Medford officer files discrimination complaint against city

MEDFORD, MASS. (WHDH) - A Medford police officer filed a discrimination complaint against the city of Medford that is related to complaints about the conditions of the Medford Police Department.

The Commission Against Discrimination called the complaint an “employment-related matter” but 7News learned the officer is upset about conditions inside the headquarters.

On the Patrolmen’s Association’s Facebook page, officers are sharing videos and photos of the building. Photos show rusting cars, broken windows, dirty showers and a leaky ceiling. Another post shows a window that needs a can of Raid to keep it propped open.

“We believe that it is important for the citizenry to be aware of the conditions under which we work,” said the Patrolman’s Association in a statement. “These conditions have not just happened over the last few months. The conditions at the police station have been steadily deteriorating over the last decade or longer. The first female Medford Police officer was hired in the early 1980s and today we still do not have a locker room for our female officers.”

Medford Mayor Stephanie Burke said she can see why the police officers are upset and said she is making it a priority to make sure things improve.

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