Milton J. Valencia

Milton Valencia covers the policy and politics of Boston city government, focusing on news that streams from City Hall, to include watchdog accountability and slice-of-life features from the halls of power and the streets of the city, where real people are affected by policies, or the lack of them. He previously covered the federal court system, where he reported on the state’s most high-profile trials including the cases of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi. He also reported on federal law enforcement investigations ranging from terrorism probes to the search for the Gardner Museum paintings. Before that, he covered news as a general assignment reporter, and a regional reporter. He has been with the Globe since July 2007.

Latest stories

Boston’s police review board was primed to push for reforms. Years later, its impact is negligible

By , Globe Staff

The board’s failure has served as a flash point in a roiling debate over the accountability of law enforcement, with local advocates and officials calling for more stringent oversight of the Boston Police Department.

Amid moment of reckoning, some police chiefs leave the job to someone else

By , Globe Staff

Several area police chiefs, facing tough new calls for reform brought on by the national Black Lives Matter movement, have announced plans to retire. The sudden departures could signal the difficulty some police chiefs believe they face, or even their willingness to confront issues around race and violence.

Karilyn Crockett, of MIT, appointed head of city’s new equity and inclusion office

By and , Globe Staff

“For far too long, Boston City Hall has been an agent of racism, exclusion, and old crony gatekeeping of the city’s prosperity and power,” said Crockett, a Dorchester native.

A cop’s cop and a Boston police pioneer, Gross eyes reform, not revolution

By , Globe Staff

The man whose ascension was, to some, symbolic of the city’s progress is now the target of community complaints, his brief tenure overwhelmed by demands to defund police departments and a national uprising over racism and brutality in policing.