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Walczak explains his opposition to casinos after Codman Square interview with

(BOSTON, August 18, 2013)  – Bill Walczak, candidate for mayor of Boston, today released his public safety blueprint at an anti-violence rally in Codman Square in Dorchester. Codman Square is where Walczak moved in 1973 and helped to transform the neighborhood from a place of arson, violence, and racial unrest to a growing area with a large community health center, charter school, affordable housing, and a growing local business district.

Neighborhood watch efforts, neighborhood e-alert systems and other methods for better communication, a more diverse police force and leadership, improving the way we bring those who have served their time back safely and productively, a public health approach to violence and violence against women, dealing with the cause of violence from a young age, and creating opportunity for those in high schools, are part of this blueprint for action.

Walczak’s platform is centered on creating not just safer communities, but healthier and stronger communities. “Safer streets take the efforts of an entire neighborhood and many supporting institutions, and these efforts have the ability to change a community for the better,” said Walczak.

Elements of Walczak’s public safety blueprint include:

* E-Alert and Technological Approaches To Crime Fighting and Keeping More Police In The Community Longer
* Changing the Leadership Selection Process for Boston Police
* Better Police Deployment
* Crime Watches And Community Policing Using Street Workers And Citizen Constables
* Comprehensive Reentry Services and Programs for People Coming Out of Prison
* A Public Health Approach to Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence
* Resources and Services to LGBTQ Community
* Re-Create the Comprehensive Efforts that Resulted In the “Boston Miracle”
* Create Opportunity for School Age Children for Careers Rather than Crime.

“I want to use what I learned in Codman Square and apply it across the city,” said Walczak. “No Boston resident should be afraid to walk down our city’s streets at night. We know how to stem the violence that it invading our streets because we did it in the 1990s. No child should die due to violence in Boston. We need to strike at the heart of violence by finding ways to end the cycle of poverty in our neighborhoods for the long term and utilizing community policing best practices to stem violence in the short term.”


Wyatt Ronan
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