In our final salute to Black History, BPD would like to recognize history being made at present. In February 2014, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William B. Evans appointed William G. Gross as Superintendent-In-Chief —the first African American in the Boston Police Department’s history.
Chief Gross is a 33 year veteran of the Boston Police Department. As a patrolman he served in the Gang Unit, Drug Control Unit, and was an Academy Instructor. In 2008 he became a member of the department’s Command Staff when he was appointed to the rank of Deputy Superintendent. As a Deputy he spent four years overseeing first Zone 2, then the Youth Violence Strike Force and School Police Unit. In 2012 he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent and was responsible for overseeing all police responses to incidents on a city-wide basis in the evening and overnight.
Since assuming the position of Superintendent in Chief, he has maintained a strong connection with the community and credits his success and upbringing to the seniors and the “community” that helped raise him. Chief Gross has been awarded numerous departmental awards for bravery and meritorious service, and several Governor’s Citations. Chief Gross has been presented with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award (2014 & 2015), the United States Attorney’s Boston Office award for Outstanding Dedicated Service to the Survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing during the Trial of United States vs Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Department of Justice Investigative Achievement Award, and finally named one of Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color. Chief Gross has numerous professional affiliations and sits on a number of Advisory Boards including the George Lewis Ruffin Society. This year Chief Gross was honored with The Historic Twelfth Baptist Church’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation Speaker’s Award.
We salute and thank you Chief, for making Black History in the Boston Police Department.