The Newton police officer’s union has sued the city in Middlesex Superior Court seeking an injunction which would prevent the city from using auxiliary officers in ways opposed to city ordinances.
According to the suit, the union believes that Chief Matthew Cummings wrongfully allowed volunteer auxiliary officers to provide security during President Obama’s visit to the city in October. The union contends that the auxiliary officers are not properly trained to handle an event like the President’s visit.
In an article on Boston.com John M. Daly, president of the Newton Police Association, stated that the police department should have paid for more officers to provide security during Obama’s visit. According to Daley, the auxiliary officers were not qualified to respond if there had been a security threat.
“They’re not psychologically screened,” he told Boston.com. “They’re not properly trained and they’re not armed.”
From Boston.com: “The city’s general order authorizing the use of auxiliary officers makes clear that they do not have police powers and cannot make arrests, issue citations, or stop motor vehicles. But the union and the police department disagree on how much responsibility the auxiliary officers can have — and how to interpret city guidelines — in traffic control.
“The general order allowing the auxiliary officers says they can “assist with traffic control at parades, road races, accidents.” But elsewhere, in the city code on traffic, the aldermen wrote that only sworn officers can direct traffic.”