To the rest of the country, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis will be remembered for his calm leadership after the Boston Marathon bombings. Bostonians, however, already knew that Davis, who announced his plan to retire yesterday, brought unusual abilities and an ideal temperament to the job.
Davis came to Boston from the significantly smaller Lowell Police Department seven years ago. It was a big leap. But Davis had the confidence that comes with experience in community policing: It isn’t the size of the city that matters, but the level of commitment from police to form partnerships with local residents.