Mitchell: Community Safety ‘Obligation We Owe Our Residents’
It's been a quiet week for crime in New Bedford, but that doesn't mean city or police officials are taking it for granted.
In his weekly appearance on WBSM, Mayor Jon Mitchell said the steps the city and the police department have taken toward curbing crime in problem neighborhoods such as Tallman Street and North Front Street are not "one-off efforts," and he said the plan is to keep pressing the issue.
"I feel very strongly that we have a lot of work to do, and just because this week is a quiet week as opposed to, say, two weeks ago, doesn't mean the effort has let up at all," he said.
Mitchell says fighting crime in all areas of the city is always an ongoing process.
"There's no done-done," he said. "Community safety is an ongoing process, and ongoing effort. We always have to be vigilant. That's the obligation we owe our residents, not just some neighborhoods but every neighbood, and we'll continue to work at it."
He said conditions will continue to evolve, and the police will have to keep up with things.
"The police department understands where the sensitivities are, where the hotspots are," he said. "They've redoubled their efforts, and that's what you have to do from time to time."