New police chief eying crime reduction, promoting community
Chief Mark Lewis has only been the official head of the Cambridge Police Department for a few days, but he already has big goals.
The department announced on May 5 that Chief Lewis had been sworn officially sworn in. Lewis has been a part of the department for 29 years and succeeds former Chief Daniel Dvorak, who stepped down in April.
According to Lewis, the city of Cambridge saw a 20 percent decrease in "part one" crimes between 2015 and 2016. Those crimes include serious felony crimes like rape, murder, and robbery.
He says the goal this year is to see another five percent drop.
"I've reinstated our downtown foot patrols, down in our downtown area. With that, I think we'll be in good shape for this upcoming year," he tells 47ABC.
The department has also kicked off their "explorer program", which allows teenagers and young adults to act as "junior police" of sorts. One benefit of the program, according to Chief Lewis, is to provide young people with career options and reinforce community relations.
For more information on that program, contact the Cambridge Police Department.