Lieutenant Pauline Wells Cambridge Police Department

Pauline was born in Brighton and grew up in North Cambridge. She attended high school at North Cambridge Catholic and the University of Massachusetts earning a bachelor of arts in business, and a graduate degree in CJA from Anna Maria College.

In 1993 Pauline joined the Cambridge Police Department. In 2003, she was promoted to Sergeant Detective. As a supervisor in the Major Case Unit, she devoted significant time overseeing Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Crimes. In 2010 she was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and has spent the last three years overseeing the Court Prosecution Unit at the Cambridge District Court in Medford.

Pauline is very active in charitable causes. She has competed annually since 2006 in the world’s largest two day charity bike event, the Pan Mass Challenge, completing her 8th ride in August of 2013.

Her singing began by accident in 2000 in a local pub in Cork City, Ireland. With the encouragement of family and friends, she sang her first song in public. Pauline's dad Hugh Carter was an immigrant from St. John's, Newfoundland and singing in the family home was a staple for him.

Shortly after the attacks of 9/11/2001, Pauline learned the National Anthem of the United States. Her rendition has been described by listeners as spirited and pure. She has become well known in the Boston area for her ability to “touch the hearts of listeners.” Two of her biggest fans are longtime news anchor and radio host Dan Rea, of WBZ’s “Night Side” and Matt O’Donnell, the 25 year host of “Boston’s Irish Hit Parade” on Salem Radio’s, WROL.

Pauline has made well over 300 public appearances including Faneuil Hall, many Moving Vietnam Wall ceremonies, TD Bank Garden, the State House, Hynes Auditorium, the new Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Gillette Stadium, and three appearances at Fenway Park (05, 10, and 2013).

In 2006 Pauline was stricken with Acute Hearing Loss (AHL). This unknown virus caused permanent loss of all hearing in her left ear. While some thought her singing would end, she has persevered.

Pauline has a true love of music. In 2003 she met a couple of natives from County Donegal Ireland, Kevin Doherty and Declan Houton. The two were founders of a popular Boston Irish band DEVRI. She quickly became a regular guest with them and in 2006 the three would have the privilege to travel with her very good friends of the Boston Police Gaelic Column to Manhattan in New York City where they performed in NYPD's 9/11 Memorial Concert at Old Town Hall, one of the city’s first theaters for the performing arts.

In 2011, she returned with DEVRI and the Gaelic Column for the 10th anniversary NYPD concert, offering the audience which comprised of many victims’ families, a stirring version for the Scottish classic “Auld Lang Syne.”

Pauline has committed all of her musical effort towards charitable and civic groups, donating 100% of her earnings. Seven years ago, she created a charitable endeavor called "A Celtic Crossing." She picked the name because she feels all Irish music crossed an ocean to touch the rest of the world. Together with DEVRI and many other artists, she has headlined many charitable events in and around Boston including the historic, “Wilbur Theatre.”

Pauline has been very fortunate to host these benevolent performances, supporting children with cancer, military veterans, victims’ of homicide, foster children, and the homeless. Her short career has afforded her the opportunity to share the stage with many musicians, including the New York City Police Pipes and Drums, Finbar Furey, and the Artane Band of Dublin, Ireland. Some of her fondest appearances have been as a guest of the legendary Irish Tenor, Dr. Ronan Tynan. Pauline met Ronan several years ago in New York City after 9/11 and they share a wonderful friendship.

Pauline makes her home in Milton, with her daughter and husband.

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