JP has new police captain

Jamaica Plain has a new police commander who grew up in the neighborhood.

Capt. Alfredo Andres took over for Capt. Paul Russell earlier this year at District E-13 Police Station, which is located at 3345 Washington St. Andres was not immediately available for an interview.

According to Boston Police Department (BPD) spokesperson Sgt. Mike McCarthy, Andres came to the United States with his parents in 1971 from the province of Oriente, Cuba and grew up in JP. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1989, he served as a MBTA police officer from 1993 to 1995, when he entered the Boston Police Academy.

Andres, who is 47 years old, rose to the rank of sergeant in 2004 and lieutenant in 2006, when he was assigned to Dorchester’s District C-11 Police Station, according to McCarthy. He was appointed to deputy superintendent in 2009, and while serving in that capacity, was promoted to captain, becoming the first Latino to achieve that position in the BPD.

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