Monday, July 26, 2010

Noticed a Few More Officers on the Streets in Lynn, Massachusetts?

 I wanted to share this press release with all of you readers. It's huge! Jamie Marsh and the Office of Economic Development is helping the Lynn Police Department execute on an order from our new Mayor, Judith Flanagan Kennedy to figure out what the hell is going on on our streets. This program will get the police on to the streets in the worst neighborhoods at the worst times. Get them talking to the people and collecting data in order to better focus our crime fighting efforts going forward.

Three cheers to the Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, James Marsh, and Police Chief Kevin Coppinger for making this happen. It's nice to see more men and women in blue on the streets. I've already noticed the increase in foot patrol. It's very comforting.  I can't wait to hear the results.

Oh yeah... and thank you to the Federal Government for footing the bill. As much as I hate being labeled an entitlement community, I sure do love the money for things like this.

FOR RELEASE:     Monday, July 5, 2010
CONTACT:     Chief of Staff Claire Cavanaugh 781-598-4000
        Police Chief Kevin Coppinger 781-595-2000
        CD Director James Marsh 781-586-6770

Kennedy announces new community policing initiative

Monday, July 5, 2010.  (Lynn, MA)  Today Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, joined by Police Chief Kevin Coppinger and Community Development Director James Marsh, announced the implementation of a new community policing strategy in Downtown Lynn and city neighborhoods.   “I am happy to announce as of 11:00 today, there will be increased police patrols and visibility on our streets and neighborhoods” Kennedy stated.

Specifically, Kennedy’s plans call for walking patrols throughout targeted city neighborhoods, parks and public spaces on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons and nights.  Mayor Kennedy stated, “We want our officers out of the patrol cars interacting with the general public and businesses on a proactive basis.  The goal is to reduce crime by connecting with the community on a personal level, getting to know citizens, making them part of the crime solution.  In addition, we want people to feel safe in their community by knowing officers are patrolling their neighborhoods on a more regular basis.”

Police Chief Kevin Coppinger added that “the most effective way to address problems is through engagement.  These officers will be taking the time to speak with as many people as possible who they encounter on foot patrol.  They will not only engage business owners and residents, but also those involved in anti-social behavior.  We will then take the data we receive from these dally interactions and use it in furthering our crime reduction efforts.”

Marsh commented, “We are happy to play our role in this effort by providing the necessary funding for its implementation.  It will come from the Executive Office of Housing and Urban Development via our Community Development Block Grant, a federally funded program my office oversees.   The good news is that the federal government picks up the tab.  It comes at no cost to the City of Lynn.”

According to the United States Department of Justice, community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.

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