BPD Photo of the Day

BPD Photo of the Day: Gotta Love This!!! Officers assigned to the Boston Police School Police Unit are always interacting with and visiting area schools to provide services and build relationships with our city’s young people. During school visits, officers often talk to the kids about their personal safety and steps they can take to ensure it. After such discussions, officers always bring along and distribute BPD patches to the kids as a way of thanking them for paying attention during the discussions. During a recent trip to the Blackstone Elementary School located at 380 Shawmut Ave, one of the 3rd Grade students was so excited to receive her BPD Patch that, when she returned to school the next day, the patch, which had been sewn into her shirt, was on full display for all to see. For that, we say: “You are so welcome and thanks for proudly displaying the colors of the BPD!!!"

Boston 24: Data from Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 5
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 8
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.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Male and Female Juvenile for Armed Robbery in Charlestown

 

At about 5:08 PM, on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) arrested two juveniles for armed robbery in the area of Lowney Street and Bunkerhill Street in Charlestown. 

While working at the front desk of District A-15 (Charlestown) station, officers were met by the victim who reported that she had just been assaulted and robbed at knife point in the area of the above location. The victim stated that she had been walking home with her young daughter when she heard three juveniles using foul language which was sexual in nature in the presence of her impressionable daughter. The victim kindly asked the individuals to please stop using that language in front of her daughter to which one of them complied. At this time, another female in the group cursed at the victim again and displayed a knife while continuing to threaten the victim. The female suspect then threw a cup in the victim’s face and an altercation ensued in which the victim was slammed on the sidewalk by the male suspect. The victim was able to run into the district station with her young daughter to seek assistance from police. While inside the station, the victim realized that her iPhone had been taken during the scuffle. Officers were able to immediately locate the suspects. The suspects were positively identified and the victim’s phone was safely returned. Officers recovered a pink folding knife which had been used in the crime. 

Officers arrested a 14-year-old female juvenile of Charlestown and a 13-year-old male juvenile also of Charlestown. The female charged with Armed Robbery and Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon (Knife), she was also issues a City of Boston Ordinance Violation for Possession of a Knife with a Blade Over 2 ½ inches. The male is charged with Armed Robbery and Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon (Sidewalk). 

 

A Message to Boston’s College and University Students

As fall comes to a close, I hope that this school year has gotten off to a great start for you, and that your studies are going well.  As you know, Boston is an amazing city to live in and study as a student.  

Today, I am writing to ask for your help.  The entire country is anxiously awaiting the grand jury decision in Ferguson over whether or not charges will be brought against a police officer.  Demonstrations are likely across the country. 

I ask that if public demonstrations occur as a result of the decision they are done with respect to our neighbors and businesses, responsibly and peacefully. 

The Boston Police Department respects the rights of individuals to assemble and advocate for their opinions and causes.  We are asking students to be mindful that there may be outside agitators trying to provoke and instigate otherwise peaceful protests.  

Boston has overcome much, and we have a strong history of coming together in times of challenges and crisis, as demonstrated in our community during the Boston Marathon.  We showed then how Boston stayed united and we can show that again with Ferguson and all of the important issues facing us in society today. 

Pending the imminent grand jury decision, if you choose to demonstrate please do so in a way that would make your school, your family, and your city proud.

Thank you.

                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                    Sincerely, 

                                                                                                                    William B. Evans

                                                                                                                    Police Commissioner                                                                      

Several BPD Officers Honored at Today’s Trooper George L. Hanna Memorial Awards for Bravery

During today’s Trooper George Hanna Awards Ceremony, which were held today (November 19, 2014) at the State House, the following Boston Police Officers were honored and recognized for their displays of courage and bravery as it relates, not to actions taken in the days after the Boston Marathon, but rather actions taken during an incident in which an armed felon was taken into custody on January 24, 2013. 

We commend and congratulate the officers honored today: 

  • Sergeant Bret H. LaBelle
  • Detective Amy M. Erlandson-LaPointe                       
  • Police Officer Skye A. Robinson                                 
  • Police Officer Matthew M. Conley                                            
  • Police Officer Wilfredo Coriano                                 
  • Police Officer Sean Daniely                                         
  • Police Officer Steven D. Roe                               

About 10:33am, on Thursday, January 24, 2013, Officers Robinson & Erlandson-LaPointe were on patrol in the area of Seaver Street when they observed a motor vehicle violating several motor vehicle laws. After stopping the car, which happened to be a rental car, officers discovered that the operator of the vehicle was not authorized to be behind the wheel of the vehicle. When back up officers arrived, the suspect was asked to exit the car. However, instead of exiting the vehicle, the suspect remained inside the car all the while accusing the officers of violating his rights. When officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, a violent struggle ensued. During the struggle, officers observed the suspect grabbing at his waist area in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a weapon. As the suspect continued to resist and fight, officers observed and quickly confiscated a loaded firearm lodged in the suspect’s waist area. As a result of their courageous actions and split second decision making, lives were saved and the officers involved in this incident were today honored with a Trooper George L. Hanna Memorial Award for Bravery.

