BOSTON – Boston City Councilor At-Large Michael F. Flaherty and Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn recently offered a resolution in support of concurrent police authority for State Police and the Boston Police Department on MassPort properties, including the South Boston Waterfront but excluding the Logan International Airport and airport related properties. Per state statute, the Boston Police Department currently does not have jurisdiction in these areas of the city.
The resolution was related to a House of Representatives budget amendment filed at the state level by Rep. Nick Collins. The Boston City Council has subsequently gone on record in support of Rep. Collins’ amendment for concurrent jurisdictions and equal access to police services for all areas of Boston.
Flaherty said, “The resolution that Councilor Flynn and I have offered in support of Rep. Collins’ proposed legislation does not take away the authority of the State Police – it seeks to provide the Boston Police the same police jurisdiction as the State Police in the City of Boston. The end goal is to make sure that emergency response services from 911 are addressed immediately.”
Flynn said, “Our support for Rep. Collins’ budget amendment is all about public safety and providing equal access to services from the Boston Police Department for all of our residents, including our neighbors on the South Boston Waterfront. We are merely seeking concurrent jurisdiction there for law enforcement; just as we currently have for state roads, the MBTA and DCR property.”
This pissing match needs to end. We have one of the lowest crime rates in the country proportionate to our size, figure it out.
You again really @ no so new to the hood
Yes, really, Joe Cantina.
Hey, wait a minute. No so new to the hood is no so bad.
‘Cut the baby in half’. Par for the course. Way to make stand.
This is really all about money. The State Police do not want to give up, or compete, for the lucrative details that they get through the construction boom or the concerts in the summer at the Pavilion. Public safety should be paramount and the Boston Police allowed to respond to calls from Boston residents. Just saying.
Ding ding ding. Sitting outside a construction site “ensuring safety” is a whole lot easier than patrolling the projects.
Just FYI….The BPD has publicly stated they don’t want the details.