This past week the Neighborhood Watch Unit (NWU) has been assisting officers from the B-3 CSO office in talking to residents in neighborhoods of Mattapan after several recent incidents involving firearm violence. Neighborhood Watch staff and community service officers have been walking the community and talking to residents about neighborhood concerns, answering questions and raising awareness about the Neighborhood Watch program. NWU continues to collect contact information from residents in an effort to encourage participation and to create ongoing dialogue about safety. Residents interested in starting or joining a Neighborhood Watch group please call 617-343-4345.
It's about that time and Neighborhood Watch groups across the city are beginning to make their plans for their annual, summer block parties! The Neighborhood Watch Unit believes the block parties and similar social events are a great way for residents and neighbors to connect and build community. These neighborhood events provide a way in which people can meet each other and begin to have a dialogue about where they live and what they want for their street. Block parties usually tend to draw even the most reticent person because they’re fun! Some of the events that have taken place in the past are ice cream socials, yard sales and tag sales, barbeques and the traditional pot luck block party where people congregate and socialize right on their street. If you would like to plan a block party call your local CSO office or the Neighborhood Watch Unit at 617-343-4345 for assistance.
Check out today's article in the Charlestown Patch about the Boston Police Department's Neighborhood Crime Watch efforts in Charlestown. To read the entire article click on the link enclosed below. During the meeting, Boston Police Captain Bernard O’Rourke said, “Charlestown has one of the best, highest, and quickest responses from the police in the city of Boston.”
City of Boston Police Website: www.cityofboston.gov/police/default.asp
The Boston Police Alert Network: www.CitizenObserver.com
Office of Neighborhood Services, 617-635-3485, www.cityofboston.gov/ons/coor_list.asp
Mayor's 24 hour Constituent Hotline: 617-635-4500, www.cityofboston.gov/mayor/24/
List of City Ordinances: http://www.amlegal.com/boston%5Fma/
Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Director of Community Relations
Nurys Camargo: 617-619-4144, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Director for External Affairs, Edward Geary Jr.: 617-961-6672, email@example.com
State Senators and Representatives: www.mass.gov/legis/citytown.htm
All other state resources: www.mass.gov
National Park Service, Federal Park Rangers: 617-242-5659
Close to Home - Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative, 617-929-5151, www.c2home.org
National Center for Victims of Crime: http://www.ncvc.org/ncvc/Main.aspx