Boston Police Reform Task Force
The Task Force was charged with reviewing a set of current Boston Police Department policies and procedures, and presenting recommendations for action and reform. Former Mayor Martin J. Walsh accepted the full recommendations of the Task Force in October 2020.
On June 12, then Mayor Walsh signed on to the Mayor’s Pledge issued by the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, which commits to the following actions:
- Review police use of force policies and procedures
- Engage communities by including a diverse range of input, experiences and stories
- Report review findings to the community and seek feedback
- Reform police use of force policies
As part of this pledge to turn commitments into action, the former Mayor convened the Boston Police Reform Task Force. Task Force members are charged with reviewing the Boston Police Department’s current policies and procedures within 60 days, and then presenting recommendations for reform. The main areas of their review include:
The public listening sessions focused on the areas of the Body-worn Camera Policy, Implicit Bias Training, the Co-Op Board, and the Use of the Force. Recordings of these sessions are available below.
Members of the public can also submit written testimony in any language to the Task Force members for their consideration. Please continue to submit any thoughts, insights, or ideas using the Google Forms below until August 7:
The Task Force hosted a final public listening session on Tuesday, September 22, at 4 p.m. to seek input on their initial recommendations.
The Task Force encourages you to please submit written comments or feedback on the initial recommendations, in any language, using the multilingual Google forms below. Written comments will be accepted for a two-week period, from September 14 - 25.
Actions takenActions taken
We have initiated the formal process for creating an Executive Director position. This person will play a pivotal role in helping create and lead the future Office of Police Accountability and Transparency. Per the Task Force's recommendations, the Executive Director should:
- be a member of the Massachusetts bar, but shall not practice law while serving their term
- have strong managerial experience
- live in the City of Boston for the entirety of their term, and
- have experience in public policy and working with a diversity of stakeholders.
We're now accepting applications for this job opportunity. Follow the link below:
Task Force members
- Chairman Wayne Budd, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
- Rev. Jeffrey Brown, Associate Pastor, Historic Twelfth Baptist Church, Roxbury
- Allison S. Cartwright, Attorney in Charge, Roxbury Defender's Office
- Eddy Chrispin, Sergeant, Boston Police Department and President, MA Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, Inc.
- Jamarhl Crawford, Boston resident
- Joseph D. Feaster, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
- Javier Flores, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
- Darrin Howell, President, DRIVE Boston Community Resources Inc. & Political Coordinator, 1199SEIU
- Marie St. Fleur, former MA State Representative, Boston
- Tanisha M. Sullivan, Esq. President, NAACP Boston Branch
- Superintendent Dennis White, Chief of Staff, Boston Police Department
Boston Police Department Police Reform Policy update