Following the promotion of Boston Police Deputy James Chin to Superintendent of Community Engagement, Live Boston was able to confirm that the office’s longtime Chief Superintendent Nora Baston will take on a new position. at the Boston Police Academy. Department spokesman Detective Sergeant John Boyle confirmed earlier this evening that Superintendent Baston will lead the Academy as the new, highest-ranking department member assigned to it.
A Boston native, born on Rexford Street, she has lived in Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde Park, Baston is the fourth woman to serve as Boston Police Superintendent. She graduated from Boston Latin with two degrees from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She graduated from the Boston Police Academy in 1996 and has worked throughout the city. She was a member of the department’s staff for approximately 14 years and worked as a community support division commander, area commander in Area E, city homeless advocate liaison, and worked in both the B-2 (Roxbury) area and the B-3 Mattapan area, according to the department.
Baston currently holds the rank of Lieutenant in the Civil Service with nearly 26 years of experience and was promoted from Deputy to Superintendent by former Commissioner Gross in 2018 with a mission to build the brand new Bureau of Community Engagement. Since being promoted in 2018, the Office has thrived by hosting a number of community events, programs and initiatives. Working with at-risk communities, school-aged children, and community leaders, the Bureau has had a strong impact throughout the Boston area.
In an interview with the Boston Herald, Baston spoke of her passion for community involvement, “It means a lot when kids keep their report cards all day just to show them to me,” she said. “The guns. Getting all those things, anybody can do it. I don’t impress. Getting a kid and helping him, getting him into school, getting him into college. A kid who dropped out, bringing them back to school. It’s real police work.
In May, Baston made headlines again when she was nearly named commissioner of the Boston Police Department, but that appointment fell through when acting mayor Janey botched the impeachment of then-commissioner Dennis. White, who was facing domestic violence charges. In a 2019 interview with NBC 10, Baston opened up about his hopes for his career, saying, “I want to be a chef, someday I want to be a commissioner. As of now, the Boston Police Department still does not have a commissioner, and the Wu administration has not signaled when that might change.
We reached out to Superintendent Baston to comment on her hopes for the Boston Police Academy and how she plans to handle the ever-changing program, especially now with the POST Commission, but did not receive a response at the time of the publication.