The Boston Police Department Launches Digital Media Campaign to Increase Community Outreach and Enhance Comprehensive Approach to Unsolved Homicides

“The Search for Justice” Video Series Aims to Utilize the Latest Technologies to Increase Awareness and Generate Tips

Today the Boston Police Department (BPD) is pleased to announce the launch of a new digital media campaign designed to increase community outreach and generate tips for unsolved homicides. As part of the Boston Police Department’s ongoing commitment to securing justice for homicide victims and the families impacted by the tragic death of a loved one, the BPD seeks to leverage the latest technology and social media as an innovative means of enhancing public outreach and generating additional information for homicide detectives. 

The BPD’s new digital series, which will be distributed across various social media platforms, was developed to highlight unsolved homicides, cultivate greater community cooperation, and provide victim’s families with a visible and far-reaching platform from which to encourage community members to assist in their efforts to identify those responsible for the deaths of their loved ones.

The Search for Justice Video Series is a collaborative effort between the BPD’s Homicide and Multi-Media Units and is videotaped, edited, and produced in-house by the BPD. The BPD plans to highlight one case per month and completed videos will be broadcast utilizing the department’s extensive social media network. At present, the BPD’s official Twitter page reaches an audience of over 340,000 followers while the department’s Facebook account and popular blog averages thousands of visits and hits on a daily basis.

Police Commissioner William Evans said, “The BPD has a well-established track record when it comes to adapting technology and implementing innovative communication strategies to enhance its community policing efforts. The Search for Justice Video Series is another example of an initiative developed to encourage open dialogue with our community, and #SearchforJustice will also assist with the BPD’s dogged investigative efforts to secure justice for the families of homicide victims.”

The project’s first video features Eric Smith-Johnson, 18, who was murdered in September of 2010 on Blue Hill Ave in Dorchester. In the video, Eric’s mother, Angelique Smith, and BPD Homicide Detective James Wyse discuss the facts and circumstances surrounding Eric’s death culminating in a compelling appeal and plea to those who may have information which could help investigators solve the case.

Commissioner Evans added, “We hope that this effort will encourage those with information to contact our tip line with the understanding that it’s never too late to help. For the families impacted by violence, this project gives them a voice, a platform and an opportunity to remind people that the pain of losing a loved one lives with them every day; as does an equally intense desire to find the person responsible for the murder of their loved one.”

This newest initiative is part of a comprehensive list of public safety programs and strategies implemented by the Boston Police Department in its ongoing efforts to protect and serve the city of Boston. Boston’s public safety effectiveness is buttressed by a sustained commitment to community policing; a strategy designed to build trust, reduce fear and fight crime. 

Programs like:

  • Gun Buy Back Program
  • Coffee with a Cop
  • Flashlight Walks
  • Peace Walks with Local Clergy
  • Neighborhood Watch Groups
  • CrimeStoppers
  • Jr. Police Academy
  • Teen Police Academy
  • Youth Police Dialogues
  • Data driven policing resources like:
  • The Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC)
  • Real Time Crime Center
  • Shot Spotter
  • Crime Scene Response Unit

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We encourage community members to watch these videos, listen to the families, hear their pleas for justice and help us solve their case.

As always, the men and women of the BPD strongly urge anyone who may have any information on any unsolved homicide to call us. Community members can share information anonymously by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS (8477) or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently protect the identity of those who wish to remain anonymous.