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WEST ROXBURY PROBATION
AND BOSTON POLICE MEET WITH COMMUNITY TO PREPARE FOR
More than 200 teenagers and their parents
and guardians turned out for a "Safe Summer Initiative" forum
co-sponsored by the Probation Department of the Boston
Municipal Court-West Roxbury Division and the Boston Police
Department, Area E-5 & Special Units, to address local
concerns about teenage misbehavior and ways to keep young
people busy and out of trouble this summer.
West Roxbury First Assistant Chief Mark Prisco
and Probation Officer Bill Joyce represented probation
at the meeting held at the West Roxbury Community Center.
Also in attendance were District Attorney Dan Conley, Boston
Police Department Deputy Superintendent Darren Greeley,
BPD Lieutenant Gary French, and BPD Safety Officer Ken
Jamieson. Members of the BPD Gang Unit and Brian Eacabacci,
an alcohol counselor at Bay State Community Service were
also on hand.
"We are working with the Boston Police Department
to create an atmosphere where all young people will have
a nice, safe summer," Prisco said.
Among the issues of community concern are teenage
drinking, loitering, fighting and alleged gang-related
activity, according to Prisco. The group talked about forming
flag football and basketball leagues and offering programs
at the YMCA to keep young people occupied during the hot
days of summer.
Prisco informed the teens and their parents
and guardians of the role of probation.
"I wanted them to understand what we do in
probation and the restrictions placed on someone who is
on probation. I explained the long-term ramifications of
getting a record," said Prisco.