History Made During the Graduation of BPD Academy Class 53-13

From left to right: Officer Walsh, Superintendent Holmes, Officer Gunther

On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, the Boston Police Department proudly graduated 56 Boston Police Officers from the Boston Police Academy. The ceremony, which took place at Roxbury Community College, featured for the first time in department history a female class president (Officer Megan Walsh) and a female class vice president (Officer Allison Gunther). But, the historical leadership didn’t stop there. In addition to a female class president and vice president, the Boston Police Academy, for the first time in its history, was led by a female commander, Superintendent Lisa Holmes. Said Superintendent Holmes, “I think it’s great and I couldn’t be more proud of Megan and Allison. From day one, they earned the respect of their class mates and I look forward to seeing them continue to grow as they focus their efforts on protecting and serving the citizens of our great city.”