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Public Safety

The Mayor’s Office of Public Safety studies, develops, and puts in place violence intervention and prevention programs and policies.

Do you need help right now?

While we work on public safety issues, our department can't help in an emergency. If you're experiencing an emergency, please dial 9-1-1. If you are dealing with a non-emergency situation in the City of Boston, please contact BOS:311.

1 City Hall Square, Room 806
Boston MA  02201
United States
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

About our department

Mayor Walsh created our office to tackle the challenges and problems around violence in our neighborhoods. We work with and bring together agencies, departments, and cabinets across the City.

We don't view our challenges as only law enforcement focused. To improve the quality of life of residents, the City must provide:

  • meaningful jobs and jobs programs
  • proper outreach, and
  • prevention and intervention efforts related to violence.

The Mayor believes that our programs and partnerships are crucial to finding solutions. We need solutions that lead to lasting change and address the root cause of violence. Our goal is to create generational change and opportunity.