Changes ordered for Massachusetts police after overtime flap

Massachusetts

The Massachusetts state police will begin using body cameras and vehicle locators in cruisers as part of a series of changes ordered after the agency was rocked by an overtime scandal and other recent disclosures.

The reforms announced Monday by Gov. Charlie Baker and the commanding officer of the state police also include disbanding Troop E, which patrols the Massachusetts Turnpike from Boston to the New York state border.

An internal audit last month revealed that nearly 30 current and former troopers may have been paid overtime for shifts never worked in 2016.

Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey has launched a criminal investigation.

Baker says while the majority of state troopers serve honorably and courageously, the reputation of the department has been “tarnished” by the disclosures and must be restored.

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