Police, Harvard Law Near Deal In Officer Complaint Program

Officials say the Boston Police Department is nearing a deal with its three unions and Harvard Law School to set up a new system for resolving civilian complaints filed against officers.

The Boston Globe reports mediators from the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program would handle dozens of the more moderate disputes that clog up the department's Internal Affairs Division.

Those grievances generally involve rudeness, unprofessional conduct and abusive language. More severe cases would continue to be resolved by Internal Affairs.

Authorities say the mediation would involve a supervised face-to-face session between the officer and the complainant.

Assistant Director of the Harvard Law program Rachel Viscomi says the agreement is expected to be completed once police unions approve the new policy.


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