One on one with Police Commissioner Ed Davis

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November 12, 2010, 9:25 pm

(NECN: Brad Puffer, Boston) - The city of Boston has captured headlines recently due to an uptick in crime. Commissioner Ed Davis went on the record with NECN about the dramatic increase in homicides.

"They have to know if they don't get out of the life we are going to be on them and send them back to jail."

In a one on one interview, Commissioner Davis defended the work of his officers to keep the city safe, despite a 46% increase in homicides this year.

"Obviously we are very troubled by the increase, we've seen a marked increase in the number of drug related homicides recently and that's a little different than what we have seen in the past."

Last weekend, a 30-year-old man was found stabbed outside a roxbury liquor store. Another 35-year-old victim killed this week.  

"When you get into the drug business the age tends to increase. You see people with longer records people who have spent more time in prison."

And he says many were arrested 15 to 20 years ago, with longer minimum mandatory sentences.  That helped, for a while.  

"You keep them incarcerated for a longer period of time you get a period of reduction in crime. But they come back. They all get out of jail."

Drugs are also seen a possible motive in the murder of four people in Mattapan, a total five shot, including a young child. Davis says his homicide investigators now solve 50% of the crimes they investigate, a 20 point increase from five years ago.  One person has already been arrested in connection with the Mattapan case, and it is now before an investigative grand jury.

"I'm convinced we are going to bring that to a successful culmination. It's better we do it properly than do it quickly, and I think you will see a resolution to that soon."

Davis says many homicides are still caused by young people who get into guns and gangs at an early age. But the combination of gang and drug crimes has resulted in a surge in homicides this year.  

"They have to know if they don't get out of the life we are going to be on them and send them back to jail."

And that means getting more officers and more detectives on the street.  Despite the recession, Davis says the numbers have held steady. The department is now 21-hundred strong.  11 more officers were named detectives in a ceremony Friday. More officers are in training.  

Officers need to be in the neighborhoods, they have to be engaged with the community and developing trust with people they are serving on the street so people help us with solving crime.

Tags: Boston, murder, Boston Police, violence, Brad Puffer, crime, Ed Davis
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