BOSTON – Massachusetts State Police have temporarily relieved the four troopers of the rights in the ongoing scandal about overtime.
Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of police, said Monday the decision is a result of the department’s continued review of data and the data indicative of whether the members ‘ present and overtime shifts for which they were paid.”
There are scheduled internal hearings for the non-identified officers to determine what their duty status will be during the investigation.
Internal affairs investigators with the Massachusetts State Police saw the warning signs of the overtime scandal currently rocking the department years ago, but the agency failed to act, according to a Boston Globe Monday, published report.
Researchers in 2014 in search of evidence that two troopers were in the secret of escorting funeral processions and the taking of money under the table, but in that probe they found that troopers had routinely submitted for more than 30 hours per week in overtime, and paid details that they are either not working or not in full, on the basis of internal files are reviewed by the newspaper.
This data never made it into the researchers ‘ final report.
A state police audit earlier this year showed that more than 20 troopers may have been paid overtime for shifts they did not work. More than 40 state troopers are now being investigated in connection with the overtime scandal and a number of be faced with criminal prosecution as part of a broad federal investigation.
In addition, at least eight of the people with the flag in the department’s own internal inspections for extraordinary overtime since 2011 are now being investigated by prosecutors on suspicion of fraudulent overtime, more recently.
A spokesman of the ministry said that he was “not aware of any systemic reaction” to potential overtime discrepancies in audits.
Gilpin, who took charge in November, said the agency has a number of changes, since, as the require troopers to show up for a face-to-face appeals at a particular point in each of the eight-hour shift, a better tracking of the high income, and the activation of the GPS devices in the police vehicles.
“We thank the public to be transparent and to do what we can do to show that we are serious about earning back the trust of the public,” Gilpin said.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com