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JP Police’s State of the District Meeting

By Abby at 2:48 pm on Thursday, January 26, 2006

I went to the police’s State of the District Meeting for JP last night. I took copious notes. Here they are, in fairly raw form:

 

Property crime has gone down in JP. Violent crime is what has gone up, but not as much as people seem to think it has. One problem is that many offenders who were incarcerated in the late 90’s for drug, gang, and gun crimes are finishing their sentences and returning to their home turf. The primary perpetrators of crime in JP are youth who are settling scores and taking revenge on perceived injustices to them. Gun arrests went up 40% from 2004 to 2005.

People are more fearful than they need to be because of quality of life issues. The captain spoke about how what people need to feel safe. He said people need to feel certain that criminals will be apprehended and punished. His example: John shoots Paul. Everyone knows John shot Paul. John still walks the street. This doesn’t look good. Makes it seem like crime is OK and that criminal behavior is tolerated.

 

Most crime is youth-related. There has been a change in the culture of young people. He said that guns are no more available than they ever have been. What has changed is youth’s willingness to pull the trigger. Youth here aren’t feeling adequately supported. Right now, the police are hoping to improve their relationship with youth. They don’t feel they have much credibility.

There are 117 working in the 13th district, 72 of them officers. They say that it should be enough, especially if citizens do their part. They are trying to keep officers in the same locations for all of their shifts, so people feel they know them. “Policing shouldn’t be done by strangers.” For JP to be safe, these have to be safe: public housing, public schools, public parkland, and public meeting places.

Random stats:

  • In 2005, the highest month for crime was May, followed (in order) by November, October, July, and December.
  • Warrant arrests are getting better.
  • 37 firearm arrests were made in 2005.
  • Drugs fuel crime – especially breaking into cars. Breaking into cars is JP’s #1 crime.
  • In 2005, there were 4 homocides, with 2 cleared (meaning a resulting arrest was made).
  • Residential Burgleries are down from 307 in 2004 to 193 in 2005.

There are more detailed stats available on the BPD web site.

 

These people are listening to the meeting being translated into Spanish. 

The biggest problem area is at the juncture of districts 13 and 2. Operation Cross Town addresses this area. In that area, there are 177 gang members representing 36 gangs, with LOTS of firearm arrests.

There is a new graffiti law. Property owners have 30 days to remove graffiti from their property. First noncompliance brings $100 fine. Second offense brings $200 fine. If you’re a property owner, you can call Graffiti Busters at 614-635-4500, and they can come help you get rid of the graffiti. I just reported some myself! Here’s the information about how to do that.

Right now, there are so many groups in JP. JP has more active crimewatches than any other Boston district. Sometimes there are two crimewatches on one street! The captain is hoping for an advisory board that represents the big picture.

I learned that you’re supposed to call 911 for basically anything! Any little thing you observe matters, so it can be documented. If you’re using a cell phone, call 617-343-4911.

The JP Citizens Police Alliance has a grafiiti fund set up. You can adopt a targeted object for graffiti on your street. Whenever it gets vandalized, you can go and get supplies to clean if up for free at the local hardware stores if you’re registered with the group! Eventually, the vandals give up! Great idea!

And of course, Joseph Porcelli from Neighbors to Neighbors was there, and he reminded everyone that there is a meeting next Wednesday at the Milky Way so y’all come! (He didn’t say that exactly. It is Boston, after all!)

Update: There were MANY links not working in this post. They should all work now. 

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Comment by Rebe

January 26, 2006 @ 4:03 pm

You’re blog has rules. I love it! I’m following #8.

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Comment by Steve Garfield

January 26, 2006 @ 4:44 pm

“If you’re using a cell phone, call 617-343-4911″

Why?

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Comment by Bruce

January 26, 2006 @ 4:54 pm

“He said that guns are no more available than they ever have been.”

Has someone informed his excellency, Mayor Menino, of this, so he can stop blaming New Hampshire for the presence of criminals in his city?

