The North End Public Safety meeting, hosted by Boston Police District A-1 and held on June 5, 2014, centered around quality of life and repeated loud parties impacting neighborhood residents. A summary and video timeline is shown below from the meeting.
00:00 Crime incidents review by BPD Teddy Boyle. Serious crimes remain at all-time lows. There was one aggravated assault, one breaking & entering and multiple larcenies. Police made five arrests in the North End for destruction of property, domestic issues, stolen goods and an assault with a dangerous weapon. Within District A-1, arrests have doubled since Captain Fung has taken over.
06:00 Loud Parties
- At 456 Hanover Street last weekend, police were called for a loud party after hours at Savas Studios. Neighbors in attendance said a live amplified band was shaking their condo building and that alcohol was being served. Police responded but the party resumed when officers left. Owners told police they had city permits for the party. Mayor’s Office representative Nicole Leo said that no permit was issued for the serving of alcohol. Police said they will further investigate the incident.
- On May 26th, police received 3 calls for a loud party on Foster Street. The tenant was arrested and landlord fined for a disorderly house.
- On May 23th, at 2:30 am on Henchman Street, police responded to a loud party call. The tenant was arrested for not cooperating and the landlord charged with disorderly house.
- 32 Charter Street, residents reported on repeat problems with tenants including theft, vandalism and loud parties. Neighbors asked police to follow up with the landlord to evict the problem tenants.
23:00 David Marx, NEWNC Public Safety Chair, gave an update on quality of life problems to police and residents at the meeting. He requested more attention from BPD A-1 on these issues. He also raised concerns regarding the extended 3:00 a.m. closings proposed by Mayor Walsh.
An extended discussion between residents and police ensued regarding loud parties and how residents can solicit more police response. There were specific questions related to late night patrols in the neighborhood. BPD said they would ask the officer on the overnight patrol shift to attend the next meeting.
Police emphasized that calls to 911 (repeated, as necessary) are the best way to resolve loud parties while they are going on. While such calls do not receive priority over more serious crimes, police will respond as resources permit.
The next North End Public Safety Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 3, 2014, 6:30 pm at the Nazzaro Community Center. All are welcome to attend.
Editor’s Note: Apologies for the audio in the video. There was an opera practice going on at the same time of the meeting.