|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
||For More Information, Contact:
|August 11, 2005
||Coria Holland, Director of Communications
||617-727-5300, ext. 258
SUFFOLK JUVENILE PROBATION OFFICERS LEND SUPPORT AND PRESENCE AT "OCCUPATION" OF
NEIGHBORHOOD MARRED BY CRIME
week, a team of Suffolk County Juvenile Court Probation
Officers joined Reverend Bruce Wall, pastor of the Global
Ministries Church; local law enforcement; and community
representatives each night on Lyndhurst Street in Dorchester,
the site of a week-long "occupation and liberation" initiative
led by Wall who vowed to run alleged drug dealers and gang-involved
youths out of the neighborhood.
night, probation officers patrolled the Lyndhurst area,
the scene of numerous shootings, and adjacent streets where
they performed curfew checks and informed residents of
the various court services and community programs offered
by the court. On Thursday, a dozen probation officers came
out in full force to assist in the Lyndhurst Street effort.
They came from the Chelsea, Roxbury, and West Roxbury sites
of the Suffolk Juvenile Court. The Probation Officers joined
a host of police officers, area ministers, community residents,
and community leaders, according to Suffolk Juvenile Chief
Probation Officer Steven A. Siciliano.
called on Probation Officers from each of the Suffolk County
Juvenile Court sites and they answered the call in a big
way. We were happy to lend our support to this effort,” said
Suffolk Juvenile Chief Probation Officer Richard M. Scott,
who is based at the Dorchester division of the Suffolk
Juvenile Court, came up with the idea to join the "occupation" and
helped to organize probation's outreach efforts.
conjunction with our partners, our presence in the streets
from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with our clearly visible probation
gear and familiar faces helped to reduce probationers'
anonymity. It was quintessential community probation in
action," said Scott.
Officers from the Suffolk County Juvenile Probation Department
have played a major role this summer in finding constructive
ways to steer court-involved youths away from trouble.
Job Readiness Program, a 12-week education and job skills
training program, is preparing youth for gainful employment
in the private sector. The "Summerwind" Program, run by
Suffolk Juvenile and BMC-Chelsea P.O.'s, was designed to
help local law enforcement keep tabs on court-involved
young people who hang out at local parks and beaches during
the summer months.