Boston Police would gain from a multi-faceted promotion process
A decade ago, former Boston police commissioner Paul Evans tried to implement a promotional examination for higher-ranking officers that utilized simulations of police activity, reviews of an officer’s record and integrity, and an extensive interview process in addition to scores on a written test. It didn’t pan out. Now, Commissioner Edward Davis wants to find a better way to measure leadership qualities, communication skills, and supervisory abilities. And this time, the superior-officers union should give their commissioner the flexibility to do so.