Friday, Oct 24th

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Ceremony Highlights Week

Although not much was going on inside the State House, outside in Ashburton Park the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation hosted a beautiful ceremony to honor those officer making the ultimate sacrifice in the prior year. The Saturday weather was perfect for the outdoor event with AG Martha Coakley and Speaker Robert DeLeo offering remarks. This year had special meaning given the Marathon bombings and the loss of MIT Officer Sean Collier. The event also recognized  over 200 bicyclist from the Springfield Police Department who rode from Springfield to the memorial and presented a check to Executive Director Ned Merrick. Also presenting a check on behalf of the Retiree Assn of Metropolitan Police who honor Retired Officer Harold Magillvary last year and raised nearly $10,000. Officer Magillvary was nearly killed on the Southeast Expressway while making a vehicle stop. He would endure dozens of surgeries to repair internal organs as well as broken limbs. His son Harold Jr currently serves on the Medford Police Department.

In addition to wonderful music provided by the Boston Gaelic Column, the reading of the roll and the unveiling of Sean Collier's name engraved on the monument silenced the crowd. We hope next years event will have even  greater participation as we pay tribute to the fallen heroes.

Beacon Hill Quiet As Focus Turns To Election

Short informal sessions are the norm on the "Hill", with items such as sick banks and liquor licenses being moved. We expect this to continue through the election cycle and the activity to pick up as the session closes in December.

Ballot questions seem to have caused as much excitement as the race for the constitutional officers. Other than the Governors race, most pundits feel the Democratic primary winners will prevail in the final. Political advertisements have started with PACS leading the way. Stay tuned!

Closer to home, the MPA will soon be launching a new and improved web site. We hope to continue to move the membership into the age of technology. Our goal is to produce the Sentinel electronically in order to provide more updated and immediate information. We realize that some still like the printed version and will work in trying to keep the membership happy.

A reminder that the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be held at the State House on Saturday evening, September 20th. We invite everyone to attend as the names of those that made the ultimate sacrifice are recognized on the wall.

Summer, Politics Heats Up

Post Labor Day has provided some of the hottest weather of the year. It has also turned up the heat on the political front. With primaries scheduled for Tuesday, the candidates are pulling out all the stops. Polling shows AG Coakley leading the Democrats and Charlie Baker leading the Republicans. The closest race seems to be for the successor to Coakley, where Warren Tolman and Maura Healey appear to be in a dead heat. Although the membership is busy working Election Day, we urge you to take the time to vote.  Stay tuned as we dissect the positions of the finalists and how it impacts the future of law enforcement.
It appears whomever takes over will inherit a healthy Massachusetts economy. August revenues came in at $3.23 billion. up $66 million or 3.2 % above benchmark. The breakdown showed income tax collection up with business and sales tax down.
Reminder that the annual conference will be in Plymouth at the Radisson on October 30-31. Make plans to join us. Look for a final agenda to be posted in mid October.