BEVERLY — Faced with cuts of 80 percent in state aid for law enforcement education incentives, Beverly and its police unions got creative.
They agreed to a three-month trial period of contract changes to ensure officers continue to receive their pay under the Quinn Bill.
"We absolutely wanted to work with whomever to try to retain that salary," said Sgt. Phil McCarthy, president of the Beverly Police Superior Officers Association.
And police say a better-educated officer is a safer, more effective officer.
As the state slashes its portion of payments for the Quinn Bill, as it's called, cities and police departments across the North Shore have renegotiated contracts, tightened budgets and tapped reserve accounts.