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OFFICERS TEAM UP
WITH BOSTON POLICE TO TARGET VIOLENT OFFENDERS
AS PART OF OPERATION SILENT NIGHT
A group of probation officers from the Boston
Municipal Court - Dorchester Division joined with members
of the Boston Police Department's Youth Violence Strike
Force and officers from Area B-3 and Area C-11 this week
during a two-day early morning warrant sweep that removed
30 violent offenders from the streets of Boston as part
of the 4th annual Operation Silent Night.
Silent Night, the brainchild of a Dorchester
Court probation officer, is an annual collaborative effort
which pairs probation officers with Boston police to apprehend
offenders who have outstanding warrants. The sweep targeted
approximately 60 offenders from the Dorchester Court. A
total of 62 homes were visited during the early morning
hours on Monday and Tuesday .The seven probation officers
and one assistant chief probation officer, accompanied
by the Boston Police, went to residences in the Dorchester,
Mattapan and Roxbury area. An arrest was also made in Charlestown.
"Our goal is to get these violent offenders
off the streets so that their family members and others
in the community can have a more peaceful holiday," said
Dorchester Chief Probation Officer Bernard Fitzgerald.
Ninety-five percent of the offenders have
domestic violence-related offenses and the other five percent
are allegedly gang-involved, according to Dorchester Probation
Officer Thomas Todd who designed Operation Silent Night.
"There is a lot more stress during the holidays,
more financial strain, people trying to rekindle already
broken relationships. It's a tough time and it can be a
violent time," said Todd. "We want to help make it safe
for all involved."