 

Boston Police Seek Public’s Help in Efforts to Identify a Suspect Wanted in Connection to an Early Morning Break-In in Roxbury

 

Boston Police Seek Public’s Help in Efforts to Identify a Suspect Wanted in Connection to an Early Morning Break-In in Roxbury: At about 6:45am, on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a breaking & entering in the area of Ziegler & Dearborn Streets in Roxbury. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that she was awoken by a noise in her apartment. The victim further states that, after being awoken by the noise, she observed an unknown male suspect enter her bedroom. The victim says, after a brief struggle, the suspect fled the area in an unknown direction. The victim was unable to give a description of the suspect due to the lighting conditions.  

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.

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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

Hanna Awards Honor and Recognize Law Enforcement’s Best & Bravest

Hanna Awards Honor and Recognize Law Enforcement’s Best & Bravest: Congratulations to all the police officers recognized at this year’s Trooper George L. Hanna Memorial Awards for Bravery which were held today (November 19, 2014) at the State House. Several Boston Police Officers were honored and recognized for bravery and courage displayed during am arrest of an armed felon. Additionally, MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who gave his life protecting and serving the citizens of our Commonwealth in the days after the attack on the Boston Marathon, was presented posthumously with the Medal of Honor.  Said Governor Deval Patrick, “This award recognizes officers whose actions have demonstrated bravery above and beyond expectations and for that they are to be commended.” Offered Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, “The Hanna awards speak to the level of danger our officers encounter and confront on a daily basis in their efforts to protect and serve – not only the people of Boston – but surrounding communities as well. I commend all of this year’s recipients as well as every officer around the state for their ongoing efforts to keep us all safe.” Massachusetts State Trooper George L. Hanna, for whom the awards are named after, was killed during a traffic stop in Auburn, Mass in 1983.

RAD Training Classes Set to Start on District D-14 in Brighton

RAD Training Classes Set to Start on District D-14 in Brighton: If you're a woman interested in learning more about self defense or how to best defend yourself in the event of an attack, officers from District D-14 in Brighton - in conjunction with the Oak Square YMCA - are accepting applicants for a 4-week class scheduled to begin on November 24, 2014. To learn more - check out the flyer included below or call District D-14 at (617) 343-4376.

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Two and Recover Illegal Firearm Following Violent Struggle in East Boston

PHOTO COURTESY OF BPDNEWS.COM

At about 6:30 PM on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, members of the District A-7 (East Boston) Drug Control Unit made two onsite arrests and recovered an illegal firearm as well as illegal narcotics during a drug investigation in the area of 148 Meridian Street in East Boston. 

During the course of a drug investigation in the area of the above location, officers observed a white male approach a residence on Condor Street which is known to police as an address in which they have received numerous complaints of drug activity. At this time, the male was met by a Hispanic male and engaged in a drug transaction in which the white male received drugs from the Hispanic male. Officers immediately approached the males to inquire about what they had just observed. At this time, the Hispanic male stepped back from officers and lunged forward striking one of the detectives about the face and head. A violent struggle ensued in which the Hispanic male consistently attempted to gain control of a blunt object located in his band. Officers were eventually able to retain control of the suspect and recover a silver .357 Magnum revolver loaded with three live rounds of ammunition, over $380.00 of US Currency, and a large plastic bag containing several small plastic bags packaged with heroin. Officers recovered a knife from the white male who was subsequently placed under arrest. "These brave officers showed enormous courage and restraint during their struggle with this violent armed individual," said Commissioner William Evans. " I am continually impressed with the work my officers do on a daily basis to get guns off our streets and out of our neighborhoods." 

Officers arrested a 17-year-old Hispanic juvenile male of East Boston, and 31-year-old Andrew Leccese of East Boston. The juvenile is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Armed while in Commission of a Felony, Distribution of Class A Drugs, Possession with intent to Distribute Class A Drugs,  Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest. Leccese, a member of the Boston Police's List of Most Wanted Criminals, is charged with Possession of Class A Drugs, Possession of Class A Drugs; Second and Subsequent, and Possession of a Knife with a Blade in Excess of 2 ½ inches.

 

Boston 24: Data from Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 8
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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: Data from Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 9
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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.

