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  • Tom Nolan

"Database of police disciplinary records a step toward transparency, but still ‘more to do’"

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

The Massachusetts Police Officer Standards and Training commission (POST) has released a database containing allegations of misconduct against Massachusetts police officers. According to the Boston Globe, "The database contains more than 3,400 records of nearly 2,200 officers dating back to 1981 and as recent as April 28, 2023. It includes 273 law enforcement agencies." You can search the database here.

The database appears to contain only the names of police officers who have been "certified" by POST. Interestingly, the names of Massachusetts State Police and Boston police officers who had been criminally charged in various overtime fraud/theft scandals (think Hyde Park evidence warehouse and Mass Turnpike overtime scams) do not appear to have been included in the database. More to follow...

And, as expected, there are hiccups: "After rollout, Mass. police watchdog agency acknowledges holes, possible errors in disciplinary database." Let's not panic: we had no information yesterday, and a wealth of information today.

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