Today, Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Superintendent-In-Chief William G. Gross was presented with a certificate of appreciation by Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England. Chief Gross also participated as keynote speaker and discussed the history of Boston, police, and the African American community.
"The Boston Police Department is the first in the nation, and as the nation progressed in history, so did the Boston Police Department. Learning from the positive and the negative are all teachable moments.", he said.
Chief Gross referenced the historical members of the department that aided in this progression such as Sgt. Horatio J. Homer, Det. Frederick McLean and Det. Dorothy Harrison. These officers are a few of the profiles included in the Boston Police Celebrates Black History Month booklet that was distributed during the event. The chief went on to say:
"If you know your history, you know your self worth."