HISTORY OF THE BOSTON POLICE DETECTIVE BENEVOLENT SOCIETY

 By Detective Sergeant Herbert Spellman (rt)

Part 1..  It was March 23, l979 and the first meeting of all the detectives in the Boston police department was held at Florian Hall, Hallet st, Dorchester., only 3 detectives were missing. 

After some discussion it was a motion from the floor that we form our own social organization. we put a set of officers in place pending a formal election in May of l979. And we were still members of the B.P.P.A. We appointed Detective Robert Chenette of the Organized Crime Unit as our first president. Detective Donald Varnerin of the Intelligence Unit as our first vice president, both now deceased  Detective Jack Mc Cormack of the Vice Control Unit as our Treasurer  and Detective Eddie  Miller of the Suffolk County District Attorneys office to be our secretary.

 Our first Board of Directors were Detective Frank Sheehan of District 4 , Detective Stephen Murphy of the Drug Control Unit, Detective Richard Driscoll of District 4, Detective Salvatore DeLuca of District 3 ,Detective Joseph Carr of the identification Section.and Detective Robert Cunningham of the Tactical Patrol Force. All are now deceased except Steve Murphy.

We were registered with the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and our address was P.O. Box 320, in Jamaica Plain . 
 
Part two.

After the formation of the social group, and the election of the first officers of the society in May,  1979 we were still having problems with the leadership of the B.P.P.A. in particular with Chester Broderick the president. This hostility led to a formal vote to leave the B.P.P.A. altogether. At the time we only had one ( 1 ) detective on the board of the B.P.P.A. and that was the late Garrett (Gary) Flanagan  who worked out of Headquarters 150  Berkeley St.  Gary was the department sketch artist, who did all the wanted posters for the detective bureau.  So an election by secret ballot was conducted on April 5, l982 and the results of the election to leave or stay in the B.P.P.A. was as follows.

Total  Ballots cast:167  Ballots cast for Society:150  Challenged Ballots:14   Ballots cast against:2  Void Ballots:1
Blank Ballots:0  Protested Ballots:0    

In September of 1982 an election was held for officers, directors and representatives. 

Elected were:
President  Daniel J. Mahoney (D) Area D
Vice President  Garrett Flanagan (D) Arson Squad
Secretary  Robert O’Reilly  Area E
Treasurer  Roy Prout  District Attorneys Office
Board of Directors  Joseph Lundbohn Area C-11                                            
Frank DiNatale (D) Area C-11

Representatives
District Attorneys Office: Robert Chennette     
Area A: Charlie Carroll
Area B: Tommie Montgomery
Area B: Jerry Langston
Area C: Jack Parlon
Area D: Frank Sheehan        
Area D: Richard Driscoll     
Area D: William McGuiness
Area E: William Cannon
Area E: Robert Maloney
Auto Squad: Peter Mc Donough
C.I.D.: John Ridlon                

This entire group is now retired, some have passed on, but we did have Bob O’Reilly elected to the presidency after Dan Mahoney retired. Also Tommie Montgomery after Bob O’Reilly  and Jack Parlon finished his police career as the President.

Part three.

The Formation of the Superior Officers Unit of the Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society.     

After the Detectives had voted to leave the B.P.P.A. the Superior Officers who were then rated as Captain Detective, Lieutenant Detective, and Sergeant Detective who at this time were still members of the Superior Officers Federation had a meeting  Location and discussed the advantages to leaving the Federation and forming a separate and distinct unit within the  Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society.      

In a July 7, 1982 letter to the President of the B.P.D.B.S. Dan Mahoney the then rated Detective Supervisors notified Dan that they wanted to be included in the B.P.D.B.S. . He then petitioned the Massachusetts Labor Relations Board  on their behalf to become their collective bargaining agent.    

The following Superior Officer Detectives signed the petition in full force,  100%. 
Captain Detective Walter J Casale   C.I.D.
Lt. Detective Sam Abany          D-4  
Lt. Detective Louis Scapichio
Lt. Detective William F Sweeney  I.A.D.
Lt. Detective Joseph F Dunford   Area A
Lt. Detective Arthur Kelley   Homicide
Sgt. Detective Alexander Savioli    D-4
Sgt. Detective Arthur Mc Namara
Sgt. Detective Sydney Goodman   Academy
Sgt. Detective Frank Mulvey  D 4
Sgt. Detective Joseph Kelly  Homicide
Sgt, Detective Nick Maffeo    Area B - 2
Sgt Detective  Steve Delosh    Vice Control Unit
Sgt. Detective Steve Murphy    Homicide Unit
Sgt. Detective Al Bornstein      Homicide Unit
Sgt. Detective William Johnston   C.D.U.
Sgt. Detective James Bradbury  Crime LAB
Sgt. Detective Daniel Lovett    I.D. Unit
Sgt. Detective Russ Childers    Area E 
Sgt, Detective Edward Simmons   
Sgt. Detective William Kelley   Auto Squad
Sgt. Detective John Doris    Drug Control Unit
Sgt. Detective Brendan Bradley  Drug Control Unit
Sgt. Detective Robert Ryan   D.A. Office
Sgt. Detective Gilbert Griffiths  Drug Control Unit
Sgt. Detective Francis M. Roache  Community Disorders Unit
Sgt. Detective Edward J. Mc Nelley Vice Control Unit     

