Director, instructor no longer employed at the police academy

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) A follow-up to a story the 22News I-Team first broke on Monday. Two people named in a police academy lawsuit are no longer employed at the center.

Terrel Harris, the spokesman for the state’s Department of Public Safety, told the I-Team that Instructor Sean Shattuck and Director of the Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy, Curtis McKenzie are no longer employed by the Municipal Police Training Committee.

Harris wouldn’t elaborate on the change in employment.  He said, “anything beyond that is protected personnel information and potentially the subject of ongoing litigation.”

He also said Daniel Zivkovich, the Executive Director of the Municipal Police Training Committee, and Instructors Robert Powers and Delilah Yee are still employed by the MPTC.

All five people are named in a lawsuit brought on by former Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy student, Timothy Turley.

Turley is a 47-year-old West Roxbury man who was attending the academy, that’s located on the Springfield Technical Community College campus, to further his law enforcement career. He retired from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department after 20 years and enrolled as a student at WMRPA on August 19, 2013 according to the legal complaint.

Turley alleges in his complaint that during his time in the academy he was the subject of age discrimination and unfair treatment.  He also claims he witnessed anti-gay and sexual harassment.

According to the complaint, Turley claims he witnessed Shattuck grabbing another student officer’s buttocks, “he then forced his finger into the victim’s anus (over clothing) and proceeded to rub his own genitals against the victim, simulating sexual intercourse.”

In the complaint, Turley accuses Director Curtis McKenzie of announcing he was investigating staff misconduct. The complaint states, “instead, Director McKenzie endeavored to squelch any report of the incident and protect Instructor Shattuck.”

Harris says the state is not commenting on any of the accusations in the complaint at this time.

According to the State’s Open Checkbook:

  • McKenzie earned $77,839 as Academy Director last year.
  • Former instructor Sean Shattuck is not listed on the website.
  • Instructor Robert Powers earned $20,340 last year.
  • Instructor Delilah Yee, who is listed as Delilah Campurciani on the state’s website and earned $13,920 last year.
  • Daniel Zivkovich, Executive Director for the Municipal Police Training Committee, earned $110,453 last year.

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