the roads safe from those who don’t take cabs after drinking. He’s always there with a wave and a smile and when he’s on duty he is there to serve and protect. Someone who throws up after drinking is generally not a habitual drinker. This tells me that he can’t handle alcohol because he almost never drinks. His friends over served him on his birthday and that’s it. End of story. For those of you who are looking to make this a bigger story or want to hold the police chief to the standard of the Pope, take a long hard look at yourselves.

  25. Island Hunter, with “friends” like that, I guess the Chief really doesn’t need enemies? What kind of “friends” must they be anyways? I know mine wouldn’t treat me like that.
    Clearly he hasn’t “prioritized” keeping the citizens of Vineyard Haven safe as well. To expose those citizens to a drunk, vomiting intruder at 3am seems at odds to the sort of character you describe. We don’t want him held to the character of the Pope, just the one citizens of Aquinnah recieve from his employment in that town.

  26. I know Chief Belain to be a gentle, good man. He is a superb police chief and dearly loved with good reason by the Aquinnah community. This is an unfortunate incident. Based on his integrity and fine reputation as the Chief of Police, I stand with him as a voice of support. His integrity is not in question. Anyone who knows him understands this.
    I find the lack of compassion and vicious judgment on here shocking.
    Some people have a physical allergy to alcohol and cannot handle it.
    As such this whole thing has been made much ado about nothing. It was an innocent mistake.

    I’m so sorry this happened. It pains my heart to hear it as well as all the negative comments here. It is certainly an unusual island circumstance that happened with no intent of malice. As such it should be forgiven. Chief Belain is a fine police chief and a very good person.
    There are plenty of bad people out there who deserve your lambasting. Set your sights on them and leave Chief Belain alone.

    Because I feel so strongly about this I will sign with my real name

    Martha Magee

    • Martha Magee, while I generally agree with most aspects of your letter, he did act irresponsibly and has been the beneficiary of a cover-up by the Tisbury Police, to which Chief Belain has not disavowed. Doesn’t that trouble you? Is that the sort of “integrity” you were referring to?

  27. This is unbelievable! Nearly everyone continues to blame the cab driver for “leading Belain to the wrong door”. With no investigation, who is to say what drunken instructions were given to the taxi driver. Apparently, the only person who may have responsibly performed their job. Not his fault some slurred directions came his way. In fact the driver was honest enough to return those lost keys. Let’s get responsibility back to where it belongs.

    • james kozak– there are 55 comments here.. one states the fact that the cab driver led him to the wrong door … where do get the idea that —Nearly everyone continues to blame the cab driver. ? what comments are you reading ????

    • But Hanley, even the “legal stuff” quickly becomes illegal when consumed to excess. As well, as has been pointed out, there is an alcohol licence holder implicated in serving out booze to the Chief beyond what the law allows. Not that that the TIsbury Police can take time out from their busy schedule of carrying Stop n’ Shop groceries to autos, directing ferry traffic or watching the drawbridge, to actually conduct an investigation.

      • How’s this, James: if you will give the chief a pass on this one, I promise to join in the call for his ouster if it happens again, now that I have been schooled in the (new to me) standard of conduct for island officers. What do you say?

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