The Mid-Hudson News - April 1, 2011
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – A former Town of Poughkeepsie police officer has been indicted on charges that he sold secret investigative information to two men in return for cocaine for personal use. David Palazzolo, 44, now of North Carolina, was charged with one count of second-degree conspiracy, 10 counts of bribe receiving in the first degree and 24 counts of computer trespass, all felonies. “The indictment alleges that the defendant, while on duty as a Town of Poughkeepsie police officer, used his official position, including access to police computers, to provide police information to certain individuals involved in the drug trade in return for cocaine,” Dutchess County District Attorney William Grady said on Thursday. “Some of the police information provided compromised the identity of undercover police officers as well as the vehicles they were driving.” Palazzolo allegedly provided information on cases to Christopher Reynolds, 49, of the Town of Poughkeepsie and Jesse Roldan, 35, of Wappingers Falls in return for the drugs. Both men have pled guilty to drug charges. No sentencing date has been set yet. Town of Poughkeepsie Police Chief Thomas Mauro said this is the first time in the history of the police force that an officer has been arrested, but he said as recently as just months ago, the police department was given a clean bill of health regarding its procedures when it received accreditation. “Police officers take an oath on their first day in office; that oath is to uphold the Constitution of the United States and enforce the laws of the State of New York,” Mauro said. “Once a police officer stops doing that and commits an illegal act, he stops being a police officer in my judgment, and I believe that would be the position of any public safety officer that is doing their job the way they are sworn to.” Palazzolo was suspended from the force in July 2010 and has since retired. His wife, Carol, 44, was also arrested and charged with two counts of drug possession. He was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond.