Marty is committed to making sure that Boston is a safe and welcoming city – for everyone, in every neighborhood. Through a community-driven approach, we’ve made Boston one of the safest big cities in the country while ensuring we preserve the civil liberties of every resident.
Over the past three years, we’ve reduced violent crime by 9%, and property crime by 16% – all while reducing arrests by 25%. We’ve been able to do this in a few different ways:
- By diversifying the Boston Police Department, where this year’s cadet program was over 70% people of color and 33% women;
- By appointing the most diverse police command staff in the history of the city;
- By creating Neighborhood Trauma Teams that help communities coordinate response and recovery after tragedy and violence;
- By launching programs like Operation Exit, a career preparation program for at-risk youth to help build skills in the culinary industry, web development, and the building trades;
- By reinstituting the gun buyback program and making gun trafficking a top priority, 530 illegal guns were taken off the street, bringing the total of guns removed over the past three years to 2,912;
- By supporting and expanding the Boston Police Department’s Human Trafficking Division.
In addition to reducing crime rates in the city, Mayor Walsh introduced the Mobile Sharps Collection Team to clear Boston of unsafely discarded needles. Residents can report online, via an mobile application, or by calling the 3-1-1 hotline to report a loose needle and the clean up crew will locate and collect the waste. With help from residents, the team collected 2,000 needles in its first month alone.
We’ve made progress, but we know we still have work to do in order to make sure everyone in this city feels safe in their neighborhood. Marty is committed to working with communities – not against them – to make that Boston a reality.