WBZ has hired former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis to provide analysis on security on stories such as the trial of the living Tsarnaev brother and the running of the Marathon.
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.
The Globe reports that Ed Davis, Boston's police commissioner since 2006, will announce tomorrow he is resigning.
Reaction from mayoral candidates was swift:
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 the position permanently.
Mike Ross (who had criticized Davis's performance on minority hiring in command ranks):
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.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Police Commissioner Ed Davis had the right to transfer a sergeant out of the Brighton station even though a provision of his union's contract forbids that without his permission.
The state's highest court said state law, which gives the commissioner"authority over the assignment and organization of the officers within the department" trumps contract language barring the "involuntary" transfer of certain supervisory officers - even if the city itself had agreed to that language to help settle a lawsuit over transfers aimed at punishing officers for their union activities.
The two mayoral candidates joined a minority police organization today to criticize the lack of minority and women commanders in the Boston Police Department, but stopped short of saying they would not reappoint Commissioner Ed Davis.
John Kerry just joined President Obama's administration. Now will Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis? The Boston Globe reports wild speculation that Davis may be appointed the next Secretary of Homeland Security.
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Mayoral candidate Bill Walczak says we need Ed Davis to stay on - but ask him to develop a real-time alerting system to let residents know about crimes as they are happening in their neighborhoods. In a statement, he says:
Police Commissioner Ed Davis testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security today. Among his conclusions:
In the future we will review the need to deploy more assets including technology, cameras, undercover officers and specialized units. We will continue to enhance preparedness training for all of our officers to protect these large events.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said today his son Phillip, 22, was arrested on an OUI charge in Plymouth, NH on Friday.
The weapons found in East Boston last week are just the latest seized this year, Mayor Tom Menino and Police Commissioner Ed Davis say in a plea for tougher federal action on guns.
A federal appeals court has upheld the right of Massachusetts police departments to deny people the right to bear certain arms if they lie on their permit applications.
The ruling means former Boston police officer Stacey Hightower can no longer carry a concealed .38 caliber five-round revolver - or carry high-capacity weaponry.
Pax Centurion, the newsletter of the local patrolmen's union, is no fan of Police Commissioner Ed Davis. The feeling's mutual. Reacting to a flurry of tweets about the bi-monthly publication, which started yesterday after Simmons College said it regretted advertising in the newsletter, Davis tweeted this morning:
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis yesterday set out his goals for the coming year, which include a 10% reduction in major crime, a 25% increase in walking and bicycle beats and a new "Tweet from the Beat" program for police supervisors on those beats.
Davis pointed to a 25% decrease in crime over the past five years and some specific examples of successful large-scale operations over the past year, including the peaceful end of Occupy Boston's encampment in Dewey Square, the aftermath of the Back Bay transformer fire and the Bruins' Stanley Cup win:
Police Commissioner Ed Davis:
Check out this video, released this week by BPD. I pose the question because normally, the only people to stride purposefully through neighborhoods in slow motion as they listen concernedly to local residents while inspirational music plays are candidates, right?
Adam posted earlier about Ed Davis swearing that lying will get you "fired". It may sound familiar.
Circa July 2009:
The words an officer writes down in a police incident report, the statements an officer makes to Internal Affairs investigators, the sworn testimony an officer gives to a grand jury or in court - it has to be truthful or else, Davis says. â€śThe penalty will be termination, no matter the officerâ€™s reputation. First one - and youâ€™re out.â€™â€™