SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY: St. Louis Police Department smartly adds police-themed ice cream truck to patrol force

SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY: It’s often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and, with that thought in mind, the men and women of the Boston Police Department were especially pleased and proud to see the St. Louis Police Department follow our lead in their understandably astute decision to add a police-themed ice cream truck to their patrol force. As we can attest and have shown since 2010, the  BPD Ice Cream truck is a phenomenally effective community outreach tool and continues to be an invaluable asset in our ongoing efforts to further strengthen our relationships with our city’s young people. In a word, you’re gonna love your new truck and we wish for you the same kind of success we’ve enjoyed here in Boston.

Boston 24: Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m. through Wednesday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 1
Commercial Break-ins: 2

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Boston 24: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10:00 a.m. through Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 6
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 0

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

ONE LESS GUN: BPD Officers Display Tremendous Restraint While Subduing Uncooperative Gun-toting Suspect in Dorchester

ONE LESS GUN: BPD Officers Display Tremendous Restraint While Subduing Uncooperative Gun-toting Suspect in Dorchester: About 2:18pm, on Monday, July 25, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of Dorchester District Court near 510 Washington Street. While en route to the call, officers learned via the police dispatcher that the suspect seen with the gun was a black teenager, approximately 6’3” tall, wearing a black t-shirt and khaki shorts. A search of the immediate area enabled officers to locate an individual matching the description of the suspect in the area of 569 Washington Street. Upon seeing the suspect, officers promptly exited their cruiser with department-issued firearms drawn and immediately began issuing clear, concise commands instructing the suspect to show his hands to the officers. Instead of complying with the officer’s legal instructions, the suspect looked at the officers and stated, “Why?” In spite of the suspect’s refusal to comply, officers continued to give clear and loud verbal commands for the suspect to get on the ground with his hands and arms out. At this point, the suspect began pacing back and forth while holding the front of his waist band with his right hand. After approximately two minutes, the suspect finally got down on his right knee with his right hand still on his waist. At this point in, officers quickly moved in and handcuffed the suspect. A search of the suspect enabled officers to locate a firearm (see photo) in the suspect’s right pocket. An unnamed officer at the scene was heard saying: “That kid’s lucky he didn’t get shot.” According to the earlier caller, the suspect had threatened to shoot one of his family members. Officers arrested Raughn Williams, 18, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun). 

UPDATE: BPD Homicide Detectives Apprehend Third Suspect in Connection to the Shooting Death of Raekwon Brown

 

UPDATE: BPD Homicide Detectives Apprehend Third Suspect in Connection to the Shooting Death of Raekwon Brown: Less than two months after the shooting death of 17-year-old Raekwon Brown, today, Monday, July 25, 2016, members of the BPD’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit in collaboration with the US Marshals Service located and arrested a third suspect wanted in connection to the shooting incident that occurred in the area of the Jeremiah E. Burke High School. Today, officers located and arrested Jaden Waiters, 20, of Boston and charged him with Murder. Waiters is expected to be arraigned tomorrow (July 26, 2016) in Dorchester Municipal Court.

At about 1:16pm, on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person or persons shot in the area of 46 Washington Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers learned of four victims suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the victims, 17 year-old Raekwon Brown, a student at Burke High School, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Three other victims were transported to area hospitals where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Said Commissioner William Evans: “When a young man with his whole life ahead of him gets gunned down in broad daylight, finding those responsible is of the highest priority to the men and women of the Boston Police Department. Clearly, in the case of Raekwon Brown, those responsible cared little about who they hurt or what lives were ruined on that fateful day. To the Raekwon’s family, again, I can only hope that the news of today’s third arrest brings with it some small measure of comfort and solace. To my detectives, I want to commend them for the around-the-clock efforts that lead to today’s arrest. Thanks to their perseverance and determination, the suspect arrested today is no longer in a position to hurt or harm in anyone else in our community.”

Said District Attorney Dan Conley: “Mr. Brown’s family, friends, and community can count on our best and strongest efforts to find justice on his behalf. But this is still an extremely active investigation, and we must strictly limit our public statements on the case.  Our goal is not just an arrest, not just an indictment, but the best and strongest case we can build, based on the most reliable evidence we can put to a jury. So if you know something – if you know someone who knows something – the time to step forward is now.”

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

BPD in the News: NECN Shows the BPD and Community Policing in Action

On Friday, July 22, 2016, the Boston Police Department, Boston Red Sox, and CVS Pharmacy teamed up to have children from the Martin Richard Challenger Program take batting practice at Fenway Park. Glenn Marshall from NECN came along and did a great job capturing the human side of policing. Said BPD Chief William Gross, “We need to show each other that we have a human side and a human face so that we’re not scared of each other or stereotype each other, but realize we are all in the village together.” For the full coverage, follow this link:

http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/NECN_072216_Kinds-in-Fenway_5pm_NECN-387985942.html

BPD Photo of the Day: JPA Kids Have a Blast with the BPD Harbor Unit!

