CPD com­mu­nity of­fice at Bay Coun­try Apart­ments

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CAM­BRIDGE — On Mon­day, May 23, Cam­bridge Po­lice De­part­ment an­nounced the open­ing of a new com­mu­nity of­fice at Bay Coun­try Apart­ments on Green­wood Av­enue.

608 Green­wood Av­enue, Apart­ment 102 will serve as the base of op­er­a­tions for the neigh­bor­hood beat of­fi­cers, bi­cy­cle pa­trol, foot pa­trol and com­mu­nity po­lice of­fi­cer Pa­trol­man First Class John Fos­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to the de­part­ment, the res­i­dents of Bay Coun­try Apart­ments gen­er­ally want peace­ful liv­ing, but some did not want to com­ply. Com­plaints were of­ten made about non-res­i­dents hang­ing around and cars of non-res­i­dents tak­ing park­ing space.

Cam­bridge Po­lice Chief Daniel Dvo­rak and Sgt. An­toine Pat­ton, Com­man­der of the Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Unit, met with the Bay Coun­try man­age­ment sev­eral times, be­gin­ning last year, and re­cently their re­quest to oc­cupy a unit was ap­proved. With the ap­proval of the U.S. De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment, they hope to have the of­fice fully op­er­a­tional by mid-June.

“Our new of­fice gives a sense of hope for the fu­ture of our city,” Pat­ton said. “It will re­duce crime and give the res­i­dents peace. The po­lice pres­ence will al­low the cit­i­zens and chil­dren to take back their com­mu­nity.”

CPD has two ad­di­tional of­fices, one down­town on Race Street and an­other on Pine Street, aimed at mak­ing the de­part­ment vis­i­ble and ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic.

In ad­di­tion to the new com­mu­nity of­fice, CPD is ini­ti­at­ing the Neigh­bor­hood Beat Of­fi­cer Pro­gram to change how of­fi­cers are as­signed to pa­trol dis­tricts.

“Of­fi­cers have been ro­tat­ing from one pa­trol district to an­other dur­ing their work days, and a res­i­dent call­ing the po­lice could have one of any 30 of­fi­cers from the pa­trol di­vi­sion re­spond to a call,” Dvo­rak said. “Un­der this pro­gram, each of­fi­cer is as­signed to one district which means peo­ple are likely to see only one of five of­fi­cers re­spond to a call. The goal is that of­fi­cers will get to know the peo­ple in their dis­tricts, build re­la­tion­ships, dis­cuss prob­lems in the neigh­bor­hood and come up with so­lu­tions.”

CPD urges res­i­dents to reach out and pro­vide feed­back, even if they have reached out be­fore and felt like their con­cerns were not heard. They are al­ways search­ing for new ways to strengthen their com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­op­er­a­tion with res­i­dents.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Cam­bridge Po­lice Chief Daniel Dvo­rak, left, stands with Pfc. Joe Jones, Po­lice Re­cruit Ka­son Wash­ing­ton, Sgt. An­toine Pat­ton and Pfc. John Fos­ter at the new of­fice lo­cated at Bay Coun­try Apart­ments, 608 Green­wood Av­enue, Apt. 102.

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