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Somerville begins to ‘reimagine’ policing and public safety


SOMERVILLE, MA — The city has begun the process of “reinventing” public safety by hiring a consultant to conduct a staffing and operations analysis of the Somerville Police Department.

Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc., under contract with the city’s Department of Racial and Social Justice (RSJ), will measure police department workload, studying staffing, operations and organization and analyzing the data.

When completed, this analysis will help inform both the administration and community members working to rethink the city’s public safety resources and needs.

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“As we move forward with the work of reinventing policing and public safety, it is important that we do so with a full understanding of our community’s public safety needs, current SPD resources and information about the possible changes,” said Mayor Katjana Ballantyne. said in a statement. “The RSJ department has already done a lot of important work in this area, and I look forward to continuing the conversations about how we can work together to support efforts to reimagine what public safety looks like in our community.”

RSJ staff members have held group listening sessions with communities that have seen an increase in gun violence, initiated efforts to establish a Youth Justice League ensure youth voices are heard, recruited Reinventing Police Service Community Engagement Ambassadors and conducted extensive qualitative data collection through dozens of meetings and interviews with residents and stakeholders.

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The RSJ department is preparing for a community meeting later this month. Updates on his work and information on how community members can get involved in reinventing policing and public safety and other racial and social justice initiatives will also be shared from many ways, including on the RSJ website, somervillema.gov/rsjwhich is currently under construction.

“This is a major step to ensure that our work to inform the reinvention of policing and public safety is fully informed, accountable, intentional and transparent about where we are as a city now. so we can work with the community to explore and shape the goals,” said Denise Molina Capers, director of the Department of Racial and Social Justice.

Raftelis is a consulting firm with over 28 years of experience working with local governments and utilities. Public Safety Analysis is one of its municipal specialties.

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