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Braintree Police Chief To Retire Amid Evidence Scandal

BRAINTREE (CBS) – Braintree Police Chief Russell Jenkins has announced his retirement amid a scandal involving mishandled evidence within the department.

Hundreds of drug and weapons cases in Braintree are under further investigation after an audit showed there were “significant administrative errors in the handling and the storage of evidence by the department.”

The audit came after two missing weapons were discovered at the home of Officer Susan Zopatti, who had been in charge of the evidence room. Zopatti committed suicide in May.

On Thursday, Mayor Joseph Sullivan announced that he had accepted Jenkins’ retirement letter.

“I appreciate and commend his nearly 34 years of service to the Braintree Police Department and community of Braintree. I wish him and his family well,” Sullivan said.

Jenkins said he plans to retire at the close of business on Friday, Oct. 7.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as chief of the Braintree Police Department these past four years,” Jenkins said.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karyn Regal reports 


One Comment

  1. Wayne Johnston says:

    Jenkins maxed out at top step for his retirement. He was nothing more than an embarrassment from patrolman to chief. As chief he bypassed good candidates to appoint his son to the police department. They need new leadership with candidates who have no ties to Braintree.

  2. Shoot or Don't Shoot says:

    Jenkins covered up the police involved shooting of an unarmed man hiding under a car at the
    Holbrook line. The man died and Braintree police want new guns.

  3. Just an Everyday Donkey says:

    Remember when Jenkins jumped into the bed of a pickup truck on Liberty Street when the driver would not show his license. Jenkins was thrown out of the truck almost got killed when the truck flipped over. He lacked common sense and was always hiding. Always bleeding the system. Money hungry. Gun Happy. Glad he’s off the payroll. Maybe he will get a job at Bickford’s restaurant with his sweetheart

  4. BYE BYE DONKEY says:


  5. Breaking News says:

    Best news I heard all day.

  6. What Happened says:

    Was there ever an investigation of the police officer who shot & killed the unarmed man in Braintree under Chief Jenkin’s watch ever investigated?

  7. someone from outside of braintree should be a replacement says:

    the braintree police dept should have been investigated years ago even under the leadership of paul frazier or lack of it……

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