BOSTON (CBS) – The Massachusetts State Police Association (SPAM) said dozens of police officers have submitted their resignation papers as a result of the state’s COVID vaccination mandate.
The state requires all executive department employees to show proof of vaccination before October 17 or they risk losing their jobs.
About 20% of state police employees are not vaccinated, the union’s lawyer said.
Last week, a judge denied a request from the state police union to suspend Baker’s vaccination mandate for soldiers.
The union issued a statement following the judge’s decision.
Throughout COVID, we have been on the front lines protecting the citizens of Massachusetts and beyond. Simply put, all we ask for is the same basic accommodations that many other departments have provided for their first responders, and to treat a COVID-related illness such as an injury in the line of duty.
To date, dozens of police officers have already submitted their resignation papers, some of whom plan to return to other departments that offer reasonable alternatives such as wearing masks and regular tests. The State Police already has a critical staffing and recognized it for the unprecedented movements that took policemen from specialized units investigating homicides, terrorism, cybercrime, arson, gangs, narcotics and human trafficking, and returned them to uniformed patrols.
The union, which represents 1,800 members, argued that the state needed to negotiate with workers before implementing the mandate.