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Streetwise

By walking beats, Boston police aim to improve community relations and help people feel safer

Officer Thomas Hill near the Pine Street Inn on Halloween. As state budget constraints threaten to cut into the community policing program, walking is one way to reduce costs. Officer Thomas Hill near the Pine Street Inn on Halloween. As state budget constraints threaten to cut into the community policing program, walking is one way to reduce costs. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
By Maria Cramer
Globe Staff / November 3, 2008

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Boston Police Officer Thomas Hill used to spend his days filling out the payroll, writing out assignments for patrolmen, and setting up vacation schedules. But on a recent morning, after figuring out who would pull extra shifts that night, he grabbed his hat, pulled on his coat, and stepped onto Albany Street. Time to walk. (Full article: 893 words)

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