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Boston Police Department Creating Mediation Program for Complaints Against Police

Mary Novak, May 14th, 2015

The Boston Police Department is in the last stages of creating a program to address citizen complaints against police officers. The program would attempt to resolve disputes through mediation. Organizers hope to improve police/citizen relations, and to help clear some of the backlog of citizen complaints in Boston that may take 400 days or more to resolve.

The program is anticipated to involve the police department, three police unions and the Harvard Mediation Program at Harvard Law School. At this time, the unions still need to approve the program policy. Mediators would include Harvard Law School students and local residents trained in dispute resolution. They would handle moderate disputes from the Boston PD Internal Affairs department, such as “rudeness, unprofessional conduct and abusive language.”

Mediations would take place on neutral territory away from the police department. Most cases would conclude in a day, and the Harvard Mediation Program would supply mediators at no charge. Internal Affairs would continue to manage more serious complaints.

Police departments in several other major cities including Washington DC, New York City, Denver and San Francisco already have similar third-party mediation programs.

The Bread and Butter of Non-Judicial Foreclosure Mediation

Heather Scheiwe Kulp, June 22nd, 2011

Here at the Just Court ADR blog, we focus on just that – court-connected alternative dispute resolution. But occasionally, a dispute resolution system becomes so popular that it grows beyond the walls of the courthouse and replicates itself, like good yeast, into new shapes.

The latest ADR bread to rise outside the judiciary (more…)

Boston Mayor Wants Foreclosure Mediation Program

Heather Scheiwe Kulp, December 20th, 2010

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and the Boston City Council are looking to mediation to help with Boston’s rapidly rising residential home foreclosure rate. The program, similar to other programs across the country, would require a homeowner to (more…)