Keep police files safe
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.