I heard from a Mass Highway Trooper that they are looking into the possibility of hiring recently laid off civil service cops. They are proposing a six week orientation to the highway patrol. Because there are so many layoffs all over the state, those hired will get to be stationed at a nearby barracks. This will save the Highway patrol a lot of money, and reduce the need to hire another class for the time being, yet fill up some of the holes they have in staffing. I think its a great idea, it will save the state some money, and help out those layed-off cops!