Dunn was charged with OUI, leaving the scene of property damage and negligent operation of a motor vehicle after a Massachusetts State Police detective assigned by the Bristol district attorney investigated the case.
Hugh Dunn is scheduled to appear in court again on Thursday for a status session. His bench trial was previously set for March 22, but was delayed.
Chief Paul Oliveira, who joined the department in the early 1990s, said he is seeing New Bedford officers leave at a rate he hasn’t seen before, and that it’s mostly early retirements with a mix of officers leaving for other departments or new professions.
The New Bedford City Council this week approved Mitchell’s appropriation request to transfer the requisite $3.65 million in awarded retroactive pay and other costs from the General Fund Stabilization Fund to the police department.
Dunn was originally scheduled to appear in New Bedford District Court for his bench trial on March 22, which has since been delayed until June 3.
After “regretful mistake,” police say members of the department’s professional standards unit will go through all the data case by case to make sure it is accurate
A complaint history can depend on the length of time an officer has served and how much he or she interacts with the public … and complaints do not necessarily indicate performance issues.
“I spent months reviewing these cases, including the circumstances of the two terrible crimes and the actions of the two men since. I believe both men have taken responsibility for their actions and have paid their debt …” — Gov. Charlie Baker
“We’ve added more school counselors and we work with our staff to try to identify certain signs to help de-escalate situations.” — New Bedford Superintendent of Schools Thomas Anderson.
Dunn faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of property damage and operating a motor vehicle negligently, following a downtown car crash.