BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Acting Mayor Kim Janey released a report on former Boston Police Officer and union head Patrick Rose on Thursday.
The former head of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Union was accused of sexual assault on a child under 14 in 1995, and the department's Internal Affairs division said the claims against him were "sustained," a year later. Rose was put on administrative duty, and had his gun taken away, but was later reassigned to active duty after a written complaint from the Police Patrolmen's Union.
Now, the city has released its report on the case through the new Office of Police Accountability and Transparency (OPAT). The bottom line — the Office said faster action and more transparency were needed when allegations surfaced against Patrick Rose in 1995.
Rose was eventually charged with 33 counts of sexual assault over a period of decades, according to the Boston Globe.
Three main problems were identified in OPAT's report:
The office said there were not "clear policies and procedures" for the Internal Affairs division to follow, the Department didn't take enough steps to discipline or fire Rose at the time, and there was no oversight of Internal Affairs to correct the first two problems.
Thursday's report went on to say that there was plenty of opportunity for the department to fire Rose, but Internal Affairs never acted on it.
"The only recommendation that was found in a review of the Internal Affairs files was “try to settle prior to hearing," the report read.
The report calls for the police department to take immediate action when an allegation is sustained, and that a civilian review board and Internal Affairs are notified when an allegation is made
WBZ's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports: