Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis replaced the head of the department’s homicide division and the head of police investigations Friday in the most widespread shake-up of his command staff since he took over the department last year, the Boston Globe reports. Davis said it was time to replace the homicide chief, Deputy Superintendent Daniel Coleman, and he transferred Paul F. Joyce Jr., superintendent for the Bureau of Investigative Services, after years of unsolved crimes dragged clearance rates far below national averages.
“Clearance rates are a major issue for us right now,” Davis said. “We are devoting a significant amount of time and the best people we have to increasing those numbers.” Taking over the Homicide Division will be Deputy Superintendent Thomas Lee, who is credited with the successful overhaul of the troubled Special Operations Division involved in the pepper-pellet shooting death of a student in 2004. Taking over for Joyce will be Superintendent Bruce Holloway, a former homicide investigator who has been in charge of auditing department policies and procedures. The changes effectively end a long-running feud between the investigative and patrol branches that some observers say virtually crippled the department under former Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole.