One Less Gun: Tip from Concerned Community Member Enables BPD Officers to Recover Gun near City Playground


At about 8:17pm, on Monday, September 8, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike received information from a concerned community member relative to a firearm located in a trash can near a playground in the area of 144 Seaver Street. Acting on the aforementioned information, officers responded to the Tiffany Moore Tot Lot, located directly across from 144 Seaver Street, in order to conduct a search of the playground. As a result of the search, officers were able to see and take possession of a silver-colored firearm (see photo) which was found inside a trash can near the entrance of the Tiffany Moore Tot Lot playground.

Said Commissioner William Evans, “I want to thank the community member who shared this information with my officers. Thanks to their tip, a gun near a playground was recovered and a likely tragedy averted.”

Noteworthy Stats: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 477 illegal crime guns off the streets of Boston.  A crime gun is defined as an illegal firearm used in the commission of a crime or confiscated in the course of an arrest. In addition to the above, 384 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 861 fewer guns in circulation as a result of the above efforts.  For perspective purposes, the BPD seized a total of 667 guns for the year in 2013.