On Friday, September 27, 2019 Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross was the keynote speaker for the 17th Annual Community Fellowship Luncheon hosted by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Area Church League at the Back Bay Hilton Hotel in Boston. The Boston Area Church League is a faith-based organization founded to provide resources and mentorship to youth through the disciplines of athletics, education, health, nutrition, training, and the arts. Commissioner Gross, Superintendent Nora Baston, and Director Laura Dickerson were honored for their distinguished leadership in the community.
It is an exciting time for high school seniors as prom season is here, however some students may not be able to afford what it costs to attend prom and to create prom memories with their classmates. “Giving the Glam” is a non-profit organization that coordinates with the Boston Police Department’s District B-3 Community Service Officer Cynthia Brewington, and the Massachusetts Student Grant Programs to assist selected students in creating memorable —and as you can see, very glamorous— experiences for prom.
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.
BPD Photo of the Day: On Thursday April 25, 2019, Colonel Lawrence Willwerth, Commander of the Boston Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars, presented Commissioner Gross with a plaque in honor of the patriotic service of the Boston Police Department.
BPD Photos of the Day: As we look back at last Monday’s 123rd running of the Boston Marathon, we would like to thank every member of the BPD who worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of the participants, spectators and medical personnel along the race route. We congratulate all of this year’s runners as we look forward to next year’s race.
BPD PHOTO OF THE DAY: Today, Thursday, April 11, 2019 —in tribute to her late husband Officer Dan Hagerty— Marney Hagerty delivered a cookie basket to all the districts Officer Hagerty served in during his career.
Boston Police Department Officer Dan Hagerty was appointed on October 7, 1970. He served at several districts before retiring in the Boston Police Explosive Ordinance Unit. Officer Hagerty had served with the Boston Police Department for 33 years and later passed away during his retirement on April 11, 2017.
Two of Officer Hagerty’s daughters accompanied their mother on the delivery tour. Their final stop was the Commissioner’s Office at Boston Police Headquarters, where Commissioner Gross was honored to personally accept the thoughtful gift; while assuring the family that the the memory of their father and husband will live on within the Boston Police Department.
BPD Photo of the Day: Our officers assigned to the BPD Citywide Bicycle Unit are grateful for the assistance rendered by the Massachusetts State Police and UMASS Boston Police Department at yesterday’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston. As a result of a partial call out for regional assistance, 60 officers were mobilized along and around the parade route to assist with public safety. For larger scale events in the city, the “Cobra Team”, as it’s called, can grow to upwards of 150 officers with the assistance of other local law enforcement agencies. We thank our officers for their work yesterday and we thank our partners for their help which resulted in another successful and safe parade day.
BLOOD DRIVE: Boston Police Officers from around the city arrived to Boston Police Headquarters today, Thursday, March 7, 2019, to donate blood with the American Red Cross. The Boston Police Department would like to say thank you to all the hardworking volunteers of the American Red Cross and all the police officers who donated, giving blood truly makes a difference.
Earlier today, February 21, 2019, Commissioner Gross met with Deputy Chief Miguel Iglesias, the Commanding Officer of the NYPD Intel Operations and Analysis Section. After brainstorming and exchanging ideas with Chief Iglesias and other members of NYPD Intelligence, Commissioner Gross gave the visiting guests a tour of his office!
PHOTOS OF THE DAY: On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Boston Police Commissioner Gross visited the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club in Roxbury where the Commissioner read the book I, Too, Am America. The book, written by Langston Hughes, provides readers a history of the Pullman railway porter, one of the first professions that offered African-American men a ladder into the middle class. The children listened intently as the Commissioner leafed through the pages of the highly inspirational tale. At the end, the Commissioner spoke about his own childhood in the inner-city, the people who looked out for him and the importance of treating everybody with dignity and respect.
