Unique in the sense of Uno:How unique is Massachusetts' police detail system? How is it different from, say, ones in NJ or PA, or New York for that matter?
(emphasis mine)Massachusetts is the only state in which businesses or governmental entities conducting projects on local roads generally use police details rather than flaggers. This practice is the result of both local ordinances and the exercise of discretion by local police officials empowered to require the use of police details in work zones.
I'm not so sure about that. The article you cite predates 2008 reforms of flaggers and police details, which allow for civilian flaggers, even if it's proven mostly ineffectual.Unique in the sense of Uno:
Police Details in Massachusetts: Protection or Perk?
Beacon Hill Institute, 2004
Cops work at least some amount of work protection detail in CT and RI, the states I'm most familiar with, but not proportionally as much as in MA. This 2018 Telegram & Gazette article specifically notes that:How unique is Massachusetts' police detail system? How is it different from, say, ones in NJ or PA, or New York for that matter?
In general, it appears to basically boil down to organized labor "prevailing wage" for a flagger basically being equal to that of cops, as MA civilian flaggers are basically twice the New England average.Kevin J. Nursick, spokesperson for the Connecticut Department of Transportation, said state police are used on all high-speed, limited-access highways, including Interstate 395, and flaggers are used for some of the projects on the secondary state routes. As in Massachusetts, municipal police do the work on projects in cities and towns. State police are paid $62 an hour and civilians are paid $52.21 an hour. The rate for municipal police varies, with some being paid as much as $104 an hour, Mr. Nursick said. Law enforcement also determines the number of officers that work a detail.
In 2017, Connecticut State Police earned about $7.8 million; municipal police, $8.9 million; and civilians a little over $1 million.
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