May 25, 2016

Cambridge, MA Blue Blood New Acting Police Commissioner

Acting Cambridge, MA Police Commissioner Christopher Burke

[From article]
City Manager Richard C. Rossi recently announced the appointment of Superintendent Christopher Burke as acting commissioner of the Cambridge Police Department.
Burke takes over for Commissioner Robert C. Haas, who retired effective May 6, after leading the department for nine years.
“I am very pleased that Superintendent Burke will serve as the acting commissioner. Growing up in Cambridge and spending his entire career at the Cambridge Police Department, Chris has a great understanding of policing and opportunities and challenges within the city. He has been a valued member of city staff and an active part of this community for many years. I am proud to have him serve as the acting police commissioner,” said Rossi.
Burke has been with Cambridge police since joining as an officer in 1984 following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He was promoted to sergeant in 1997, lieutenant in 2001, deputy superintendent in 2006 and superintendent in 2009. During his career, Burke has served in a variety of roles in the department, including overseeing the Professional Standards Unit, Criminal Investigations Unit and Support Services Division. He has a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Western New England College and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College. Burke has been active in the community serving on the GLBT Commission, Human Rights Commission, Commission for Persons with Disabilities and several boards, including the Police Review and Advisory Board.
“It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great Department. When I joined the Cambridge Police department in 1984, it did not take long for me to realize there was no better place that I could work for. That sentiment remains instilled in me today. I believe that we can increase our level of community involvement and outreach while continuing the outstanding work we are already doing,” said Burke.

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