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Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who faced criticism this week for his proposed gun buyback program, named a Suffolk County prosecutor and former probation officer to lead a new initiative aimed at curbing violence.
In rolling out his safety initiative, Walsh said Assistant District Attorney Daniel Mulhern, chief of the office’s gang unit, and former Dorchester District Court probation officer Leon Graves will help synchronize antiviolence efforts in all city departments and devise strategies for improvements.
The Mayor’s Safety Initiative is seen as a test for the new Walsh administration, which took control of City Hall little more than five weeks ago and is confronting a string of gun crimes and violence, especially in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.