Boston Police

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

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.

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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.

By - 11/15/13 - 6:28 pm

Carlos Miller reports that late today, Boston Police agreed to not try to obtain a witness-intimidation charge against him for urging his readers to call BPD public relations and a detective to protest the BPD's attempt to charge an out-of-state college student with wiretapping for posting a portion of an interview with a BPD public-relations secretary about the way a cop got... Read more

By - 11/14/13 - 12:33 pm

Carlos Miller reports a hearing in Roxbury District Court on having him charged with witness intimidation for posting the phone number of a Boston Police public-relations employee has been postponed from today to next Friday.

By - 11/4/13 - 4:13 pm
Steve Horgan

Boston Police released this photo of Officer Steve Horgan midway through his charity trim today at World Shaving Headquarters in South Boston.

By - 11/1/13 - 4:36 pm

Mayor Menino today named Superintendent William Evans as interim police commissioner following Ed Davis's resignation today.

“The Boston Police Department will be in great hands under the leadership of Bill Evans,” Mayor Menino said. “He knows how to manage his team of talented officers, has the respect of the rank and file and has proven his ability to diffuse even the most difficult of public

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By - 10/11/13 - 8:45 pm

Boston Police report a lieutenant and two sergeants up the chain of command from Det. Jerome Hall Brewster have been reprimanded for failing to ensure Brewster followed through in an investigation of Edward Alemany after he allegedly attacked a woman on Mission Hill. Alemany is now charged with kdinapping and murdering Amy Lord in July.

According to a statement from BPD:

Lieutenant Detective

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By - 10/5/13 - 9:01 am

The crashed cruiser at JFK/UMass. Photo by Kevin Aries.


A man apparently breaking into a car outside 97 Baxter Street in South Boston around 4 a.m. was interrupted by police officers, who began running after him.

He then jumped into one of their cruisers and floored it, hitting at least two of them, sending them to the hospital with minor injuries, a source... Read more

By - 10/1/13 - 2:19 pm

John Connolly today announced his position on the arbitrator's award in the stalled police contract talks: Both sides should go back to the bargaining table, because cops deserve a contract, but the city can't afford to pay for the arbitrator's award:

I believe that the arbitrator's award is out of line with the current economic environment and not in the best interests of the taxpayers.

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By - 9/28/13 - 11:57 am

If Menino had negotiated in good faith with the patrolmen instead of trying to lord it over them like he owns the joint, the contract never would have gone to an arbitrator, who then would never have ruled officers deserve raises the city can't afford, Walsh said in a statement this morning:

Many working families across the city have seen no raises, or have even

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By - 9/27/13 - 11:27 pm

The Globe reports an arbitrator sided with the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association on the issue of pay raises and benefits.

The city says the union was seeking about 21.5% increases in salary and benefits increases over six years; the arbitrator said its members deserve more than 25%. If the city council rejects the award, the two sides would go back to the bargaining table... Read more

By - 9/23/13 - 10:47 am

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis formally announced his resignation this morning, saying he's done everything he set out to do - and more - in his seven years at BPD.

By - 9/22/13 - 8:00 pm

The Globe reports that Ed Davis, Boston's police commissioner since 2006, will announce tomorrow he is resigning.

Reaction from mayoral candidates was swift:

Bill Walczak:

I want to thank Ed Davis for his service to the City of Boston and wish him well in his future endeavors. I also urge Mayor Menino to appoint an interim Police Commissioner so that his successor can fill

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By - 9/10/13 - 8:00 am

A month ago, an association of minority police officers and City Councilor (and mayoral candidate) Mike Ross complained about how the command staff of the Boston Police Department remained almost all white in a city that is now minority majority.

Yesterday, Police Commissioner Ed Davis responded - three days after the New York Times highlighted gun violence in the city's heavily black neighborhoods,... Read more