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Wu announces agreement reached with Boston police detectives union 

By Danny McDonald Boston Globe Staff,March 4, 2024

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced Monday that a Boston police detectives union has ratified a new five-year collective bargaining agreement with her administration, in a deal that mirrors a previous pact reached with another police labor group that included significant reforms to discipline.

The accord with the Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society would apply retroactively from the summer of 2020 and expire in the summer of 2025. Wu’s office estimates it would cost $22.2 million, or an increase of 23 percent over the entire period.

Similar to an agreement reached with the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association late last year, the contract with the detectives’ union would give the city the ability to fire officers accused of serious offenses, such as murder and rape, and bar them from appealing those dismissals through arbitration.

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Wu says unresolved Boston police union contracts weigh heavy on her conscience 

WGBH, Zoe Mathews, October 10, 2023.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu told Boston Public Radio on Tuesday she hopes “with every fiber of [her] being” to have Boston Police union contracts negotiated and resolved by the end of the year or early into 2024.

“That’s been one point in my conscience that has been sitting pretty heavy,” she said. “This has been far too long that our police officers have been without a functioning contract. They deserve it, their families deserve it, and the residents also deserve to know we are moving forward with the parameters that our city needs.”

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‘Blue Envelope Program' aims to help police better connect with drivers with autism 

NBCBOSTON.COM, By Eli Rosenberg and Kaitlin McKinley Becker • Published March 9, 2024/em>

>The bill passed in the Massachusetts Senate and is currently in the House, but the program has already been adopted by some police departments in the state like Marion and Needham

There is a new program that has already been adopted in some Massachusetts towns that aims to assist drivers who have autism spectrum disorder and police officers during things like traffic stops that are usually a stressful time.

As most of us know, getting pulled over by the police can be nerve-wracking -- the flashing lights, the anxiety, the sense of trouble... that's a lot. And for those with autism, being pulled over adds some extra complexities.

The "Blue Envelope Program" is aiming to change that.

The blue envelope holds a driver's license, registration and insurance card and can be handed to a police officer during a traffic stop. Then on the outside of the envelope, there's room to write specific instructions that can inform officers the best way to communicate with the driver, as well as share information about any triggers, impairments and the driver's diagnosis.

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