District A-1 has its fourth Police Captain in the last two years.
Kenneth Fong, previously a BPD Superintendent, has been re-assigned to Captain of District A-1 in a department reshuffling that, according to an announcement by Mayor Marty Walsh and BPD Commissioner William Evans, “underscores our commitment to a police department that represents and reflects the diversity of the neighborhoods that it serves.”
The assignment changes were made to increase the percentage of minorities and women in commander positions. Fong was demoted to Captain, along with others, because of a lack of minorities running police districts, according to the Boston Globe.
BPD District A-1 includes the North End, Beacon Hill, West End, Downtown, Chinatown and Charlestown.
Fong replaces James Hesson who was assigned to District A-1 less than fourth months ago after previous captain Thomas Lee left to be police chief in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Lee had replaced longtime captain Bernard O’Rourke who was promoted to Deputy Superintendent in the latest series of reassignments.