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September 26, 2013
Bring Back the Walking Beats
By Kevin Devlin

We know that police can’t be everywhere but the implementation of a city-wide “street beat” initiative; officers walking around and serving as a deterrent to crime needs to be placed back on the front burner. One of the key elements of community policing which the Boston Police Department has reportedly embraced is foot patrols. But, to be effective they must be conducted on a continuous basis, not just when tragedy strikes.

We need to do all we can to make our residents, especially our women and children, safe. We need BPD officers patrolling day and night. We feel safe and the bad guys don’t. Officers must be vigilant, aware of community concerns and engaged in community matters.  

Recently, former mayor and Ambassador to the Vatican, Raymond Flynn, and mayoral candidate Charlotte Golar Richie, publicly cited the dire need for additional beat cops. They were right. In this regard, we need to turn back the clock and embrace what was effective.    It’s a simple-and necessary-as that. 



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