D-4 Captain's Message

Dear friends, Welcome to the District D-4 Web Page. District D-4 is located at 650 Harrison Ave in the South End adjacent to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Our District covers four of Boston’s most diverse neighborhoods; South End, Lower Roxbury, Back Bay, and The Fenway. Within the boundaries of the district are the Boston Medical Center, The Boston Herald, The Pine St Inn, Copley Place shopping mall, Boston Public Library Main Branch, Museum of Fine Arts, Fenway Park, Boston University and Northeastern University. The residents and Dailey visitors to our district are made up of several racial, ethnic, and religious groups. The men and woman of District D-4 work in partnership with the community to fight crime reduce fear and improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods.

The Officers and Detectives of District D-4 respond to and investigate crimes that range from quality of life issues such as panhandling to serious felonies such as Robbery and Burglary. We have several ongoing programs at the district with our civic and community partners. There are monthly scheduled police / community meetings in the four neighborhoods of the district to discuss issues of crime and quality of life. The district has several educational and prevention programs; R.A.D. (Woman’s Self-Defense Class), senior and Junior Police Academies, G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training), the Leave It and Lose It Campaign (to deter larcenies from motor vehicles) and Operation Impact. Operation Impact is a coalition of various law enforcement agencies who collaborate and communicate with the common goal to reduce youth violence.

Unfortunately, the issue of larcenies from motor vehicles continues to be a problem on the District, despite increased patrols and educational initiatives that have been taken. Officers have made numerous arrests, but arrests alone will not solve the problem. It is our belief that this is a problem that must be addressed by all our community partners. Please do not leave valuables visible in your motor vehicles. We ask residents to take precautions and remain vigilant for suspicious activity in your neighborhood. Please report any suspicious activity immediately by dialing 911 or (617)343-4911 from a cell phone (otherwise the call will go to the State Police). The Community Service Office at D-4 can provide you with tips and suggestions on safeguarding your property.

As the Commanding Officer of this district, I want to assure all of our residents of my commitment to advance the Department’s mission of community policing. On behalf of the men and woman of D-4 I thank you for visiting our web page and invite you to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.


Captain Paul M. Ivens Commanding Officer - District D-4