Boston Police Commissioner William Gross today joined the City of Boston Credit Union, Boston Police Runners Club, and Boston Police unions to announce the Boston Police Department Health and Wellness Team. The newly created initiative will be supported through $500,000 in initial funding from the Credit Union and Runners Club that will allow the BPD to provide services and programs necessary for improved health and safety of officers.
“The home lives and professional lives of our first responders are intertwined - supporting them with tools and resources to lead healthy lives is our top priority,” Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said. “Financial security along with physical and mental health are keys to keeping them safe on the job and leading fulfilling lives at home.”
The Boston Police Department’s Health and Wellness Team (HWT) is dedicated to providing the programs, resources and referral services necessary for the overall needs of BPD personnel. The development of the HWT will allow health ambassadors to deploy across the city to develop personal relationships throughout the department - going district by district and division by division - identifying the concerns of first responders to better align resources with individual and group needs.
In 2018, the Boston Police Department (BPD) endured the loss of several officers due to health and wellness issues ranging from heart attacks, strokes, cancer and suicide, creating a need for a renewed focus on the health and wellness services provided to officers across the department.
“No one in our community should feel alone - most especially those that answer the call every day to protect and serve us, our neighbors and our city,” President and CEO of the City of Boston Credit Union said. “We can do more and together with the Commissioner and his staff, we will find better ways to support our officers as they support and provide comfort to us in our times of great need.”
In addition to the $250,000 grant, the City of Boston Credit Union continues to support the Boston Police Department through Financial Education and Literacy programs with newly appointed cadets.
“We’re grateful to BPD leadership for taking the action necessary to provide comprehensive support to department members,” said Cecil Jones, Boston Police Sergeant Detective, City of Boston Credit Union Director and President of the Boston Police Runners Club. “This funding will help continue our work to create a healthier environment and wellness opportunities for the men and women of the department who are committed to serving our community every day.”