Interesting articles on police details


The Lowell Sun published two articles focusing on police details and flagmen today.

In an article written from the police point of view several law enforcement officials argue that more police details put more cops on the street and help with public safety. The Sun interviewed a sergeant from Billerica who intervened in a domestic kidnapping case while on a detail as well as the police chiefs from Billerica and Tyngsborough.

Another article interviews several business owners for their point of view. The article also comments on the often sketchy and vague savings estimates given by the state when comparing flagmen to police details.

The pro-flagmen article was written by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR). The article from the police point of view was written by a Lowell Sun employee. It’s not often that the anti-union Sun gets credit for their balanced approach, however, they at least attempted to show both sides of the issue. It is unfortunate that the pro-detail approach didn’t interview more police officers involved in incidents while on detail (there are many, the Boston Police Patrolman’s Association, for example, keeps track of those stats in the city).  It is also unfortunate that the NECIR article was so one-sided. I would hope that a “center for investigative reporting” would know enough to report on the other point of view.

For another story on details, go to the Lawrence Eagle Tribune.

About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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