 

Thanks to the Boston Celtics & Boston PAL - 50 Kids Attended Tonight’s Celtics Game Free of Charge

Nothing Better than a Free Ticket to the Game: Thanks to the Boston Celtics - who in conjunction with the Boston Police Athletic/Activities League – made it possible for 50 kids to attend tonight’s Celtics game against the Phoenix Suns (Tuesday, November 18, 2014) free of charge. BPD Community Service Officers chaperoned the 50 smiling kids into tonight’s game. Commissioner Evans stopped by the Garden to greet the kids before they entered the game. Said Commissioner Evans, “I just told the kids to have a great time. It’s great to see our officers involved in activities like these and I’m also thankful to the Boston Celtics for making the seats available. No doubt, this a night these kids will remember for a long time to come.”     

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Suspect Rams Cruiser and Injures Officers Before being Arrested in Dorchester

 

At about 1:00 AM on Saturday, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) made an arrest area of Harvard Street and Washington Street in Dorchester.

While assisting another unit in efforts to locate a motor vehicle which had refused to submit to a traffic stop in the area of the above location, officers observed a white SUV matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle. As officers continued their patrol, the suspect vehicle accelerated directly towards the officers. At this time, the officers reversed the direction of their department issued motor vehicle in an attempt to avoid being struck. The suspect’s vehicle then struck the officers’ vehicle causing injury to both officers as well as damaging their vehicle. The suspect then fled from the scene of the accident toward School Street. The injured officers activated their emergency equipment (lights and sirens) and pursued the suspect. The suspect eventually fled from his vehicle upon striking a parked vehicle in the area of Wayne Street and Maple Street. The suspect was then apprehended following a foot pursuit.  Officers were able to recover illegal narcotics within the vehicle (which was a leased motor vehicle in which the suspect was not listed on the lease agreement) which was subsequently towed.

Officers arrested 22-year-old Gregory Hampton-Boyd of Lynn. Hampton-Boyd is charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer (with Injuries), Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, and Operating to Endanger. The suspect was also issued multiple citations. 

 

Boston 24: Data from Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 14
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 11
Vehicle Recoveries: 11
Vehicle Breaks: 33

Residential Break-ins: 16
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Leaving the Scene of a Fender Bender Involving a Police Vehicle Lands One Behind Bars

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving a Police Vehicle Lands One Behind Bars - At about 2:32am, on Saturday, November 15, 2014, a Boston Police Detective, travelling in an unmarked police cruiser, was struck in the rear quarter panel by another vehicle making an unsafe lane change in the area of Blue Hill Ave and Charlotte Street. After being struck, the detective activated his vehicle’s emergency equipment (lights & siren) in an attempt to stop the other vehicle. However, upon seeing the lights and sirens, instead of stopping, the suspect attempted to flee scene by driving the wrong way down a one way street. A short time later, the vehicle was forced to come to a stop after getting caught up in traffic in the area of Bicknell Street. With the vehicle stopped, officers learned that the operator of the vehicle was operating the vehicle, which was a rental car, without permission. Officers arrested Clifford Alma, 34, of Boston and charged him with Leaving the Scene of Accident, Refusing to Stop for a Police Officer and Operating a Vehicle without Authority.

The 28th Annual Boston CANshare Food Drive is in Full Swing

The 28th Annual Boston CANshare Food Drive is in Full Swing: The 28th annual Boston CANshare Food Drive designed to replenish food pantries, soup kitchens and area shelters during the holiday season is in full swing and accepting donations through December 2, 2014. Food collected will be delivered to the Greater Boston Food Bank which - in turn - will distribute items collected to over 90 emergency food locations. Started in 1986 as a can drive to restock food pantries after the Thanksgiving rush, today CANshare also includes a fundraiser benefiting Boston Bounty Bucks. This campaign is all about making a difference, fighting hunger and caring for others. As such, your generosity is the key. For more information on this year’s food drive, please click on the enclosed link: www.cityofboston.gov/food/canshare/

Boston 24: Data from Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 4
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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.

 

Extensive Undercover Drug Investigation Nets Close to 200 Grams of Heroin

Extensive Undercover Drug Investigation Nets Close to 200 Grams of Heroin: After a three month investigation, primarily in an undercover capacity, members of the District B-3 (Mattapan) Drug Control Unit along with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at 15 School Street in Dorchester on Thursday, November 13, 2014. As a result of the warrant, officers located and seized 180 grams of Heroin (Class A Drug), 4 lbs of Marijuana (Class D Drug), close to $4,000 in US Currency and several instruments used for drug packaging and money counting. Officers arrested Julio Figueroa, 25, of Dorchester and charged him with Trafficking a Class A Drug (Heroin) and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class D Drug (Marijuana).