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Somerville Police

Reorganization Proposal
Police Reorganization Proposal

1. Proposal Development Process

1. Used preliminary recommendations of Advisory Group as guide

2. Reviewed best practices in deployment, including organizational structures of:


Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Lowell, Malden, Medford, and Watertown.
Analyzed SPD’s calls for service.

3. Developed proposal and presented to Mayor.

4. Revised proposal based on feedback from:


• Ed Davis, Former Lowell Police Superintendent, Current Boston Police Chief
• Thomas Robbins, Colonel Massachusetts State Police
• James Claiborne, Superintendent Boston Police Department
• Patrick Crossen, Deputy Superintendent Boston Police Department

5. Prepared final proposal and cost analysis.

6. Developed model floor plans for substations.


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2. Citywide Coverage

Current Ward System Proposed District System

West

East

7 one-man cars (1 per ward) 6 one- or two-man cars 2 sergeants


(3 per district) (1 per district)
1 sergeant (citywide) Up to 6 walking Up to 4 rapid response
or biking officers officers (deployed at
(3 per district)
4
4 busiest times & places)
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3. Substations Benefits

Purpose
• Increase presence and
SUB interactions in neighborhoods.
• Build relationships between
officers and surrounding
community.
• Target street crime hot spots,
SUB
patterns and problems through
patrol related initiatives.
HQ Proposed Locations
•Considering possible City
buildings
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4. Distribution of Calls for Service

Current Ward System Calls For Service


10,000
9,000
Ward 1 Ward 2 Ward 3 Ward 4 8,000
9,580 9,715 7,217 6,941 7,000
6,000
Ward 5 Ward 6 Ward 7 5,000
4,000
5,059 5,231 4,789 3,000
2,000
1,000
-
Ward 1 Ward 2 Ward 3 Ward 4 Ward 5 Ward 6 Ward 7

Proposed District System 10,000


9,000
8,000
East-1 East-2 East-3 7,000

6,608 6,579 6,431 6,000


5,000
West-1 West-2 West-3 4,000
3,000
6,568 6,434 6,510 2,000
1,000
-
East-1 East-2 East-3 West-1 West-2 West-3
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5. Calls for Service by Hour


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6. Proposed Organizational Chart

Chief
Chief’s Aide
(1 Lt)
Deputy Chief, Deputy Chief,
Operations Support Services

Captain, Captain, Lieutenant Captain, Captain,


East West Traffic Investigations Admin.

Lts. (3) Lts. (3) Prof Standards &


Hackney & Court Investigations Fin.Analyst Training
Development
East West (1 Sgt) (1 Lt & 9 Ptrl) (Lt, Ptrl, Civ) (1 Civ) (Lt)

Sgts. (5) Sgts. (5) Accident Inv & Detective Support Crime Analysis Administrative Details
East West Enf. (5 Ptrl) (1 Sgt 3 Ptrl 1 Civ) (1 Civ) Aide (1 Civ) (1 Civ)

Patrol (24) Patrol (24) Citation / Ticket Dom. Violence Homeland Sec. Payroll Clerk Records
East West Clerk (1 Civ) (1 Sgt) (Sgt) (1 Civ) (1 Civ)
Overtime &
Rapid Response Rapid Response Crossing Guards Narcotics Garage
Scheduling Clerk
(3 Ptrl) (3 Ptrl) (1 Ptrl) (1 Sgt & 4 Ptrl) (1 Civ) (2 Civilians)

Hdqrts Ptrl Gangs Receptionist E-911


(9) (1 Sgt & 1 Ptrl) (1 Civ) (14 Civ)

Console
Department Summary (4 Civ)

Position Count Position Count IT


Appointed Chief 1 Sergeant 16 (1 Ptrl & 1/2 Civ)

Deputy Chief 2 Patrolman 88


Captain 4 Civilian (Other) 15.5
Lieutenant 11 Civilian (E-911) 14
**Table Structure for Investigations and Administration does not fully illustrate reporting structure. Also, two civilian positions are grant funded.
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7. Substation Proposal Plan A


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8. Benefits of Proposal

1. Moves officers into patrol and into specialized units, like training and domestic
violence.
2. Clarifies chain of command from patrol officer to captain and chief, and increases
continuity across shifts.
3. Creates accountability for crime trends within parts of the city, permitting the Chief
to evaluate commanders’ success in preventing or solving crime. Permits SPD to
institute internal SomerStat meetings.
4. Provides residents a clear point of contact for neighborhood concerns. Creates
continuity in officers’ assignment to neighborhoods, increasing their ability to
understand crime patterns and become familiar with residents.
5. Deploys officers based on calls for service, improving response times and
coordination.