For some Boston officers, extra money comes easy
Most of the overtime reads from court appearances that usually lasted no more than an hour, according to the Globe. He also paid out 2,771 hours of detailed work shifts, including 861 hours gross. This allowed him to make almost $ 130,000 a sum that does not include overtime.
“It’s a generous system,” said Sam Tyler, president of the Boston Municipal Research Office, financial controls. “They pay you by the hour, you do not work. This is not a new problem, but it actually requires strict attention and management to control costs.”
Lee declined to comment on Tuesday’s win. Union leaders of the Association of Boston Police Patron Manufacturers and Society for the Protection of the Boston Police Detective did not respond to requests for comment.
The details of Lee’s salary were obtained through a request for public records, which shows that some of the most paid employees and departmental benefits hugely high contractual requirements that allow for overtime hours not worked. Agents can work up to 90 hours per week.
The Globe reviewed the salary records of 10 officers who were among the highest of overtime and 10 other highest paying agents. Overall, the police department has paid almost 60 million overtime during fiscal year 2016.
Lieutenant Detective Michael McCarthy, a department spokesman, said that the four-hour requirement “is a contractual obligation that was negotiated between the city and the police unions are no more than 20 years.”
“Agents are allowed, in their current collective bargaining agreements, to make additional allowances once they are released from their legal obligations,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy said the department routinely checks the officers program to ensure compliance with internal rules and procedures and found no violations recently.
The provision of generous contracts shows that, in recent years, the Union’s ability to demand and win favorable terms in contractual negotiations, according to observers.
“Boston police historically earned some of the highest salaries in the country,” said Thomas Nolan, a former Boston police officer who is now a professor of criminology at Merrimack College in North Andover. “There was a police story getting [contracts] and being very successful at the bargaining table.”
The ministry has already faced questions about overtime. A 2012 Globe review of the drug unit found a pattern of overtime abuse by officers who came to court when they were not needed. Ten agents were disciplined this year to pick up overtime not sitting.
A year earlier, the ministry conducted an internal audit that reviewed hundreds of cases in three during City Court. The review found up to 350 cases of doubtful judicial counts by medical agent units and recommended a centralized electronic allocation system that would monitor the appearances of the courts in real time. A change in the use of extra judicial time newsletters – a record of overtime an agent that day – went into effect immediately.