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Wu secures crucial reforms in new police contract
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Wu secures crucial reforms in new police contract
Deal includes ability to fire officers convicted of crimes and a 21% raise in police salaries over five years
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Funding for regional policing center stirs debate in Boston City Council
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Funding for regional policing center stirs debate in Boston City Council
On the campaign trail in 2021, a majority of candidates for city offices supported shuttering the Boston Police Department’s controversial gang database and ending the department’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
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Boston joins 30x30 initiative to hire more female police officers
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Boston joins 30x30 initiative to hire more female police officers
The Boston Police Department recently announced that it has joined the 30x30 Initiative, a commitment to have women make up 30% of sworn recruits by 2030. But officials did not say how much of that figure would include Black women and other women of color.
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Council shines light on police contracts
In a departure from prior years, senior members of the mayor’s administration appeared before Boston City Council members, as well as members of the public, to discuss in broad strokes the city’s ongoing process in negotiating new contracts with police unions.
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Cox sworn in as Boston police commissioner
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Cox sworn in as Boston police commissioner
Michael Cox, who grew up in Roxbury, was sworn in as Boston’s 44th police commissioner Monday, completing a remarkable return to a department whose strengths and weaknesses he understands from deep and sometimes painful personal experience.
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New documents reveal extent, cost of BPD’s secret surveillance strategy
After more than 100 white supremacists gathered in Boston and marched through the city over Independence Day weekend, city and law enforcement officials said they “did not have intelligence” that the nationally-known Patriot Front group was coming to the Hub — despite paying a government contractor with CIA ties millions of dollars for exactly that kind of information.
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Council probes white nationalist demonstration
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Council probes white nationalist demonstration
After nearly 100 white supremacists marched through downtown Boston, resulting in brief violence, city councilors and activists have called into question the Boston Police Department’s response and the effectiveness of the city’s counterterrorism and intelligence agency.
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Coalition presses mayor on police budget
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Coalition presses mayor on police budget
Mayor Michelle Wu’s neighborhood coffee hour at Roxbury’s Horatio Harris Park was met with members of the Defund BosCops coalition, who pressed the mayor to adopt a $10 million cut to the Boston Police Department’s overtime budget.
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Fiscal mismanagement undermines respect for the police
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Fiscal mismanagement undermines respect for the police
Criticism of the police that gets the greatest attention is over police violence, particularly against Blacks. But there has been another long-standing accusation that the police are intentionally inefficient. Exorbitant police salaries are customarily increased by fictitious overtime payments. However, the Boston Police Department has been able to reduce overtime payments by almost $6 million in 2021.
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A long, uphill battle for Boston police reform
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A long, uphill battle for Boston police reform
It took the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020 to jump-start Boston’s police reform efforts.
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Former Area B commander William 'Billy' Celester remembered
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Former Area B commander William 'Billy' Celester remembered
The procession of well-wishers paying their respects to the late William “Billy” Celester Sunday was a who’s who of prominent Bostonians.
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Wu makes appointments to police oversight panels
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Wu makes appointments to police oversight panels
Nearly a year after former Mayor Martin Walsh created a transparency office to address systemic police misconduct, Mayor Michelle Wu has made her final appointments to the two oversight panels designed during the reform process.
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