Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis to go out with a snap — photos to be taken as he says goodbye to rank and file

Boston, MA., 07/11/13, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis briefed the media at 11:00 this morning at Boston Police Headquarters on a major development in the investigation into the Jan. 4, 1964, homicide of Mary Sullivan in her Charles Street apartment. Sullivan, 19, was the last of 11 women whose deaths were popularly attributed to the “Boston Strangler.” One man, Albert DeSalvo, confessed to those homicides and others but was never charged with or convicted of them; he died in 1973 after being sentenced to life in prison on unrelated convictions for armed robbery and sexual assault in a separate series of non-fatal attacks on women. Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis addresss the media. Section: Metro Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis spoke at a recent news conference as Attorney General Martha Coakley and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley looked on.
Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Edward F. Davis, the Boston police commissioner who will step down Nov. 1, has seen his profile rise in recent months.

He testified before the US Senate on terrorism following the Boston Marathon bomb attacks, has been rumored to be on a list of possible candidates to become the next head of Homeland Security, and has been sought by news media around the world.

So it would stand to reason that his celebrity status would extend to his own department.

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An e-mail from the commissioner’s office went out today informing department employees that Davis would be walking through headquarters Thursday and Friday to greet employees and thank them for their service. But he would not be alone. A department photographer would join him for anyone who wants a grip-and-grin photo with Davis on their mantelpiece.

“Some members have called to express an interest in wishing the commissioner well and taking a photo,” the e-mail stated. “To accommodate that request, a department photographer will be on hand during the walk for those [who] may be interested.”

The e-mail did not make clear whether the pictures would be available in wallet size.