The Republic Georgia on Our Mind & in Our City: Group of Officers from Georgia Travels to Boston to Learn about Community Policing

The Republic of Georgia on Our Mind & in Our City: A group of law enforcement officers from the Republic of Georgia traveled over 5,000 miles to spend time visiting, observing and learning how officers from the Boston Police Department go about the business of community policing. Specifically, the officers from Georgia were most interested in the relationship building aspect of community policing through youth activities and athletic endeavors, as well as, the importance of partnership building. Said one Georgian official: “We hope this experience will help us develop and strengthen Georgian community-based programs that bring youth and police together to promote positive growth and healthy lifestyles among youth and strengthen community policing practices.” During their stay, members of the Georgian delegation met with Bill Stoddard of the Boston Police Athletic/Activities League, stopped by St. Peter’s Teen Center to watch a basketball game between the kids from the teen center and officers assigned to the BPD’s Bike Patrol Unit, and capped off their two day trip to Boston with a round table discussion with Commissioner Evans and several members of the BPD command staff. During the discussion, a member of the Georgian delegation asked the Commissioner to define the role of the Boston Police Department. In answer to the question, the Commissioner shared the following: “We don’t consider ourselves as just law enforcement. We consider ourselves one of the many community partners working together to make our city safe. It’s a team effort. And when we work together as a team, great things happen.”