Boston Police Commissioner Paul F. Evans may accept a job directing a British government agency that helps the country’s police departments improve crime-fighting techniques, the Boston Globe says. The job directing Britain’s Police Standards Unit is “one of the most crucial” positions with the government’s Home Office, said spokeswoman Hannah MacLachlan.
Evans, 54, Boston’s top law enforcement official since 1994, was sought out by a headhunter. Mayor Thomas Menino said, “He’s been a great commissioner.” The Globe says Boston has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s safest big cities. The commissioner has overseen a precipitous drop in crime in most categories, reaching a 31-year low in violent crime last year.
Losing Evans could prove disruptive for a city facing the security demands of the Democratic National Convention, scheduled for Boston next July. Contentious contract negotiations are underway with the city’s patrolmen’s union. Evans got a $36,000 raise last year, bringing his annual salary to $160,000 and closer in line with top police officials in other cities. The London job could pay more than $310,000 a year, roughly double his current salary.
City and police insiders say Menino favors Kathleen M. O’Toole, a former state secretary of public safety, as the city’s next police commissioner.