Mayor Menino Announces New Public Safety Strategies for Summer
Prioritizes being proactive, visible and available
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For Immediate Release
May 23, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today joined his summer safety team, including Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Chief of Human Services Daphne Griffin and Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson, to announce a comprehensive, proactive violence prevention strategy as summer approaches. A cross-City collaboration, the strategy will emphasize “more”: more outreach, more engagement, more officers, more collaboration and more technology.

“I have directed my summer safety teams to do more this year. We will be more proactive, more visible and more available to the public than ever before,” Mayor Menino said. “We will not tolerate anyone trying to disrupt summer in Boston with violence.”

More Outreach

  • In June, Violence Intervention & Prevention (VIP) teams will begin a door-knocking campaign to raise awareness of summer programming and positive youth development opportunities available to residents.
  • Neighborhood Watch groups and Police Community Service Officers will conduct new “Flashlight Walks” to bring residents out together in their neighborhoods in the evenings.  
  • Boston Centers for Youth & Families will introduce a new Streetworker Outreach Team to respond to all crises related to incidents of violence outside of BCYF’s normal Streetworker hours.
  • School Police Units and Boston Public Schools will engage students who live in hot-spot areas with programming and support. Boston Public Schools this year have 11,000 summer program enrollees, more than twice as many as five years ago. BPS is also sponsoring approximately 150 free summer food sites so children and teens under 18 can get a healthy breakfast and lunch during the summer.

More Engagement

  • Through the Mayor’s Summer Jobs program, the City will put 10,000 young people to work this summer.
  • Neighborhood Watch Units will host events in each of the 10 identified hot-spots throughout the City, including activities like Movie Nights in the Park, sports tournaments, exercise and nutritional sessions and flashlight neighborhood walks.
  • This summer, the Boston Public Health Commission will serve 147 youth from Boston between the ages of 14 and 18 through three programs: the Boston Area Health Education Center, the Peer Leadership Institute and the Start Strong Initiative.
  • Boston Centers for Youth & Families will sponsor its first Girls’ Night IN, an overnight event targeting 50 girls ages 13-15 to engage on topics of health, safety and empowerment.
  • Residents are encouraged to use BPD’s Party Line (617-343-5500) to assist law enforcement in preventing late night disorderly behavior and reduce the incidents of possibly further criminal conduct. The location of house parties and after-hours parties – particularly those in hot-spot areas – will be closely monitored and creative strategies will be employed to shut them down.
  • On August 6, the City will host the 2nd annual National Night Out. With more than 1,000 Boston residents expected to attend, National Night Out is the nation's premiere crime prevention event to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie.

More Officers & More Enforcement

  • Neighborhood Response Teams and Boston Police will conduct walk-throughs of hot-spot areas by the end of June to assess and address technology needs, disorder and quality of life issues.
  • BPD’s current class of recruits will be deployed to targeted areas upon graduation in July.
  • BPD will increase walking and bicycle beats during June, July and August with a goal of conducting 45,000 walking and bicycle beats, primarily in high-crime areas.
  • Two new Safe Street Teams will be added in July in the Harvard Avenue area of District B-3 and the Newbury Street area of District D-4.  

More Collaboration

  • Working with the community and City partners, work of the Problem Properties Task Force will continue and move to evict problem tenants from residential neighborhoods.
  • BPD this week completed Operation H, a long-term plainclothes and surveillance investigation targeting drug distribution and other crime in Roxbury. As of 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, 75 individuals were facing charges. The Youth Violence Strike Force will continue Ceasefire work this summer in an effort to stem gang activity.
  • YouthConnect services will play a vital role in follow-up to sweeps, connecting family members of those arrested with needed services and follow-up visits.
  • A half-day forum on youth violence prevention hosted by Boston Centers for Youth & Families will raise awareness and inform more than 100 direct service practitioners, youth, and law enforcement personnel representing local youth serving agencies and organizations.
  • Information on hot-spot areas will be shared with clergy and other faith-based partners with the recommendation that they focus their street outreach and ministry in these areas.

More Technology

  • Throughout the summer, BPD will sync 100% of all surveillance cameras with the City’s DVTEL, BRIC and emergency services systems such that any camera within 1,000 feet of an incident will automatically turn in the direction of the incident.
  • More than 100 new mobile devices will be distributed to Boston Police officers to allow them instant access to critical databases.

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