Edward F. Davis

Former Police Commissioner (Ret’d)

City of Boston Police Department

Edward F. Davis served as the 40th Police Commissioner of the City of Boston.  He was sworn in by Mayor Thomas Menino on December 4, 2006 and after 7 years of service, retired in December 2013.   Commissioner Davis had previously served as the Superintendent of Police in Lowell Massachusetts for 12 years and has been in law enforcement for 34 years.

During his tenure as Commissioner, Davis oversaw police services for over a half million residents along with those visiting and working in the City of Boston.  The Commissioner comes from a police family, which allowed him to better understand the needs of the police officer, making it a priority to provide the best possible resources and tools for officers to prevent, investigate and predict crime and crime trends. 

The Commissioner’s extensive law enforcement background set the tone for policing in the city, from the walking beat, to managing massive demonstrations and special events, to creating an improved and trusting relationship between the police and community, to innovative technology and social media efforts that have improved public safety and allowed open dialogue with those we serve. 

Commissioner Davis has been recognized for his efforts locally and nationally, including through the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Major Cities Chiefs Association. Internationally, Commissioner Davis has worked in Singapore, London, Northern Ireland, Jordan and Israel.

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