BPD in the Community: BPD Chief Gross and BPD Cabo Verdean-American Police Officers Meet in Praia to Share Best Practices

With the goal of expanding cooperation and fighting shared criminal threats, a delegation from the Boston Police Department arrived in Praia on Monday, January 15, 2018. Led by BPD Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, three Cabo Verdean-American police officers traveled to Cabo Verde as part of the inaugural visit, which is funded and organized by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

The purpose of the visit is to share best practices between the BPD and Cabo Verde law enforcement officials in several areas of policing. The team of senior Boston police officers and State Department officials will work with Cabo Verdean law enforcement to analyze crime trends in the archipelago and conduct briefings on key components of Boston’s policing strategies, including: community policing and outreach, use of social media, gang investigations and prosecutions, focused deterrence policing, and the use of the Comp Stat program. This is the first in a series of planned visits. 

The BPD was chosen because it’s not only America’s oldest police force, but is also a national leader in community policing and the use of advanced information systems to monitor crime patterns and statistics. Boston is also home to a large community of Cabo Verdean-Americans, including more than 65 who serve as police officers in the region.

“We consider Praia to be our sister city and the National Police to be our brother department,” Superintendent-in-Chief Gross said Monday during a meeting with the leadership of Cabo Verde’s National Police. “We look forward to the exchange of information during our visit so that we can learn from each other and be stronger together.”