Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

This morning, Friday, April 24, 2015, the Florida A&M Rattlers and North Carolina Central Eagles baseball teams joined members of the Boston Police Department and the Boston community for a meet-and-greet at Jim Rice Field in Roxbury. These two southern teams are set to face off at Fenway Park tomorrow in a battle for first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Today, BPD Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch with City Councilor Tito Jackson, and he hurled it in there for a high, fast strike!  Tomorrow’s game at Fenway is at 2:00 PM and is part of an effort by the Boston Red Sox organization to showcase the HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) teams in the greater Boston area. 

Keeping Boston Safe: Boston Police To Host Bike Safety Event

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Boston Police Department is excited to reach out to the cyclists in the city by hosting a bicycle cleaning event. The event will be held at Boston Police Headquarters (One Schroeder Plaza, Boston, MA 02120) from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. In addition to providing cleaning supplies such as WD-40 bicycle products, our partners at the Boston Cyclist Union, Boston University Police Department, and Mass State Police will give lessons on how to keep your bike in working order, safety tips, bike helmets, and snacks. All are welcome, and the BPD bicycle and community service officers look forward to seeing you!

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Lengthy Drug Investigation Nets Four Suspects, BPD Officers Seize Drugs and Money

At about 2:30 PM on Thursday, April 23, 2015, members of the City Wide Drug Control Unit executed a number of search warrants relative to an ongoing drug investigation in the areas of 44 Arbutus Street in District B-3 (Mattapan) and 140 Park Street in District C-11 (Dorchester).

In December of 2014, members of the DCU received information regarding one 53-year-old Clyde Bogle of Roxbury indicating that he was distributing illegal narcotics. Boston police officers launched an extensive investigation that, on Thursday, ultimately led officers to stop Bogle for Operating a Motor Vehicle after License Suspended/Revoked. Officers were able to execute the search warrants for Bogle and the above addresses. Officers recovered:

  • Over 32 grams of cocaine
  • Approximately 160 assorted prescription pills
  • Over $11,500 in US currency
  • Various drug paraphernalia and materials consistent with drug distribution

Bogle was arrested and charged with Trafficking Class B Drugs (Cocaine) and Trafficking Class B Drugs (2nd and Subsequent Offense). Also present and arrested during the execution of the search warrants were 41-year-old Jerome Young of Mattapan, 57-year-old William Griffin of Weymouth, and 43-year-old Tamara Johnson-Lewis of Roxbury. All were charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Classes B, C, and E Drugs.

BPD Photo of the Day: Boston Police Patch Spotted Over Seas

Today’s Photo of the Day comes courtesy of one of our well-traveled and worldly Facebook followers. While on a trip to Ireland last week, this sleuth-like fan of the Boston Police Department spotted our patch proudly displayed in the Brazen Head Inn and Pub in Dublin, the oldest pub in Ireland. We found it fitting that a symbol of the first police department in our nation is exhibited in such a historic spot in Ireland. Although the BPD, established in 1854, has a rich history, the Brazen Head has the department beat—this pub and inn date back to 1198!

Great Work Recognized: Boston Police Officer Honored at Red Sox and Celtics Games

This week Boston Police Officer Shana Cottone was recognized by both the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics for the outstanding actions and police work that she displayed on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. While leaving court downtown, off-duty Officer Cottone observed smoke billowing from a building at 1 Stillman Place in the North End. Without regard for her own safety and well-being, Officer Cottone ran into the burning building, began banging on apartment doors, and alerting residents to evacuate. Officer Cottone’s selfless actions undoubtedly saved lives that day, and for that the city is forever grateful.

Officer Cottone was honored atop the Red Sox dugout during the game’s 4th inning “Hats off to Heroes” on Friday, April 17, as well as on the Garden court at half-time during the Celtics’ play-off game against the Cavaliers on Thursday, April 23.

Boston 24: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 1 
Vehicle Breaks: 17

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

Great Work Recognized: Several Officers Awarded Commissioner’s Commendations for Outstanding Police Work

On Thursday April 23, 2015, several Boston police officers were commended at the department’s Compstat meeting for their remarkable work over the past weeks. The details of the incidents are as follows:

Police Officers Angel Figueroa, Elias Cruz. William Louberry, Ydritzabel Oller, Tony Szeto

Incident #1:  At about 10:30 AM on Wednesday February 11, 2015, Officer Louberry while performing a paid detail came upon a violent and brazen shot’s fired incident near 891 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.

Officer Louberry transmitted over the Boston Police radio that a person was shooting and running down Centre Street.  A short time later, the officer stated the suspect was now firing the weapon at him.  Officer Louberry pursued the suspect into a backyard on Aldworth Street where responding officers were able to apprehend him.

