FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Nineteen members of Massachusetts State Police Troop E are scheduled to attend hearings that will determine their duty status following an audit of overtime patrols on the Mass Pike.
Massachusetts State Police Col. Kerry Gilpin announced the results of the audit during a news conference on Tuesday. The hearings will determine the duty status of these members, who hold the ranks of trooper, sergeant, and lieutenant, while further investigation takes place.
Gilpin said the audit was started after the department determined the need to review payments to a handful of Troop E members for certain overtime traffic enforcement shifts on the Mass Pike. She expanded the audit to include all department members who were paid for working these overtime patrols on the pike in 2016.
Two other Troop E members would have been subject to duty status hearings, but one retired before the completion of the audit, and another is currently suspended without pay as a result of a separate matter.
“Integrity, honesty, and accountability are core values of the Massachusetts State Police,” Gilpin said “Those are values that I, as Colonel, expect and demand, that Governor Baker and Secretary Bennett demand, and that the hard-working men and women of this Department – the overwhelming majority of our people — expect and demand of their peers.”
In the meantime, state police have eliminated the patrols and have implemented measures to increase accountability and oversight of remaining overtime shifts.