Fiorentini’s ‘Aggressive’ Approach to Combat Gang Violence: Community Meetings, Reconvening Task Force

Mayor James J. Fiorentini offers remarks during the construction groundbreaking of Barrio Taco restaurant at Harbor Place on Oct. 25, 2019. (WHAV News file photograph)

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One week after Haverhill Police arrested a known gang member for allegedly shooting at a city couple on Washington Street, Mayor James J. Fiorentini is doubling down on his efforts to eradicate violence in the area.

As part of what he calls a “broad and aggressive approach” to combat gangs and gun violence in Haverhill, Fiorentini on Friday announced a Dec. 5 community meeting to be held in the Mount Washington neighborhood along with the Haverhill Police Department as a first step to discuss issues in the city.

“We’re going to continue our broad and aggressive approach to fighting gangs and gun violence with a series of initiatives including at least two community meetings, supporting neighborhood crime watches, reconvening my gang task force and other initiatives that are still in the planning stages,” Fiorentini said.

The meeting takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Somebody Cares New England Building at 458 Washington St. and is open to the public.

The mayor intends to discuss the Dec. 5 community meeting in more detail during Tuesday night’s City Council session, where he’ll also offer an update on Haverhill’s current public safety efforts. As a public service, 97.9 WHAV FM plans to broadcast the Council meeting live starting at 7 p.m.

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