BOSTON (AP) — Suffolk University will host a panel discussion on how to reduce gang violence, including stories from police who have used innovative tactics to fight the problem.
‘‘Confronting Gang Violence: Lessons from Massachusetts and Beyond’’ will feature panelists discussing some unlikely partnerships, including Latino residents patrolling the streets with police in a Springfield neighborhood and persuading at-risk children to get involved in positive activities.
Panelists will include Mary Beth Heffernan, secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security; Sgt. Miguel Lopez of the Worcester Police Department gang unit; and Westport state Sen. Michael Rodrigues.
The discussion will be held Tuesday at Suffolk University.
Professors Erika Gebo and Brenda Bond, co-editors of ‘‘Looking Beyond Suppression: Community Strategies to Reduce Gang Violence,’’ will moderate the session.