The Public Safety Committee was formed in 2003 when crime was on the rise in the community after over five years of declining violence. MPDC mobilized residents and community stakeholders to sit down with the police and brainstorm strategies to respond. After decades of mistrust between community residents and the police, the group now works together independently to build public safety. A crime rate reduction of 13% from 2007 to 2009 in our target area is proof that this strategy is working.
In 2008, Madison Park received national recognition for its innovative community-police partnership between the Orchard Gardens/Orchard Commons Public Safety Committee and the local B-2 Boston Police Department and was awarded the MetLife Community-Policing Partnership Award.
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Because of MPDC’s success in bridging historical divides, we have been awarded multi-year grants from the Boston Department of Health through their Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) program. We have been able to invest in proven solutions such as organizing house meetings with residents and hiring peer leaders to work with our young people. Each year we organize a National Night Out event and back to school Peace Concert.