Acting Mayor Kim Janey said today that the city law department should release an edited version of the Boston Police Department's internal-affairs file on former police-union president Patrick Rose by the end of the week - which she said would only be the first step in changing how the department handles criminal investigations into officers, to ensure somebody like him never again serves as a Boston cop.
At a City Hall press conference, Janey said the law department is currently going through the file, which starts with a 1995 allegation that he molested a young child, to protect the privacy of any victims named in it and to ensure it does not affect the Suffolk County District Attorney's case against Rose on five newer child-rape charges.
She said that the next step is for the new Office of Police Accountability and Transparency, which she said would be headed by local attorney Stephanie Everett, to review BPD policies to ensure the Rose case is never repeated. Unlike past efforts, this office will have subpoena power and the right to review internal BPD documents.
"As a mother and as grandmother, I was heartbroken and angry to learn that nothing was done to keep Mr. Rose away from children or to terminate him, for that matter, after series charges were found to be credible by an BPD internal affairs probe in 1995," Janey, who is running to remove the "acting" from her title this fall, said.
Janey said resolving the Rose affair is just one of several steps to increase police accountability, especially in neighborhoods of color where "the fabric of trust between the Boston Police Department and Boston residents has worn thin."
She said her budget for the coming fiscal year will include both another reduction in police overtime and an increase in funding for a BPD cadet program, which she said would provide a new avenue for minority candidates to get jobs as BPD officers.
She added that she has directed BPD Superintendent-in-Chief Greg Long and Chief of Human Services Marty Martinez to develop a pilot program - and to roll it out in three months - to increase the number of cases in which mental-health practitioners respond to residents with mental-health crises and so reduce the number of such cases in which police respond.