New Boston police commissioner Ed Davis has his work cut out for him, the Associated Press reports. Homicides hit a 10-year high in 2005 at 75. Last year wasn't much better, with 74. Having three boys under 15 die by gunfire in the last three weeks has brought more unwanted attention to the city's problems with guns and youth. Davis says the challenge of stemming gun violence “energizes” him.
As police chief in Lowell, MA, Davis was credited with helping reduce crime through community policing. Davis plans to expand community policing in Boston by saturating certain hot crime areas with police for extended periods and setting up community advisory groups in each of the city's 13 police districts. “This is not just a public relations type of thing – come in and have coffee or tea and we'll listen to your complaints – it's more like these are the challenges that we're facing as a community together  what's your thought on the best way to deal with this?” Davis said. He said the vast majority of the recent shootings have occurred in a 2 1/2-square-mile area.