Earlier today Dennis White was officially sworn in as the 43rd Boston Police Commisioner, the second only African American, at Faneuil Hall. Boston Mayor Martin J Walsh spoke earlier in the week about Commisioner White saying, “Superintendent White is a proven leader who is trusted and respected in the community and by his colleagues in the Boston Police Department,” said Mayor Walsh.
Walsh went on to say, “I’m confident that Dennis will continue to advance the progress made by Commissioner Gross, including implementing community-led recommendations for police reform, while drawing on his own extensive career experience to bring fresh ideas and innovative thinking to the department.”
Commissioner White formally served as Superintendent on the BPD Command Staff and Chief of Staff to the Commissioner under the Gross Administration. A member of Mayor Walsh’s Boston Police Reform Task Force, as Superintendent, Commissioner White is a seasoned veteran of the police force, having served the community for 32 years. Prior to his position as Superintendent, White was a Deputy Superintendent in the Office of the Superintendent-in-Chief and in the Bureau of Field Services Night Command.
Speaking with the press on Friday, White said, “The women and men of the Boston Police Department have become my extended family over the course of my three decades of service.” White continued, “I want to thank Mayor Walsh for entrusting me with this incredible opportunity and the responsibility of leading our historic department. To the community and all the members of the Boston Police Department, I pledge to uphold our mission of community policing each and every day. Serving as Commissioner is the honor of a lifetime, and I will never take this sacred duty for granted.”