Boston Police's Mediation Program a Failure

It's been almost a year since the Boston Police Department began its mediation program and not a single complaint against an officer has been mediated.

The Boston Globe reports the program, which launched last September, was introduced as a way for the department to quickly resolve minor grievances against officers so it can focus on more serious allegations. But in order for a complaint to be mediated, both sides must agree to participate.

A total of 240 complaints were filed in 2014. More than half of them would've been eligible for mediation.

In 2016, the Internal Affairs Division identified just 15 as "suitable" cases for mediation. Of that group, officers named in 10 complaints refused to participate.

Police say officers named in the other complaints have yet to respond.

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