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Report on Payroll Shakes Massachusetts State Police Division



    MSP Overtime Pay Practices Raise Concerns

    A Boston Globe investigation shows members of a second Massachusetts State Police unit were making massive amounts of overtime and keeping it a secret.

    (Published Monday, March 26, 2018)

    Investigators are following the money trail in the Massachusetts State Police Department, and critics say there needs to be more transparency and accountability.

    An investigation by the Boston Globe shows that troopers' earnings are significantly greater than had previously been reported.

    "It's important for the state police to get its act together," Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday.

    Gov. Charlie Baker is now dealing with the 140-member Troop F, responsible for patrolling Logan International Airport and parts of Boston's Seaport District. The Globe reports that the entire division's payroll data has been obscured from the public for years.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    The Massachusetts Port Authority, which pays Troop F, did not file payroll records with the state.

    "Massport made a mistake," Baker said.

    The investigation found that 14 troopers made more in overtime than base pay, and that 54 troopers made more than $200,000 -- 79 percent of Troop F made more than Baker's own salary.

    The payroll issues come after a series of state police scandals, including an alleged police report cover-up that led to the early retirement of the department's top cop, a wave of suspensions over various issues and an overtime pay scandal being investigated by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. Critics say they want Attorney General Maura Healey to launch a separate investigation into this latest controversy.

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