The Boston Police Department leads the nation, and I am so humbled and honored to lead the Boston Police Department. I appreciate the trust Mayor Walsh has in me to take the reins of the Department at this time. And I am deeply grateful to my great friend and predecessor William G. Gross for the confidence he has in me to lead this department.
For the past 32 years I have been a proud member of the Boston Police Department, and for five and a half years before that I was a Boston Firefighter. I have spent my entire career dedicated to public safety. Serving alongside the brave and dedicated men and women of the police department has been an honor and a privilege. I consider the Boston Police Department to be my home and my family and I will continue to work with you as Commissioner to lead the department forward during these difficult times.
We have a lot of work to do to rebuild trust and relationships with the community after so many months of separation due to COVID19. And we have to continue with the important work of implementing police reforms to enhance accountability and transparency, and to promote diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the department.
As we move forward there will challenges to overcome. Working together, with the community as our partner we can meet these challenges. Community policing is the foundation of what we do in Boston. We will continue to work closely with our many partners, community groups, and residents to solve problems, prevent crime and improve the quality of life in all our neighborhoods.
Our officers and civilian staff work hard every day to create and strengthen relationships with the community and to continuously improve the department and police services across the city. Thank you for your dedication and commitment.
I look forward to working closely with the members of the department, the community, and all of our partners to continue to make Boston the best city in the country.
Dennis A. White