Attorney: Smoking Marijuana, Theft of Evidence Among Alleged Infractions by Former Dover Cop
A former Dover police officer was found to have allegedly violated multiple department policies as the result of an investigation spurred by a domestic violence incident, according to an outside review of the investigation by attorney Eric Daigle.
Ronald Letendre, who was terminated by Dover police in August, was associated with infractions including "additional incidents of physical altercations, the improper use of his Taser while off-duty, smoking marijuana, theft of evidence, and evidence improperly stored in his locker," according to the report.
"The investigator was methodical and thorough while conducting the investigation and collecting evidence," Daigle said in the report. "Based on my review, I agree with the investigator’s conclusions regarding the five additional allegations."
Dover police had initially opened an investigation into Letendre following a domestic violence incident in Rollinsford that occurred in July, according to the report, which added an account from the officer's wife, Sarah, that claimed Letendre had broken four of her ribs in the altercation.
Daigle's firm was hired by the City of Dover to conduct an outside review of the department's internal policies. Daigle stated in his report that "it is my opinion to a reasonable degree of professional certainty that the policies are reasonable and consistent with best practice."
Dover City Manager Michael Joyal issued a statement on Thursday and said the city was "extremely disappointed by the actions of Mr. Letendre while employed by the City of Dover. His actions were lone, selfish and inexcusable."
Citing Daigle's outside review in response to an initial investigation spearheaded by Sgt. Mark Nadeau, Joyal reiterated in his statement that Dover residents "should remain confident in the integrity and ability of the men and women of the Dover Police Department" moving forward.
"Despite the isolated actions of a former officer," Joyal said, "our Police Department has long been one of the most respected, professional, community oriented and customer service-driven agencies not only here in NH but also across our country. I have no doubt that the our Police Department will continue to earn and deserve that continued respect as we collectively learn from this experience and move forward."