Under Mayor Menino’s leadership, Boston has watched its crime rate drop to its lowest point in three decades. Working with Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Mayor Menino has created a national model for successful public safety, empowering everyday citizens, community leaders and faith leaders to work alongside police.
The Mayor’s efforts to keep Boston safe enjoy national prestige: Mayor Menino works with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a co-chair in Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, an effort which cracks down on illegal gun sales and trafficking. When Mayor Menino successfully brought the 2004 Democratic National Convention to Boston, the site was designated as a national special security event by the President; its success was due in large part to the proactive work of the Boston Police Department.
Mayor Menino has diligently worked for constructive alternatives for young people, boosting the City’s Summer Jobs Programs, changing CORI policy to enable those who have served in prison to become productive wage earners and offering specialized education programs for those seeking a GED or other degree.
Mayor Menino has supported the creation and expansion of the Boston Police Department’s Safe Street Teams. There are now 14 teams spread throughout Boston in hot-spot neighborhoods.
The Teams are comprised of foot patrol officers who interact with residents responding to community concerns, and are highly visible in the neighborhoods, developing partnerships with local businesses and community organizations, conducting outreach with high-risk youth, and providing referrals to services, while also maintaining the safety of the area.
Safe Street Teams have been invaluable in building trust with the community, reducing crime, bringing together partners from faith- and community-based organizations to work with police and other city agencies.
In 2006, Mayor Menino created the Strategic Crime Council to maximize and coordinate the City’s efforts against crime. The council improves public safety through legislation, public health, law enforcement strategies, education, community outreach, and avocation for judicial change.
Today, Boston can look forward to the next phase of the program which includes a three year action plan forwarding a progressive agenda.
Mayor Thomas Menino, Police Commissioner Edward Davis and MBTA Transit Chief Paul MacMillan honored 11 local graphic design students from the Boston Arts Academy for their efforts to assist with crime prevention. The students, enlisted by the Boston Police School Police, used their new-found graphic design skills to create posters to increase awareness of sidekick (cellphone) theft. The winning poster will be placed throughout Boston Public Schools and also on the MBTA.
The students who participated in this effort are learning Graphic Design in the 10th grade at the Boston Arts Academy. The students include: Joshua Pimental, Reginald Pinckney, Ricardo Reid (designed winning poster), Patricia Rizzo, Leah Robertson, Glendy Rodriguez, Yoselin Rodriguez, Samuels Takii, Jerome Shelton, Laura Tabares and Victor Trede.
“This partnership speaks to the essence of our community policing strategy,” Mayor Menino said. “Students are often the victims of these thefts, and I’m grateful that such a talented group of young people has stepped up to the plate to help the Police Department reduce these crimes. These creative posters will help send a message that such crime is not tolerated in the City of Boston.”
Police Commissioner Ed Davis stated, “The Boston Police Department is always looking for innovative and collaborative ways...