By Donna M. Wells,Commissioner Paul F. Evans

The Boston Police division used to be officially equipped in 1854, however the division strains its origins to the institution of an evening watch of six males and an officer in 1631. At a city assembly in 1701, watchmen have been suggested to be "on responsibility from ten o'clock until vast sunlight. . . . they're to head approximately silently with watch accounts, no longer utilizing any bell, and no watchman to smoke tobacco whereas jogging their rounds; and after they see get together, to name to individuals to keep up their light." this day, the tasks of the Boston police officer are supported via complicated forensic applied sciences and smooth gear. officials stroll local beats, keep an eye on neighborhood crime, and are prepared at a moment's detect to answer acts of terrorism. Boston Police division, the 1st entire photographic historical past of the dept, info a hundred and fifty years of crime battling in Boston. the gathering comprises photos of the 1919 Boston Police Strike; an outline of specialised devices, cars, uniforms, and gear; and an honor roll of officials who've fallen within the line of duty.

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