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Excerpt from Boston Globe article on December 31, 2019
Emmett Folgert, executive director of the Dorchester Youth Collaborative, which works with at-risk youths, was heartened by the steep drop in homicides.
“This is remarkable,” Folgert said, adding that he believes the numbers are the result of officers’ “quick response to shots-fired [calls], increased firearms arrests, and community policing. . . . It’s not just one thing, it’s a few things.”
Thank you to Commissioner Gross, Mayor Walsh and the hundreds of local Heroes, who made this years Shop with a Cop such a wonderful event! This video will get you in the holiday spirit! Shop with a Cop, now in it’s 11th year, is impacting Boston’s future and building relationships and trust. Boston PAL wishes all of you a joyous and safe holiday!
Local law enforcement, city officials shop with local kids in ‘Shop with a Cop’ event
BOSTON — Nearly 400 kids shopped with local law enforcement officers from across the city of Boston in the 11th annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ event Monday night.
In the ‘Heroes and Helpers’ event at Target in the South Bay shopping plaza in Dorchester, kids paired up with members of Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, MBTA Transit Police, Boston Fire Department and EMS, as well as local colleges and universities, including Boston College and Boston University.
“This is the best thing in my life!” said 8-year-old Joshua, shopping with Sgt. Tony Lee of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Dept. “I’m having so much fun, I can’t even stop!”
Mayor Marty Walsh picked out action figures, as District Attorney Rachael Rollins, State Police Col. Christopher Mason and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross helped kids find their perfect gifts.
“We’re neighborhood kids that have made it this far,” Commissioner Gross said, standing with the mayor. “We want to make sure our future’s taken care of, so their first second or third interaction with first responders and authoritative figures is going to be positive because we want to be in their lives.”
“We want positive encounters with law enforcement,” Rollins added. “These are our potential jurors, these our potential employees, these are our witnesses unfortunately maybe to crimes. And if they have a wonderful encounter…they’re going to come forward and help us later on.”
Funded by $40,000 raised by the Boston Police Activities League, each child received a $100 gift card.
However, many officers, including Capt. David Granese of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Dept, couldn’t help but spoil their new, little friends, chipping in themselves to make the holiday extra special.
“It’s all about Christmas for them,” Capt. Granese said, as 8-year-old Jesus placed a Nintendo Switch gaming system in his cart. “Whatever he wants, it’s all about the children.”
Article courtesy of Boston 25 News, Christine McCarthy
WE BELONG – Receives $90K grant from the New England Patriots Players’ Social Justice Fund!
The New England Patriots players announced this week that Boston PAL’s program – WE BELONG – is the recipient of a $90,000 grant from the Patriots Players’ Social Justice Fund. Individual players on the team donated to the fund, and every dollar was matched by the Kraft Family. “There are many organizations that do amazing work in the area of social justice,” said Patriots team captain Devin McCourty. “The goal of the social justice fund is to work together as a team to help effect change in our community by providing support to these organizations. The more you learn about the work they are doing, the more you want to support their efforts.”
WE BELONG empowers inner-city youth to be leaders of tomorrow through public service education, community service and outreach. This leadership program provides challenging experiences to high school juniors and seniors to develop leadership skills, explore future careers and become productive members of their communities.
We Belong was invited to Gillette this past Summer! Inspiration and Awe!