BOSTON POLICE LAUD COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR THEIR COURAGEOUS COOPERATION AIMED AT REDUCING FIREARM VIOLENCEThe Boston Police Department would like to take this opportunity to commend numerous community members for their ongoing commitment to reduce firearm violence in the City of Boston. Recently there have been numerous incidents that clearly indicate an increased cooperation with police and our continuous efforts to remove firearms from city streets. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis stated, “This latest information is encouraging and indicative of increased collaboration with our community that has resulted in a 40% decrease in shooting statistics. Together, I am confident that we will continue to make great strides to reduce firearm violence and foster safe and peaceful neighborhoods for all Boston residents.” Incident descriptions: • On May 1, 2008 at approximately 11:49am, a concerned citizen contacted Boston Police and stated that she witnessed several teens place something suspicious in a neighboring backyard. Officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to the scene and located a shotgun hidden among rocks. Boston Police took possession of the weapon and sent to the ballistics unit for processing. • On April 30, 2008, a concerned parent reached directly out to officers to inquire about the Safe Homes Initiative. The parent expressed concern that her child was in possession of a gun and was interested in participating in the program. Boston Police School police officers advised her of the policies and procedures related to the anti-gun initiative and she agreed to a consensual search of her home. The concerned parent identified a specific area of concern for the police to search where a firearm was recovered by the officers. • On May 6, 2008, officers received a call from a local youth worker inquiring about the Safe Homes Initiative. The youth worker stated that he had been given a firearm by a concerned parent, who located the firearm after she had conducted her own search of her child’s bedroom. The mother wanted to turn the firearm over to the Safe Homes Initiative; however, she did not want police to search her home. Officers from the Boston Police School Police Unit responded to the designated area to meet the youth worker and take the firearm into their possession. The youth worker declined to provide the identity of the family, but had independently assisted the family in contacting social service resources. • On April 6, 2008 officers responded to the Southwest Corridor after receiving a call from concerned citizens regarding the location of a firearm. When officers arrived, a citizen stated, “It’s right over there”. Officer then observed a black firearm, later identified as a Black Sawed off Shotgun replica. • On April 9, 2008 officers responded to a found weapon in Mattapan. Upon arrival, officers spoke with two concerned community members who stated while cleaning the backyard they found a weapon wrapped in a blanket. Officers retrieved the firearm and sent it to the Ballistics Unit for processing. If anyone has information about firearm activity occurring in your area, you are encouraged to contact the Boston Police Department. Those wishing to remain anonymous may do so by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-800-494-TIPS or text ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will protect the identity of anonymous callers.