CITY OF WORCESTER

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Monday, November 28, 2016

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 6:04 P.M.

Adjourned: 7:44 PM


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Susan M. Ledoux

Committee Members

Chairperson Kathleen M Toomey
Councilor Morris A Bergman
Councilor Sarai Rivera
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Kathleen M Toomey Councilor Morris A Bergman Councilor Sarai Rivera
 
Also:Police Chief Steven M. Sargent; Deputy Police Chief Edward J. McGinn; Deputy Police Chief Sean J. Fleming; Deputy Police Chief Paul B. Saucier; Deputy Police Chief Mark S. Roche; Director of Communications Richard Fiske, III; Assistant City Clerk Stephen A.J. Pottle, clerk
 
1.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

1a.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the benefits of a Mounted Police Unit. # 8.10A CM November 01, 2016

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Speakers:
1. Richard Cipro, Worcester Police Department
2. Tom Daly, Worcester Police Department

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with an update concerning the timeline for initiating the Mounted Police Unit.

Chairman's Resolutions

That the City Council does hereby support the Worcester Police Departmentís Mounted Police Unit (MPU).

1b.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a report outlining the legality of sponsorships being placed on Worcester Police property transporting horses in the Mounted Police Unit. # 8.13D CM November 15, 2016

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Recommend File

1c.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the newly established Neighborhood Response Team. # 10.10A CM July 19, 2016

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Recommend File

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Police Chief create a plan to increase community involvement and encourage residents to come forward with neighborhood issues, including the recent car break-ins in the Burncoat Street and Grafton Street areas.

Request City Manager request Police Chief arrange a community meeting once per year in each sector of the City, which could be combined with a Standing Committee on Public Safety meeting.

Request City Manager request Police Chief increase foot patrols in all neighborhoods of the City when staffing levels are higher, including those neighborhoods that do not typically see high crime rates.

Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a copy of the materials given to residents during Neighborhood Meetings, such as maps and phone numbers, in .jpeg or PDF format for distribution on social media.

1d.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to an update on the progress of the Off-Highway Vehicle Task Force. # 10.10B CM July 19, 2016

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Chairman's Resolutions

That City Council does hereby recognize the Off-Highway Vehicle Task Force for their successes in curbing the problems caused by off-highway vehicles during the Summer of 2016 and beyond.

1e.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a summary of the downtown policing efforts. # 9.10A CM May 24, 2016

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Chairperson Councilor Toomey stated that she works for an agency that provides addiction treatment during the discussion of this item, in the interest of full disclosure.

Recommend File

2.

COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT

2a.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the updated two way radio system. # 8.11A CM May 10, 2016

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Recommend File

2b.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to an update on the enrollment efforts for the AlertWorcester Notification System. # 8.11A CM February 23, 2016

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Recommend File

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with the links of the Emergency Communications Departmentís social media websites, as a means to share this information with the residents of the City.

Request City Manager provide City Council with the number of calls the emergency center received during the recent flooding on October 21, 2016.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing the process the Emergency Communications Department follows when an emergency call comes into the office, as well as how calls are prioritized.

Request City Manager send information concerning enrolling in the Cityís AlertWorcester Notification System through the Water and Sewer Bills, as well as through the School Departmentís student newsletters.

2c.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to determining the interest of the Town of Spencer in joining the Regional Emergency Communications Center. # 9.11A CM March 10, 2015

In Committee December 2, 2015 - Held

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Recommend File

2d.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the rules and regulations for the Telephone Emergency Notification System. # 9.11B CM March 10, 2015

In Committee December 2, 2015 - Held

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Recommend File

2e.

Order of Councilor William J. Eddy - Request City Manager, working with the City Council, look at options for upgrading the Cityís 911 system, including the possibility of implementing a Smart 911 system that is currently used in 300 municipalities and numerous colleges in Worcester and throughout the nation. # 13k CC August 20, 2013

In Committee October 28, 2014 - Held In Committee December 2, 2015 - Held

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Recommend File

3.

MISCELLANEOUS

3a.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication regarding a draft ordinance relative to the smoking or consumption of marijuana or other drug in public, similar to the City Ordinance concerning drinking in public. # 9.13A CM September 06, 2016

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