Boston at a glance
Population by race and Hispanic origin
Cities in this database with the most similarly-sized populations
Full-time law enforcement staff, Boston Police Department
- 2,184 Officers
- 532 Civilian staff
Full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents
- 3.1 Boston
- 2.3 National average, cities with 250,000+ population
- 2.2 National average
These figures reflect the Boston Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.
Federal grant funding for Boston
Data was last updated December 18, 2022
We identified over $91.2M in federal grant funding, FY 2013-2023
Grant funding over time
Grant funding by federal department
|Amount||Start and end dates||Recipient and description||Awarding agency||CFDA program||Type|
|CITY OF BOSTON THE BOSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT LEMHWA IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT SPECIFICALLY AIMS TO PROVIDE PEER SUPPORT TO 911 CALL-TAKERS/DISPATCHERS AND FORENSICS ANALYSTS BY 1) STRENGTHENING THE PEER SUPPORT GROUP FOR CIVILIAN BPD EMPLOYEES; 2) TEACHING 911 CALL-TAKERS/DISPATCHERS AND FORENSICS ANALYSTS ABOUT VICA…||Department of Justice Offices, Boards and Divisions||16.710 Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants||Prime|
|CITY OF BOSTON THE EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT (JAG) PROGRAM ALLOWS UNITS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING TRIBES, TO SUPPORT A BROAD RANGE OF ACTIVITIES TO PREVENT AND CONTROL CRIME BASED ON THEIR OWN STATE AND LOCAL NEEDS AND CONDITIONS. GRANT FUNDS CAN BE USED FOR STATE AND LOCAL INITIATIVES, …||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
|BOSTON, CITY OF URBAN AREAS SECURITY INITIATIVES||Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency||97.067 Homeland Security Grant Program||Sub|
|CITY OF BOSTON CITY OF BOSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT BJA FY 21 EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT (JAG) PROGRAM||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
Military equipment transfers
We were unable to locate any military equipment transfers for this location using the LESO Property Transferred to Participating Agencies database published by the Defense Logistics Agency. It is possible that this location has acquired military equipment for policing via other sources or programs.
Local police misconduct data, consent decrees, and settlements
Data last updated January 26, 2022
We identified 2 publicly reported settlements that resulted in $37,300,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.
The City of Boston will pay $1.3 million dollars to a man who was arrested by Boston police for intoxication but who was actually experiencing a stroke.
Police arrested Al Copeland, a 64-year-old Black man, on the belief he was slumped in his car and intoxicated.
Copeland was arrested and taken to a holding cell. During his detainment, Copeland lost his balance and banged his head on the wall. It was not until five hours into his detainment that officers realized Copeland’s health was in danger, he was then sent to a hospital. Police claimed that they smelled alcohol on him, but Copeland contends that he has not had a drink since 1995. Doctors at the hospital confirmed that no alcohol or drugs were in Copeland’s system that night. Despite an internal investigation into the incident, no disciplinary actions have been taken.
In 2015, Boston spent more than $36 million on 2,000 legal claims and lawsuits filed against the Boston Police Department, nine of which were worth over $1 million.
In 2015, The Boston Globe reported that the City of Boston spent more than $36 million to remedy 2,000 legal claims and lawsuits filed against the Boston Police Department since 2005. Twenty-two of the payouts were worth over $100,000, including nine worth over $1 million.