New Bedford Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro, along with community volunteers, are starting a new program to address issues in the city before they become tragedies.

Its called the HUB Program and it involves police and fire department officials meeting with leaders of the school department, health department, and youth and family agencies to discuss "critical situations" in New Bedford. The group would devise a plan of action and then respond within 24 hours. The HUB Program started in Canada and has worked well in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Chief Cordeiro and Andrea Sheppard Lomba of United Interfaith Action visit Townsquare Sunday this week to discuss the program and tell us how you can get involved.


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