Was the senior officer on this site like the other overtime inflating officers. Was this stop just a excuse to inflate the senior officers income or a no show type of job.
Here we are out almost a year later... The Massachusetts State Police has just about imploded.
John Tlumacki/Globe staffADVERTISINGFRAMINGHAM — In another black eye for the scandal-ridden Massachusetts State Police, 20 active troopers face potential sanctions for the apparent theft of overtime pay, with the most egregious alleged offenders putting in for as many as 100 no-show shifts, officials said Tuesday.In a state agency where 245 troopers — about 12 percent of the force — made more than $200,000 last year, an internal audit of Troop E, a division that covers the Massachusetts Turnpike, found “apparent discrepancies between overtime paid and actual patrols worked,” State Police Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, superintendent of the force, said at a morning news conference.Nineteen troopers face internal duty status hearings in the coming days to determine whether they’ll be suspended, Gilpin said. Another trooper who was already suspended for another matter and a retiree are also being investigated.Gilpin said that she couldn’t put a dollar figure on the amount of disputed overtime, but that the number of questionable overtime shifts per trooper ranged from one to “as high as 100.”State Police officials said they have reported their findings, which stemmed from an investigation launched last fall, to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office for review and potential prosecution.The allure of big pay for long hours has raised concerns among critics that State Police troopers could be too tired to safely do their jobs.· Read:· Read:
Coming on the heels of several other high-profile controversies in recent months, news of the purported overtime scheme quickly stirred outrage.Governor Charlie Baker, who appointed Gilpin to head the agency last November, said the superintendent “made a pretty clear statement that this sort of activity and this sort of behavior is not going to be tolerated.”Baker said that overall the State Police are “a strong, good, well-trained unit.”“But clearly there’s some people here who broke the rules, allegedly, and got way beyond the bounds of what anyone would consider to be appropriate behavior,” Baker said. “And for those who are found to have committed what’s been alleged, they should face the music.”The department’s previous superintendent, Richard McKeon, and his deputy, Francis Hughes, retired in November after revelations that McKeon had ordered an arrest report changed to remove embarrassing information about the daughter of Judge Timothy Bibaud. A lawyer for McKeon has said he ordered the deletions to remove unnecessary information.Baker and Healey have each announced investigations into the handling of the police reports.Two more high-ranking officials linked to the redactions – Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Risteen and Major Susan Anderson — retired suddenly in February. Their retirements came a day after the Globe reported that Trooper Leigha Genduso had been hired despite having been a coconspirator in a 2007 drug case and having avoided charges by testifying. Genduso, whom multiple sources said was Risteen’s former girlfriend, was suspended after the disclosure.On Tuesday, the union that represents troopers, the State Police Association of Massachusetts, said it does not condone any actions that may have violated the public’s trust.
“The department has been in turmoil over the last several months,” Dana Pullman, president of the union, said in a statement. “We believe the customs and culture that was allowed to flourish under the previous state police leadership has compromised the public’s perception and calls into question the integrity of the hard-working men and women of the Massachusetts State Police. Colonel Gilpin has been given the unenviable task of dealing with a myriad of untenable issues.”…
So here I sit with both eyes having a cataract operation. Even though I got no speeding ticket, I suspected widespread corruption with the state police system. I got a pretty good sniffer for detecting corruption.
reposted from 2/23
Update April 5
Got my cataract operation two weeks ago. Unbelievably better sight in my
Update Feb 28
I had that phone interview with the state police complaint interviewer. He was a very pleasant person to talk with. We agreed there was no issues with the officer who gave me the complaint. I told him the office was very courteous to me who gave me the warning.
The interviewer was kind of like a typical black and white police officer. His job was to just evaluate if a member of the public had a issues with a police officer. The officer basically didn’t have a issue with staging SUVs on a interstate to give the opportunity to search a car. I said it was piss poor with doing this in rush hour and in the dark. Why couldn’t you send a message during daylight? He said crimes occur in the dark and during rush hour. I just wanted the facts. He thought that area of I 91 might have traffic accident reputation. I asked him does the move over law work. He ask me for facts as we spoke, he kept throwing at me one speculation after another. He had no idea if the move over law reduces officer deaths.
The big remaining issues, big picture:
1) What was the state trooper strategy with all troopers on the highway on my day of the warning?
2) Does the move over law work as intended. Does it reduce officer fatalities?
3) He blew me off with, does the move over law favor the police officer’s life better than a member of the public?
