At-large Councilor Michael Flaherty will ask his fellow councilors to back a change in state law that would let Boston offer detail work on road projects and at concerts and arenas to retired BPD officers, easing a shortage of detail officers and filling city coffers with extra money.
Flaherty says his proposal would bring Boston in line with 175 other cities and towns in the state. In his request to the council for a hearing on the proposal, he says Boston just doesn't have enough police officers to fill all the detail requests it gets and estimates that the city could earn an extra $3 million a year in fees from the new details. He adds:
Retired Boston Police Officers have years of superior training, knowledge of the law, familiarity with city streets, and decades of invaluable experience that make them ideal candidates to fill detail assignments and increase police presence throughout the city.