Ed Davis (police commissioner)

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Ed Davis
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Davis giving a news conference after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013
Commissioner of the Boston Police Department
In office
December 5, 2006 – October, 2013
Preceded byKathleen O'Toole
Succeeded byWilliam B. Evans
Superintendent of the Lowell Police Department
In office
Preceded byJohn Sheehan
Succeeded byKenneth E. Lavallee
Personal details
Born (1956-07-31) July 31, 1956 (age 62)
Lowell, Massachusetts
Spouse(s)Jane Davis[1]
ResidenceBoston, Massachusetts
Alma materBishop Guertin High School
Southern New Hampshire University (B.S.)
Anna Maria College (M.S.)

Edward F. Davis III (born July 31, 1956) is the former police commissioner of the Boston Police Department, appointed in 2006, and resigning in 2013. Davis is most known for serving as commissioner and leading the city of Boston during the Boston Marathon bombing. Following his resignation from the Boston Police Department, Davis has served as the security analyst on WBZ news Boston.[2] Davis also founded and serves as CEO of Edward Davis, LLC Security and Management Consulting.[3]

Early life[edit]

Davis graduated from Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1974.[4] He received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice in 1986 at Southern New Hampshire University.[5][6] He received a Master of Science in criminal justice in 1990 at Anna Maria College. Later he attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Program for Senior Government Executives and the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association program at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Law enforcement career[edit]

Lowell Police Department[edit]

Davis served on the Lowell Police Department from 1978 to 2006 when he was appointed Commissioner of the Boston Police Department.[6] He held the positions of beat cop, Detective (1982–1984), Detective Sergeant (1984–1986) and Detective Lieutenant (1986–1992), before being promoted to Captain of the Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit in 1992.[5]

He was named Superintendent of Police, the highest-ranking officer in the Lowell Police Department[7] in 1994. From 1994–99, he reduced the crime rate in Lowell quicker than any other American city with over 100,000 residents.[8]

Boston Police Department[edit]

Davis was appointed the Commissioner of the Boston Police Department on October 11, 2006.[5]

Davis is well known for being the face of the city during the scary times of the Boston Marathon bombing.

On September 22, 2013, Davis announced his resignation from the Boston Police Department. He will be a visiting fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and also assisting with a local non-profit helping offenders return to society.


Davis was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts and remains a resident of his hometown with his wife Jane.[5] Davis and his wife have three children (Edward, Kaitlyn and Phillip).


  1. ^ Scott, Christopher (17 April 2013). "Boston's police chief recalls phone call, then 'carnage'". Sentinel & Enterprise. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  2. ^ Ed Davis-WBZ TV News
  3. ^ Hoff, Patrick. "Ed Davis report leaves nobody blameless". The Massachusetts Daily Collegian. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  4. ^ http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_23781928/
  5. ^ a b c d "Mayor Menino Names New Police Commissioner" (Press release). Boston: CityOfBoston.gov. 2006-10-11. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
  6. ^ a b "Edward F. Davis '86" (Press release). Manchester, NH: Southern New Hampshire University. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
  7. ^ "General Laws: Section 17F: Police chiefs; working on holidays; additional pay". The Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  8. ^ Lehrer, Eli (2001), "The police behind America's biggest crime drop.", The American Enterprise, 12 (2)
Police appointments
Preceded by
Kathleen O'Toole
Commissioner of the Boston Police Department
Succeeded by
William B. Evans