Message from Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis relative to Organizational Changes to the Command Staff
Over the past several years, the nature of policing has changed dramatically in Boston. The Department has embraced the changes through extensive community outreach, regular collaboration with other city agencies and ongoing communication with our external law enforcement partners.
These relationships have proven to be invaluable in the department’s ongoing efforts and success in crime reduction and prevention and have created the need for a new superintendent to oversee these efforts. As such, the newly created position of Superintendent of Administration & Policy will focus on innovation and the implementation of changes to the Department’s Rules and Regulations.
Moreover, today’s changes and promotions provide even greater diversity at the top levels of the department.
These are exciting times for the Boston Police Department and it is with great pride that I announce the following promotions/changes to the Boston Police Command Staff:
Superintendent Kenneth Fong will be promoted to the rank of Superintendent in charge of Administration and Policy
The Superintendent of Administration and Policy is responsible for oversight of all of the department’s partnerships and outreach efforts, in addition to the management and implementation of any and all changes to Department’s Rules and Regulations.
Fong, who has 19 years of service, joined the department in 1993. He was appointed Superintendent in 2007 and named the Chief of the Bureau of Professional Standards overseeing the Internal Affairs and Anti-Corruption Divisions. In 2012, he was reassigned and assumed duties as the Night Commander responding to incidents across the City of Boston. Prior to 2007, he served as a Deputy Superintendent in the Operations Division overseeing the 911 response system. Prior to that, Fong served as a Lieutenant in District C-11 (Dorchester) and a Sergeant in District A-1 (Downtown).
Deputy Superintendent William G. Gross will be promoted to the rank of Superintendent – Night Commander
The Night Commander oversees all police responses to incidents on a city-wide basis in the evening hours and works closely with the community members and groups to address violence in Boston’s neighborhoods.
Gross, who has 27 years of service, was appointed to the department in 1985. After being appointed to the rank of Deputy Superintendent in 2008, Gross was assigned as the Zone 2 Commander overseeing the Areas B and C which include the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester and South Boston. Gross was reassigned to the Field Support Division in 2010 overseeing the Youth Violence Strike Force and the School Police Unit. Prior to 2008, he was a Sergeant Detective in District C-11 (Dorchester) assigned to investigations in Dorchester.
Deputy Superintendent Kevin J. Buckley will be promoted to the rank of Superintendent of the Bureau of Investigative Services
As the Chief of the Bureau of Investigative Services, the Superintendent oversees all of the department’s criminal investigations and investigators including district detectives, homicide investigations, family-justice related investigations (which include sexual assaults, domestic violence, human trafficking and crimes against children cases) the forensic division, drug control unit, fugitive apprehension unit and various investigative task forces.
Buckley, who has 30 years of service, joined the department in 1982. After being appointed to the rank of Deputy Superintendent in 2010, Buckley was assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division overseeing homicide investigations, district detectives and the forensic division. Prior to 2010, Buckley spent 13 years as a Sergeant Detective assigned to the Homicide Unit.
Deputy Superintendent Kelly A. Nee will be promoted to the rank of Deputy Superintendent in charge of the Criminal Investigative Division
The Commander of the Criminal Investigative Division oversees homicide investigations, district detective investigations and the forensic division as well as a number of other units.
Nee, who has 27 years of service, joined the department in 1985. After being appointed Deputy Superintendent in 2010, she was assigned to the Bureau of Investigative Services. Further, the Deputy took command of the Family Justice Group (Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Crimes Against Children, Human Trafficking), the Drug Control Unit and a number of other units. Prior to 2010, she served as a Sergeant Detective in the School Police Unit and the Drug Control Unit. Nee was also a Sergeant in the Youth Violence Strike Force.
Deputy Superintendent Stephen Whitman will be promoted to the rank of Deputy Superintendent in charge of the Youth Violence Strike Force
The Deputy will oversee the Field Support Division which includes the Youth Violence Strike Force and the School Police Unit.
Whitman, who has 23 years of service, joined the department in 1989. After being appointed to the rank of Deputy Superintendent in 2011, Whitman was assigned the Commander of the Operations Division overseeing the 911 system and citywide police response. Prior to his appointment to Deputy, he served as a Sergeant Detective in the Dignitary Protection Unit for 7 years and held previous assignments in District A-1 (Downtown) and the Major Case Division.
Sergeant Juan Torres will be promoted to the rank of Deputy Superintendent assigned to the Bureau of Investigative Services
The Commander of the Bureau of Investigative Services oversees the BPD Family Justice Group (which includes Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Crimes Against Children, Human Trafficking) the Drug Control Unit and a number of other units.
Torres, who has 26 years of service, joined the department in 1986. Promoted to Sergeant in 2012, Torres was assigned to District A-7 in East Boston. Prior service included being assigned as a Detective in the Homicide Unit since 1996 and the Major Case Division in 1994.