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State Police public-safety protocol cries out for reform

On top of other bad news for Massachusetts State Police, more dubious overtime abuses have come to light.

State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin at the Massachusetts State Police Spring Awards Ceremony at the State House.


State Police deserve a clean break from the past

Wanted: an experienced reformer who can restore public confidence in a troubled law-enforcement agency.

A timeline of State Police controversies

A look back at recent scandals that have plagued the Massachusetts State Police.

A state trooper drove out from Emergency Response Station 10 in a Charlestown industrial park.

Records reveal trooper posts that are overtime all the time

These Emergency Response posts, tucked in trailers or nondescript government buildings, are staffed purely on an overtime basis.

Current and former Troop E members have been linked in recent months to alleged fraud, resulting in a series of internal investigations, a separate probe by the attorney general’s office, and the disbanding of the entire unit.

7 more state police troopers facing investigation for overtime pay theft

State Police are investigating another seven troopers for potential theft of overtime pay, bringing the total number of troopers facing scrutiny to about 40.

Lynn DeWolfe.

State Police name former attorney general to head probe into handling of drugged driver case

Lynn DeWolfe allegedly caused a fatal crash while driving drugged, minutes after a trooper let her go following an earlier crash.

The Massachusetts State Police has faced widespread scrutiny following a series of revelations of hefty payouts, hidden payroll, and generous perks for troopers.

Take a look at the financial perks State Police troopers enjoy

State Police perks have been thrust into the spotlight after revelations that some troopers are paid $40 a day to drive their own cars to work.

Former State Police colonel Richard McKeon.

Report criticizes ex-State Police head for arrest report rewrite

Former State Police colonel Richard McKeon was wrong to order a trooper to rewrite a report about the arrest of the daughter of a judge, according to a report released Friday.

State Police at Logan Airport Boston.

Taxes not paid on perks for troopers

Tax specialists said the state’s actions appear to skirt federal tax rules. The IRS could seek millions of dollars in back taxes.

Denise Ezekiel, a former payroll director for the State Police who is alleged to have stolen nearly $24,000 from the department, stood in court on Monday.

State Police payroll head struggled with debt before alleged theft began

Denise Ezekiel kept her head down Monday during her highly anticipated arraignment on a charge of stealing $23,900 in public funds.

State Police official faces theft charges

The woman who heads the State Police payroll department has been on unpaid leave for months amid allegations that she’s been stealing from the agency.

Table: What State Police in Troop F make

This table updates an earlier version state officials released that did not include per diem payments troopers received last year.

New disclosures show state troopers who worked out of Logan Airport get $40 every day for driving their car to work.

More hidden State Police pay surfaces. This time: millions in perks

Members of Troop F get $40 each time they drive their own car to work, which heavily contributed to more than $3.4 million in additional payouts over four years.

“I feel right now, fiscally, this is a responsible budget,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said.

House budget calls for State Police oversight and rebuffs Baker’s Medicaid plan

The $40.98 billion budget proposal also ditches the governor’s call to shift millions of dollars of MBTA salaries from its operating budget onto its capital spending plan.

Perfection won a three-year contract in 2016 for a heavily traveled part of the turnpike.

Overtime scandal not first time State Police unit under scrutiny

The Inspector General found that troopers steered thousands of motorists to a favored contractor.The Inspector General found that in 2016, Troop E diverted thousands of motorists to a favored tow company.

State Police at Logan Airport in Boston.


Governors have been trying to fix the State Police for decades. Is this time different?

While Charlie Baker’s proposed reforms sound good, it’s worth remembering that we’ve been here before.

The Massachusetts State Police substation at the Boston Fish Pier in the Seaport District.

In Seaport, it’s State Police vs. Boston police in battle over turf

State Police scandals have ignited a long-running tug of war over who polices the several-block South Boston waterfront.

Governor Charlie Baker and State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin spoke to reporters Monday.

State Police overhaul will require union talks, Baker says

“Nothing changes on the timetable,” Baker told reporters Wednesday at the State House.

Governor Charlie Baker and Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin held a press conference at the State House to announce a series of reforms to policies and procedures at the Massachusetts State Police.

State Police to eliminate Troop E in wake of overtime scandal

An investigation found that dozens of active and retired members of Troop E, which patrols the Mass. Pike, allegedly put in for overtime shifts they didn’t work.

State Police OT pay probe brings 8 more troopers under investigation

Eight more State Police troopers are under investigation for alleged overtime pay theft, bringing the total number of active and retired troopers under scrutiny in that probe to 30.

A State Police cruiser at Logan Airport.

Troop F detective collected more than $300,000 in each of the last three years

Landing an assignment in the State Police department’s Troop F has long been considered a lucrative gig, but in recent years overtime payouts in the division have soared to new extremes.

Attorney General Maura Healey is calling on Governor Charlie Baker to take more leadership in addressing State Police transparency concerns.

Healey calls on Baker to address transparency concerns over State Police records

The concerns were raised in the wake of revelations that payroll records for an entire State Police division were not disclosed for years.