Another great week at the Junior Police Academy for the Boston Police Athletics/Activities League kids. On Thursday, officers packed a day full of fun for the kids from Districts E-5 (West Roxbury) and E-18 (Hyde Park) by taking them for a Harbor Patrol boat ride in the morning then for a tour of Fenway Park in the afternoon. Judging from all the smiles, it looks like everyone had a blast on the water and in the park!

Boston 72: Weekend Update

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 15
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 13
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 19

Residential Break-ins: 9
Commercial Break-ins: 2

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers in the Right Place at the Right Time to Catch Armed Carjackers

 

At about 1:00 AM on Sunday, July 24, 2016, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force observed an unknown male operating a motor scooter without a helmet or headlight in the area of Humboldt Avenue and Waumbeck Streets in District B-2 (Roxbury).

Officers attempted to conduct a stop of the vehicle which proceeded into Trotter Park where they lost sight of the scooter and operator. As officers pulled up to the park entrance, they observed two different males running toward them and looking back over their shoulders as they ran. Officers stopped these males for trespassing in the park after dark and conducted a pat frisk for their safety. Officers recovered a large black Bowie knife from the first male, later identified as 25-year-old Cody Brown of Dorchester. As officers spoke with the males, they were approached by the unknown male on the scooter whom they had originally followed into the park. The male on the scooter explained to officers that the males they had stopped had carjacked him earlier in the evening. The victim reported that while asleep in his SUV, the males had dragged him out by his shirt, assaulted him, and then drove away in the victim’s vehicle. The victim stated he then went to his friend’s house, borrowed his scooter, and was out looking for the suspects when the officers stopped them in the park. Officers recovered the car key to the victim’s vehicle in Brown’s pants pocket.

Both Brown and the second male, 20-year-old Raquawn Givens of Dorchester, were placed under arrest and charged with Armed Carjacking and Trespassing. Brown was additionally charged with Unlawfully Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, and Givens was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class C Drugs after officers recovered a plastic bag containing over 20 Xanax pills from his person.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Two Juveniles for Armed Robbery in Dorchester

 

At about 5:20 PM on Saturday, July 23, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a robbery in progress in the area of 176 Sydney Street.

Upon arrival, officers were advised that two males approached the victim from behind as he entered his parked vehicle, pulled a knife, and demanded his cell phone and wallet. They also ordered the victim to empty his glove box and center console. Officers were provided a description of the suspects, which they broadcast over the police radio. Officers in the area observed two males fitting the suspects’ descriptions near Crescent Avenue. As officers approached, the males took off running in opposite directions. Responding officers gave chase and, after a brief pursuit and assistance from bystanders in tracking the suspects, were soon able to apprehend both males. The males were positively identified as the robbery suspects.

Officers arrested a 15-year-old juvenile male and a 16-year-old juvenile male, both from Dorchester. Both were charged with Delinquent to wit; Armed Robbery and Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle. The victim’s stolen property was found in the pocket of the 15-year-old, therefore, he was additionally charged with Delinquent to wit; Receiving/Concealing Stolen Property.

BPD Photo of the Day: BPD Takes MR8 Challenger Kids to Fenway Park!

Today, Friday, July 22, 2016, Boston Police Commissioner Evans, Superintendent-in-Chief Gross, and several Boston police officers partnered with the MR8 Challenger Program, the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, and CVS Pharmacy to bring several children with special needs to Fenway Park for batting practice and a tour! The kids got some batting tips and tricks-of-the-trade for hitting one over the monster from Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant coach Victor Rodriguez. Even the Commissioner got to take a few swings, and a great time was had by all!

BPD in the News: Boston Police and Cops for Kids with Cancer Take Children Battling Cancer for a Boat Ride on the Harbor!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 was a very special day for Connor Heffler, an 11-year-old boy suffering from a malignant tumor on his spinal cord. Connor was one of four youngsters diagnosed with cancer that was treated by Boston Police and Cops for Kids with Cancer to a boat ride around Boston Harbor with the BPD Harbor Patrol. Connor and his friends were provided a police escort to the unit, had ice cream from the BPD Hoodsie Truck, and even got to drive the boats! John Monahan from Fox 25 tagged along and has the full story here:

http://www.fox25boston.com/news/boston-police-plan-fun-filled-day-for-children-battling-cancer/408185807

BPD is Proud to Announce 2016 National Night Out!

Please join us for this year's observance of National Night Out 2016, a celebration of our Neighborhood Watch groups and vital police/community partnerships that will occur over a two day period on Monday, August 1 and Tuesday, August 2, 2016. We look forward to highlighting the partnerships between the community, youth, police, other city agencies and community-based organizations which have thrived for many years. 

