Gonzalez Urges Baker to Take Charge Amid Growing Massachusetts State Police Scandal
BOSTON, September 26th, 2018 – Today, Jay Gonzalez called on Governor Baker to take charge and get control of the Massachusetts State Police. After months of federal and state investigations, three Massachusetts State Police lieutenants were indicted late last week on charges of larceny and fraud by Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, bringing the total number of officials indicted to eight. These indictments come after three troopers pleaded guilty to stealing from taxpayers, and dozens more are being investigated. And as the federal and state investigators have been working hard to uncover more and more criminal activity at the State Police, the Baker Administration has failed to take strong and prompt action to implement the reforms promised months ago.
“Enough is enough. When will the Governor finally exercise some leadership and take charge of the State Police? There has been a culture of corruption at the State Police under Governor Baker, and recent indictments are the latest evidence of that,” stated Gonzalez. “Governor Baker, Secretary Bennett and Colonel Gilpin’s management failures have led to fraud, falsified time sheets, falsified citations, embezzlement and a waste of taxpayer dollars. It is completely unacceptable. Governor Baker should immediately fire his Secretary of Public Safety and State Police Colonel. He should replace the State Police Colonel with an experienced leader who has no history with the Massachusetts State Police and who will not be compromised or conflicted in driving reforms and changing the culture at the State Police by past relationships and involvement at the agency. Aside from Colonel Gilpin’s failure to promptly drive much needed reforms at the agency, the Colonel’s failure to thoroughly review or investigate obvious irregularities in overtime usage in a prior role at the State Police contributed to the culture of corruption at the agency and compromises the Colonel’s credibility in addressing it.”
In the 19 months since the Massachusetts State Police scandal broke, Secretary Bennett and Colonel Gilpin have still not delivered key reforms Governor Baker promised in April. Yesterday’s media reports reveal that Troop F has failed to cut overtime by 40 percent, audits of the 50 highest paid troopers have not happened, and it is unclear if the GPS monitoring technology on cruisers is in use. Delays in implementing a body-camera program persist. And only now, months after the scandal broke, is the state hiring an outside firm to begin reviewing their personnel management practices