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Kathleen M. O’Toole

New England School of Law, 1982

1969 Kathleen M OToole

Kathleen M. O’Toole. Photograph by Bachrach

While working for the Boston Police Department, Kathleen O’Toole took advantage of New England School of Law’s evening division. Armed with her law degree and law enforcement experience, she rose from Lt. Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police to Secretary of Public Safety, and then became the first woman Police Commissioner in Boston’s history. In 2006, she was named Ireland’s Chief Inspector of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate, the agency established to reform and modernize the national police service.

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