I grew up in West Roxbury and my parents are still there 40 some years later. My father too was a Boston police officer, now long retired and chose West Rox for the same reasons that Jenny mentions in her post. It is generally safe, there is reasonable access to Boston, highways are close, shopping access is good. WR does have a family feel to it, perhaps almost suburban. There is some mix to the housing stock as well, so you can hopefully find something you like. Areas such as Bellevue Hill and areas close to Brookline/Chestnut Hill are the higher end of the West Rox market. The neighborhoods between Centre St. and the Parkway are also very nice. Houses and lots are smaller on the side of WR closest to Dedham, lots of bungalows, capes and ranches, and are lower priced as a result. We are here if you have any questions. Best of luck in your search!