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Borough Council approved Mark Bascelli's buy-out retirement package this month and thankfully Ridley Park will no longer suffer with Mr Bascelli at Ridley Park Police Department, just as RPOL members no longer suffer with "Tom Park."
Bascelli's time at the helm of Ridley Park's police department was marked by his marriage to the "now-ex" Borough Manager and his controversial compensatory time off sources said, and Basscelli claimed accumulated time off and sick time.
While it was initially difficult to hear anything negative about our fine police department and the men and women who keep Ridley Parker's safe at night, in a very short time, reports started surfacing about Bascelli acting irascible and intimidating and his behavior was spewing like a plague through the Ridley Park Police Department causing legal revolts by Ridley Park's finest against Bascelli. At the cost of ten's of thousands of dollars in legal fees for police on police squabbling, the tax paying citizens of Ridley Park should also be glad that Bascelli's no longer here. What we tax payers haven't learned yet, is the extend and the cost of Mr Bascelli's retirement package. All lips in the agreement are sealed by virtue of agreement and PA's Sunshine Laws don't apply to personnel matters.
Mr Bascelli's been on paid medical leave side January 2015 and our Borough's paid the costs. Several sources close to the situation have said that similar communities all over America are facing troubles in the law enforcement retirement race as officers double and even triple their salaries by using departmental overtime in order to accumulate higher retirement pay. Until his retirement, Mr Bascilli did not have a signed, agreed upon contract, and he was as an employee entitled to overtime.
Members of RPOL, members of our community and peace officers who serve Ridley Park have told me they feel happier, safer, healthier, and have a better peace of mind knowing Mr Bascelli's retired from the police department. I'd say, forget retirement, let me instead say thank you for leaving RPPD in a healthier state of mind with your absence, and thank you for taking what's been reported as a Draconian management style away with you.
Members of RPOL and several peace officers who serve Ridley Park have told me the Ridley Park Police Department is getting back to running smoothly again in the wake of Bascelli's absence, and everyone who talks to me wishes Mr Bascelli the best in a career away from Ridley Park and outside of peace keeping.
I never envisioned Mr Bascelli as an effective police officer, instead I saw him as an insecure/aggressive bully with a badge and a reason why the general public needs body cameras on police; and this Ridley Parker doesn't see these as outstanding qualities in any of our peace officers; especially one at the top.
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