Every year or so, the papers print the ridiculous salary figures earned by police officers from paid private details, and there comes a chorus of complaint and calls for reform - but nothing ever happens. The police unions are entrenched, the corrupt system long-established and the Commonwealth itself resistant to any change. But I'll say it again. Paid police details are mostly a waste of money - your money.
Boston cops making $200,000? Troopers making over $150,000? Look, I know that police officers' base salaries are pretty low. (Although an economist might say they aren't low enough, because there are far more applicants than new hires.) And I know that many officers have come to rely on their detail money to support their lifestyle. It wouldn't be fair to switch it off overnight. But I advocate a gradual roll-back, to the point where details are rare. Once details are used only where needed rather than at every small pothole on every shoulder, we should increase police salaries on 5-10 thousand a year on average.
The cop who was making $65K base pay and $75K more from details won't be happy, but he isn't a very good cop anyway - he's too tired all the time. The current system is a rip-off, and it's your money they're taking.