Attendees will enjoy free admission, food, games, and entertainment. You are also invited to visit sponsor tables including Target, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, and a host of others including local non-profits. Event locations are as follows:

Monday, August 1st, 2016

  • Brighton (D-14) - Brighton Commons (Academy Hill Road/Chestnut Hill Avenue)
  • Hyde Park (E-18) – Iacona Field (Readville Street & Milton Street) 
  • Roslindale (E-5) – Adams Park (Washington Street)
  • Jamaica Plain (E-13) – Mildred Hailey Apartments
  • Mattapan (B-3) – Almont Park (Almont Street) 
  • Roxbury (B-2) – Shelburne Community Center

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

  • East Boston (A-7) – Lo Presti Park
  • Chinatown (A-1) - Tai Tung Village, Chinatown
  • North End (A-1) – The Prado, North End 
  • South End (D-4) – Castle Square (Tremont Street)
  • South Boston (C-6) - Moakley Park (Columbia Road)
  • Dorchester (C-11) - Town Field Park (Dorchester Avenue & Park Street)

BOSTON RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO SWITCH ON THEIR OUTSIDE LIGHTS FOR THE EVENING TO DEMONSTRATE OUR UNITED COMMUNITY EFFORT AGAINST CRIME.

Neighborhood residents, who are involved in crime watch/prevention activities, work cooperatively with the police in order to reduce fear and deter crime in their neighborhoods.  It is these residents that help the Boston Police Department perform our duties in a more effective manner. Our relationships form the basis for successful community policing efforts and strengthen the partnership between the residents of this city and the police. Thank you all for your participation, and we look forward to seeing you there! 

Thank You for Thanking Us: YMCA Toddlers and Preschoolers Give Cards and Gifts to BPD Officers!

A big thank you to the preschoolers and toddlers from the YMCA-BPD Day Care who spent the past few days making cards and goody bags for the Boston police officers who diligently patrol the area and protect them!

The officers loved the heartfelt cards that listed in the kids’ own words how the children believe officers help them. And sweetest of all, the youngsters explained that inside the goody bags were, among other treats, Lifesavers “for all the times you’ve been one,” Smarties “to give you wisdom for those split second decisions,” and gum “to help everyone stick together!” 

BPD in the Community: Shooting Touch’s G3 Program and Boston Police Support Girls through the Game of Basketball

Check out this video produced by “Shooting Touch” that highlights the great work done supporting girls in the Boston community through their collaboration with the Boston Police. “Getting Girls in the Game,” or G3, is a Boston-based sport-for-development program run by nonprofit organization, Shooting Touch. The summer program, enrolling over seventy-five Boston city girls ages 10 through 15, features a partnership between G3 and the Boston Police Department that provides a safe, supportive, sport-based response to barriers in girls’ health, self-esteem, and access to regularly scheduled physical activity.

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Two Suspects in for Firearm Related Charges in Two Separate Incidents in Roxbury on Wednesday

File Photo

INCIDENT #1: At about 12:18 PM on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Warren Street. While in the area, officers observed a male fitting the description of the suspect. As officers approached, the male attempted to flee the area, but officers were able to quickly detain him. A pat frisk of the suspect and the backpack he was carrying revealed a loaded Waffenfabrik Mauser Oberndorf pistol and several drugs packaged for sale. Officers arrested the 25-year-old male from Roxbury and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, and Possession of Class A Drugs. The suspect was additionally charged with Second and Subsequent Offenses on the firearm charges.

INCIDENT #2: At about 12:45 AM on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) were on directed patrol in the area of the Orchard Park Housing Development due to recent firearm recoveries and related incidents. Officers observed a group of males known to officers trespassing on the basketball courts after dark. As officers approached to speak with the males, they began displaying evasive behavior. Due to this behavior and the fact that they were trespassing, officers conducted a pat frisk of the group. As a result, officers recovered a loaded Jimenez Arms J.A. Nine 9mm firearm from a 20-year-old male from Roxbury. Officers arrested the male and charged him with Trespassing, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

BPD in the News: First Muslim Boston Police Captain Working to Educate People about his Religion and Unite Community

Photo courtesy of WCVB

A huge thank you to Karen Anderson from WCVB for highlighting the great work done by Boston Police District B-3 (Mattapan) Captain Haseeb Hosein, who was promoted from lieutenant to captain two years ago by BPD Commissioner William Evans. Captain Hosein is the first Muslim police captain in Boston and, in addition to running one of the busiest districts in the city, focuses largely on fostering relationships between the Muslim community and police. “We’re here for [the Muslim community],” said Captain Hosein. “There should be no fear of approaching the police.”

For the full story, click this link:

http://www.wcvb.com/news/first-muslim-police-captain-in-boston-working-to-educate-people-about-his-religion-and-unite-community/40806274

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Three for Armed Robbery in Dorchester

 

At about 9:05 PM on Thursday, July 21, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for an armed robbery in progress in the area of 42 Robinson Street.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim who reported he had been physically assaulted and “tasered” in the neck by a group of males. The suspects then stole his cell phone and fled in the direction of Ronan Park. Officers canvassed the area, and shortly, members of the City Wide Bicycle Unit observed three males fitting the suspects’ descriptions entering Ronan Park. Officers were able to stop the males and positively identify them as the suspects who robbed the victim.

Officers arrested 25-year-old Sherome Pight, a 17-year-old juvenile male, and a 15-year-old juvenile male, all from Dorchester, and charged them with Armed Robbery and Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Taser).