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William Evans

Police Commissioner

William Evans was born in Boston and grew up in a crowded, triple-decker apartment. Evans was raised by his four older brothers after the death of his mother when he was three years old. In 1980, he was a Boston Police Cadet and joined the Boston Police Department in 1982. He spent five years as a patrolman, during which time he was awarded the BPD's Medal of Honor for his role in apprehending an armed robbery suspect following a high-speed chase.

As a captain, Evans was first stationed in District 14, which consisted of the Allston–Brighton neighborhood of Boston. It was the BPD's most densely populated district and contained 75,000 residents. Evans continued to move up the ranks throughout his years of service and, in 2009, Evans was promoted to Superintendent in charge of the Bureau of Field Services, overseeing special events and the Department's patrol division. Evans played a role in the peaceful handling of Boston's 70-day occupation of Dewey Square and had pivotal responsibilities in the Boston Marathon bombing strategic response team.

On November 1, 2013, Mayor Menino appointed Evans Interim Commissioner of the Boston Police Department. In January 2014, Mayor Walsh invited Evans to serve as Police Commissioner on a permanent basis. Evan’s has made historic strides in diversity and inclusion by appointing the first black Superintendent-in-Chief, William Gross, and bolstering his command staff with a 40% representation of minorities and women.

Commissioner's Message

The Boston Police Department is a world class organization, and I am deeply honored and humbled that Mayor Walsh entrusted me with its leadership.

As a Boston police officer for over thirty one years, I have seen first-hand how the department has evolved. Today, we are a very well trained, well resourced, and incredibly professional organization committed to serving and protecting our residents, visitors, businesses, and institutions.

We are constantly striving to build, strengthen, and improve our relationship with the community. Over the past several years, we have made remarkable strides in reducing crime and addressing quality of life in our neighborhoods. We have formed lasting partnerships and strengthened relationships with the community. Tremendous work has been done, but there is still much to do to make all of our neighborhoods safer.

As Police Commissioner, I am committed to community policing. Nothing is more effective to prevent crime and victimization than police officers forging authentic relationships with the residents, youth, nonprofits and local business owners in their districts. Relationships and partnerships are the keys to safe, healthy, and strong communities.

Trust must be built, it takes time. But once trust is established, opportunities for solving problems, addressing quality of life issues, and getting resources and services to those most in need are created.

I look forward to working with the community, the members of the Boston Police Department, and all our partners to build on our successes and continue to move the Department forward.