Boston PD, Internal Affairs – Inspections – Anti Corruption Unit Operations

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Boston PD, Internal Affairs - Inspections - Anti Corruption Unit Operations

Session Summary:

Frank will discuss the Boston PD - IA, Inspections and Anti-Corruption Unit Operations.

Superintendent Frank Mancini, Chief, Bureau of Professional Standards
Boston Police Department


Frank has been with the Boston Police Department for 30 years. Since 2012, he has overseen the Bureau of Professional Standards, comprised of the Internal Affairs Unit, the Anti-Corruption Unit, Recruit Investigations Unit, and the Auditing and Review Unit, reporting directly to the Boston Police Commissioner. During this period, he has overseen and directed over 350 public corruption investigations involving police officers, City of Boston employees, and elected officials, leading to numerous convictions at the federal, state, and local level. He has overseen or directly investigated over 3,000 internal misconduct investigations, both criminal and administrative, since 2012.

On an annual basis, he is responsible for audits and inspections of various processes within the Boston Police Department, as well as the Evidence Division consisting of several hundred thousand pieces of evidence consisting of drugs, firearms, and currency.

He has made formal presentations on various policing topics including Internal Affairs case management, public corruption investigations, police-community relations, community policing, use of force investigations, and police discipline, to police officials from the South African Police, Seattle Police Department, the US Attorney’s Office, Tunisian National Police, National Police of Panama, Panamanian anti-corruption prosecutors, Federal Police of Mexico, Polish National Police, Mexican regional Internal Affairs investigators, Iraqi National Police, and the Moldovan Police.

Frank is a graduate of the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute, PELI V, 2018 Cohort. In 2015 he completed Harvard University’s School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Cohort 12, a six-month leadership program focusing on preparation, response, and recovery from major national and regional crises. He is a 2008 graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police. He is currently a doctoral student leading to a Ph.D. in criminal justice.

In 2016, he devised and implemented the first Police-Community Mediation Program for the Boston Police Department, and wrote the rule outlining the protocol. He created a formal partnership with Harvard University Law School’s Mediation Program and the Boston Police Department to conduct mediation sessions between members of the public who file Internal Affairs complaints and the police officers complained against, with the goal of creating greater understanding between police and the public, especially in minority communities.

In 2016, he participated in the Police Executive Research Forum conference, along with officials at federal, state, and local levels, to discuss and make recommendations on the challenges facing law enforcement in hiring police officers in today’s world. The conference produced a PERF/COPS Office publication “Hiring for the 21st Century Law Enforcement Officer”, currently available online through the COPS Office portal.

In 2006, at the request of the government of Panama, he presented to approximately 200 Panamanian Federal corruption prosecutors and Panamanian National Police commanders. On the topics of exposing, investigating, and preventing public official and police corruption, and the process of coordinating sensitive investigations across multiple jurisdictions and levels of government.

From 2004-2006 he conducted research work specific to the Boston Police Department in collaboration with 22 major city police departments leading to the DOJ COPS publication “Standards and Guidelines for Internal Affairs, Recommendations from a Community of Practice” as a reference document on all aspects of Internal Affairs investigations for police agencies, currently available online through the Department of Justice, COPS Office, web portal.

Superintendent Mancini oversees the Boston Police Department’s Early Intervention System, which identifies officers who may have issues regarding IA complaints, use of force, or other issues that could impact their careers or the efficiency of the Department.

He has received various commendations and recognition from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the Boston City Council, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Massachusetts Senate, and the Office of the US Attorney, District of Massachusetts.

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Tue 3:59 PM - 12:00 AM
LEIAG Conference 2018 at GCU