With over twenty years of Public Safety, Public Health, and Emergency Management experience, I want to work with our Public Safety Departments, the Police and Fire Departments, to improve not only our public safety, but our quality of life as well.
Working with the Police Department
I want to work with Chief Fallon to create a Neighborhood Watch program that will compliment and support his Neighborhood Policing program. We all have a responsibility to look out for our fellow Somervillians. They are our family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. We need to be a force multiplier for the Police Department. One way to do this is to create neighborhood watch programs in each of the many neighborhoods in the City. This will not only help unify the city and its neighborhoods, it will also help to reduce the quality of life crimes (i.e., bike thefts, car break-ins, vandalism, etc.) that are occurring. Together we can make our already safe city into an even safer and friendlier community.
Working with the Fire Department
I want to work with Chief Breen in providing quality service and protection to city and its residents. Part of that is ensuring that we have one of the best, if not the best, Emergency Medical Services in the City. To ensure this, I want to work the Chief to ensure that our EMS providers are not just meeting the minimum standards but exceeding them in response time, quality of care, and training.
I also want to work Chief Breen and his team to provide free or low-cost community CPR and first aid training to the residents of Somerville. This training can mean the difference in a member of your family or one of your friends or coworkers living and dying. As a paramedic with almost 20 years in the field, I know how important this is. I have seen both the benefits and consequences of offering or not offering this training.