From BPD News:

The Boston Police Department oversaw Operation Quiet Streets on Sunday, August 13, 2023. The operation was a multi-agency effort – with great cooperation from our partners – aimed at addressing the disturbances caused by many of the auto groups, off-road vehicles, scooters etc that congregate in various parts of the city. The operation was extremely successful and resulted in the following:

8 arrests were made
4 summons issued to individuals
57 moving citations
2 parking tickets
3 scooter / atv were seized
6 motor vehicles were towed for violation of auto laws
8 speaker cars were seized

1 firearm was recovered

Organized groups of individuals – many from outside the City of Boston and the State of Massachusetts, including hundreds of vehicles, have been congregating in certain public areas of the City of Boston. These groups have been engaging in activity ranging from quality-of-life infractions to serious criminal activities.  These activities can involve reckless operation of recreational vehicles with disregard for public safety.

Other criminal activity includes firearm violence, assaults, public consumption of alcohol, open drug consumption, fireworks and playing loud music. Additionally, various violations of the auto laws, such as drag racing, have occurred with these gatherings. Emergency Deployment Teams (EDTs) have been deployed to disperse these groups and have been met with resistance.

The goal of the operation was to improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods and to restore peace through a collaboration of the Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and various City of Boston agencies who brought their resources to bear on this issue. These gatherings have become a primary source of 911 calls and community complaints to the Boston Police Department due to their impact on the quality of life and quiet enjoyment within neighborhoods.

The areas targeted this weekend were some of the most heavily impacted and included Franklin Park, 650 American Legion Highway, Old Road and Von Hillern Street and Dorchester Avenue.


  1. Mark August 16, 2023 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    We need to get laws in place to limit where these people ride dirt bikes and scooters or increase policing in areas where they present a hazard to themselves and the public. This is a good start.

  2. Gina August 17, 2023 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Should do this to the Lawrence/Methuen/Lowell area as well. Every day is party centeral and the police seem to do nothing about but let it continue 😔 these kids start school soon and some are there parents are not concerned about them being well rested. The lack of respect for others and the disregard of the elderly is sad.

  3. Eva Jacobs August 17, 2023 at 10:43 am - Reply

    When are we going to address the very loud music that neighbors play until the wee hours of the morning. I’ve been calling and complaining to the AREA B police dept and city reps about this for two years and it doesn’t seem like anything is being done. That takes away from the quality of life as well for city residents!

  4. Juan August 18, 2023 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Im one of them that’s why we pay taxes, Boston is closed our next location is Lawrence
    , Lawrence be ready

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