Boston police sergeant honored for four decades of service

Commissioner Evans and Sgt. Earle
Commissioner Evans and Sgt. Earle
Boston Police photo

A Boston police sergeant, who during his four decades of service caught drug dealers outside of nightclubs, was struck in his cruiser during a screeching car chase, and performed CPR on a dead fisherman under the threat of his 175-pound guard dog, has officially put in his two weeks’ notice.

Sergeant James “Jimmy” Earle was presented today with two plaques and some words of praise by Police Commissioner William Evans during a meeting today at police headquarters.

“On behalf of a grateful police department and city, thank you for your years of dedicated service,” Evans said to a crowded room of police officers, passing the plaques for Distinguished Service and a Commissioner’s Commendation to Earle. “We’re going to miss you.”

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Earle graduated from the Boston police academy in December 1970, joining a long line of policemen in his family.

“It was the family business and I always wanted in,” Earle said in a statement. “My dad was a cop, my uncle was a cop, and when I was a kid, I used to tell them that when I grew up, I was going to join them.”

Earle gradually worked his way up to sergeant.

“The toughest part of the job was being away from family,” Earle said in the statement. “The public sees the salaries we make but they don’t see the hours.”

During his time of service, Earle said he has seen the Boston Police Department evolve, particularly in terms of technology.

“When I first got on, everything was handwritten,” Earle said. “Now it’s all computers.”

But after more than four decades of sweeping crime from the streets of Boston, Earle says he is ready to leave his office in downtown Boston for the last time on Feb. 27.

“As you can well imagine, we meet all kinds of people — but I’ve met more good than bad,” Earle said in his statement, which was transcribed by a Boston police spokesman. “People expect a lot of us, and they should... and even though they may never say it, they appreciate good work and being treated well.”