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Malden mayor pledges more officers, $150k in crime-fighting equipment

Posted by Matt Byrne  August 28, 2012 10:35 AM

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In response to a spate of gun violence that left three people wounded, Malden Mayor Gary Christenson pledged Monday to hire three new police officers and spend more than $150,000 on public safety measures.

Christenson also advocated for the purchase of high-tech crime-fighting equipment, including two unmarked police cars, three more license plate readers, a dozen surveillance cameras, and the installation of a high-speed network to allow police to stream live, high-quality surveillance video from around the city.

The total cost of the upgrades is still unknown, but will cost at least $150,000, if figures the mayor provided hold true. Christenson said some of the major costs -- including the new hires and the wireless network -- will be included in a capital improvement plan he expects to propose this fall.

To read the mayor's proposal, click here.

The measures come as police recently responded to three shootings in Malden. The first, Aug. 12, left a 17-year-old shot in the ankle. The second shooting, reported in the early morning hours of Aug. 18, left a Malden man in critical condition with multiple gun shot wounds. His condition has since been upgraded, and he is expected to survive, according to the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr.

In the third incident, reported less than 24 hours after the near-fatal incident Aug. 18, a Malden man was shot in the thigh in an alleged dispute over a woman on Middlesex Avenue in downtown Malden. Police charged Daniel Rossetti, 20, of Medford with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

At the Monday safety meeting, Police Lieutenant Kevin Molis assured the community that the three shootings were unrelated, and that police continue to investigate the two in which arrests have not been made.

"This is not crimes that seem to be related in any way," Molis said. "They have their own background and motives."

Matt Byrne can be reached at mbyrne.globe@gmail.com.

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