Captain Thomas Lee to Appear at Police ‘Meet and Greet’

Captain Thomas Lee of the Boston Police Department’s Area A-1.

Neighbors will have a chance to introduce themselves to Captain Thomas Lee of Area A-1 on May 17 when the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee sponsors a police “meet-and-greet” at the Firehouse.

A 30-year veteran of the Boston Police Department (BPD), Lee took over the captain’s post in March after his predecessor, Bernard O’Rourke, was promoted to deputy superintendent of the Bureau of Field Services. Lee last served as commander of BPD Special Operations prior to taking over command of Area A-1, which in addition to Beacon Hill, includes Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown,

“I’m looking forward to meeting more residents of Beacon Hill after meeting some already at monthly A-1 meetings,” Lee said. “If they have issues they want to raise, this is the time and place to do it.”

Sgt. Thomas Lema is expected to join Lee at the informal meeting to share crime statistics and answer questions from attendees.

Safety Committee Chair Paula O’Keeffe said Lee had “shown great enthusiasm for community policing” since joining Area A-1 and encouraged residents to meet him and “renew their acquaintances” with Lema later this month.

“[Lee] actually has been walking the neighborhoods and is responsible for getting a beat walking cop to Beacon Hill,” O’Keeffe wrote in an e-mail to the Times. “He is extremely pleasant and helpful in the short time that I have known him.”

The Beacon Hill Civic Association Safety Committee’s police “meet-and-greet” takes place at the Firehouse, located at 127 Mt. Vernon St., on Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m.

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