The safest town in America, and a meeting with a congressman make up the latest update from the Wellesley Police Department.
The latest WPD Web News Update (see videos, right) focuses on two major topics: the town being ranked 15th safest in the country, and Chief Terrence Cunningham meeting with Congressman Joseph Kennedy III.
The first minute of the video focuses on a recent study on Neighborhood Scout indicates that, thus far in 2013, Wellesley ranked 15 out of the top 100 safest communities nationwide. The town has moved up from from 19th place in 2012. The odds of falling victim to a crime in Wellesley are in 1 in 7271, compared to the Massachusetts-wide odds of 1 in 233.
The second half of the video catches up with Chief Cunningham and Congressman Joe Kennedy, who met with other local law enforcement officials in Newton recently to discuss a number of local issues ranging from budgetary concerns to mental health and the Criminal Justice system.
Kennedy, a former Assistant District Attorney in both Middlesex and Barnstable counties, met with the Chief and others. Cunningham reports being positive about the meeting, and that the Congressman seemed genuinely interested in how he could help the community.
The Wellesley Police Chief met with, and joined other officials in calling on congress to enact gun control. Cunningham was also recently featured in a national ad on the same subject.
Kennedy, who was elected in November 2012, recently joined Patch for a 45-minute live chat where he answered reader questions and shared a little bit about his first few months in office.