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Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) General Manager Frank DePaola announced yesterday that Acting Transit Police Chief Kenneth Green will serve in the position permanently.Green joined the 270-person MBTA Transit Police Department as a patrolman in 1991, after serving as a police officer in Winchester, Mass., for eight years, agency officials said in a press release. An original member of the MBTA Transit Police SWAT team, Green was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2004 and to lieutenant and deputy chief in 2012. He was tapped to serve as acting chief following Paul MacMillan's retirement in November 2014.
"Policing in a public transit environment poses unique challenges, and I strongly believe that Chief Green's 26 years of MBTA experience will serve him well in this critical leadership role," DePaola said. Green also has been involved with various youth groups and has participated in several community-based collaborations and lectures. He has been recognized for launching the "Think about it first" campaign, in which youth receive cards listing the consequences of being arrested. Green will be formally sworn in at a later date, MBTA officials said.