Can you explain why we need detail officers for traffic? Can't flag holders be used instead?

Police officers on details is a Massachusetts' standard. A respected Labor Counsel once said that, "we don't pay police officers enough, and then expect them to be able to make "ends meet" by working too much overtime and road details."

A Police Officer with a bachelor's degree, working nights, can expect to make approximately $90,000 per year (without Over Time or detail work) which is not enough to own a home in or near Lexington. Many officers work extra hours, often at unusual times, on holidays and weekends, to live comfortably in the Boston area. Since flag holders have been allowed in Massachusetts, very few if any communities have used them.

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1. Do we have sufficient staffing numbers to ensure that police officers are not working too many hours per week and facing burn out?
2. What types and topics of training are required for a Lexington Police Officer? What types and topics of training required annually?
3. How does training rebalance into cultural competency training, practices for preventing racial profiling and de-escalation training?
4. Can you share any analysis of the effectiveness of each source and mode of training?
5. Given the recent national conversation on policing in the 21st Century, how does Lexington plan to evaluate policing methods to ensure we are leaders in this conversation and not followers?
6. How does civilian oversight work? Can you describe what a "weak chief" is?
7. Can you please describe accountability mechanisms for police behaviors that are outside what is expected?
8. Can you explain why we need detail officers for traffic? Can't flag holders be used instead?
9. Why do police detail officers carry their firearms with them?
10. What role do police unions play with regard to the Lexington Police Department?
11. What is approach of the Town and the Police towards membership of its police officers in police fraternities?
12. What are the Town/Police Department's views on qualified immunity for police officers?
13. With officers working overtime shifts, how do you work to prevent burnout?
14. Has there ever been a civilian board/committee that has worked with the Police Department?
15. How do you ensure that Department policies are followed and that there is a culture of accountability?