Commissioner Richard Roundheart

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A city-wide theme for this Boston may be corruption, but its BPD has benefited for a long time from good leadership and idealistic rank-and-file.

Enter “Round’em up Roundheart,” a middle-age sheriff from Idabel, Oklahoma. In the wake of simultaneous police brutality cases, Boston city hall demanded new leadership at the top. Richard made the short list through a well-placed connection, and the selection committee appreciated his extreme no-nonsense approach to both crime and department discipline. Still, the Boston Globe editorial page didn’t consider him a serious contender for top cop, and after he got the job, the Globe dared wonder if pay to play factored. Since then, coverage of Richard’s performance has only been effusively positive. Those reports always ignore chatter and morale within the BPD.

Commissioner Richard Roundheart

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