Lady Cop

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Deputy Superintendent Pauline Wells

I first laid eyes on DS Wells at the Senior Center in Central Square on election night. I was on the CCTV crew covering the election results, while she, along with the new police Commissioner, Branville G. Bard, Jr and several other police officers were on duty protecting the process.

What captured my attention was her height and posture. DS Wells is 6’1, but more importantly she carries herself with an approachable and impressive authority. Posture is one of those tactic human messaging systems that doesn’t always get the gravitas it deserves, until it awes you with its command.

Due to a counting glitch at several precincts in Cambridge, a night that could have ended at 11:00 p.m., wore on until 2:00 a.m. It was around 1 a.m. that I got the nerve up to introduce myself to DS Wells. While barely being able to complete a full sentence due to exhaustion, DS Wells humored me with the utmost affability. I asked her if I could do a profile on her for NeighborMedia and she was game.

This video is not a deep probing exposé on policing in America 2017. It is simply an introduction to a fascinating woman who sings in a band called, A Celtic Crossing, sits on the Cambridge Women’s Commission, participants with several charities, and happens to be a high-ranking police officer.

DS Wells will be performing the national anthem at the Cambridge City Councilor’s inauguration on January 1, 2018.