District E-13 of the Boston Police Department (BPD) is bidding farewell at the end of the month to one of its long-time officers, Officer William “Billy” Jones, who has served at the location since its opening nearly three decades ago.
In 1995, following military service, Officer Jones began his tenure with BPD at District E-18 in Hyde Park. He then moved to District E-13 in 1996, where his assignments included rapid response, transport wagon and undercover work. He eventually became a peer support officer, and finally a community service officer for the past 11 years.
Officer Jones acted as the district liaison at a number of community meetings including the Egleston Square Neighborhood Assoc., Hyde Square Task Force, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, and the South Street Youth Center. He encouraged robust dialogue regarding law enforcement.
A familiar face in the community, Officer Jones could be seen entertaining kids at police-organized barbecues in the summer, and dressing up as Santa during the holidays. He was a central figure at community events like National Night Out and Wake Up the Earth, and initiatives such as the Healthy Families Program and the Youth Police Academy.
Officer Jones was also the leader of the district’s R.A.D. program, which teaches self defense to civilians. Over the years, he received ongoing praise for his work in the community from elected officials including City Councilor Matt O’Malley and State Rep. Liz Malia.
Sgt. John Dougherty worked with Officer Jones since 2016, when he was first assigned to E-13.
“Billy was one of the most reliable, dependable, proactive and helpful officers in the district,” he told the Gazette. “[He] has served as a bright example of dedication and community focus.”
Officer Jones’ last day with the department will be May 31. He is currently researching volunteer opportunities with various organizations.
“It’s been an honor to work at District E-13,” he said in an email.
Officer’s Jones’ colleagues at E-13 thank him for his service and wish him health and happiness in his retirement.