Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2017 #89
ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED
Mar 27, 2017 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to consult with the Acting Police Commissioner with a view toward piloting a Cambridge Police outpost located in Carl Barron Plaza, to be ready for operation by Summer 2017.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, DSSponsors:Mayor E. Denise Simmons, Vice Mayor Marc C. McGovern
Category:Policy Order

Attachments

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  2. ORIGINAL ORDER

Body

WHEREAS:

In the years since the Cambridge Police Department relocated its headquarters from 5 Western Avenue to the new facility at 125 Sixth Street in East Cambridge, there has been a growing public perception that Central Square suffers from an increased amount of crime and people engaging in undesirable behavior, particularly during the evening hours in and around Carl Barron Plaza; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Members of the community have repeatedly raised concerns with the City about this neighborhood, lamenting that many families and senior citizens steer clear of the area because they feel unsafe walking through Central Square due to the panhandling and other behaviors of many people who tend to congregate in Carl Barron Plaza; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

In response to these community concerns, the Cambridge Police have provided repeated assurances that there is a steady police presence in Central Square, that officers in uniform are routinely covering this beat, and that Central Square is just as safe, and the police response there just as swift, as when the Cambridge Police Department was located on Western Avenue; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

True as these repeated assurances may be, the public’s perception of Central Square as an unsafe neighborhood best to be avoided remains a steep and significant hurdle that must be effectively addressed if the City is truly serious about working to revitalize this most important district; and 

 

 

WHEREAS:

There remains a vocal public desire for a more robust, more visible police presence, and many residents and business owners have urged for the installation of a physical Cambridge Police substation situated in Carl Barron Plaza, which would provide an unmistakable signal that the City is making an aggressive effort to revitalize Central Square and provide a greater sense of safety to all who would come to this area; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

When this has been discussed in years past, Cambridge Police representatives had advised that such a substation would be both unnecessary and redundant to the police presence already operating in the Square, yet the psychological comfort such an substation could provide to business owners, business patrons, and pedestrians alike can no longer be overlooked or easily dismissed; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to consult with the Acting Police Commissioner with a view toward piloting a Cambridge Police substation located in Carl Barron Plaza, to be ready for operation by Summer 2017, and to report back to the City Council on this matter in a timely manner; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the subject matter be referred to the Public Safety Committee.

 

Meeting History

Mar 27, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED