BPD Photo of the Day: On Monday April 29, 2019, Commissioner Gross and members of the Command Staff held a re-dedication ceremony on the first floor of BPD Headquarters in honor of Deputy Superintendent James T. Sheehan. In 2010, a bronze plaque was donated by the FBI National Academy Associates in honor of former Deputy Superintendent Sheehan in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the FBI National Academy. At the request of his son, additional information has now been added to the plaque with the assistance of BPD Archivist Margaret Sullivan so that those visiting the lobby will know more about his father's history in law enforcement.
Deputy Sheehan, was a member of the Boston Police Department from 1920 – 1952 during which time he earned a reputation as a scrupulously honest officer and innovative leader. When in 1934 Deputy Sheehan revamped the Department’s fingerprint system, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover declared that Boston had the best identification system of any police department in the country. Deputy Sheehan became the first president of the FBI National Academy Association after attending FBI National Police Training School, now known as the FBI National Academy, in 1935.
Please feel free to visit the lobby of BPD Headquarters to get a first hand look at Deputy Sheehan’s plaque as well as other significant memorials in honor of our officers and our history as a department.