Edward F. Davis III, who will be sworn in today as Boston’s police commissioner, vows to make gun violence his top priority while improving community policing, reports the Boston Globe. Davis said the fatal shooting last week of a former gang leader who was involved in preserving a four-month truce with a rival gang especially concerns him. “I want to focus like a laser on violent crime, particularly shootings,” Davis said. “I think that this truce process is extremely interesting, and I’d like to explore continuing it, maybe expanding it.”
Davis disputed some community leaders who question whether he can enhance community policing without hiring many more officers. “To prevent crime you need to get out of the cruiser, you need to talk to people who haven’t necessarily called you and find out what’s happening in their neighborhood, and then do what makes sense to prevent crime,” he said. Davis told the Globe he would immediately distribute a survey throughout the department to produce ideas for reform. “What I’m interested in looking at is not any one specific complaint, but trends across the department  to try to uncover some things that maybe need to be changed that people don’t like,” he said. Mayor Thomas Menino tapped Davis, 50, in October to replace Kathleen O’Toole , who left in July after two years to take a position with the Irish national police force.