The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission has found that the Methuen Police Department docked points from applicants who told them that they would be willing to arrest fellow police officers or relatives for drunk driving – while praising those who stated that they would not.

The information came to light after Michael Phillips, 26, who works as an auxiliary officer in the nearby city of Lawrence and an armored car company, filed an appeal when he was turned down as a reserve officer in Methuen for stating he would arrest his parents for drunk driving.  The city cited a “lack of discretion” as their basis.

“The City turned the interview process upside down,” Christopher C. Bowman, chairman of the Civil Service Commission, wrote in a statement. “There is simply no valid basis to award the highest points to candidates who express a willingness to apply one set of rules to strangers and another set of rules to friends and family members.”

Massachusetts police Lieutenant Michael Pappalardo has claimed that the reason behind their unwillingness to hire honest cops who would arrest a drunk driving fellow officer, is because he wants honest cops.  You read that correctly.

“I’m looking for some bearing, some honesty, and how quickly the person can think on their feet,” Police Lieutenant Michael Pappalardo stated at a commission hearing.

Pappalardo claims that he would not believe anyone who stated that they would not arrest a fellow cop or relative, and therefore, those who answered that they would not treat relatives and other officers in the same manner as the general public are untrustworthy, according to his excuses.

“Some of the interview panelists actually heaped high praise on those candidates who stated that they would arrest a stranger but not arrest a friend or family member based on the same facts, citing their understanding of ‘discretion,’” Bowman wrote in his decision, The Boston Globe reported.

The thin blue line is more like a big blue wall, and they don’t even bother trying to hide it.