A major police union says “dozens” of Massachusetts police officers will resign after a judge rejected their attempt to delay the mandate of the COVID-19 vaccine imposed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.
The Massachusetts State Police Association said police officers plan to seek employment in departments with “reasonable alternatives” such as wearing masks or regular testing.
The union is disappointed by the ruling of a judge last week who refused to delay Mr. Baker’s term, which requires 42,000 state workers and contractors to be vaccinated or receive an exemption by October 17. Those who fail to comply face dismissal.
“It is regrettable that the Governor and his team have chosen to impose one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country without reasonable alternatives,” said SPAM President Michael Cherven.
The union argued that the state could offer alternatives to soldiers who refused to be vaccinated, including those who previously had COVID-19 and were enjoying antibodies.
Superior Court Judge Jackie Cowin rejected their argument Thursday.
“Specifically, the public interest is undoubtedly best served by stopping the spread of the virus, in order to protect people from getting sick, ensure an adequate supply of medical services, and reduce the emergence of new, more lethal variants of the virus. “. said the judge.
State police told the Association Press that no resignations had been received as of Friday.
Cherven said dozens of police officers have submitted resignation papers, however, so the state should expect failures.
“The state police already have a critical personnel shortage and recognized it for the unprecedented movements that took soldiers from specialized units investigating homicides, terrorism, cybercrime, arson, gangs, narcotics and human trafficking, and returned them to uniformed patrols. ” he said.