As the arrest was being made, Szeto and Cruz proceeded to Centre Street where they located a person shot, immediately called for an ambulance, rendered aid to the victim and established and protected the crime scene.   Sadly despite the officers’ best efforts, the victim later succumb to his grave injuries; a tragic outcome to a senseless act of violence perpetrated on a busy city street in broad daylight.

The immediate response of these officers, apprehension of suspects, and crime scene preservation, allowed the Homicide Detectives to locate evidence, conduct interviews, and ultimately arrest the suspect for homicide. 

Officer Louberry used great restraint and judgment by choosing not to fire back at the suspect after being fired upon.  Officer Louberry, being aware of the time of day and the civilian presence on Centre Street, instead chose to bravely pursue the suspect, providing the information to arriving units which ultimately led to the arrest. 

Officer Cullen and Oller had keen judgment and observations to notice the actions of the suspect, while he tried to elude capture.  Officers Szeto and Cruz located the original crime scene and were able to protect it from compromise.  Officer Figueroa located Officer Louberry and remained with him for the remainder of the day, being mindful that even the most courageous of officers could use support in the aftermath of a highly stressful situation.

For their efforts they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

Police Officers Belgrave and Vest

Incident #2:  At about 3:45 PM on Friday, April 3, 2015, Officers Vest and Belgrave arrested two suspects on drug and weapons charges as the result of a motor vehicle investigation in the area of Cornell Street and Colberg Avenue in Roslindale.

Upon seeing a motor vehicle parked facing the wrong direction on Cornell Street; officers approached the car to further investigate their observations. While approaching the car, the officers noted that the two individuals inside the car were moving in such a way as if to suggest or indicate either drug usage or a drug transaction.  Officers learned that the driver had a lengthy criminal record including two prior convictions for unlawfully carrying firearms and that his driver’s license had been suspended.  Officers removed the suspects from the vehicle after observing both of them grabbing for and reaching towards a black bag on the front passenger-side floor area.  Officers then performed a pat frisk of the bag and recovered a loaded American Tactical .45 caliber ACP semi-automatic handgun.  Officers later recovered heroin and prescription pills from the bag as well. 

The driver was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.  The passenger was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of Class A Drugs and Possession of Class B Drugs.

Through persistence and attention to detail Officers Vest and Belgrave were able to apprehend two criminals and remove a firearm from the streets. 

For their efforts they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

 

Incident #3: The Boston Police Fugitive Unit is tasked with conducting investigations to locate and apprehend suspects wanted for murder and other violent offenses in the City of Boston and the State of Massachusetts.  In doing so, they also travel throughout the country and even internationally with members of the US Marshals Service in order to locate individuals wanted by the Boston Police Homicide Unit and other units within the Boston Police Department who request their assistance. 

During the first two weeks of March 2015 the Fugitive Unit was assigned to locate numerous wanted suspects wanted for homicide.  They executed numerous search warrants and arrested ten separate suspects for murder. These investigations required countless hours of surveillance that culminated in a safe effective tactical plan to make the arrests of these violent criminals.

The members of the Fugitive Unit are relied upon to track the most violent and illusive offenders in the City. These above mentioned arrests for homicide and rape have brought closure to family and friends of over a dozen victims in just a short two week period. They are consistent in their efforts and have conducted these in-depth investigations with the utmost professionalism and safety of all concerned.

For their efforts they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation and the Fugitive Unit is hereby awarded a Unit Citation.

 

BPD Photo Of The Day: BPD Members Join with the YWCA to Take a "Stand Against Racism"

At about 8:45 AM on Thursday April 23, 2015 Commissioner Evans, Chief Gross and members of the Boston Police Department Command Staff gathered with sworn and civilian personnel to take a  “Stand Against Racism”.  This is the second year the department has joined with the YWCA for this National Awareness Campaign.  The Boston Police Department shares and believes in the campaigns message of peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  For more information visit: www.StandAgainstRacism.org

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover Firearm In Front of a Dorchester Church After Pursuit

ONE LESS GUN: At about 5:46 PM on Wednesday April 22, 2015, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 8 Johnston Road in Dorchester.  While en route to the call, the police dispatcher informed responding officers that a black male with dreadlocks was seen firing gunshots from the passenger side of a black vehicle that was then seen fleeing down Blue Hill Avenue towards Mattapan Square.  Additional information indicated that the vehicle was occupied by three individuals.  Officers queried vehicle’s registration and learned that it was registered to a black Mercury coupe.  A search of the area enabled officers to locate a black vehicle in the area of 20 Goodale Road that matched the description of the vehicle seen fleeing 8 Johnston Road. Upon seeing the car, officers noted that there were three individuals inside the car. As officers approached the car, the car took off.  Officers gave chase and followed the suspect’s vehicle until it came to an abrupt stop in the area of 27 Merola Park.  With the car stopped, officers observed the operator and front passenger quickly exit the vehicle and take off running.  Officers were able to chase down and subdue both suspects.

