Police officers at risk on construction sites

To the editor:

The other day, while driving through the construction on North Street in Pittsfield, I noticed one of the police officers dancing out of the way of an oncoming vehicle. Questions came to mind.

Is the city liable if one of the officers, including a retired officer, directing traffic is injured or killed? Is the city responsible if an officer gives directions to a driver and those directions result in an accident? Are auxiliary officers allowed to direct traffic at construction sites, and if not, why not?

The contractor should hire a private security service which has its own liability coverage.

CJ Maschino, Lanesborough