I've posted about paid police details, and about the police unions many times over the past several years. Finally, some good news on the topic. Kudos to Governor Patrick for accomplishing what Mitt Romney couldn't. Unlike Romney, Patrick promised AND delivered.
An end to idling state police cruisers and pacing local cops on state highway jobs is long overdue. If only the 350 cities and towns could find the same political will. We can break the back of the police unions here, if people don't chicken out. And what's with Arlington Police Chief Ryan and his snit, quoted in the Boston Globe:
"In my 25 years in law enforcement in this state, I have never worked with a more insensitive and arrogant administration that is simply unwilling to listen on this issue[.]"
He must be facing a contract renegotiation with his department's
organized crime unit union. Or at least some of his fellow city chiefs are.
These new anti-detail regulations are a victory for the taxpayer, for common sense, and for law enforcement. We need police who give their attention to their jobs, not to holes in the ground.