Chicopee Police Lieutenant’s parade behavior under investigation

The investigation should take about a week

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee Police Lieutenant John Pronovost is on paid administrative duty pending an investigation into his behavior while marching in the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade.

Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News Lt. Pronovost was marching with 45 other members of the Chicopee Police contingent on Sunday. At the intersection of Appleton and Beech Street, his strange behavior forced Chicopee Police Chief William Jebb to ask him to leave the marching formation.

Officer Wilk declined to comment on the nature of that behavior, but said no one was hurt and no charges were filed. Officers brought Lt. Pronovost back to the Chicopee Police Department, and the incident is being investigated internally.

“With every officer, when there is an Internal Affairs investigation such as this, they’re basically put on an administrative duty, which is just a desk duty, until the investigation is done and the results are known,” said Officer Wilk. He added that the investigation should take about a week.

Lt. Pronovost has been the subject of questionable behavior in the past. In 2007, Captain Mark Gilbert accused Lt. Pronovost of pointing his gun at him inside the police station. In 2015, Lt. Pronovost was involved in an altercation with former Mayor Mike Bisonette at a polling place.