Canton Swears In First Female Police Chief In Town's History

Photo: Chris Fama / WBZ News Radio

CANTON (WBZNewsRadio) - History was made in Canton this week when former Deputy Chief Helena Rafferty was sworn in as the town's new chief of police. Rafferty is the first female chief of police in the town's history.

Rafferty is now Canton's 14th chief of police, succeeding Ken Berkowitz in the position.

"Helena and I actually worked together my entire career." Berkowitz said. "Chief Rafferty is a great leader, a great police officer, and a great administrator who also happens to be a woman, and that's why she got the job."

Rafferty addressed the crowds at the swearing in ceremony and gave her first order in her new position.

"Canton police marked units will soon display a #1440 on the rear of each vehicle. It represents the one thing that every person on earth indisputably has in common. We each only have 1440 minutes to make a difference each day." She said.

WBZ's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports

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