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Veteran Boston police detective Larry Ellison honored with badge for service

BPD Commissioner Michael A. Cox, left, presents detective badge number one to Detective Larry E. Ellison, right.Marc Vaillancourt

Veteran Boston police Detective Larry E. Ellison, of the school police unit on Tuesday received detective badge number one, to mark his 35 years of service to the department, making him the longest tenured active detective, officials said.

“Detective Ellison began his career with the BPD as a police cadet in 1983,” said Boston police in a statement. “He became a sworn officer in 1985 and, three years later attained the rank of detective, a position he has occupied and served the residents of Boston since 1988.”

The statement mentioned a number of Ellison’s assignments over the years.

“Detective Ellison has worked in multiple assignments throughout the BPD including: Area E, Area B, Drug Control Unit, Area D, Recruit Investigations, and the School Police Unit where he has been assigned for the past 15 years,” police said. “To Detective Ellison, we say, ‘Congratulations and thank you for your dedication to the job,’”


Ellison was former president of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers Inc., commonly known by its acronym MAMLEO.

Material from prior Globe stories was used in this report.

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