FALL RIVER — The police department deployed a mobile substation this week as part of its stepped up efforts to combat crime and the Fall River Housing Authority has a received a $250,000 grant from the federal government meant to upgrade the agency’s security cameras.
Those were two of several announcements made by Mayor Jasiel Correia II during a press conference on Thursday in the community room at the department’s Pleasant Street headquarters.
“We have been putting together a very comprehensive plan on public safety that is sustainable, and I think that’s the key word today, sustainable,” Correia said. “This is not a plan that’s built on one-time grants for public safety measures that increase staff and when that grant runs out and then we’re done.”
Monday was the first day the department’s special operations command vehicle was stationed in a specific location that Correia called “hot spots” in the city. On Thursday the mobile command center was stationed at Kennedy Plaza at South Main and Middle streets.
“It’s a physical presence with police officers,” Correia said. “ … It’s not here, it’s out in the field.”
The police department had also planned to end the ShotSpotter program and cancel the annual $90,000 contract, claiming the shots fired locator had a high rate of false alarms when fireworks are shot off and replace it with surveillance cameras.
“We’re looking at rates in the 40 percent range and that’s just what we knew was wrong,” said Acting Police Chief Albert Dupere.
The administration was criticized for the decision, and in particular Correia’s opponent City Council Vice President Linda Pereira who calls ShotSpotter another investigative tool.
The program will no longer be suspended, Correia said, because the police chief and the administration has negotiated with ShotSpotter, after the company agreed to give the city the…