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Behind the badge

Winston DeLeon, a Boston cop in the fugitive unit, returns for season two of the reality TV show ‘Boston’s Finest.’

I was always fascinated by police officers. My mom told me I should run around and chase my brothers and act like I was a cop when I was little.

There’s so much more here than in Trinidad, where I grew up poor, where you’re kind of locked into doing a trade. There were a lot more opportunities for us moving to Boston. Eventually I became an American citizen. After high school, I had a scholarship to go to Northeastern, but I decided to join the military because I knew that was a faster way to become a cop.

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