Boston Police

By - 11/22/14 - 11:34 am

Just got a robocall from the Boston Police Department asking me and my family to not riot after the Ferguson grand-jury decision is announced tomorrow. Since they asked nicely ...

By - 11/20/14 - 5:56 pm

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans has written an open letter to area college students about how to protest whatever decision that Ferguson grand jury reaches:

I ask that if public demonstrations occur as a result of the decision they are done with respect to our neighbors and businesses, responsibly and peacefully.

The Boston Police Department respects the rights of individuals to assemble and

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By - 10/24/14 - 1:51 pm

The Herald reports on a Boston cop who resigned recently as he is investigated for providing information to the Academy Homes gang about a federal and local investigation into members.

By - 9/25/14 - 10:38 am

A Boston resident who says he was denied a gun permit when he tried to use a US passport as proof of citizenship wants a federal judge to order Police Commissioner William Evans to issue him a license to carry post haste.

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court along with Commonwealth Second Amendment, Phuong Ngo argues he's being deprived of... Read more

By - 8/20/14 - 11:59 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a company that wants to operate amphibious sightseeing tours in Boston has to first get permission from the Boston police commissioner.

Nautical Tours has been trying to win permission to carry sightseers around the Hub since 2007, when it first asked the state Department of Public Utilities for a license to serve Boston.

The department said the company... Read more

By - 8/7/14 - 4:08 pm

The Dig reports on how IBM and the city teamed up on a pilot surveillance program to record every single person who attended the two Boston Calling events at City Hall Plaza last year.

City officials did not extend the program to this year's concerts in part because they couldn't figure out a good public-safety need to do so. Also, the Dig reports, the... Read more

By - 7/16/14 - 4:34 pm

Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald reports:

Called to car parked in front of 88 Beacon St. at 12:38pm with an unattended

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By - 7/1/14 - 9:44 am

A man who spent a night in lockup after an incident involving a police detective outside Symphony Hall is suing both the detective and the city, which he says had known for years the cop had issues but failed to address them.

In his lawsuit, filed last week in US District Court in Boston, Sean Anderson charges he had just pulled over to let an... Read more

By - 6/25/14 - 6:28 pm

At-large Councilor Steve Murphy, who wants to bring back horses to the police department, was more than annoyed when Police Commissioner Bill Evans didn't show up at a hearing today and began threatening to use his subpoena power to force him to appear. After a bat signal went out, the Globe reports, Evans did show up, said he was busy planning a summer program... Read more

By - 6/4/14 - 7:37 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports on the cold, steely eye the Boston Regional Intelligence Center kept keenly focused on the activities of the anti-Foodistas, as well as Occupy Jamaica Plain and the funeral for one of Carlos Arredondo's sons.

The Dig, meanwhile, catalogs all the musicians the BRIC paid attention to.... Read more

By - 5/7/14 - 2:57 pm

City councilors today overwhelmingly supported the idea of bringing back the Boston Police mounted unit, disbanded as a cost-saving measure in 2009.

Councilors, including at-large Councilor Steve Murphy, who made the proposal, said cops on horses are just better at patrolling certain types of large gatherings and that they are excellent at public relations and as ice breakers between police and citizens - who doesn't... Read more

By - 5/6/14 - 7:33 am
Mounted Boston police officer in the 1920s

Mounted cop races down Tremont in the 1920s. Photo by Leslie Jones. See it larger.

At-large City Councilor Steve Murphy wants to bring back the Boston Police mounted unit, disbanded in 2009.

In a request for a formal hearing on the issue, Murphy writes:

The Mounted Police Unit provided a sense of security and comfort to residents and visitors.

The council considers Murphy's hearing request at its regular Wednesday meeting, which begins at noon in its fifth-floor chambers in... Read more

By - 4/10/14 - 11:27 pm

Officer Dennis Simmonds, 28, collapsed shortly before 1 p.m. at the academy on Williams Avenue in Hyde Park. Fellow officers started CPR and paramedics rushed him to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Simmonds was a 2009 graduate of the academy and a member of the Youth Violence Strike Force.

The Boston Police Department adds :

Officer Simmonds was honored at our

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By - 1/7/14 - 10:02 pm
Evans

Mayor Walsh announced today he's appointing interim Police Commissioner William Evans as permanent police commissioner:

Commissioner Evans has been an exceptional leader to the Boston Police Department, and public safety is one of my biggest priorities. Commissioner Evans has been an invaluable resource to me during this transition period, and I know that his expertise and governance of the Police Department will be a key

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By - 12/31/13 - 10:06 am
Boston liquor cops in 1928

In 1928, at the height of Prohibition, Leslie Jones photographed the Boston Police Liquor Squad (commanded by Oliver Garrett, second from right) just before they fanned out across the city to ensure no drinking was going on at local hotels.

If you're going out tonight, there's First Night, of course. The Boston Calendar has more options.

Photo posted under this Creative... Read more

By - 12/29/13 - 11:20 am

The Herald reports the mayor to be is opposed to stocking some BPD cruisers with high-powered rifles.

BPD wants two cruisers in each police district equipped with the rifles in case of school shootings or future Marathon-type incidents, in addition to the city's existing SWAT officers.

By - 12/17/13 - 8:13 am

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley yesterday cleared a Boston police officer for shooting a man in the South End in August, 2012, saying the man was pointing a loaded gun at the officer's head and refusing to drop the weapon.

"The review of more than 1,000 pages of documentary evidence, numerous civilian witness statements, surveillance imagery, and the relevant statutes and case law... Read more

By - 12/15/13 - 3:38 pm

MuckRock, which made the initial public-records request for the basic data as part of a joint investigation with the Globe, maps the locations.of the 40% of license hits it got from Boston Police - minus the license-plate numbers, which the department accidentally gave out.

By - 12/4/13 - 6:40 pm

WBUR reports the city council voted 12-0 (John Connolly was not present) to approve an arbitrator's controversial pay hike for police officers. Councilors cited what firefighters are paid.

By - 11/19/13 - 10:28 pm

Rogers, a Dorchester native and Hyde Park patrolman who gained some small fame for his role on "Boston's Finest" earlier this year, took his own life today. He'd been a Boston police officer for eight years.

Dot Rat is collecting remembrances and condolences.

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