Watertown police to meet with residents in community forum

Watertown police will speak to local residents in a community forum next week to review the events that unfolded in town last month involving the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

The event, organized by the Watertown Police Foundation, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Watertown High School, according to the foundation.

Watertown police officers will share the limited information that they are allowed to release about the events of the firefight, in which Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev suffered fatal wounds, and the subsequent manhunt for his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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They will also talk about the follow-up investigation, and police will try to answer written questions submitted from the audience. The forum is also designed to give Watertown residents an opportunity to show their appreciation for the role played by the town’s police force.

The Watertown Police Foundation was formed in reaction to the April 19 events, to raise money to support the Police Department and the larger community.

“The short-term objective of the foundation is to support both the Watertown Police Department and the citizens of Watertown as we all try to return to normal after these traumatic events,” said organization officials in a statement.

Foundation officials said they also seek to foster and strengthen the bond between police and Watertown residents through programs such as the Police Athletic League, where police play sports with youths and teenagers, and drug prevention programs for schools.

The foundation will also support the police force by funding certain education, training, and other programs that the department cannot afford due to budget constraints.

Money raised from sales of the “Watertown Strong” shirt, which features a Watertown Police insignia, benefits the foundation.

For more information about the Watertown Police Foundation, visit the organization’s website, www.watertownpolicefoundation.org.