BPD History: Recognizing Women's History Month and the Officers Who Made History Breaking Down Gender Barriers

Women's History Month: In honor of Women's History Month we recognize, honor and celebrate one of our trailblazers, Irene McAuliffe, who was one of the 1st female officers appointed to the BPD in 1921. Irene, who served nearly 40 years as a Boston Police Officer, was one of six female officers appointed by Commissioner Edwin Curtis in 1921. Incredibly, the department issued the new officers badges, but no uniforms, automobiles or firearms. Some 97 years later, we continue to praise Officer Irene McAuliffe and her classmates for breaking down gender barriers in policing with grace, dignity and strength while paving the way for all who have courageously followed in their footsteps.

The BPD proudly celebrates Women's History Month as part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and promise to protect and serve our city with a police department that reflects and showcases the diversity of the city we serve. 

It should be noted that In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.