I was gratified to see a standing-room-only turnout at the recent NEWNC Public Safety Committee meeting. State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, City Councilman Sal LaMattina, Neighborhood Coordinator Nicole Leo and John Nucci from Suffolk University were among those who attended to engage with the neighborhood over concerns of late-night noise raised by recent Boston Globe coverage.
What I was happy to hear was the Boston Police Department — represented in person by Superintendent Dan Linski, Capt. Bernie O’Rourke, Sgt. Tom Lema and Officer Teddy Boyle — describing community-based, creative policing that is combining old-fashioned shoe-leather law enforcement with technology to help make a serious dent in the late-night noise issue.
What I was very sorry to hear was a comment by one North End resident who called Area A-1 patrols and anti-noise efforts “worse than useless.” Such demeaning commentary trivializes the efforts of police, from the captain’s office all the way to the beat cop. What’s more, it embodies the increasingly bitter acrimony growing between a corrosive faction of our neighborhood and the city and state officials who are working hard every day to make our quality of life the best it can be.
I encourage North End residents and activists to take a broader view of the problems that residents and officials are trying to collaborate to solve. Deeply rooted problems like late-night noise don’t evaporate overnight. I believe the Boston Police Department as a whole, and Area A-1 in particular, are putting their best people and their best ideas toward preserving the highest quality of life possible in this neighborhood that we all treasure. I call on all residents to either stand behind them with constructive criticism and thoughtful ideas, or admit that they are part of the problem rather than the solution.
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