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Menino Launches Anti-Violence Program In Dorchester

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BOSTON — Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is launching a targeted anti-violence program in Dorchester.

The program pulls together several city agencies and community groups in the Bowdoin-Geneva section of Dorchester.

Menino says it's important to get the community engaged.

"They know who the bad guys are," he said. "They know who's causing the problems. They know who the young people are who are not going into school and how we get them back into school.

"They have the best information that's out there. They're living there. They know what the problems are. And so I'm putting the heavy involvement of the community in this process."

Among the initiatives: youth intervention programs; an education and jobs training center; and a task force to address problems ranging from potholes to crime.

More than two dozen people have been killed in the Bowdoin/Geneva section of Dorchester since *the beginning of last year.


Correction: An earlier version of this report said more than two dozen people have been killed in the in the Bowdoin/Geneva section since January 2011, rather than January 2010.

This program aired on November 4, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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