BOSTON >> The Boston Police Department has launched a new mediation initiative in an attempt to reduce a backlog of complaints filed against officers.
The Boston Globe reports the new program, managed by the Harvard Mediation Program at Harvard Law School, will help settle complaints deemed less serious in more of a timely manner.
Police say the initiative will allow the department to free up time to focus on investigating more high-priority complaints, such as those involving misconduct or excessive force.
Police Superintendent Frank Mancini says the officer and complainant involved in eligible complaints will be contacted to gauge their interest in resolving the issue through the new program. If so, the parties can choose to agree to a mutually acceptable resolution or have the case investigated by Internal Affairs.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com