BOSTON — Boston’s longtime police commissioner, whose tenure was marked by plummeting crime rates, said Monday he will leave to take a high-profile job helping British police improve their crime-fighting techniques.
Paul F. Evans, 54, will become director of the Police Standards Unit, an office created in 2001 by the British government to assess how British police forces are performing, and to help them improve.
Serving as police commissioner since 1994, Evans has overseen a drop in crime in most categories. Last year, the city experienced a 31-year low in violent crime.
Evans thanked the police department, other law enforcement officials, clergy members, nonprofit and community groups who put together a “team effort” in fighting crime.
“That’s why I’m being asked to go to England. It’s because of the collective accomplishments of what has been accomplished. It certainly wasn’t me acting alone by any stretch of the imagination,” he said.
He will replace Kevin Bond, a former police officer and business executive who left Police Standards Unit in April. Evans said he will officially retire from the Boston department and leave in November. [Boston Globe]