(don’t mind me…just following rule #8)

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Comment by Abby

January 26, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

Steve – apparently the calls get redirected through to the state system if you call from JP using a cell, so it takes a second to redirect. I actually experienced this when I called 911. Still, they responded really quickly.

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Comment by Adam

January 26, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

Howdy!

http://www.bpdnews.com broke rule 4. Sorry to bear bad news.

Second – cellular calls to 911 in MA always go to the MSP barracks in Framingham. It’s a limitation of the system supposed to go away by 2007.

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Comment by Penny

January 26, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

Thanks for doing this. I’m out of town and couldn’t go, but it’s great info.

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Comment by Abby's mom

January 26, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

So you made the Boston Police Department news update! You’re getting more famous by the day.

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Comment by Erica

January 27, 2006 @ 12:41 am

Hey I got the link from BPD – Great post! How do I do an RSS feed for LJ to subscribe to your blog? I suppose I should know that… Anyways following rule #4 hehe.

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Comment by Abby

January 27, 2006 @ 4:01 am

I’m not sure how to get it to work with LJ, but the RSS feed address is:
http://proactivebusybody.com/?feed=rss2

You can use any feed reader with that: bloglines.com or any of the rest of them.

Mom, I had no intent of being famous. I took notes at the meeting so I could pay attention, and then once I had them, I felt I should share!

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Comment by Lyss

January 27, 2006 @ 8:30 am

Thanks for sharing the info.

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Comment by Roy

January 27, 2006 @ 12:18 pm

Hey Abby! The 8th rule says first-time readers have to comment, so… :)
- Nice cutie gear. Although, why not go crazy?? Unless you mean like, certifiable
- Congrats on (almost?) two years with the double-A man himself (feel free to use that, I hereby and henceforth put it in the public domain ;)
- I went to undergrad at Georgia Tech, so I’m down with the y’all
- I was interested to hear a bit about the meeting so I’m glad you posted about it! BTW, some of the links seem broken, e.g. “the police’s State of the District Meeting for JP” and “Joseph Porcelli from Neighbors to Neighbors”

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Comment by Abby

January 27, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

Oh man! THANKS! I just fixed them all. I don’t know WHAT happened!!

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Comment by Joseph Porcelli

January 27, 2006 @ 8:11 pm

Abby, thanks for sharing your notes. I will include them in the email blast I send to the Neighbors List in monday. PS. You rock.

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Comment by Abby

January 27, 2006 @ 8:41 pm

Go for it, or just link them here. The links work now, so a direct link might be a good idea. Either way, I’ll see you next week.

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Comment by Steven

January 27, 2006 @ 11:28 pm

Following rule 8. I’m pretty sure Law 8 in The Postman says anyone may challenge for leadership of the clan. Kevin Costner invokes law 8 at the end of the move in a moving scene. Regardless I don’t know what tribe.net is.

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Comment by Jim Olson

January 28, 2006 @ 9:53 am

Abby…thanks for going to this meeting. Boynton St. Resident here, and the neighborhood has actually improved some in the two+ years I’ve lived here. Still are the occasional piles of broken car window glass, but that seems to be decreasing. We love JP.

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Comment by ravi

January 28, 2006 @ 10:58 am

Thanks for the recap of the meeting Abby. I’m glad to hear confirmation of the calling 911 question (ie. that one should call it for any emergency). I did that successfully on my cell phone when some nut almost sideswiped me going full bore through the red light on Centre Street/Green Street (this has happened more than once).

The only crime I’ve experienced firsthand in JP was a break-in back in ’99… “Damn kids!!!”

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September 16, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

[...] I’ve learned from a close friend that there have been several attempted (and successful) break-ins over the last several days (three on Friday night) on Sumner Hill, in the Revere St/Alveston St area. These occurred from early morning to very late at night. The man responsible is a white male of average height and build. Please keep your eyes peeled and report anything suspicious you see to the police (911). Oh, and as I learned at the police state of the district meeting in January, if you are using a cell phone, please call 617-343-4911.Thanks,Abby (whose heart is still in JP, even if she isn’t) Share and Enjoy:These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. [...]

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