Chelsea Safety Partnership Receives National Award

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November 12, 2010

The Chelsea Neighborhood Developers and the Chelsea Police Department were honored with a MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award at a ceremony on November 12, 2010. The ceremony took place at the Chelsea Police Headquarters, and was attended by Ann Houston, Chelsea Neighborhood’s Executive Director, Chelsea’s City Manager, (Jay Ash), the Police Chief Brian Kyes, Metlife Foundation’s, John McCoy, LISC staff members Bob Van Meter, Marcus Haymon, Marizabel Benoit and Julia Ryan, the Program Director for the Community Safety Initiative. This recognition is for an extraordinary local partnership that is improving public safety and strengthening community-police relations.


The award, sponsored by MetLife Foundation and administered by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, recognizes partnerships between community organizations and local police departments that have reduced crime and spurred positive development in low income communities. The Chelsea partners were selected for the honor from more than 700 applicants nationwide. At the event, MetLife representative John J. McCoy and Bob Van Meter, executive director of Boston LISC, presented the first place, $25,000 award.

“History has shown that collaboration between community developers and police can yield tremendous results in neighborhoods,” Bob Van Meter. “Chelsea is a better place to live and work because of the outstanding efforts of these partners.”

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