BPD Photo of the Day: Ahead of tomorrow’s scheduled celebration honoring the New England Patriot’s sixth World Championship title, Commissioner William Gross proudly displayed some of his favorite souvenirs. He noted, however, that he was one big, shiny ring short and still had room for a few more. The commissioner wishes to congratulate the entire New England Patriots organization for their latest victory and shares his hopes for a peaceful and joyous Rolling Rally through the streets of Boston:
“We ask everyone to follow the example set by our home team – we expect nothing less than Championship levels of responsibility and accountability from all those in attendance as well as the continued professionalism and commitment to excellence from all the members of my department.”
BPD Photo of the Day: On Wednesday January 29, 2019, members of the BPD challenged students to a game of basketball at the Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester. Proving the importance of the home court advantage, the younger players prevailed by a two-point margin over some of Boston’s Finest in a game that saw plenty of smiles from both teams.
BPD Photo of the Day: Last week, Commissioner William Gross welcomed Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin and ATF Special Agent in Charge Kelly Brady to his conference room at Boston Police Headquarters. The three leaders discussed their continued collaborative efforts moving forward to best assist each other with future investigations and their shared vision for a safer Boston.
Boston Police Headquarters - Thursday January 24, 2019: As we move closer to another heavily anticipated Super Bowl featuring the New England Patriots, we look back on an historical 2018 season for the Boston Red Sox which concluded with a World Series victory over the L.A. Dodgers. Prior to the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo made a friendly wager with Boston Police Commissioner William Gross with the loser set to provide a meal featuring local fare from their respective city to the winner after the series conclusion. True to his word, Chief Acevedo sent an amazing lunch spread today from Houston area Tex-Mex favorite, Molina’s Cantina. Chief Acevedo even went above and beyond, stepping into the kitchen to help prepare the food himself. We congratulate the Houston Astros for a great ALCS and thank Chief Acevedo and our brothers and sisters at the Houston Police Department for staying true to their word, paying their debt and giving us the big surprise of a Texas sized lunch here in Boston.
On Thursday, December 20, 2018, Commissioner Gross, Police Officers, and Santa Claus, hosted a community Christmas Party at District B-3 (Mattapan). Santa handed out donated toys and bikes to the kids. It was a holly-jolly time for all who attended.
BPD Photo of the Day: It’s always nice to see our officers making positive connections with young people in the neighborhoods we serve. Some connections and relationships take time to build while others are much more immediate. Last night, at the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony in Lower Mills, Officer Leroy Fernandes was busy making happy memories for a couple of young Saint John Paul Academy students on his very first day on duty at his new assignment in District C-11. The boys loved their time trying on a traditional eight-point hat, holding a real police radio and playing inside the cruiser. Nice job by Officer Fernandes demonstrating community policing in action.
Earlier today, on November 10, 2018 Commissioner Gross attended the DAV 5K Run to Honor Veterans. Held at Castle Island in South Boston, BPD Officers and Cadets participated in this event to help raise awareness for the issues faced by Veterans every day.
WAGER WON: Heading into the 2018 World Series between the Red Sox and Dodgers, Chief Michael Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department reached out to Commissioner Gross to see if he’d be willing to make a food-related wager as to the outcome of the Fall Classic. If the Red Sox won, the LAPD would send world famous pastrami from Langer’s. If the Dodgers won, BPD would seven 2-pound lobsters out to the west coast. Well, as you can see by the photo, in light of the Red Sox victory, the lobsters never made the trip out west as boxes from Langer’s showed up earlier today at Boston Police Headquarters. To our friends and fellow officers in Los Angeles, we respectfully thank you for honoring your end of the wager. The pastrami sandwiches were delicious. Maybe we’ll see you again next year!!! In the interim, please stay safe as you go about the business of protecting and serving the citizens of Los Angeles.
Thank you to all the members of Red Sox Nation who came out to celebrate yet another championship for the City of Boston. Our officers had a great time keeping Title Town safe for the players, participants and revelers of all ages along the parade route. Here’s to hoping we get the chance to do it again soon!
The Red Sox are world champions for the 4th time in 15 years and one particular member of the Boston Police Department, K-9 Officer Rocky, is proud to serve in the greatest sports town in America!