Public Safety

As Mayor, I considered the safety and security of our residents to be my number one responsibility. I am proud to announce that the investments my administration made in police and fire safety have netted positive results for our community.

From Chief Cafarelli leading one of the elite units who captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, to mounting a full scale response to a Category 2 tornado that suddenly hit Revere, our public safety officials have been tested like never before.  The work they have done is truly remarkable, and I am proud that my administration ensured that they have the funding they need to continue to provide the level of public safety our citizens deserve.

Crime has steadily declined in all categories over the past three years as we increased the number of foot patrols and opened a police substation on Broadway. Additionally, our Police Department is now utilizing “data driven” policing practices that focus on several factors; the analysis of crimes being committed; background searches of suspected and convicted felons; and intelligence gathering from members of the public.  With this information in hand, we can better prepare our patrolmen, detectives, and specialized units on a daily basis.


FY15 Accomplishments

  • Expanded School Resource Officers Program with 3 officers in schools going forward.

  • Expanded Evidence Collection Unit to enhance Criminal Investigation Units capabilities.

  • Department wide training unit expanded.

  • Community outreach initiatives expanded through "Coffee with a Cop" program.

  • Chief Cafarelli is committed to bringing the police department into all neighborhoods in a proactive manner. Through his leadership, one of the ways we have done that is by the re-introduction of the Citizen Police Academy’ a program where residents can learn firsthand what our police department does each and every day, and how they, as residents, can help protect their own neighborhoods. Feel free to contact the Revere Police Department for upcoming academies and how you may be able to participate.


While the Revere Fire Department already had one of the best response times in the Commonwealth, Chief Doherty recognized that accepting the status quo does not breed excellence. Under a new program, firefighters took on expanded roles to curb substance abuse. Starting in 2011, Revere was recognized as the first municipality in the nation to supply firefighters with naloxone, more commonly referred to as Narcan - a drug which can save the life of someone who has overdosed on opiates. While hundreds of lives have been saved since the program’s inception, Chief Doherty is now launching a new program which will bring educational materials relating to detox and recovery, proper use and disposal of medications, and available family services to those who have been treated for an overdose.  The goal is to help those suffering from addiction to receive treatment, get on the path to recovery, and ultimately stop future overdoses.


FY15 Accomplishments

  • Completed and accepted the purchase of two new apparatus to replace 2004 models that will be utilized as "spares" and special event vehicles. The department also purchased a used ladder truck from the City of Chelsea to be utilized as a "spare."

  • Completed the first phase of training for members of the department in the FEMA Rescue Technician II criteria to provide the city with an advance capability of technical rescue. Applied for and was approved for additional grant monies through UASI for further training.

  • Completed the purchase and installation of a citywide radio transmission base communication, self contained, facility at the Reservoir site, and two new radio transmission towers. This site was funded with grant monies from UASI and fits into a larger network for the future needs of the entire region.

  • Initiated Fire Safety education for schools and seniors through grant monies from the Commonwealth Department of Fire Service SAFE program.