Boston Police Harbor Unit Performs Water Rescue Near Thompson Island


WATER RESCUE: At about 6:15PM, on Saturday, March 30, 2019, officers assigned to the Boston Police Harbor Unit, while patrolling Boston's Inner Harbor in the Long Wharf area, responded to a radio broadcast from the United States Coast Guard for two people in the water hanging onto a buoy in the vicinity of Thompson Island. Officers arrived on scene, observed the victims, and due to a strong south west wind, officers were able to bring the vessel close enough to rescue both adult male victims and one dog from the buoy.

Victims had launched their kayak from Carson Beach in South Boston and paddled out into Dorchester Bay when strong winds and choppy seas became overwhelming. As they turned to head back, the kayak began to take on water, capsized, and sank, forcing the victims into the frigid 40-degree water. The kayakers were able to climb on top of the buoy where they spent more than an hour waiting for help to arrive. Victims were transported to Boston Police Harbor Unit Base where they were treated by Boston EMS and taken to a local area hospital suffering from severe hypothermia. Unfortunately, the victims’ dog did not survive and officers transported him to Angel Memorial Hospital.

Thanks to the Good Samaritan who was on a tour of the J.F.K. Library and contacted the United States Coast Guard when they happened to look through a pair of binoculars and, in doing so, observed the two victims in distress holding onto the buoy. Without that help, this incident could have had a dramatically different outcome.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Victim Rescued Near Long Wharf Thanks to Quick Response by BPD Harbor Unit


Daily Dose of Great Police Work: At about 5:20 PM, on Friday, November 23, 2018, officers assigned to the Boston Police Harbor Patrol Unit responded to a call for a person in the water in the area of Long Wharf in Downtown Boston. Officers quickly arrived on scene and spotted the victim, a male in his thirties, in the water near a mooring ball and pulled him aboard their 31’ foot Safe Boat. It was dark and below freezing at the time of the rescue with the water temperature in the harbor at only about 50 degrees. Officers were unable to ascertain why the victim had gone into the water. Officers immediately brought the victim to the dock at Long Wharf where he was met by awaiting Boston EMS personnel who transported him to an area hospital for treatment.


MEDIA AVAILABILTY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Boston Police Department and Cops for Kids with Cancer Bring Children from Pediatric Oncology Units for a Boat Ride on the Harbor

WHO:            Boston police officers and members of Cops for Kids with Cancer, children from the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Mass General Hospital and Tufts New England Medical Center
WHAT:          Tomorrow, Thursday, July 19, 2018, officers and Cops for Kids with Cancer will treat children from the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Mass General Hospital to a ride on a police boat with the Boston Police Harbor Patrol Unit. On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, children from the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Tufts New England Medical Center will also be given an opportunity to ride on the BPD boats. The children will also receive a police escort from each hospital to the Harbor Unit base.

WHEN:          Both nights, Thursday July 18 and Wednesday, August 1, at about 5:30 PM children will board BPD vans and be escorted from the hospital to the BPD Harbor Patrol Unit base.

WHERE:       Thursday, July 19 – BPD motorcycle units and vans will meet at Mass General Hospital, Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care and escort the children to BPD Harbor Patrol base at 9 Terminal Street, Boston, MA 02210

Wednesday, August 1 – BPD motorcycle units and vans will meet at Tufts NEMC near the Teddy Bear Statue on Washington Street and escort the children to BPD Harbor Patrol base at 9 Terminal Street, Boston, MA 02210

CONTACT:   Boston Police Media Relations (617) 343-4520 for all media inquiries.

BPD in the Community: Superintendent-In-Chief, William Gross, Host's Group of World War Veterans at BPD Headquarters

Today, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, The Military Order of World Wars, Boston Chapter, visited BPD Headquarters where they were met by Superintendent-In-Chief, William Gross, who had a special day planned for the group of veterans.  After having lunch with Chief Gross, the group of veterans toured Boston Police Operations Division and then visited our Boston Police Harbor Unit where they embarked on a relaxing sightseeing tour around historic Boston Harbor. 

The Military Order of World Wars is an organization founded in 1919 for present and former commissioned officers, their spouses and descendants.

