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Editorial on Boston Police Inaccurate

Editorial On Boston Police Inaccurate

On the Boston Police Commissioner's behalf, I would like to register, in the strongest terms, our outrage for the blatant lie contained in the statement in your newspaper ["An About Face on Off-Campus Crime," April 3]: "This is an egregious breach of trust between law enforcement agencies and displays, at best, a serious lack of organization at the Boston Police district offices." Had your newspaper investigated the matter further, you would have found that it is an untrue statement.

On May 10, 1996, the MIT Campus Police sent a list of 25 FSILGs to District 4 requesting a weekly report of any Part 1 crimes that occur on the respective properties. They specifically declined to have any other crime statistics. The district has provided the information requested consistently since then to the MITCampus Police.

Two months ago, after the incident involving the New York student who succumbed to alcohol poisoning, they requested reports of all crimes at the FSILGs back to 1993. In that the data base only goes back to 1995, that was the limit of our report. However, it should be noted that the district was keeping statistics on FSILGs before theCampus Police first requested them. Does this indicate a serious lack of organization at the district? At the very least, an apology is owed to the Police Commissioner on whom this reflects and the men and women of District 4 who work day and night so that the students of MIT can enjoy the safety of this city.

Brendan D. Flynn

Assistant to the Police Commissioner

Editor's Note: At the time the news story and editoral were written, the Boston Police declined to comment.