Almost one year to the day, the City of Boston formally recognized the Society as the Union for Superior officer Detectives. It will be the exclusive representative in collective bargaining for a contract. And on July 5, 1983 the first contract was signed by, President of the Society Daniel J Mahoney and John Carey, Al Savioli, Walter Tower and our attorney Michael Muse.

With a change in the By-Laws Gil Griffiths became the first Vice-President of the Superior Officer unit of Society.

Police officers so classified with the grade of Lieutenant shall thereby qualify for the grade of Lieutenant detective, those with the grade of sergeant shall thereby qualify  for the grade of Sergeant detective. Patrolmen special officers, so called, so classified who have performed criminal investigative work for ten years or more shall thereby qualify for rating as first grade detective.

Patrolmen who have performed such work for five years of more, but less than ten years, shall therby qualify for second grade detective, and patrolmen who have performed such work for less than five years shall thereby qualify for third grade detective. The police commissioner may transfer to the grade of third grade detective  the regular patrolmen who have performed extraordinary and outstanding service in line of duty if he is of the opinion that such promotion is desirable and in the best interests of the service: provided that  in making such transfers, the requirements of chapter thirty-one of of the General Laws need not be complied with: and provided, further, that such transfers shall be reported to the division of civil service as provided in section eighteen of said chapter thirty-one.


1983 .

On September 14, 1983 an election was held at the City of Boston Teachers union hall in South Boston. 

The following candidates ran for office.

For President:   Dan Mahoney    unopposed

For Vice President: Bill Dwyer, Gary Flanagan, and Peter McDonough.

For Secretary:  Bob O’Reilly

For Treasurer:  Roy Prout

For Director:    Bob Chenette, Frank DiNatale, Dick Driscoll, Jerry Langston, Joe Lundbohm, Bob Maloney, Frank Olbrys, and Frank Sheehan

The results of the voting were :

President              Daniel Mahoney

Vice President         Gary Flanagan

Secretary              Robert O’Reilly

Treasurer              Roy Prout

Directors              Robert Chenette
                       Dick Driscoll
                       Joseph Lundbohm
                       Frank DiNatale
                       Robert Maloney


1984.
An election was conducted for the position of Representative. The following candidates ran for office.

Area A:    Herbert Spellman    Unopposed

Area B:    Thomas Montgomery   Unopposed

Area C:    John Parlon  and Frank Olbrys               Jack Parlon Won

Area D:    James Powers and John McCormack     Jimmie Powers won

Area E:     William Cannon  Unopposed

Headquarters   Three Positions to be filled. Days, Nights, and open

Days:         Albert Knuipis and Thomas Matheson   Tommie Matheson Won

Nights:      John Ridlon and Walter Robinson           John Ridlon Won

Open:         John Pierce


1985.  
An Election was conducted for the positions of Officers of the union.  This was held in our first official rented office, at The Fairmount Building , 45 Fairmount Ave , Hyde Park on the second floor.

President Daniel Mahoney  Unopposed

Vice President    Thomas Montgomery  and Frank Sheehan  
                      Tommie Montgomery won.

Secretary:  Robert O’Reilly  Unopposed

Treasurer : Roy Prout       Unopposed


Now that I have outlined the formation of the Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society, I want to go back to the formation of a Detective Bureau within the Boston Police Department. It all began August 8, 1950 almost 60 years ago.

Chapter 735 of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Acts of 1950.  An Act creating a Detective Bureau in the police department of the City of Boston, and establishing the compensation of the members of such bureau.

Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

Section 1.

