Following a recent rise in homicide rates after a decade of significant declines, the Boston Foundation has announced a $1.5 million commitment over three-years to promote public-safety initiatives that strengthen partnerships between the Boston Police Department and community-based groups.
For the past decade, faith-based leaders, law enforcement agencies and officials, and community-based organizations have collaborated to reduce the incidence of violent crime in Boston through increased teamwork and active street outreach. The Community Safety initiative announced by the foundation will build on these efforts by focusing law enforcement's attention on known perpetrators, while supporting faith-based and community leaders stepped up outreach to Boston's highest-risk youth. In support of the initiative, the foundation awarded grants to six organizations: the Boston Police Department ($110,000), the Ella J. Baker House ($60,000), the Boston 10 Point Coalition ($50,000), the Cape Verdean Community Task Force ($40,000), the Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership ($25,000), and Peace at Home ($30,000).
"We're not going to let the 'Boston Miracle' disintegrate. While the Boston Foundation has been funding safety programs in the community for a number of years, this is a more concentrated and sustained effort to revitalize existing collaborations and develop new strategies," said foundation president Paul S. Grogan. "We recognize that it's a complex situation, and we intend to support an ongoing inquiry and dialogue to achieve an understanding of the underlying issues and to develop effective interventions."