Local police want community input

On behalf of all personnel at District E-13, I would like to extend our wishes for a happy and safe New Year. District E-13 is Jamaica Plain’s community-oriented neighborhood police station of the Boston Police Department. We are committed to improving the quality of life and ensuring the safety of the neighborhoods we serve.

Our community policing philosophy calls for progressive, 21st century police-community practices. We aspire to create strong and vibrant partnerships with all and to address the public safety issues in our neighborhoods. We continue to seek innovative ideas that will help us discover and establish the best practices available to work together with you, the community, in our quest to create a safer environment and improve the quality of life of all of our residents and visitors.

I want to extend an invitation to everyone in the community to join us at the monthly Police-Community Relations Meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. At this meeting, we report on Part I (serious) Crime in our area on a monthly basis and address any community concerns. Meetings will be held at Curtis Hall, 20 South St. on Feb. 7, April 3, June 5, Aug. 7, Oct. 2 and Dec. 4 this year. Meetings will be held at the District E-13 station at 3345 Washington St. on March 6, May 1, July 3, Sept. 4 and Nov. 6.

We also hold a monthly District-wide Strategic Planning Committee meeting on the third Thursday of each month at District E-13 at 7 p.m. The community-based committee is made up of Boston Police personnel and community members. Recently, the committee put into place a formative plan, which centers attention on five identified focuses: 1) problem properties; 2) quality of life issues (graffiti and noise); 3) traffic and parking; 4) youth violence prevention; 5) businesses’ business.

Each of these focuses has a sub-committee that works tirelessly to accomplish the goals and objectives listed in the strategic plan. Attending these meetings allows community members to voice their opinions and helps us attain our mission.

For more information, contact the E-13 Community Service Office at 343-5624. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Captain Christine Michalosky
Commander, District 13
Jamaica Plain

Editor’s note: See JP Agenda in upcoming issue of the Gazette for meeting reminders and any special topics to be discussed at the meetings.

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