For Immediate Release
October 23, 2006
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Mayor Menino Names Edward. F. Davis, III New Police Commissioner
Superintendent of Lowell Police brings stellar credentials, community experience to Boston
Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced that Edward F. Davis, III will be the Commissioner of the Boston Police Department. For the past 12 years, Davis, 50, has been the Superintendent of Police in Lowell, Massachusetts, the Commonwealth's fourth largest city. His appointment as Boston Police Commissioner will be effective December 1, 2006.
"Ed Davis is a man with stellar public safety credentials and is highly respected by many in the law enforcement community, both in Massachusetts and nationally. During his 12 years as head of the Lowell Police Department, Lowell has seen a dramatic decrease in crime," Mayor Menino said. "I was just as impressed that his time in Lowell as Superintendent of Police has been marked by positive and strong relationships with Lowell's many diverse communities. I know that when he brings his leadership skills to our police department and to our city everyone will benefit."
During Davis's tenure as head of the Lowell Police Department, crime in Lowell fell 60 percent, spurring significant economic development in that city's business and corporate districts. In 1999, Lowell received an All American City award from the National Civic League featuring its community policing model. In 2000, the Lowell Police Department received a Police as Problem Solvers award, one of five cities recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice. Under Davis's leadership, his department has established strong links with the second largest Cambodian community in the United States.
"I am honored that Mayor Menino has entrusted me to lead the historic Boston Police Department," Davis said. "The department has been recognized internationally as a model for neighborhood policing. This model was built on community partnerships. I will reaffirm that commitment, especially in neighborhoods most impacted by crime. Increasing community trust in police has always been my top priority. Lowell has molded my commitment to neighborhoods and the enormous power of citizens in crime reduction strategies. I will never forget the powerful lessons I have learned from my home town."
"I come from a family of police, so I understand the needs of the police officer on the street. I plan to provide the professional tools and environment to allow officers to make prevention of crime their top priority," Davis added.
Davis' career in the Lowell Police Department began in 1978 when he became a patrol officer. He rose through the ranks serving as a Detective (1982-1984), Detective Sergeant (1984-1986) and Detective Lieutenant (1986-1992), before being promoted to Captain in 1992. Then Captain Davis was in charge of Community Policing and Commander of a combined federal, state and local Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit. Davis is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Leadership Award in 2002 from the Police Executive Research Forum, a Better Government Award from the Pioneer Institute, and a Local Hero Award from Community Teamwork, Inc. of Lowell.
Davis received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from New Hampshire College in 1986 and a Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice in 1990 from Anna Maria College. He has participated in many programs at Harvard University and was the recipient of the prestigious John B. Pickett Fellowship in Criminal Justice Policy and Management. Davis attended the Kennedy School of Government's Program for Senior Government Executives as well as the Senior Management Institute for Police, sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum.
Davis attended the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association program in 1993 at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. A lifelong resident of Lowell, Davis is married to Jane Davis and has three children Edward, Kaitlyn and Phillip.
In June, Mayor Menino asked David D'Alessandro, former Chairman and CEO of John Hancock Financial Services, to head an advisory committee to identify candidates for the position of Commissioner of the Boston Police Department. Mayor Menino also appointed Ralph Martin, former Suffolk County District Attorney and now a partner at Bingham McCutchen law firm, Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, chief executive of Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, and Minister Don Muhammad of the Nation of Islam.
The advisory committee then reviewed dozens of potential candidates from across the country and within the Boston Police Department. The committee recommended a series of highly qualified candidates who were then interviewed by Mayor Menino.