In an attempt to deal with the alarming 336 unsolved homicides, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is moving forward to resolve the decade old problem which he inherited.
The Mayor is asking police to review the way they probe homicides while the city explores new strategies to break the code of silence in neighborhoods to make witnesses feel safe and to bring long-overdue justice to the families of victims.
He suggested the city come up with new techniques on how to get information and new ways of solving murders.
The number of homicides clearance rate from 2004 to last year, had lagged behind the national average, was “most alarming” to the Mayor, who will apparently have an in-depth discussion on the subject with Boston Police Commissioner William Evans.
It appears that the Mayor is attempting to work with all parties involved to resolve this highly controversial problem that has caught the attention of many Bostonians.
Mayor Walsh has supported looking at new technologies and installing more surveillance cameras on city streets, possibly pouring more resources into the city is homicide unit and sending a crime-stopping legislative package to Beacon Hill that would toughen penalties in the states witness intimidation law, among other actions.
Another initiative presented by the Mayor is the age old conveying cops, prosecutors and community groups to build neighborhood ties.
Several attempts to create a neighborhood watch program in the North End failed.
Public Safety meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm in the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street.