Commissioner's Message

Police Commissioner
William B. Evans


The Boston Police Department is a world class organization, and I am deeply honored and humbled that Mayor Walsh entrusted me with its leadership.

As a Boston police officer for over thirty one years, I have seen first hand how the Department has evolved.  Today, we are a very well trained, well resourced, and incredibly professional organization committed to serving and protecting our residents, visitors, businesses and institutions. 

We are constantly striving to build, strengthen and improve our relationship with the community.  Over the past several years we have made remarkable strides in reducing crime and addressing quality of life in our neighborhoods.  We have formed lasting partnerships and strengthened relationships with the community.  Tremendous work has been done, but there is still much to do to make all of our neighborhoods safer. 

As Police Commissioner, I am committed to community policing.  Nothing is more effective to prevent crime and victimization than police officers forging authentic relationships with the residents, youth, non-profits and local business owners in their districts.  Relationships and partnerships are the keys to safe, healthy, and strong communities.

Trust must be built, it takes time.  But once trust is established, opportunities for solving problems, addressing quality of life issues, and getting resources and services to those most in need are created. 

I look forward to working with the community, the members of the Boston Police Department, and all our partners to build on our successes and continue to move the Department forward. 

Thank you.