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Lynnfield Police Eye MarketStreet Bicycle Officer, Outreach Center

Lynnfield Police Department getting ready to make first budget requests for the coming MarketStreet era. Chief David Breen talked this week about what's coming up.

When the MarketStreet Lynnfield development is up and running later this year, Lynnfield Police hope to have an outreach center, an officer who's trained with a bicycle, and two new officers as part of their strategy to keep up with demand for service calls. The MarketStreet Lynnfield development is less than a mile away from the Sheraton Colonial in Wakefield and other nearby properties in town.

In a phone conversation this week with Patch.com, Lynnfield Police Chief David Breen talked about some of his department's priorities as the largest development in the town's history prepares to get up and running. He also talked about some of the things he has learned by studying comparable developments, such as Legacy Place in Dedham.

The Lynnfield Police Department has long expected to request two new officers this year with an eye on MarketStreet - and both are expected to be Lynnfield residents hired from the civil service list.

On Wednesday, Breen told Patch.com that he hopes to have the two future officers at a police academy program scheduled for May. That program would take six months, he reported. From there, the two future officers would receive an additional three months of field training in everything from weapons and equipment to EMT procedures. "It takes a while to get an officer on the road," said Breen.

Patrol Bicycle, Outreach Center Among Priorities For MarketStreet

Regarding the department's other plans for the MarketStreet era, Breen said that he plans to ask the town to approve a patrol bicycle that would be be used in the development's parking lots for example. He estimated that an officer would require about 40 hours of training on the patrol bicycle.

Another big part of the department's MarketStreet strategy is an outreach center at the development. This would be particularly useful for processing shoplifting suspects and taking reports involving accidents, vehicle break-ins and hit and runs, said Breen. The chief noted that with the outreach center, suspects would not have to go to the station and officers would not have to go to MarketStreet every time a call came up. He added that the comparable Legacy Place development in Dedham has a police outreach center, which he toured last year. Breen recalled that he also toured a number of the stores at Legacy Place with Lynnfield Captain Karl Johnson and had checked out the layout of the place and spoken with some the managers there.

"We certainly will have a presence up at MarketStreet," said Breen, adding that his department will also closely monitor service calls to the development to see if any changes are needed to the strategy.

Comparisons With Legacy Place Only Go So Far, Says Breen

While MarketStreet Lynnfield and Legacy Place in Dedham have been compared more than once in the years-long local discussion, Breen maintained that the comparisons only go so far - and that it is actually extremely difficult to try to calculate exactly what police can expect from the new development. For example, he noted that Legacy Place was built in an area that already had commercial development nearby as well as fairly heavy traffic. In comparison, MarketStreet Lynnfield is being built on a former golf course in a mostly residential area. That said, Breen also pointed out that his department has responded to plenty of vehicle break-ins at the adjoining Boston Sports Club over the years. Thieves simply know that many cars will be left unsupervised for a period of time, and people are prone to leaving their valuables in view, he noted.

Breen also said that Dedham had seen an upswing in traffic from Legacy Place, but he noted that in Lynnfield, not much traffic MarketStreet is expected to make its way into the center of town and nearby neighborhoods - otherwise many cars will be bound for Route 128 via Walnut Street and to a lesser extent, other nearby cities.

For all of Patch's coverage of the upcoming MarketStreet Lynnfield development, visit this topic page.

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