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Boston officials fear end to crime-fighting effort

Say city police pay award would imperil program

Safe Street teams, the community policing program that has been credited with reducing crime in Boston over the last several years, could cease to exist if the City Council accepts an arbitrator’s award that would give police a sizable pay hike and make other changes to department policy, city officials say.

Proposed alterations to the way members of those teams are selected could limit their opportunities for overtime pay and prompt them to quit the 14 units, officials say. Officers assigned to the teams walk and bike through the city’s roughest neighborhoods to form relationships with business owners, community leaders, and residents.

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