He talked about all accidents of the road and the highways being so dangerous. Right, just tell me the facts. The highways are extraordinary dangerous. Just saying, our overall accident and fatality rates have drastically declined from twenty year ago.
Questions for interview. I am a science and data guy! I never have any confidentiality or anonymity needs!!
4)I'd like to see all the data associated from this state police project. The offence happened at 6:15 pm on 2/22/17. Say 12 hours before and 12 hours after offence. 10 miles before and after citation on I 91. Like all violations, citations, warnings, arrests, times, models of cars and vehicles and maybe even nationality. I'd like to analyzes commonalities.
5) I was driving my son's car. It's a tiny tiny Mazda car associated with a particular segment of society. Basically young people. Was a small segment of our population targeted for a move over stop because it more fruitful to the police.
6)They could be severely abusing a legitimate law to do a illegal search. Was all move over violators stopped and given citation including warnings? Are they picking and choosing move over violators? Mindfulness: If the troopers intentionally set-up/staged those cruisers in that I-91 spot to selectively stop move over violators, then all the stops and violations are unconstitutional. Was the police cruisers staged on the road for a hidden agenda? The intent of the project was to do searches and stops, not to protect police officers. If the Staties chose that area because of poor visibility, around corners and obscuring terrain...the intent was to create stops for a hidden agenda.
5) Does the staties have a violation quota system? Do they gain incentives for mass stops and violations? Do they have a minimum number violations and stops, say per month, or they would be disciplined?
6) Why was the two cruisers, all police lights flashing, bumper to bumper in the breakdown lane...what was their stated and hidden purpose on the highway? There was no other vehicle in the area in the breakdown lane.
7) What message was state police management trying to send to the greater public during this project with all these police vehicles and officers and troopers.
8) How many police vehicles was involved in this project? I count at least five. The two cruiser position who cited me, another cruiser in the breakdown about three miles north of the first position in the breakdown lane with police flasher lights on (no vehicles near him pulled over), then another cruiser in the breakdown lane in another three miles. I seen a state police flasher also on the opposite side(southbound)of I 91. I count at least five vehicles.
9) Basically the whole project was effectively entrapment...
10) I am telling you with any complex and high consequence organization...the direct road to perdition is mindlessly meeting minimal intent of the law or any rule for a secret or hidden agenda. We would be a destructively chaotic and ungovernable nation if everyone just met the minimum intent of any rule or law. All moral people have a much higher calling...
11) I am shocked I didn't know about the move over law. My 21 year old son can be astonishingly stupid. I asked him, on I-91, do you know what the move over phrase means? He immediately recognized the phrase. He scoffingly responded to me, you can't be in the furthest
right hand lane with a police officer's car in the breakdown with flashing lights. We had a very difficult period with roundabouts when he had his learners permit.
12) Has the law been effective at reducing police officer fatalities and injury? Basically paid organizations supporting the troopers have pushed the law into being. Is it a scam law allowing the organizations to show the police officers they are getting their monies worth?
MSP Citizens Response Reports (POL) <citizensresponsereports@MassMail.State.MA.US>Update
To Michael Mulligan Today at 9:03 AM
We are in receipt of your citizen response report. A complaint intake officer will contact you within the next few days to discuss your concerns. Thank you.
Sent a complaint to the state police through this link.
See, something is fishy with the wholesale police stops last night? A ruse to stop people. He spoke as if it was a new law.
Move Over Law Protects First Responders
In Massachusetts the Move Over Law aims to make police, firefighters, paramedics, tow truck drivers, and all roadside emergency and maintenance professionals safer on the job. The Move Over Law, which took effect March 22, 2009, requires drivers approaching a stationary emergency or maintenance vehicle with flashing lights to move to the next adjacent lane if it is safe to do so, and, barring that, to reduce their speed. Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to $100.
Every year, first responders across the country are injured or killed on the job while providing emergency help and, this summer six Massachusetts state troopers were injured in as many weeks. One trooper died from his injuries. All citizens are asked to make a personal pledge to always move over to make Massachusetts roadways safer for everyone.
So at about 11 am I am driving down to Springfield. I notice state police positioned in many areas down the interstate. A police helicopter is patrolling the roads for speeders or something worst like terrorism. It is way abnormal. That is when I pose to myself...are we in some kind of terrorism alert.
Springfield Massachusetts and Holyoke are probably the largest Mecca for illegal aliens in the state per population.