(Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ NewsRadio)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Former Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans went from overseeing a 2,000-member police department to a 50-member department when he took the job as the head of the Boston College Police Department.
WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe visited him at his new gig, where he says he's loving the college life.
"It's just a real vibrant place," Evans said. "Working with the young kids can make you feel young again. It's always exciting with the football games and all the activity going on."
As Executive Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police at BC, his main goal is the safety of the 14,000 students on campus.
"I want to make sure they get home the same way they came," he said. "We're constantly training on active shooter training, heaven forbid someone was to come on campus. I got a great department, they're fully trained and equipped."
Evans spent 38 years with the BPD, working his way up from cadet to commissioner. He misses the community policing aspect of the job the most, and the relationships he built.
"I love the peace walks, working with the black clergy, working with all the community members who really developed into my friends," he said.
He said he loved being commissioner, but the job was 24/7.
"I don't miss the 1, 2, 3 a.m. phone calls, some poor city kid getting shot on the streets of Boston," he said. "I'll tell ya, I sleep a lot better."
Now, he's happy to spend more time with his family.
"It affords me a lot more time with my wife," he said. "I was going constantly—weekends, parades, shootings. I always joke, now she has me out apple picking, doing everything that I always got out of, believe it or not."
WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports