They are there because motorists will slow down thru a construction zone if they see a cop or blue lights on a cruiser. They will ignore flagmen and not slow down. I know I don't slow down if I don't see a cop or a cruiser at a construction detail.<quoted text>
This seems like nothing more than a legalized extortion scheme....any minor roadside utility repair job in the state of Mass requires a cop to be there (earning time and half pay with a 4 hour minimum) JUST IN CASE he is actually needed? And, he isn't even required to direct traffic!
This whole detail scam was forced through in Mass by the powerful Police Unions. It basically serves no purpose whatsover besides fattening the cop's wallet. And, you can rest assured that our lawmen have plenty of time to work these useless and lucrative paid details. With Fburgs lawmen averaging 56 paid days off per year; not counting paid holidays: it leaves each lawman plenty of time to cash in on the free money and still have a sh#tload of vacation time! What a f-ing scam!
The officer at a detail is hired by the private organization and paid for by the private organization. That private entity wants the officer to take care of it's workers. The private entity is not hiring the officer to take care of the motorist!
Cops use their vacation/personal time to work the details. The city does not pay for the detail but whoever requests it such as Unitil pays for it. Detail money is deposited into a separate private account (not city operated) and is not included in the overall earnings of an officer for the year. The detail money is paid to the officer with a separate private check.
If they are on duty they have the option to take their time (vacation/personal) even if it is just 4 hrs. so they can work a detail. There are many times a week an emergency detail such as Unitil has to tear up a street to repair a gas leak. The officers on duty have the option to come off duty and take the detail but they have to use their vacation/personal time.
The hours are subtracted from the total hours of vacation/personal time they have. Then they return to the remainder of their shift after the detail is over if their shift has not ended.