Today, Monday, April 9, 2018, the commander of the Boston Police Harbor Patrol Unit Sergeant Joseph Cheevers was honored by the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Coast Guard for his meritorious public service from 2015 to 2017. During those years, Sergeant Cheevers has provided commendable public service and made significant contributions to support Coast Guard missions and vastly improved safety in the Port of Boston. As a lead member of the Port’s Active Threat Response group, Sergeant Cheevers developed an operational plan that coordinates the response to an active shooter on a vessel. He maintained a visible deterrence that facilitated numerous transports into the Port without incident. Most recently, Sergeant Cheevers lead the year-long planning effort to organize maritime security efforts for Sail Boston 2017.
For his efforts, dedication, and leadership, Sergeant Cheevers was awarded the high honor of this Coast Guard commendation. Said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, "I am extremely proud of Sergeant Cheevers. He is a tremendous asset to the Boston Police Department and our Harbor Patrol Unit. The City of Boston and the Port are fortunate to benefit from his knowledge and expertise, and I cannot think of a more deserving officer of this award."