To protect and serve alright. To protect and serve their own interests.
Flaggers in this state are a joke anyway, cuz they have to get the rate. This is all a bunch of political BS.
Police protesters greet roll out of civilian flaggers
By Jessica Fargen
Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - Updated 1h ago
WOBURN – Amid protests from local cops, the state highway department is rolling out its flagmen program this morning in Woburn, where civilians are directing traffic at a work site where in the past paid police details would have been stationed.
“It’s a public safety issue, first and foremost,” said Woburn Police officer Dana Gately, vice president of the Woburn police union as he joined at least 30 sign-holding officers who lined Lexington Street this morning. Some of the off-duty officers heckled the MassHighway workers who set up cones and directed traffic using a Slow and Stop sign. “I make $50,000 a year working nights and weekends,” barked Stoneham cop Joe Ponzo
, president of his department’s union. “A lot of these cities and towns can’t survive without these details.”
Cops in Revere and Everett protested at two Massachusetts Water Resources Authority work sites on Friday, where for the first time, no local paid police details were required to direct traffic. In Everett, police detail work pays $42 an hour. In both cities, officers were able to stop the MWRA crew from completing their work.
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