State Police troopers in Troop F patrol Logan International Airport, the Seaport, and other Massachusetts Port Authority properties.

State Police will pay Troop F directly, disclose missing records to comptroller

The deal comes on the heels of a Globe report showing that neither State Police nor Massport had publicly filed information on trooper pay.

Governor Charlie Baker said that he expects officials to explain why payroll records for State Police Troop F were not being reported.

Concealment of State Police pay records was ‘clearly deliberate,’ Baker says

Governor Charlie Baker said he expects officials to explain why the records were concealed.

Alli Bibaud (left) stood with her attorney while pleading guilty to drunken driving charges in Framingham District Court.

Woman at center of State Police scandal pleads guilty to drunken driving charge

The woman whose altered arrest report led to the resignation of two top State Police commanders is expected to enter a residential treatment center in N.H.

State Police pay higher than reported, data hidden for years

Records for Troop F, hidden from public view for years, portray a lucrative, overtime-laden operation that outpaces the compensation totals of troopers working in other State Police divisions.

Nine state troopers suspended, nine more retire amid overtime probe

Nine Massachusetts State Police troopers were suspended without pay and nine more retired this week in the midst of an internal affairs investigation.

State Police dispatcher under investigation, placed on leave after alleged posts about fatal crash

“I want her terminated and I want some answers from State Police,” said Thomas Wasilewski, whose 20-year-old son was killed in the crash last year.

After scandals, State Police need to restore accountability, legal specialists say

The scandals speak to an organization suffering from a breakdown of professional culture and accountability, police and legal specialists say.

Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin addressed the media Tuesday at the State Police Headquarters concerning an investigation into State Police overtime.

20 state troopers face possible discipline in overtime scam probe

The most egregious alleged violators put in for as many as 100 bogus shifts, officials at the embattled law enforcement agency said.

11/09/2017 Boston Ma - Colonel Richard D. McKeon (cq) middle Superintendent of the Massachusetts Stet Police at the Massachusetts State Police Awards Ceremony at the State House. He was preparing to hand out awards. (Jonathan Wiggs\Globe Staff) Reporter:Topic.

Former high-ranking State Police officials ask judge to throw out case against them

Two former State Police officials say they did not violate the constitutional rights of two troopers ordered to make changes to a police report.

245 State Police troopers earned more than $200,000 last year

The allure of big pay for long hours has raised concerns among critics that State Police troopers could be too tired to safely do their jobs.

Trooper Matthew Sheehan communicated over the radio after having stopped a suspected drunk driver along Interstate 93 in 2011.

State trooper accused of posting racist comments online suspended

Matthew Sheehan had been on paid leave since the shooting last Saturday.

Trooper Matthew Sheehan communicated over the radio after having stopped a suspected drunk driver along Interstate 93 in 2011.

Trooper involved in shooting has history of racist online posts

The Massachusetts State Police trooper who fired his rifle during a confrontation with bikers and ATV riders on I-93 posted racist and profane comments online.

Daniel Risteen, the third in command at the State Police, has retired, and Leigha Genduso (left) has been suspended without pay.

Two more high-ranking officials at Massachusetts State Police retire

The retirements are the latest fallout from the controversy over how police handled the arrest of a judge’s daughter.

State trooper placed on paid leave after internal affairs investigation

Leigha Genduso was a coconspirator in a massive drug case and just a few years later was serving as a state trooper.

Richard McKeon, who retired as colonel, collected $161,688.26 for unused sick and vacation time.

State Police officials who retired amid scandal collected big payouts

The former State Police colonel and his top deputy walked away with hefty payouts for unused sick and vacation time.

Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin in March.

On first day, State Police boss orders probe into altered report

Colonel Kerry Gilpin has launched an investigation into troopers being ordered to revise written reports about the arrest of a judge’s daughter.

11/09/2017 Boston Ma - Colonel Richard D. McKeon (cq) middle Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police at the Massachusetts State Police Awards Ceremony at the State House. He was preparing to hand out awards to waiting troopers. Jonathan Wiggs\Globe Staff Reporter:Topic.

Head of State Police retires amid questions about altered arrest report

Colonel Richard McKeon retired Friday after revelations that he ordered troopers to remove embarrassing information from arrest reports about a judge’s daughter.

Governor Charlie Baker.

Baker investigating why trooper was ordered to change police report

Governor Baker’s administration is launching a review after a trooper was ordered to delete information from an arrest report involving a judge’s daughter.

Judge Timothy Bibaud.

A state trooper was ordered to alter the arrest report of a judge’s daughter. Now he’s suing.

Ryan Sceviour says he was ordered to remove embarrassing notes from his report on the arrest, which followed a crash on I-190 in Worcester.

A state trooper was ordered to alter the arrest report of a judge’s daughter. Now he’s suing.

State Police trooper Ryan Sceviour was ordered to remove embarrassing notes from his report on the arrest, which followed a crash on I-190 in Worcester.