High-ranking police official reprimanded

Rude treatment of colleagues cited

By Travis Andersen
Globe Staff / January 21, 2010

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A high-ranking Boston police officer has received a written reprimand for rude treatment of colleagues during an incident last month.

Deputy Superintendent Robert Merner, a 23-year-veteran of the force, failed “to be civil, courteous, and respectful’’ to other officers during an incident on or around Dec. 29 at police headquarters in Roxbury, according to a memo dated yesterday from Commissioner Edward F. Davis.

Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said last night that she could not provide details of the incident.

“It’s a personnel matter; therefore it would be inappropriate to comment,’’ Driscoll said.

Merner declined comment through Driscoll.

Merner, 50, heads the department’s Criminal Investigative Division, which handles all major crime inquiries, including homicides. He was promoted in May from lieutenant detective in charge of homicides.

Boston saw 49 killings on his watch in 2009, the lowest total since 2003, when there were 39 homicides.

He was paid $195,403.71 in 2008, according to the most recently available payroll records.

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