Again, we thank you for your service!

Great Work Recognized: BPD Harbor Patrol Unit Sergeant Cheevers Awarded High Honor from US Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security


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."

Cops for Kids with Cancer, Boston Police, and MA State Police Give Young Patients a Time to Remember

The goal of Cops for Kids with Cancer is to support the children and families afflicted with this devastating disease. For this reason, each year CFKWC partners with the Boston Police Harbor Patrol Unit to treat youngsters with cancer to a Boston Harbor "cruise" on our police boats. Make no mistake--these are not luxury yachts by any means, but pair them with BPD Chief Gross and our officers, beautiful weather, a State Police helicopter flyover, and a perfect sunset, and you get an afternoon of fun for some very special youngsters!

BPD Photo of the Day: Boston Police Department Names New Harbor Patrol Boat after the Late Officer Jeremiah J. Hurley

Yesterday, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Police Commissioner William Evans, and the BPD Harbor Patrol Unit led the dedication and christening of the new BPD Harbor Patrol 38’ SAFE boat.

The new, highly maneuverable and highly tactical boat, which was partially funded by the Boston Police Foundation, was officially name the “Jeremiah J. Hurley, Jr.” after the late Officer Hurley. BPD Officer Hurley (Jerry) was appointed on February 14, 1968. He served in several assignments before being assigned to the Boston Police Bomb Squad (EOD Unit). On October 28, 1991, Officer Hurley and his partner, Officer Frank Foley, responded to a call for a device under a motor vehicle in a residential neighborhood in Roslindale. During the investigation, the device detonated, fatally wounding Officer Hurley and critically wounding Officer Foley. Officer Hurley had served with the BPD for 23 years at the time of the incident; he was killed in the line of duty at age 50.

In a moving tribute to her late husband, Officer Hurley’s wife Cynthia popped the cork on a bottle of sparkling wine and christened the “Jeremiah J. Hurley, Jr.” by pouring wine over the bow. Three of late Officer Hurley’s children, David, Leanne, and Donald, who followed in their father’s footsteps and currently work as officers for the BPD with 28, 22, and 20 years of service, respectively, were on hand. After the ceremony, Jerry’s eleven grandchildren posed on the bow of the boat that will ensure the memory of their grandfather will live on with the Boston Police Department.

Boston Police Gaelic Column Perform St. Paddy’s Day Concert for the Kids of the Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Brighton

Today, Thursday, March 17, 2016, members of the Boston Police Gaelic Column stopped by the Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Brighton to share their love of music with the kids and hospital staff in what has become an annual St. Paddy’s Day tradition for the band. As you can see in the photos, it’s almost too tough to tell who was having more fun … the kids or the band.  Said Sgt. Joe Cheevers, “This is easily one of the most important concerts we perform on St. Patrick’s Day. We love seeing the kids and the hospital staff and, for us, seeing the kids smiling, hearing our music, having fun and interacting with the band is what it’s all about. It’s our way of spreading a lil’ St. Paddy’s Day cheer to some wonderful kids and the people who care for them.”    

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Put Themselves in Harm’s Way to Rescue Man from Cold Water at Constellation Wharf


At about 2:33 AM on Saturday, October 24, 2015, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a radio call for a person in the water at Constellation Wharf. 

On arrival, officers located the male victim and learned that he had been treading water for about ten minutes prior to the police being called. Officers spoke to a witness on scene who stated that the victim had been standing on the pier urinating when he became unsteady on his feet and fell into the water thirty feet below. Officers called for the Harbor Unit, Fire Department and EMS to respond but, fearing for the health and safety of the victim, took immediate action to rescue him. Through their coordinated efforts, officers were able to lower a rope to the victim and drag him over one hundred yards to safety to a dock on pier six as they balanced on unstable and rotted support beams high above. The victim was later transported to a local hospital to be treated for possible hypothermia. The actions of the officers prevented what was a poor decision by the victim from turning into a tragic one.

