More MA SP follies

nomore55

PSL +7
Advanced User
Premium Member
Joined
Dec 16, 2014
Messages
1,707
Reaction score
1,527
Location
suburban Boston
(I'm not sure what happened to the previous MA SP thread I had going...)


State police head Col. Kerry Gilpin steps down, announces retirement


State Police Col. Kerry A. Gilpin is stepping down as the leader of an agency rocked by multiple scandals, authorities said Wednesday.

David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, confirmed Gilpin’s departure in a statement.

“Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, today announced her retirement to members of the Department effective November 15,” Procopio wrote. “... Colonel Gilpin, 49, was named Superintendent/Colonel in November 2017 and has overseen the implementation of a wide slate of reforms and initiatives within the Department.”

Procopio also included a statement from Thomas Turco, head of the state Secretary of Public Safety and Security.
 

NorEaster18

Probably stuck in traffic...
Intermediate User
Joined
Sep 5, 2018
Messages
662
Reaction score
1,341
Location
Northeast US
Man, it's been a rough year for MASP. It's kind of crazy how we are watching the whole agency crumble in front of us.

On the plus side though, I rarely see traffic enforcement from them these days. I can go weeks at a time without seeing any real enforcement. I think other motorists are also noticing the lack of presence. 128 has become even more of a lawless place than usual.
 

nomore55

PSL +7
Advanced User
Premium Member
Joined
Dec 16, 2014
Messages
1,707
Reaction score
1,527
Location
suburban Boston
Yeah, I hear ya about lack of MA SP during my daily travels...

I have to wonder if this "retirement" is an indicator that something else is about to go down.
 

RedRocket

Lidar Shootist
Advanced User
Premium Member
Joined
Apr 10, 2012
Messages
4,295
Reaction score
4,938
Location
USA
I'm guessing she's lost the respect of many Troopers b/c she had honor & integrity to seek out & get rid of all those scumbags who abused their authority to steal from the Public coffers. Every damn one of those crooks should have given restitution & got jail time.
 

westwind77

Advanced User
Lifetime Premium Member
Joined
Dec 7, 2016
Messages
2,434
Reaction score
4,202
It seems all or nothing with MASP. The other night I ran into 3 running active radar on the Cape on RT 6.
 

nomore55

PSL +7
Advanced User
Premium Member
Joined
Dec 16, 2014
Messages
1,707
Reaction score
1,527
Location
suburban Boston
(LOL) In the latest court filing:

Several State Police supervisors regularly ordered rank-and-file troopers in a scandal-ridden unit to skip overtime shifts that they were paid for, a former trooper says in a newly unsealed court filing.

The filing, submitted by the attorneys for one of the dozens of troopers implicated in the scandal, for the first time alleges that troopers were directed by their bosses when they racked up thousands of dollars in overtime for work that they did not perform.

Commanding officers, in some cases, told troopers to “run silent, run deep” and “take a slow ride home,” according to the filing.

The widespread fraud scandal has resulted in convictions of seven troopers and drawn scrutiny over dozens more. Three higher-ranking officers have also been indicted. However, several other supervisors of the implicated troopers have avoided charges so far.

The information was made public Friday after the Boston Globe asked a federal judge to remove redactions that had been made to a court filing in the criminal case of former trooper Daren DeJong.

Submitted in the spring by DeJong’s attorney, the filing disclosed how DeJong had spoken with investigators at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, telling them about how he, fellow troopers, and shift commanders for years coordinated to skip shifts and cover it up.

That section of the filing was initially sealed entirely, and until Friday, portions remained shielded from public view, concealing descriptions of how commanding officers holding the rank of lieutenant not only participated in the scheme, but directed troopers to skip some or all of their overtime shifts.

“The information DeJong provided should now help enable the Commonwealth [to] more fully connect the dots and root out those who may have had a greater understanding of the scope of corruption than the lower-level troopers who benefitted from following their orders,” said one previously-redacted line in the filing by DeJong’s lawyer, R. Bradford Bailey.
Bailey declined to comment.

Judge Mark Wolf previously said the redactions were of references to “at least four people” who have not been criminally charged. The filing did not name the individuals but merely said their rank.

State Police spokesman David Procopio declined to comment. “The department does not comment on ongoing legal proceedings,” he said in an e-mail.

In explaining his decision to lift the redactions, Wolf said he “expects that it will be necessary” to discuss the previously-redacted material the next time DeJong’s case returns to court. No date has been set.

At a hearing in May, Wolf, fueled by the details of that filing, said the overtime scandal appeared to amount to “a conspiracy” and he grilled federal prosecutors about why they haven’t pursued the type of charges often used against mobsters who engage in elaborate criminal schemes.

Including DeJong, 46 current and former sworn members of the State Police have been accused by the department of collecting overtime for hours they didn’t work, prompting the agency to disband an entire troop.

Seven troopers have pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges, and three lieutenants continue to fight charges they face at the state level. One of the three lieutenants has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Federal and state investigations have revealed troopers were writing bogus traffic citations to meet unconstitutional ticket quotas, falsified other paperwork, and destroyed documents. Meanwhile, department officials have destroyed and lost track of records that could have exposed further wrongdoing in the scandal.

Another former trooper, Heath P. McAuliffe who was charged and sentenced to a year of supervised release, wrote in a court filing in May that he “felt it was unfair” that almost every member of his troop used the same scheme with the knowledge of their superior officers, but “only a handful of us were singled out for federal prosecution.”

State and federal prosecutors declined to comment for this story, citing how they are continuing their separate investigations.
Over the summer, a Suffolk County grand jury began receiving materials and testimony about an investigation into overtime fraud by another member of the department, according to a recent court filing by the Attorney General’s office. That case has not yet resulted in any charges.

And in late June the federal authorities awarded a $17,500 contract to an outside vendor to scan and make electronic copies of about 25,000 State Police traffic tickets, which have served as key pieces of evidence in the overtime fraud investigations,
State Police has faced an unrelenting series of scandals over the past two years, prompting promises from Governor Charlie Baker and others to reform the agency. Last week, the head of the agency, Colonel Kerry Gilpin announced plans to step down this month after two years leading the State Police.
 

Discord Server

Latest threads

Forum statistics

Threads
80,063
Messages
1,218,194
Members
20,262
Latest member
Niewiekauto
Top