Baker confirms probe into environmental police overtime; another scandal for Beaton’s office

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The Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is investigating a pattern uncovered in a WCVB-TV report of environmental police officers spending portions of the work day at home and receiving overtime for patrolling parks and pools, Gov. Charlie Baker said this week.

A five-month undercover investigation by 5 Investigates turned up footage of environmental police with their state vehicles at home for hours at a time during the workday. Other footage showed Sgt. Chris Folan as he towed a boat from Lakeville to Hingham and then spent a few hours “hanging around.”

Gov. Charlie Baker

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Gov. Charlie Baker

“I’ve talked to the folks at Environmental Affairs that they need to look through some of the issues that were raised by the report and if there are issues associated with people behaving inappropriately and treating the taxpayers with less than the respect that they deserve, then we’ll take action on that,” Baker told reporters Monday, Nov. 7.

The office, headed up by Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew A. Beaton, a former Republican House member from Shrewsbury, has been dinged by scandals previously.

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