The State Police union in Masschusetts has urged Gov. Deval Patrick to order an independent audit of the agency to investigate its complaint that the force is top heavy, with too many highly paid superior officers and not enough troopers, reports the Boston Globe. The union says State Police management positions have swelled since the 1990s. It estimated that the state could save $1 million to $7 million annually through “the reduction of patronage ranks, elimination of redundant positions, or the downgrading of certain positions.''
The State Police narrowly averted massive layoffs last month and had to scrap plans to add more troopers this year because of budget cuts. The department, which presently has 2,278 sworn officers, has not hired any new recruits in three years. It has lost 261 sworn officers during that time due to attrition. Colonel Mark F. Delaney, who heads the State Police, disputed the union's claim of management overstaffing and said he advised the Patrick administration that an audit was unnecessary.