Thinking small – New District chief wants to reduce crime in Eastie

There’s a new police captain in town and he’s making it his mission to greatly reduce crime in East Boston.

Boston Police veteran Frank Mancini, who had a stint serving at District 7 several years back, has replaced Captain Robert Cunningham who retired from the force last month.

As the new commander of District 7 in East Boston, Mancini sent out a message to the neighborhood and said he looks forward to working with the many community groups to address the many quality of life issues and concerns they may have.

“I would like to continue the two way communication between the residents of East Boston and the officers of District 7,” said Mancini. “A strong priority will be to establish a relationship with the young people in the community in order to improve communication between police and the youth of East Boston.”

With a slight uptick in certain types of crimes in Eastie, although many credit this to more newcomers from Latin America feeling comfortable enough to report crime, Mancini said he and the station’s biggest goal at District 7 will be to reduce crime, especially crimes of violence and street crimes.

“Our efforts will be focused on that goal,” he said. “To achieve this goal, I will need the cooperation and assistance of the East Boston community so that together we can make an impact on the problems that are of concern to East Boston residents. Our greatest chance for success is to create a partnership between citizens and police and together address the issues in East Boston."

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