A detective bureau is hereby established in the police department of the city of Boston, with the following grades;- Lieutenant Detective, Sergeant Detective, first grade detective, second grade detective, and third grade detective. As soon as may be after this act becomes fully effective, the police officers, including superior officers, serving in the bureau of criminal investigation in the police department of said city, and the officers assigned to and carrying  on criminal investigation work in the divisions of of said department, shall be classified as detectives and become members of said bureau.  The police commissioner for the city of Boston shall have the right to assign any of said detectives to any division. Or department of said police department and they shall come under the supervision of the superior officers of the division  or department to which they have been assigned. Police officers so classified with the grade of lieutenant shall thereby qualify for the grade of lieutenant detective, those with the grade of sergeant shall therby qualify for the grade of sergeant detective. Patrolmen special officers ,so called,  so classified who have performed criminal investigation work for ten years or more shall thereby qualify for rating as first grade detective. Patrolmen who have performed such work for five years or more, but less than ten years, shall thereby qualify  for second grade detective, and patrolmen who have performed such work for less than five years shall thereby qualify for third grade detective.  The police commissioner may transfer to the grade of third grade detective the regular patrolmen who have performed extraordinary and outstanding service in line of duty if he is of the opinion that such promotion is desirable and in the best interests of the service:  and provided , that in making such transfers, the requirements of chapter thirty-one of the General Lawsneed not be complied with; and provided, further, that such transfers shall be reported to the division of civil service as provided in section eighteen of said chapter thirty-one. For the purpose of promotions under section twenty of said chapter thirty-one, to the grades of captain, lieutenant, and sergeant respectively, the grades of lieutenant and detective lieutenant shall be deemed to be in the next lower grade of that of captain; the grades of sergeant and sergeant detective shall be deemed to be in the next lower  grade of that of lieutenant; and the first grade detective, second grade detective, third grade detective and patrolman shall be deemed to be in the next lower grade to that of sergeant.

     
Section 2

The members of the detective bureau shall receive the following compensation.
A lieutenant detective shall receive an annual compensation of three hundred dollars in excess of the salary received by a regular lieutenant.
A sergeant detective shall receive an annual compensation of three hundred dollars in excess of salary received by a regular sergeant.
A first grade detective shall receive an annual compensation of five hundred dollars in excess of the maximum salary received by a regular patrolman.
A second grade detective shall receive an annual compensation of four hundred dollars in excess of the maximum salary received by a regular patrolman.
A third grade detective shall receive an annual compensation of three hundred dollars in excess of the maximum salary received by a regular patrolman.

All members hereafter transferred to said bureau shall serve a probationary period of six months as such detectives, during which period the commissioner may transfer them from said bureau to other duties in the department, provided such duties are in accordance with their civil service rating, and a person so transferred  shall not have any right of appeal as provided in chapter thirty-one of the General Laws. A member hereafter transferred to said bureau after he shall have served such a probationary period, or any officer of said department  classified as a detective under section one of this of this act at the time of passage may be transferred from said bureau to the rank held by him immediately prior to the date of his transfer to the detective bureau by order of the commissioner or if he has obtained subsequently as a result of civil service examination a higher rank to said rank but he shall a right of appeal to the trial board appointed under the provisions of chapter two hundred and ninety-one of the acts of nineteen hundred and six, which shall have the power to hear and determine  such appeal and the provisions of of said chapter thirty-one shall in no way be applicable to said hearing and determination made thereunder . The decision of such trial board shall be final.
Approved August 8, 1950

1986. 

On September 11, 1986 an election was held for the position of Representative.  The following candidates ran for office. The election was held at our new office at 1408 Centre St West Roxbury , next to Detective John Kellehers Bar.

Area A:  Herb Spellman                         Unopposed

Area B:  Miller Thomas                         Unopposed

Area C:  Jack Parlon                              Unopposed

Area D:  James Powers  and George Noonan    Jimmy Powers won

Area E:  William Cannon and Walter Robinson   Walter Robinson won

Headquarters  D     Jack Carroll              Unopposed

Headquarters   N    John Ridlon              Unopposed

Headquarters   Open    Jack Pierce          Unopposed


1987. 

On September 4, 1987 an election was held for Officers and Directors . The election was held at 1408 Centre St west Roxbury.

President:           Daniel Mahoney                       Unopposed

Vice President:  Tommie Montgomery                Unopposed

Secretary:          Robert O’Reilly                         Unopposed

Treasurer:          Roy Prout                                   Unopposed

For Director:   George Lotti, Joseph Memmo, William Cannon, Larry Pacino, William Dwyer, Richard Ross,  John Martell, Lorraine Henshaw, and Ray Vial Pando .

The results of the voting were:

Directors:

George Lotti

Joseph Memmo

William Dwyer

Richard Ross

John Martell