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Long road to the top for Boston’s new top officers

William Evans grew up in South Boston, raised by his four older brothers after their parents died. William Gross was one of three children brought up by a single mother in Dorchester, where many in the neighborhood ran away from police even when they had done nothing wrong.

Each could have ended up in the back of a cruiser, rather than driving one, they acknowledge. And now, together, they will run the Police Department, bringing to bear their deep knowledge of the city and the department where each has spent more than 30 years.

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