BOSTON, Mass. - National Night Out has become an annual tradition for police around the country, and Boston was no exception Monday.
Police Commissioner William Evans was joined by Mayor Marty Walsh reaching out to community members to bolster relations.
While shootings are up in Boston this year, the overall crime rate is down and that’s something the city is proud of.
“Tonight’s about a celebration of the community and the police department,” Walsh said.
Events were held from Brighton to Roslindale and JP to Roxbury reaching out and building relationships.
“These are great positive events. The police, the community, cooking out and just interacting. This is what community policing is all about,” Evans said.
Boston police tout their solved homicide rate of 74 percent and do acknowledge there is more to do on the non-fatal shootings - which are up
“People gotta learn to trust and respect us and realize that if they don’t come forward, then retaliation is probably gonna be the next step,” Evans said.
Residents across the city tell Boston 25 News they feel more confident in police and believe that what police are doing is working to help beat crime.
“JP is a great neighborhood and everyone works together and it shows because our crime rate has gone down,” resident Derryl Irion said.
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