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Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel

The panel reviews appeals made with the Boston Police over internal investigations cases.


The panel is an independent group made up of civilian members appointed by the Mayor.  Panel members have experience in law and criminal justice. The current members are:


The panel’s job is to make sure police investigations are fair and thorough. We review complaints against the department’s Internal Investigation team, including:

  • cases that have a finding of “not sustained”
  • cases where the defendant was exonerated
  • cases where the claims were considered unfounded, or
  • cases where the person filing an appeal feels they weren’t given fair treatment.

We also do random reviews of cases that don't have complaints against them. The goal is to make sure the process is fair, thorough, and complete — even when there isn’t an appeal.

You can learn more about the appeal process through our brochure. You must file your appeal in writing within 14 days of getting your Notice of Finding, but you can also file a complaint online.

Still have questions? Contact:
1 City Hall Square
Room 615
Boston, MA 02201
Contact the Panel

Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel
P.O. Box 190189

Roxbury, MA 02119
Phone: 617-594-9216