Community Strategies

Fiscal Agent

The City of Peabody was a natural fit to serve as the fiscal agent for the Healthy Peabody Collaborative State of Massachusetts Underage Enforcement Grant, the Federal Drug Free Communities Grant, Highway Safety mini-grant and the Summer Foods Service Program. Former Mayor Michael Bonfanti founded the HPC as the City’s response to the substance abuse issues that were prevalent in the City of Peabody. The Mayor of Peabody serves as the Chair of the Healthy Peabody Collaborative and is supportive of all the HPC initiatives. Having the local municipality as the fiscal agent has also increased the willingness of all 13 sectors of the community to participate and support the goals and objectives of the Healthy Peabody Collaborative. The HPC is unique in that we are located in the Police Department. The Peabody Police have welcomed prevention as part of their mission and serve as the lead on many HPC strategies, including enforcement patrol and RX take back.

Meeting Schedule

  • Annual Call to Action meeting: The annual call to action meeting is in the Fall (October/November). There has been an average of 80 members in attendance at each meeting. During this meeting, the members hear about what the HPC has accomplished in the last year, what the HPC hopes to accomplish during the next year and the opportunity to sign up for STATs.
  • Quarterly Steering Committee: Meets quarterly and is made up of representatives from all 13 sectors. Members receive updates and provide guidance on the HPC strategic plan.
  • Executive Board: Monthly meeting with the HPC Director concerning staffing, strategy progress and fiscal management.
  • Ongoing STATs: On an as-needed basis. STATs meet every other week for a 6 to 8 week period to complete all or part of a strategy.


Youth: 47

Parents: 81

Business: 28

State/Local Gov’t: 44

Religious/Fraternal: 17

Law Enforcement: 59

Healthcare: 28

School: 66

Youth Serving Org.: 25

Media: 6

Community Members: 5

Civic/Volunteer Group: 8

Other organizations involved in reducing substance abuse: 35


The HPC and the Peabody Police Department (PPD) have worked closely together to increase internal capacity for enforcement, develop internal protocol and increase underage enforcement activities. The changes that have been made at the department are sustainable beyond any funding source. Moving forward, the HPC and the PPD plan to develop internal protocols that include social media surveillance, GIS mapping and increased use of the TIPS 411 program.


Compliance Checks

Completed 8 checks of all liquor license holders. Over 90% compliance was achieved each time and 100% compliance on 2 occasions.

Party Patrols

Party Patrols were conducted during the prom and graduation season in 2009, 2010 & 2011.

Directed Patrols

In teams of two, officers monitor areas in Peabody where underage drinking or underage sales are prevalent and also during home football games.

Mall enforcement

Increased incidents of underage drinking were reported at North Shore Mall during Summer 2011. Increased enforce- ment patrols were conducted to deter the use of ATOD.

Parking lot surveillance

Patrols were conducted to survey establishments where underage buys have occurred in the past.

RX Take back

Peabody Police have collected prescription drugs during the 4 National Take Back Days and have also begun ongoing RX and sharps collection at the Police Station.

Enforcement Training

Since the inception of the HPC, Peabody Police officers have attended the training opportunities that have been extended to them. Three officers and the HPC Director attended an ABCC training on the proper compliance check procedures in Fall 2008. After attending the training, it was determined that on-site training was needed. Forty-nine officers attended compliance check and party patrol training on their own time. The school resource officers also attended the OJJDP EUDL Leadership Conference. They brought valuable resources back to the department, and we hope to have additional officers attend in 2012.