Cops for Kids with Cancer Provides Heart Warming Moment at the BPD Harbor Unit

This past Wednesday, July 29, 2015, cancer patients from the Tufts New England Medical Center’s Pediatric Oncology Unit were treated to a tour of Boston Harbor courtesy of the BPD Harbor Unit. The boat ride, an annual affair for kids battling cancer at Tufts New England Medical, was arranged by the good people at Cops for Kids with Cancer. Said an unnamed representative from Cops for Kids with Cancer organization: “The kids you see here this evening are true heroes battling one of life’s deadliest diseases. The boat ride was created to give these kids and their parents a break from their day-to-day reality and an hour or two to think about something other than cancer. And, if the officers from the BPD Harbor Unit were able to give that to them tonight, then that’s the best gift they could’ve given.”

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Cops for Kids with Cancer Donates $10,000 to MGH Pediatric Cancer Unit

On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Cops for Kids with Cancer and the Boston Police Department took the children from the Pediatric Cancer Unit of the Massachusetts General Hospital and their parents for a boat ride on the 60-foot BPD Harbor Unit boat "Guardian." All the kids had a great time! Afterward, retired Boston Police Chief Bob Faherty presented a $10,000 check to Elyse Levin-Russman, representing the Pediatric Cancer Unit of the MGH. The money, raised by Cops for Kids with Cancer, will be used to support the children in the Pediatric Cancer Unit.

Members of the Boston Police Harbor Unit Foil Wannabe Pirates Looking to Loot Boats in Boston Harbor

Members of the Boston Police Harbor Unit Foil Wannabe Pirates Looking to Loot Boats in Boston Harbor:  At about 2:17pm, on Monday, July 20, 2015, officers assigned to the Boston Police Harbor Unit responded to a telephone call made to the Boston Police Harbor Unit Base from a person stating that there was a suspicious boat riding around the mooring field of the Boston Harbor Sailing Center. While en route to the call, officers received additional information about two individuals acting suspiciously and throwing items – including couch cushions – off of a 45 foot Hatteras sport fishing boat. While approaching the vessel, officers observed two males standing on the fly bridge of the vessel and a third individual floating away from the scene in a smaller boat. Officers promptly boarded the vessel and asked the men if they owned the boat. In response to that question, both men stated they didn’t know. While searching the boat, officers noted that vessel appeared to be in utter disarray. Specifically, officers observed the salon door to be open and personal items thrown and strewn about the cabin. In light of the suspect’s inability to show any proof of ownership relative to the vessle, officers placed both suspects under arrest. With the suspects in custody, officers made their way to Long Wharf in order to rendezvous with responding officers from District A-1 (Downtown) who would then transport the suspects to the downtown station. As for the third suspect who attempted to escape on a second boat, he was later picked up and apprehended with help from the US Coast Guard. Officers later determined that the boat used in suspect #3’s failed get-a-way was stolen. Moreover, suspect #3 was found to be in possession of several stolen items including: fishing rods, a tackle box, a fish finder, a chart plotter GPS, a marine radio, a solar cell phone charger and binoculars. All three suspects were taken into custody.   

Officers arrested Dwayne Hill, 52, of Boston, Tony Villegas, 60, of Boston and Robert Allen, 25, of Boston and charged all three with Breaking & Entering (Ship), Trespassing, Receiving Stolen Property (Boat), Using without Authority (Boat) and the Willful Malicious & Destruction of Property.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Members of the Boston Police Harbor Unit Save the Life of Heart Attack Victim on Spectacle Island

Prompt Response Enables Members of the Boston Police Harbor Unit to Save the Life of Heart Attack Victim on Spectacle Island: At about 5:15pm, on Monday, July 20, 2015, officers assigned to the Boston Police Harbor Unit were on patrol in Boston Harbor when they received a call for help via the marine radio for a person in need of medical assistance, possibly having a heart attack, in the area of Spectacle Island. Upon hearing the call, officers immediately responded to Spectacle Island where, on arrival, they located a 54 year-old male complaining of heart pain. After loading the victim aboard their police boat, officers promptly notified Boston EMS to meet them at Berth 10 to aid and assist the victim. On arrival, officers were met by Boston EMS who quickly transported the victim to Tufts Medical Center where he was treated for cardiac arrest. Said one Boston EMS official: “Thanks to the BPD, that guy’s lucky to be alive. No doubt about it, their quick response saved his life.”