New England Patriots, Revolution, New Bedford Police join forces for Lights On!
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WLNE)- The New England Patriots, New England Revolution and New Bedford Police announced Thursday a collaborative partnership to launch Lights On!, a community based program that aims to help the relationship between communities and law enforcement.
Through the Lights On! program, New Bedford police will be able to hand out vouchers for mechanical problems that would’ve been a citation before. Things such as burned-out light bulbs and broken turn signals can now be taken to the following partnering mechanic shops with a voucher:
- Joe and Perky’s Service Station- 2907 Acushnet Avenue
- Cottage Street Motors Inc.- 589 Cottage Street
- Luzo Auto Center- 19 County Street
All of this was made possible through the donations from both New England Patriots and Revolution.
“The Lights On! program is a way to build relationships between police departments and the communities they serve,” said Don Samuels, CEO and Founder of Lights On!. “Instead of punishing drivers for broken lights, we can fix the mechanical issue and mitigate what often becomes a downward spiral for community members in need.
“We are giving officers a new tool on their duty belt that creates a positive interaction and improve community-police relations during these tense times,” Samuels said.
“This program will be able to afford our officers the ability to transform typically negative interactions into positive ones,” said New Bedford Police Chief Paul Oliveira. “This is a great way for our officers to build trust with the community and engage them in positive interaction. At times, routine traffic stops have the potential to become adversarial, and we’d like to lesson the possibility of that. On behalf of the department and the New Bedford community, we are very appreciative of the Kraft Family, the New England Patriots organization, and the Lights On foundation for agreeing to partner with us on this worth-while opportunity”
“This program will complement our community policing philosophy that has built trust in our neighborhoods and has dramatically lowered crime across the City,” said New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell. “I am grateful to the NFL, the Patriots, and the Kraft family for their thoughtful support.