It is a lucrative job perk picked up by Massachusetts taxpayers. WBZ-TV discovered some Environmental Police officers are racking up hundreds of overtime hours, even doubling their salaries, by working at state-operated pools in the middle of their shifts.
Critics call the unusual “split shift” system a waste of resources. Over the two-month period the station reviewed, a lieutenant worked 34 different shifts at Department of Conservation and Recreation pools. At an overtime rate of $65 per hour, he made roughly $13,260 from those details.
WBZ-TV occasionally saw officers go inside pool facilities to interact with staff and swimmers, but most of the time they sat inside their state vehicles. One rainy day in August, reporters saw officers stationed outside three different locations. Inside the pools, there wasn’t a person in sight. But when questioned, agency leaders told the station that they do not think it’s a problem.