posted on Apr, 17 2018 @ 10:13 AM
I've been keeping an eye on this story as it develops because I've got a couple of acquaintances that were/are MSP Troopers, and it looks like the
story is only getting bigger.
In 2017 an investigation was started into reports of MSP Troopers from Troop E (the troop tasked with turnpike patrol) filing for overtime pay without
having worked overtime shifts during 2016. The troopers were signing up for targeted traffic enforcement on the turnpike known as AIRE patrols; AIRE
patrols consisted of either four hour shifts or six hour shifts, and the purpose was to increase presence on the turnpike to deter violations as well
as issue citations. The program was only active on the turnpike, and was only open to Troop E troopers.
What initially appeared to be a handful of troopers working out of one barracks has now grown into an investigation involving over 30 troopers across
four barracks. The investigation has identified literally hundreds of shifts that were paid but not worked. The troopers involved range from the rank
of trooper all the way up to lieutenants. The number of shifts not worked is as low as one (as in a trooper did not work one shift) all the way up to
a hundred (as in a trooper, by him or herself, was responsible for dozens and dozens of unworked but paid shifts).
Several troopers involved in the investigation have retired or resigned their position since the information became public. Other troopers have been
suspended pending the end of the investigation and duty status hearings. So far MSP has not released a "who did what and when" report but thanks to
some journalists involved, we have names for several of the troopers, as well as how many OT shifts they "worked" and how much OT pay they
"earned." Hundreds of thousands of dollars are connected to this investigation, just with a cursory glance.
Decent recap here
MSP has implemented some changes in the wake of the investigation. AIRE patrols have been stopped entirely. Troop E is getting disbanded, and turnpike
patrols will be the responsibility of other Troops to do within their patrol areas. Troop E Troopers still on active duty will be reassigned to other
Troops. Troopers will be required to wear body cameras. GPS locators, which have been installed but not active on MSP vehicles, will now be active.
The state Attorney General has opened an investigation into the overtime abuse. Unsurprisingly, the State Police Association of Massachusetts (the
union for MSP Troopers) has complained about the GPS locators and body cameras being implemented.
MSP announces changes