PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

JUNE 23, 2004

COUNCIL CHAMBER

Convened: 5:18 p.m.

Adjourned: 6:50 p.m.

 

Present were:††††† Chairperson Councillor Joseph M. Petty

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Juan A. Gomez

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Barbara G. Haller

 

Also: †††††††††††††††††† Police Chief Gerald J. Vizzo

††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† Deputy Police Chief Mark S. Roche

††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk

 

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Communications of the City Manager

 

1.†††††† Request adoption of an Order to file home rule legislation which would allow the City to use ďSpecial Process ServersĒ in lieu of Police Officers in Housing Court enforcement actions.

††††††††† #15C CM September 16, 2003

††††††††† In Committee December 8, 2003 Ė Held

Recommend Hold

 

2.†††††† Relative to radar equipment in the future plan for the Police Department.

††††††††† #19A CM March 9, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

3.†††††† Relative to funding for Community Policing Patrols.

††††††††† #19B CM March 9, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

4.†††††† Relative to calls and violations at 148 & 154 Lovell St.†††††

††††††††† #19A CM March 16, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

5.†††††† Relative to Green Island/Vernon Hill Community Policing Patrols.

††††††††† #19A CM April 27, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

6.†††††† Relative to Noise Ordinance Ė Parks, Playgrounds, Public Address Systems.

††††††††† #19A CM May 4, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

7.†††††† Relative to the issue of panhandling in Worcester.

††††††††† #19B CM May 4, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

8.†††††† Relative to addresses at which more than one arrest occurred, April 1, 2003 through March 31, 2004.

††††††††† #19A CM May 18, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

9.†††††† Relative to Worcester Police Departmentís Five Year Strategic Plan.

††††††††† #19B CM June 1, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

Chairmanís Order request the Police Chief to provide the City Council with an itemization of his departmentís capital needs for the next five years.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Police Chief to provide the City Council with a copy of the most recent previous strategic plan for the Worcester Police Department.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager to request the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to inform the City of Worcester of their intentions with regards to a continued presence in Worcester and Central Massachusetts.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Police Chief to provide the City Council with the job description and goals and objectives for positions within the Worcester Police Department.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Police Chief to provide the City Council with a copy of the policy regarding hiring practices at the Worcester Police Department.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager and/or the Police Chief to provide the City Council with a response to the attached communication from Attorney Hector E. Pineiro dated June 14, 2004.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Police Chief to provide the City Council with a chart outlining the ethnic and gender make-up of the Worcester Police Department.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Police Chief to provide the City Council with a report concerning what steps the Worcester Police Department has taken to recruit minority officers.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Police Chief to provide the City Council with a report that shows either by policy or ordinance the institution of an affirmative action policy to ensure that a diverse police force is realized.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager to provide the City Council with a report detailing the costs that would be incurred in having public meetings that are conducted in the neighborhoods by either live ordelayed broadcasting.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager obtain from the State Office of Human Resources data from the most recent police officer examination that reveals how many test takers signified their intention to become a member of the Worcester Police Department and the additional data that identifies by race those signifying Worcester as an intended future employer.

 

Speakers:

1.     William Breault, 4 Hathaway Street, Worcester

2.     Edith Morgan, 42 Shattuck Street, Worcester

3.     Mary Keefe, 10 Oxford Street, Worcester

4.     Kevin Ksen, 5 Shawmut Street, Worcester

5.     Nanette Davis, 30 Cedar Street, Worcester

6.     Fran Manocchio, 22 Havelock Road, Worcester

 

LLEBG GRANTS/AWARDS

 

Communications of the City Manager

 

10.†††† Relative to Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Round VIII.

††††††††† #37 CC December 16, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

11.†††† Relative to the composition of the Local Law Enforcement Advisory Committee.

††††††††† #17C CM January 6, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

12.†††† Requesting adoption of the Executive Summary and Resolution to file and accept a Bullet Proof Vest Partnership Grant with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Programs and the Massachusetts Office of Public Safety.

††††††††† #17A CM January 27, 2004 Ė For informational purposes only

Recommend Hold

 

13.†††† Relative to Worcesterís Weed and Seed Initiative.

††††††††† #17C CM January 27, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

14.†††† Relative to funding for the Weed and Seed Program.

††††††††† #17B CM March 9, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

15.†††† Relative to 2003 Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Grant Program.

††††††††† #17A CM April 13, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

16.†††† Relative to Quarterly report relative to the Homeland Security Grant.

#9A CM December 17, 2002

Recommend Hold

 

17.†††† Relative to Homeland Security Grant Money.

††††††††† #17A CM September 30, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

Communication of the City Auditor Ė James DelSignore

 

18.†††† Transmitting financial information regarding the CDBG & LLEBG programs.

††††††††† #127 CC January 6, 2004 Ė For informational purposes only

Recommend Hold

 

PUBLIC SAFETY MISCELLANEOUS

 

Communications of the City Manager

 

19.†††† Relative to Bio-Tech Companies and Terrorism.

#10A CM March 19, 2002

Recommend Hold

 

20.†††† Relative to Policies and Procedures for Bio-Terrorism attacks.

#10B CM March 19, 2002

Recommend Hold

 

21.†††† Relative to Federal Grant monies to be accessed for use against Bio-terrorism and Emergency Preparedness.

#18J CM April 23, 2002

Recommend Hold

 

22.†††† Relative to Hauling of Nuclear Waste through the City of Worcester.

††††††††† #11A CM March 4, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

23.†††† Relative to the long range plan for the Department of Emergency Management.

††††††††† #11A CM August 12, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

24.†††† Relative to MMRS Drill/Saturday, October 18, 2003

††††††††† #20A CM October 28, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

25.†††† Relative to Flu Clinics.

††††††††† #20C CM November 18, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

26.†††† Relative to Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) Contract.

#21D CM December 3, 2002

Recommend Hold

 

27.†††† Relative to MMRS Program.

††††††††† #20B CM November 18, 2003

Recommend Hold