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Cambridge has its first Asian-American police sergeant

Posted by Brock Parker  January 24, 2013 10:22 AM

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The first Asian-American to be promoted to the rank of police sergeant by Cambridge Police was sworn in at a ceremony this week.

Leung.jpgFrederick T. Leung, an 8-year veteran of the department who had been an optometrist for before deciding to pursue a career as a police officer, was promoted to the rank of sergeant Tuesday in a ceremony at the Robert W. Healy Safety Facility.

Frederick T. Leung salutes Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert C. Haas at the promotion ceremony Tuesday. Photo courtesy Cambridge Police.

Cambridge Police said in a press release that it was a historic moment for the department because Leung, a second-generation American, is the first Asian-American to achieve the rank in the city.

Cambridge Police also promoted John W. Boyle, a 9-year veteran of the department, to the rank of lieutenant at the ceremony Tuesday.Boyle.jpg

Haas (left) puts a lieutenant's pin on John W. Boyle Tuesday. Photo courtesy Cambridge Police.

Boyle is a second-generation Cambridge Police officer whose father, Walter Boyle, served as the department’s first police superintendent and served as the acting commissioner of the department during 1995-1996.

Cambridge officials including City Manager Robert W. Healy, Mayor Henrietta Davis and Police Commissioner Robert C. Haas attended the promotion ceremony along with family and friends of Boyle and Leung Tuesday.

“We are so very proud of our Cambridge Police Department,” said Davis in the press release. “It always amazes me that our small city does so many wonderful things, and a lot of that is due to the police department where many great initiatives begin.”

A video of the ceremony is available at www.youtube.com/CambridgePolice and more pictures can be found on the Cambridge Police Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CambridgePolice.

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