Deval Considers Abolition Of State Police Details

( – promoted by Cool Cal)

Boston Herald reporter Michele McPhee reports today (11-2-07) that Governor Deval Patrick will consider “wiping out costly state police details on state roadways and replacing them with flaggers as a way to cut the state’s bloated budget.” Certain law enforcement representatives were less than enthusiastic:

“It just means less cops on the street,” said Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association President Tom Nee, whose members would not be affected by Patrick’s idea.

“We welcome him reviewing the facts. We believe he will arrive at the same conclusions his predecessors did: It is a greater value to the traveling public to have police officers and troopers on the roadway than flag men.”

If the governor is serious about his idea, conservatives should get behind his proposal. They should call his office to express their support & contact their local legislators to ask said legislators to help make the governor's idea a reality. If conservatives in general & Republicans in particular want to be considered players in public policy, they need to make a good faith effort to work with certain Democrats when said Democrats offer solutions that make non-partisan (or even bipartisan) sense. The abolition of state police details is a great idea that should be supported by anyone who cares about the health of Massachusetts.

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  • wavemaker

    He’ll fold on this like a cheap pup tent.

    Just like all the others before him.

    Police details are nothing less than a gargantuan fraud perpetrated by the police unions.

    Spend the next week obseving the cops who are supposed to be watching traffic around road/construction work. Ten to one they’re either staring into a trench with the hands in their pockets, talking on a cell phone, or sitting in their cars reading the Herald. The only difference between the cop on detail and a flag man is the uniform and the guaranteed 4 hour shift.

    But Deval will get his fill of lobbying from all of the dem union folks and he’ll slink away into the shadow.

    If he comes out publicly after his “examination” and advocates for flagmen, I’ll be impressed.

  • Knightbrigade

    A liberal who NEEDS to find money BAD for his agenda…but his going to get his head handed to him by his fellow lobby who feed on this huge pile of easy money.

    Is mASS the only state left that uses police details?
    It wouldn’t shock me at all, one more shitty category that mASS stands front and center on.

    A liberal does the right thing, but only to have more money for a liberal agenda. WOW, Deval thanks so much for going to war against fellow hack Democrats and stopping a basic candy store of money. Oh wait the candy store money is going where!? Ok well..thanks again Deval.

  • Did other states ever do this?  It’s my impression that this is something unique to Massachusetts.

  • wavemaker

    But you know that. Sometimes there’s traffic to direct, often there is not. I’d warrant that it is probably safe to have someone there to wave once in a while. But not at $35 an hour, 4 hour minimum.

  • believe it when it happens….not when he “looks into it”.

    Really…WTF?  I drive by one every day in Cambridge.  Road’s down to one lane and instead of directing the traffic for whatever $$$$$ he gets, the guy’s ALWAYS on his cellphone.