A Message from Police Commissioner William B. Evans to the Members of the Boston Police Department

Good Afternoon,

Following up on this morning's press conference with Mayor Martin Walsh, I will be retiring from the Boston Police Department after 39 years of service on August 4th.  I began my career as a Police Cadet in 1980 and was appointed a Police Officer in 1982.  I have been fortunate to make many friends along the way and worked hard to advance to hold every Civil Service rank, culminating in my promotion to Captain.  In 2009 I was then appointed to serve as the Superintendent managing field services and appointed by Mayor Walsh as Police Commissioner in 2013. 

I thank Mayor Martin Walsh for giving me the opportunity to serve as your Police Commissioner these past 5 years.  The Mayor has been in our corner every step of the way.

Each of those 39 years has been an honor and a privilege. 

I wanted to reach out today specifically to thank each member of the Boston Police Department for your hard work and dedication and convey that I deeply appreciate your efforts that have saved lives, improved public safety, guided our youth, brought criminals to justice and supported victims and their families.  You have worked with the community and clergy, served thousands of youth in our neighborhoods and in our schools and have made a lasting impact in the lives of many.

I appreciate the support of our civilian workforce, who manage this department, serve the public and support our members.  Your contributions have gone a long way toward improving services and with the day to day operations of the department.

Continue to represent the department in the same professional and favorable manner that you have displayed throughout your careers.  Seek out new opportunities to learn and study to advance, if you choose to pursue other ranks and positions.

I know that whatever your assignment is, you will continue to perform it to the best of your ability and I believe that the department is in good hands.

As an avid runner, and as I tell each incoming recruit class, I encourage you to stay physically fit and stay grounded. Police work is stressful, so stay connected to your family and friends and make time for them, as well as your interests and the interests of your families.

It has been an honor to be a part of this organization and work with so many talented individuals. You helped to take community policing to a new level and have made Boston one of the safest cities in America.   You have my respect and admiration. 

I wish each of you the very best in all future endeavors and hope to see as many members as possible over the next two weeks prior to my retirement on August 4th to thank you in person.


William B. Evans

Police Commissioner