Keep po­lice files safe

Boston Herald - - HERALD OPINION -

Hands off those files. Word that Mass­a­chu­setts State Po­lice of­fi­cials were try­ing to de­stroy hun­dreds of pay­roll files and ros­ter as­sign­ments from 2009 to 2012 is com­pletely out­ra­geous. We are still reel­ing from a his­toric state po­lice pay­roll scan­dal in which in­dicted cops are comin­gon-down like con­tes­tants on “The Price is Right.” Thank­fully the state po­lice were de­nied by the Mass­a­chu­setts Records Con­ser­va­tion Board. The MSP said the files were be­ing de­stroyed as a rou­tine ac­tion and not an at­tempt to cover up any wrong­do­ings. “The State Po­lice fol­low the Sec­re­tary of State’s guide­lines for re­ten­tion of pa­per doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing sub­mit­ting re­quests to the Records Con­ser­va­tion Board for re­view,” said MSP spokesman David Pro­co­pio. “The re­cent re­quests made to the Board are in com­pli­ance with the Sec­re­tary’s re­ten­tion sched­ule and the records, due to their age, are not cur­rently the sub­ject of any out­side in­ves­ti­ga­tion or audit.” In light of re­cent events, per­haps we’ll let some­one else make that de­ci­sion. Un­doubt­edly there will be more fall­out from the state po­lice scan­dals com­ing to light. Un­til then, no­body touches any­thing.

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