On Thursday, June 2, the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Police Department hosted its monthly community relations meeting. The meeting is an opportunity for residents to ask questions of local law enforcement.
Sgt. Ryan Cunningham, the new Community Services Office supervisor for District E13, led the meeting. Attendees received year-to-date crime statistics compiled by the Boston Regional Intelligence Center. Part One crime is up 5 percent across the city but up 13 percent in Jamaica Plain.
Crimes that saw an uptick in Jamaica Plain compared to 2021 were homicide, rape, robbery, domestic assault, burglary, larceny from a vehicle and auto theft. The only crime that saw a decrease was non-domestic assault. The incidence of other larceny was unchanged.
One chart listed the specific incidents. On May 31 at 5:57 pm, there was a report of criminal harassment at 3064 Washington St. On June 1 at 12:29 pm, police arrested an individual for trespassing at the address. During the arrest, the person incurred additional charges of resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer.
There was also an armed carjacking on June 2 at 49 Robinwood Ave. The individual was apprehended and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery and armed carjacking.
Another graph showed the number of fatal and nonfatal shootings. The number of shootings in the city is down 11 percent, but it’s up 100 percent in Jamaica Plain, with six shootings this year. Only Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury had more shootings.
District E13 officers announced that there will be street closures on June 10 from 9 am to 3 pm for the Mayor’s Open Streets Day. Centre Street will be open only to pedestrians and cyclists from Columbus Avenue to South Street.
The police and community relations meeting is on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm on Zoom. The next meeting will be on July 7. All residents interested in community policing are encouraged to attend. Residents are also invited to contact the district with any concerns regarding public safety.