Note: The following was provided by the mayor's office, but was slightly edited for publication.
Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone met with both Mayor Gary Christenson and Police Chief James Holland to discuss possible ways to collaborate on combatting the violence that occurred over the summer months.
In addition, the District Attorney joined Malden leaders for a Community Based Justice meeting at Malden High School. Community Based Justice is a national model for violence prevention in our schools and was created in the early 1990s by then District Attorney Thomas Reilly.
The CBJ program brings together school personnel, public safety professionals, and social service providers in each community to help identify at-risk youth and provide them with the positive alternatives to steer them away from crime and violence while informing the schools about court involved youth. In Malden, CBJ meetings are held twice a month.
Mayor Christenson, District Attorney Leone and Chief Holland are also looking at ways to provide intensive intervention for the troubled young adults who are contributing to the uptick in violence. The hope is to work toward the goal of these perpetrators becoming productive and contributing members of our community.
Random drug and weapon sweeps have also been instituted across the City by the Police Department, and have targeted parks, downtown and other public spaces around the community. A third and fourth sweep occurred last weekend and more are scheduled in the coming weeks and months.
Mayor Gary Christenson commends District Attorney Leone for his dedication to Malden and expressed continued gratitude to Chief Holland and the members of the Police Department for responding diligently to the recent incidents. Leone, in turn, lauded the leadership and engagement of the Malden Police Chief, Malden Mayor and Malden High School Principal Dana Brown and his staff.