GLOUCESTER (CBS) – Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Chief Campanello was placed on leave Tuesday by Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

The mayor would not comment on the investigation and no other details were released.

Campanello told the Gloucester Times he does not know what the investigation is about and he is unconcerned about it.

Campanello has made national headlines for his program which offers rehab for addicts instead of arrest. Last year, Campanello announced his department would not arrest heroin addicts if they bring their drugs to the police station and request help.

In April, he was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change.”

Campanello has led the Gloucester Police since 2012.

Comments (6)
  1. As a retired saugus police officer and detective of 35 years…i have had the pleasure of working with chief campanello when he came on the saugus police dept as a rookie….i myself in my own opinion found him to be an honest and sincere person with the will to learn and advance within the dept.He has been an asset to our dept. and i am sure he will be the same to his dept.Can’t say enough good things about him….

    retired saugus police officer

    George Naviskas

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