Hasson to Be at Safety Committee Meeting

Captain James Hasson of Area A-1.

Captain James Hasson of Area A-1.

Next week’s Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee meeting includes a visit from Area A-1’s new captain, James Hasson, as well as a self-defense class for women.

Hasson, a 25-year veteran of the Boston Police Department who assumed the captain’s post last month, will be on hand at the meeting to share recent crime statistics and hear concerns from neighborhood residents.

“I can’t promise I can resolve all their issues, but I promise to try my best,” Hasson said. “The key for our success is open lines of communication. The more information we have and the quicker we received it, the better we can respond to their concerns.”

Sgt. Gary Eblan, registrar of the Boston Police Academy, will also be in attendance to present a class that offers tips on how to make oneself a “hard target,” trusting one’s instincts and recognizing potentially dangerous situations.

Paula O’Keeffe, chair of the Safety Committee, said she expects attendees will leave the class feeling “empowered.”

Meanwhile, O’Keeffe encourages residents to come and meet Hasson, who served as the Area A-1 shift commander from 1998 to 2004.

“We want to welcome him back because he was so wonderful when he served as lieutenant here years ago,” O’Keeffe said.

The meeting takes place at 74 Joy St. on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m.

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