The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police today announced its endorsement of Attorney General Martha Coakley for United States Senate.
"I am honored to have support of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police," Coakley said. "We share a common goal of making Massachusetts a safer Commonwealth. From protecting our families' safety, both online and in our communities, to providing law enforcement with the tools they need to reduce crime, I am dedicated to working with law enforcement to ensure the people of Massachusetts are safe."
"The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police is proud to endorse Martha Coakley for U.S. Senate," said Terry Cunningham, President of The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police. "First as District Attorney and then as Attorney General, Martha Coakley has been a great partner to law enforcement here in Massachusetts. She has worked to fight violence in our communities, including playing a lead role in the passage of Jessica's Law and has worked to put much needed resources in the hands of law enforcement officers across the state. Martha Coakley has been a friend to law enforcement in Massachusetts and we know she will stand by us in Washington."
"We are honored to endorse Martha Coakley for United States Senate," said Edward Deveau, Chief of the Watertown Police Department. "Martha has been a true partner to police and safety officials. She has worked to combat criminal activity in communities across the Commonwealth and to protect victims. We are confident Martha will continue to be a strong advocate in Washington for our men and women in blue."
Coakley has also earned the endorsements of the National Association of Police Organizations, the Massachusetts Police Association, the Massachusetts Coalition of Police, the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association, the Newton Police Superior Officers Association, the Littleton Police Association, the New Bedford Police Union, and the Ashland Police Association.
Coakley became Massachusetts' first female Attorney General in January 2007. Since then she has established herself as a leader on a variety of issues affecting Massachusetts residents, including addressing the foreclosure crisis that has plagued families in Massachusetts. As part of her Cyber Crime Initiative, Coakley revolutionized the tools available to prosecutors in fighting crime in the 21st century, ensuring that Massachusetts is on the cutting edge of public safety.
Coakley, 56, was born in Pittsfield, MA, and raised in North Adams. She is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where she was a member of the first class admitted to the college that included female students. She received her law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1979. Coakley resides in Medford with her husband, Thomas F. O'Connor, a retired police Deputy Superintendent.