With this weekend marking the unofficial start to summer, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, along with members of the BPD command staff, met earlier this week with local clergy and community leaders to discuss strategies and outlook for Boston youth and communities in the upcoming summer months. After the meeting, the Mayor and Commissioner took questions from the media, highlighting the discussed topics, and stressing that although crime fighting and community involvement are year-round focuses for the Boston Police Department and the city, the warm weather of the summer months brings a unique opportunity for officers to reach out to residents, especially youth, through youth dialogues, clergy walks, support for families of homicide victims, and connections to services, among other summer initiatives.
Said Commissioner Evans, "The warm weather brings people outside, and as a department, we want to take advantage of that to get involved with the community in a positive way--we want to get the ice cream truck out there for the kids, go on Flashlight Walks, the Bike Ride for Peace, and the Father's Day Walk. These are all perfect opportunities to open a healthy dialogue between officers and kids. It's a step in the right direction for keeping kids on the right track and curbing the violence in the city."