The operator, Ray Roe, 22, of Boston, was arrested and charged with Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Operating on a Suspended License, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest and Leaving the Scene after Causing Property Damage.     

The front passenger, Darren Gillespie, 19, of Boston, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Armed Career Criminal.

The third occupant of the vehicle, Laraysha Robinson, 20, of Boston, was arrested and charged with Resisting Arrest.

During the pursuit of the suspect’s vehicle, officers received information indicating that the front passenger was seen throwing a firearm out the window of the vehicle in the area of 1257 Blue Hill Avenue.  Officers responded to the area  and were able to quickly locate and recover a Ruger .22 Caliber LR Semi Automatic Pistol from in front of the Morningstar Baptist Church.  

Reflecting on the 119th Running of the Boston Marathon: Commissioner Evans Commends Boston's Finest

Reflecting on the 119th Running of the Boston Marathon: The men and women of the Boston Police Department are always proud to play a role as it pertains to protecting and serving the greatest marathon in the world. When runners entered the city of Boston, Boston’s Finest – decked out in their lime green rain gear - were there to safeguard and support them every step of the way. From Cleveland Circle to Kenmore Square to the finish line on Boylston Street, BPD officers were out in full force and Boston’s top cop appreciated all the hard work. Said Commissioner William Evans: “I want to thank my officers for their professionalism and poise at this year’s Boston Marathon. The weather was cold and the day long but – once again – the men and women of the Boston Police Department proved equal to the task and I thank them for making our department and city proud.”    

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover Discarded Firearm Near Playground in Roxbury

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover Discarded Firearm Too Close to a Playground in Roxbury: At about 11:00AM, on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) recovered a loaded firearm which had been carelessly discarded near a playground opposite 435 Walnut Avenue in Roxbury.  The Smith & Wesson .41 Magnum revolver was discovered and recovered on the ground behind a tree by an adult who was supervising and watching over his kids who were utilizing the nearby playground. The gun was fully loaded and the hammer was cocked. The firearm was rendered safe and recovered by detectives. The Boston Police Department is grateful and appreciative that no one was injured by this deadly weapon and would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone, young and old alike, if you see a gun, don’t touch and call 9-1-1 immediately. 

 


BPD Photo of the Day: BPD and BU Team Up to Clean Up Ringer Park in Allston

Making a Difference: Special thanks to Boston University's Community Service Center for teaming up with the Boston Police Department for BU's Global Days of Service program. Global Days of Service is month-long community service initiative - sponsored by Boston University - where BU students and alums give back to their communities all over the globe. In Allston, 60 students and alumni turned out and partnered up with officers assigned to the District D-14 Community Service Office to provide a much needed clean up and new coat of wood chips for ground cover at the Stanley Ringer Park in Allston on Saturday, April 18, 2015. The Boston Police Department would like to thank all the volunteers who came out to lend a helping hand and make the park safer for local youth. Your benevolent actions made a huge difference and you should all be commended.  

 

BPD Photo of the Day: Chief Gross Awarded Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Boston Police Superintendent-In-Chief William Gross was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters and was appointed Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Special Envoy at the commencement award ceremony of the Canadian International Chaplaincy Association University & Seminary (CICA-International.) The ceremony was held at the Waymark Seventh Day Adventist Church in Boston. Congratulations Doctor Gross!  

 

Justice Served: Second Suspect Found Guilty in 2013 Homicide

Today, April 21, 2015, the second of two men who took part in the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Courtney Jackson at the Dudley MBTA station has been found guilty of murder.
JAMEL BANNISTER, 24 of Dorchester was found guilty of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm.  Bannister's co-defendant, BRIAN COOPER, 27 of Mattapan, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder earlier this month. According to press release from the Suffolk DA’s office, evidence and testimony was presented to prove that at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2013, Bannister accompanied Cooper to the Dudley MBTA station, where they became involved in a verbal altercation with Jackson.  Footage from MBTA public safety cameras at the station showed Cooper pulling out a firearm and shooting Jackson twice as the victim, who had recently gotten off of one bus, turned to board another. The footage also depicts Bannister pulling something from his pocket at that same time that Cooper produced a firearm; additional video footage shows him holding something to his side as he fled. 

Two Boston Police officers working a detail nearby heard the gunshots and rushed to the area to see the two men running from the scene.  Cooper surrendered to officers and was found to be in possession of a firearm. Bannister continued to flee from officers and was taken into custody in the area of Madison Park Court.  A .45 semiautomatic firearm was found tossed over a fence along his path of flight. 

Special thanks to the fast responding Boston Police officers who apprehended the fleeing suspects and to the Boston Police Homicide Unit and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s Office for their hard work, dedication and devotion that led to the successful prosecution of the suspects in this case.

