There’s something extra special about this year’s Boston Police Academy graduating class.
For the first time in the history of the Boston Police Department, the class president and vice president of its Academy were both women. Officer Megan Walsh (President), Officer Allison Gunther (VP), and 54 of their classmates graduated yesterday in a ceremony at Roxbury Community College.
The lady power didn’t end there. The Boston Police Academy is currently led by a female commander, Superintendent Lisa Holmes, which is another historical first.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Megan and Allison,” said Superintendent Holmes in an announcement by BPD News.
“From day one, they earned the respect of their classmates and I look forward to seeing them continue to grow as they focus their efforts on protecting and serving the citizens of our great city,” she said.
Despite this year’s historic trend, leadership within the BPD still heavily skews male. Since the position of commissioner was created in 1903, only one has been female (Kathleen O’Toole, 2004-2006). Only one of the current bureau superintendents is female (Lisa Holmes, Bureau of Professional Development), and all 11 current district commanders are male.