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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Rosales

What do Bostonians want from the new police commissioner?

Updated: Aug 18, 2023

Boston Police Commissioner Michael A. Cox says community policing has been a constant across his career, from his days in the gang unit, internal affairs, and up through the ranks.

Now, more than 25 years since he was brutally beaten and ostracized by fellow officers, Cox can further push this philosophy as the city’s top cop. At his swearing-in, Cox promised to “reimagine” policing — and he says he wants your help.

“When we’re defining our plans, what we can’t forget is to get input from the community on how those plans might impact them, what’s important to them, what they need to feel safe and be safe,” Cox said. “And that’s what we’re going to go about doing.”

To get him started, The Boston Globe went out in search of Bostonians with some advice for their new police commissioner. Here’s what they said.

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