Mayoral candidate Mike Ross, chairman of the City Council’s public safety committee, has rolled out a wide-ranging plan aimed at making Boston safer.
The 20-page blueprint– among the most comprehensive series of proposals on the issue released by any of the 12 candidates thus far – focuses on fighting youth violence, making neighborhoods safer, reducing the impact of guns, addressing domestic violence, and modernizing the police force.
As mayor, Ross would are create more neighborhood police substations and satellite offices in high-crime areas, impose a safety tax on sales of all guns and ammunition in Boston, and modernize incident reporting to free up police officers to spend more time on the street.
Here is his full public safety plan.
Ross announced the plan Saturday in Dorchester and was accompanied by Teah Norfleet, whose brother Jahmol was a former gang member who attempted to broker a truce between two Boston gangs before being shot and killed in 2006.
“Mike understands what we need to do to ensure that every neighborhood in Boston is one where kids can have opportunities and feel safe.” Norfleet said at the event.
In a crowed race with many pivotal issues, public safety has remained a major focus of many of the candidates. Most of the candidates have released public safety proposals, including detailed platforms put out by Dan Conley and Rob Consalvo, who unveiled a proposal last month. Consalvo He had previously released a series of proposals about how technology could be better leveraged to bolster public safety.
Ross, who called a public safety hearing last month to address a spike in gun violence across the city this year, has made public safety one of his primary issues and has been meeting with community leaders about how to combat violence and provide safer streets.Wesley Lowery can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @WesleyLowery.