The 2nd Annual Meet the Faces Behind the Badges basketball tournament was held at Curtis Hall on Jan. 13 and 14th. Sponsors included the Boston Center for Youth & Families, the South Street Youth Center and the Boston Police. About 100 players from local youth centers and Boston first responder teams all took part. Thank you to all the sponsors, players and staff for a great community building event.
Boston Police say a white man in his 30s robbed the Eastern Bank in the middle of the Centre/South district on Monday. Police received a call about the robbery at 4:17 p.m. The robber did not show a firearm, according to Boston Police Officer Jamie Kenneally. The man stood about 5 feet, 9 inches and wore a blue jacket and blue knit hat. The bank branch is at 687 Centre St.
Boston Police confirm that two people were shot Thursday afternoon -- but it's no longer clear if the violence actually took place near Forest Hills Station. Officer Stephen McNulty said the two's injuries aren't considered life threatening. Boston Police initially told the Globe the violence took place at Arborway and Morton just before 5 p.m. Thursday. However, a more detailed account released Friday indicated that the victims and witnesses police spoke to were "not very cooperative," according to McNulty. The victims and witnesses would not say where the shooting took place or what caused it, according to police.
Last Monday and Tuesday night, I visited neighborhoods across Boston, from Hyde Park to Brighton, from Mattapan to East Boston, for “National Night Out” with members of the Boston Police Department and Commissioner William Evans. We spent time with residents of all ages in nearly every neighborhood, playing games, eating food and ice cream, and talking to as many people as possible. It was a great turnout, and I’d like to thank everyone for coming together and participating in this annual summer celebration. Of course, National Night Out is about much more than the fun activities. It is about raising national, and critical, awareness of community policing.
The Boston Police have reached a union agreement with the city for up to 100 volunteer patrol officers to wear body cameras in a six-month pilot program. Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans announced the agreement on Tuesday after the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association (BPPA) agreed to the pilot program. Only patrol officers who volunteer to wear body cameras will be participating in the program. The start date of the program is still being determined. The pilot program will be evaluated after the six-month period to determine the next steps on a potential permanent program. "In Boston, we are fortunate to have strong relationships with our communities and I'm confident that body cameras will serve as another tool for the Boston Police Department to continue their work in the neighborhoods," said Walsh.