Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Massachusetts - Editorial: Hang tough on police details reform - Waltham, MA - The Daily News Tribune
Editorial: Hang tough on police details reform - Waltham, MA - The Daily News Tribune:
To protect and serve' is a widely-used police motto, but the only thing hundreds of uniformed officers were protecting at the State House this week were their wallets. While taxpayers across the Commonwealth scream for reform of costly public employee perks, the police unions are pulling out all the stops to pocket the status quo.
Gov. Deval Patrick's proposed new rules for the use of police details on state roads go further than his predecessors dared, but there's nothing rash about them. The rules would allow civilian flaggers on state roads with speed limits less than 45 mph - about a third of state highways - if a state safety review finds no danger."