 

 

BPD In The News: Thanks to Peter Gelzinis for Telling Story of a Sister's Love and Two Caring, Compassionate Police Officers

BPD IN THE NEWS: Thanks to the Herald’s Peter Gelzinis for telling the story of a sister’s love and two caring, compassionate police officers. In 2013, Elinor Scott was in the midst of fulfilling a lifelong dream of finishing the Boston Marathon when - like so many others - that goal was put on hold when two bombs exploded at the finish line. Despite the change in plans, Elinor Scott planned to return to Boston in 2014 to finish what she had started, but cancer had other plans. In January of 2014, Elinor was diagnosed with pancreatic stage 4 cancer which meant returning to Boston to run an entire marathon was out of the question, but finishing the final mile wasn’t. After lobbying and receiving permission from the BAA to run only the final mile, the mile she had missed out on the year before, Elinor Scott and her sister, Jodi, returned to Boston. But gaining permission to run and getting to Mile 25 on the day of last year’s marathon was no easy task in light of record crowds and increased security measures stifling movements on the streets and sidewalks in and around Kenmore Square. But, when Elinor and Jodi finally arrived at the intersection of Commonwealth Ave and Deerfield Street, Deputy Colm Lydon and Officer Eric Merner were waiting and they couldn’t have been nicer or more accommodating. Said sister Jodi: “They were two of the kindest gentlemen I have ever met.” After delivering her sister to the drop off spot, Jodi – who had used a wheelchair to help get her sister to Mile 25 – asked the officers, assuming a wheelchair wouldn’t be allowed on the course, the best way to get back to the finish line to meet her sister. “The best way,” said Deputy Lydon, “is for you to follow her.” With that, the officers instructed Jodi to fall in behind her sister and to follow her until she finished what she started. Said Deputy Lydon: “It was the right thing to do.” Four months after finishing her marathon, Elinor Scott died. But sister Jodi knew she needed to return to Boston to run for her sister and find the officers who showed them both such kindness. In hopes of learning their names before she returned, Jodi sent out a facebook message and photo of the two officers taken with her sister at last year’s marathon asking anyone if they knew who they were. On the night before the marathon, a note was sent to Jodi’s facebook account that read: “Jodi - Boston's Finest will be waiting for you at mile 25. Keep an eye out for Deputy Colm Lydon. He was one of the officers who helped you and your sister during last year's marathon. He's looking forward to seeing you. Have a great race. We'll be rooting for you!!!” And, true to their word, as Jodi Scott made her way through the rain at Mile 25 of the 2015 Boston Marathon, there stood Deputy Colm Lydon and Officer Eric Merner waiting for her in almost the exact same place they had met Elinor and Jodi the year before. Hugs were exchanged. Tears were shed. And, a relationship came full circle. Said Jodi: “I love these men. I love them so much for what they did. And it’s so wonderful to see them. This wasn’t my race to run. I ran for it my sister.”

To read the story as it appeared in the Herald – click on the enclosed link: 

http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/peter_gelzinis/2015/04/gelzinis_runner_bonds_with_cops_who_helped_ailing

Making a Difference: Boston Police Officer Kenneth Grubbs - Friend, Neighbor, Role Model

In Roxbury, Boston Police Officer Kenneth Grubbs is known by many names: Kenny, block party DJ, Karaoke King – but most importantly, he is known as a role model in the neighborhood he loves.  Kenny learned years ago how to transform the relationship between the police and the community from one of distrust to one of engagement by simply being available, being a good neighbor and being a positive example for young people.  “You have to model leadership for kids,” Ken says. “I show them that if you live in a community, you have to take ownership and responsibility.”

 

BPD Photo of the Day: Seeing a Smiling Bill Richard at the Marathon Finish Line Made Us All Want to Smile with Him

BPD Photo of the Day: Seeing Bill Richard with a smile on his face at today’s Boston Marathon was – hands down – the best photo taken by anybody at 119th running of the Boston Marathon. Thanks to the Boston Globe’s Jessica Rinaldi for taking it. Tatyana McFadden, who won the women’s wheelchair division at today's Marathon, raced in memory of Martin and was even decked out in her Team MR8 jersey. After winning the race, she handed the gold wreath – the award presented to her for winning the marathon - to Martin’s dad, Bill. Talk about a classy and compassion-filled gesture. Said McFadden afterwards: "I'm always going to remember a win, but for them, having that wreath, I think it will bring something hopefully uplifting, and to look at that and say, we're okay.”

MEDIA AVAILABILTY: Boston Police Department Brief on Marathon Monday Race

WHO:             Boston Police Department Police Commissioner William Evans.

WHAT:           Recap and brief of Boston Marathon events.

WHEN:           Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

WHERE:        The corner of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets (under the white tent).

CONTACT:    Boston Police Media Relations (617) 343-4520 for media inquiries.