August 7, 2004

Boston Gets Tough

Boston Globe: Law enforcement agencies vow, We’ve had enough

[F]ederal, state, and city law enforcement will combine undercover and uniformed forces, a more significant level of cooperation than was attained during the antiviolence campaigns of the late 1980s and early ’90s, when the city saw a sharp rise in gang violence and homicides. […] Residents will “see more police presence in the city than they’ve ever seen,” reminiscent of the law enforcement presence in some areas of the city during the convention.

Can we expect any help for the gang violence that is plaguing New Bedford? I won’t hold my breath. Someone please let me know if they’ve implemented anything more dramatic in the Whaling City than handing out more parking tickets and perplexing the citizens by buzzing the neighborhoods with a helicopter. Little help?

Posted by James at August 7, 2004 2:53 PM
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I don't know if you've been following the changes in the Providence PD, but there's been great results since the new Chief's been in town. He instituted a strong program of community based policing, overhauling many parts of the department, and the results have been good in just 2 years.

Posted by: Bil at August 7, 2004 6:47 PM

I haven't specifically been paying attention to crime in Providence, but I have noticed that it seems very safe. Walking around city center and around Thayer Street late at night I've felt comfortable. So I have to assume they're doing somehting right.

Posted by: James at August 7, 2004 7:15 PM

And, unlike most of the Renaissance, the good effects are actually spreading out to the rest of the city. Even, *gasp*, the poorer sections!

Posted by: Bil at August 8, 2004 9:46 AM

I have to assume that the parking tickets in NB are being handed out by dedicated meter maids and not a regular beat cop. I have to assume that, because otherwise I shall go mad.

Moving violations are on the rise. Four-way stop signs are now no-way stop signs, for example, and one-way streets are now all-way streets (except when they are no-way streets due to repiping), and good luck finding your way around the maze if your favorite streets are closed.

Using a turn signal is considered bad manners, unless you are planning NOT to turn. And at intersections with lights, you should always be sure to get in the lane opposite your turn because if there's one thing New Bedford drivers love, it's dodging clueless people who don't know what "RIGHT LANE MUST TURN RIGHT" means.

(The above rant is based only on things I've seen in the past week.)

This actually DOES have to do with violence, because I came home one Saturday afternoon to a crowd of people and police at the corner nearest my house. There had been some type of road rage incident because someone had run a stop sign and hit someone else.

I don't know if this bizarre fixation with parking tickets is just one person's crusade or a group effort, but it's good to know that if I ever have to run away from a crazed gunman, I won't have to worry about improperly parked cars blocking my way.

I don't think anyone's been shot for several weeks now, so obviously the ticketing has been effective.

Posted by: Julie at August 8, 2004 4:19 PM

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