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Milton police spent nearly $30,000 in overtime, including money for Marathon Bombing

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  May 3, 2013 10:09 AM

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Selectmen approved about $65,000 in spending from the police reserve fund Thursday, nearly half of which due to overtime from the week of the Marathon bombing.

“Something of this magnitude you don’t see,” Chief Richard Wells told selectmen Thursday. “This is money I really need.”

Police spent $28,665 on overtime and back pay the week of the April 15 Boston Marathon Bombing. The previous day, Milton police responded to a homicide on Hudson Street.

UPDATE: The police chief later reported that he spent about $30,000 in overtime that week, including $23,000 for on officers related to the marathon bombings and manhunt. Another $7,000 more was spent on the response to the homicide.

Wells called the week a “perfect storm” of police activity, and he told selectmen he was proud of the way the Milton police responded to the tragedies.

“It’s very humbling to be the chief of police at times like this,” Wells said.

Selectmen unanimously approved the fund transfer, which also included $25,000 for gasoline expenses, $6,233 for police overtime at the November presidential election, and $5,000 for overtime for the upcoming June special senate election.

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