Boston Police Academy Recruit Class #59-19 Completes Traditional Final Class Run Before Graduation — bpdnews.com


Boston Police Academy Recruit Class #59-19 Completes Traditional Final Class Run Before Graduation: Today, Friday, May 29, 2020, members of Boston Police Academy Recruit Class #59-19 completed the traditional class run which stretches from the Boston Police Academy in Hyde Park to Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza in Roxbury. Per tradition, the run, which is approximately 8-miles, is completed a few days prior to the class finishing its training and graduating from the Boston Police Academy. The run, which winds through several of Boston’s neighborhoods, is symbolic of the distance the recruits have traveled during the six month training curriculum and the transformations made from civilian to police officer. Sadly, this year’s run was dedicated to Boston Police Officer Jose Fontanez who died in the line of duty on April 14, 2020 after succumbing to complications caused by COVID-19. In addressing Class #59-19, Commissioner Gross offered the following, “Today you run in honor of a true hero. Officer Jose Fontanez gave his life in service to our city. As you embark upon your careers, please forever remember Jose’s service and sacrifice to our community.”