BPD in the Community: On Friday October 11, 2019, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) and the BPD Bureau of Community Engagement presented a SafetyNet bracelet to a young man from the community. The officers were aware that he is a big fan of the BPD and often wanders from home to go to visit the district station or to take a look at police vehicles on duty in the neighborhood. In addition to the tracking bracelet, officers presented a number of police related items and even gave their young visitor the chance to activate the lights and sirens of a cruiser at the base. This bracelet will give his family members a sense of security while helping our officers quickly locate him should he wander again in the future.
#BPDinTheCommunity: Our officers had a wonderful time discussing and talking about the importance of bicycle safety with the kids at the Saint Brendan School in Dorchester. According to one of the teachers, the kids have been wearing their safety helmets at an increased rate ever since our officers stopped by the school. And, as you can well imagine, our officers couldn’t be happier to hear that their public safety message was most assuredly well received. Said one of the officers, “Always feels good to make a difference.”
BPD in the Community: Earlier today, on Wednesday October 2, 2019, students from neighborhoods across the city took part in “Safe Routes to School Boston” day, gathering together to walk to school on a beautiful fall morning. There were plenty of smiles as officers assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) and the Bureau of Community Engagement walked with students from the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain, assisting at crosswalks and providing high fives and words of encouragement upon arrival at school. “Safe Routes to School Boston” is a city-wide effort to promote walking to school while rallying neighborhoods and the community as a whole to work together to make walking to school safe, popular, and fun.
On Saturday, September 21, 2019 runners and walkers from across the city participated in the Annual Brian Honan 5K Road Race, followed by a colorful parade. Brian J. Honan served the Allston-Brighton community for more than seven years as District City Councilor. Funds raised from the event will benefit scholarships, recreation, housing and healthcare. Mayor Martin J. Walsh and members of the Boston Police Department were proud to honor the late councilor’s life and his legacy.
BPD in the Community: Thank you to the community members, Transit Police, and Councilor Matt O’Malley who joined members of the Command Staff and officers assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) for Coffee with a Cop held at El Oriental de Cuba in Jamaica Plain this morning. Those who attended welcomed the opportunity to meet and greet the officers patrolling their neighborhood. If you are interested in learning more about attending or starting a Neighborhood Watch Group or a future Coffee with a Cop event, please call (617) 343-4345.
BPD in the Community: Over this past summer, officers assigned to the BPD Bureau of Community Engagement hosted young women from across our city for the Women in Blue Summer Camp. The camp was created in conjunction with the Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement (MAWLE) and gave the girls up close and personal access to several to specialized units within the department while meeting with several female political and civic leaders. Please enjoy the attached video as we reflect on a wonderful summer full of many happy memories.
BPD in the Community: Thank you to the Waters family of Weymouth for inviting BPD Officer Kim Tavares to serenade their adorable 3-year-old son, Quinn Waters, with the timeless classic, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” earlier today. “The Mighty Quinn” as he has come to be known, enjoyed a snack while listening to Officer Tavares on a beautiful Sunday morning during a one on one private concert that he will not soon forget. Thank you to Officer Tavares for helping brighten Quinn’s day and for carrying a message of support and strength to young Quinn and his entire family on behalf of all of the women and men of the Boston Police Department.
Cooking Class Sponsored by the Lingzi Lu Foundation Enables BPD Officers to Connect with Community Members in Roxbury: Over six years ago, on April 15, 2013, Lingzi Lu, a graduate student from China attending Boston University, was killed during the attack on our Boston Marathon. Since her passing, the Lingzi Lu Foundation has worked steadfastly to keep Lingzi’s memory, spirit of hope and love of people alive. Recently, that spirit was on full display as the foundation sponsored a cooking class at the Hawthorne Community Center in Roxbury where BPD Officers connected with community members and their families while learning and embracing the positive virtues that accompany home-cooked meals and healthy living. More than anything else, the class sought to reinforce the idea and age-old adage that, “The family that cooks together, stays together.” As you can see in the video, all who participated had a wonderful time, not only learning how to cook, but also how to connect with those they were cooking with. Special thanks to the Lingzi Lu Foundation for sponsoring this wonderful event. Our officers had a blast. To learn more about the Lingzi Lu Foundation, please click on the enclosed link: https://lingzifoundation.org.
BPD IN THE COMMUNITY: Special thanks to everyone who came out for the Flashlight Walk through Mission Main Apartments last night. It is always a great moment when the men and women of the Boston Police Department are able to reinforce our strong ties with members of our community.
If you would like to attend a future Flashlight Walk, please call the BPD's Neighborhood Watch Unit at (617) 343-4345.
CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL: On Saturday, August 24, 2019, it was an honor for the men and women of the Boston Police Department to celebrate and protect all the participants and spectators attending the Caribbean Festival. Here are some photos from the beautiful day in our community.
BPD in the Community: Earlier this week, on Tuesday August 20, 2019, Mayor Walsh joined members of the BPD Command Staff and officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) for a Flashlight Walk in Dorchester. Community members of all ages came out to walk on a beautiful evening while stopping along the way to say hello to their friends and neighbors.
Thank you to everyone who made it a point to attend and if you or someone you know would like to attend a future Flashlight Walk, please call the BPD's Neighborhood Watch Unit at (617) 343-4345 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
BPD in the Community: On Sunday, August 18, 2019, Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross joined the men and women of the BPD to celebrate with the community at the Dominican Festival of Boston 2019 in Jamaica Plain. Officers were in place along the parade route to ensure the safety of all attendees. There were plenty of smiles, flags, music, and dancing on display as a festive time was had by all!
PLAY BALL: On Monday, July 29, 2019, officers from District E-5 (West Roxbury), including Captain Therese Kozmiski and Superintendent Nora Baston, took to the diamond at the Ohrenberger School in West Roxbury for a fun-filled game of softball with kids from the neighborhood. By all reports, the kids and officers had a wonderful time getting to know each other while competing against one another during the game. And, as is the case with all of the BPD’s community outreach efforts, there were no losers in this game, only winners walking off the field. As for the game’s MVP, well, that award has to go to the BPD Ice Cream Truck which, when it arrived on scene, produced smiles quicker than the blink of an eye while delivering much deserved cool, frosty treats to all the kids. Special thanks to all who participated, especially our officers, who say they had a blast and are already looking forward to the next game. Also, special thanks to the PAL (Boston Police Athletic League) for printing and providing the shirts worn by each team.
On Saturday, June 22, 2019, the kids came out in force to Jamaica Pond to fish with Boston Police Commissioner William Gross and the officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain). What a great way to unwind, share a smile, and connect with the community for both kids and officers!
On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, officers assigned to the District D-4 (South End) Community Service Office were joined by the Mayor’s Office, Boston Public Works, and residents of the South End for the implementation of “Operation Safe Alley.” By focusing on reducing crime in the area, additional lighting and landscaping were completed to provide safe passage to residents. Officers conducted a physical assessment of two alleys where major issues were identified, removing drug paraphernalia and debris in an effort to address concerns from neighbors.
On Thursday, June 20, 2018, the 4th Annual Dorchester Senior Appreciation Cruise embarked on a three-hour tour around Boston Harbor. The cruise was hosted by the District C-11 (Dorchester) Community Service Office and was co-sponsored by the combined resources of District C-11, the Bay State Cruise Company and PAL. It was the district’s way of honoring the senior citizens of Dorchester with music, dancing, lunch and raffle items donated by Dorchester's generous merchants. The Boston Police Department would like to thank all the smiling seniors who came out to enjoy a rainy day on the water and express our gratitude to everyone who worked hard to make this voyage a success.