Following a recent gun buyback program, Mayor Bill Finch and Police Chief Joe Gaudett on Thursday were joined by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans to discuss efforts to curtail gun violence in their respective cities.
Violent crime has been on the rise in many cities across the country. In the closing days of the September 16 Democratic primary, Finch has become a visible presence on issues such as public safety and economic development.
“Community policing works in both Bridgeport and in Boston,” said Finch. “We need to continue community policing. We need to keep working on it through outreach from the police and the clergy to the youth that may be prone to violence like what we’re doing with Project Longevity and Streets Safe.”
Finch and Walsh are both members of Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization to end gun violence and build safer communities.
“It’s important for collaboration and to share best practices,” said Walsh. “When we’re talking in the room about the Bridgeport gun buyback program that has taken significant guns off the streets. We have a program in Boston as well and we’re looking to re-energize our own program.”
“There are too many guns out there,” said Police Commissioner William Evans. “We continue every day to take guns off the street through gun buyback programs. But we all agree that we have to be on the same page so guns aren’t flowing freely into our cities.”
Finch’s gun buyback program was launched in 2012 that he says has resulted in more than 1,000 guns off of the streets. The most recent program resulted in 127 weapons being turned in.