Boston Police Department

The Boston Police Department (BPD), dating back to 1854, holds the primary responsibility for law enforcement and investigation within the American city of Boston, Massachusetts. It is the oldest municipal police department in the United States.[2][3] The BPD is also the 20th largest law enforcement agency in the country and the largest in New England.[4]

Boston Police Department
Patch of Boston Police Department
Badge of Boston Police Department
Flag of the City of Boston
Agency overview
FormedMay 26, 1854; 167 years ago (1854-05-26)
Annual budget$414 million (2020)[1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionMassachusetts, U.S.
Map of Boston Police Department's jurisdiction
Size89.6 sq. miles
Population617,594 (2010 census)
Legal jurisdictionBoston, Massachusetts
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersBoston, Massachusetts
Police Officers2,144 Sworn uniformed Police Officers
Civilian members569 Civilian Members
Police commissioner responsible
  • vacant (Gregory P. Long, acting)
Agency executive
  • Gregory Long, Superintendent-In-Chief (acting commissioner)
Patrol VehiclesFord Expedition, Ford F250
Patrol carsFord Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Caprice PPV
Police headquarters
Police Commissioner Thomas F. Sullivan (left), 1944
Investigating an abandoned stolen vehicle, 1958