Police Commissioner Ed Davis said today he is stepping up patrols in "parks and other public places" across the city as his department tries to put a lid on recent violent outbreaks that have left people fleeing for their lives and schools and houses shot up as gang members try to eliminate their rivals.
At a press conference, Davis said almost all of the recent escalation in violence is due to gang members shooting it out with each other - both young gangbangers and men in their 30s who are being targeted for retaliatory hits dating back to beefs when they were teens themselves.
Davis said Dorchester in general, but in particular the Bowdoin Street corridor, has borne the brunt of the bloodshed. He said he is optimistic that increasing patrols - and greater emphasis on watching and picking up known "impact players" will have the same effect as it did when done earlier this year in Mattapan.
He said BPD yesterday swept up 28 "known community predators" and that several undercover operations now underway will mean even more arrests in coming weeks. Davis said BPD is working closely with a regional law-enforcement intelligence unit to keep tabs on these people.
The department hopes to have 200,000 walking beats done this year, compared to half that number last year, he said, adding residents can help by calling the department with any tips - anonymously if they prefer.
He said most of the guns flooding Boston streets come from housebreaks elsewhere in Massachusetts or from states with more lax gun-sales regulations, such as New Hampshire and down South.
- Davis's complete statement (does not include his answers to questions from reporters).
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