In Memory of Those Lost at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross Announce One Day Gun Buyback Program Scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross, in collaboration with physicians and medical professionals, today announced a coordinated one-day gun buyback effort that will take place in six locations (see below) across Boston on Saturday, December 15, 2018, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. The day marks a remembrance of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which happened six years ago on December 14. The ‘Piece for Peace’ program aims to bring attention to the devastating toll and impact that unneeded and unsecured guns can have on individuals and the public-at-large, and provides the opportunity for people to turn in unwanted guns and ammunition, no questions asked.

“Here in Boston, we know that even one life lost to gun violence is one too many,” said Mayor Walsh. “The Boston Police Department is committed to getting guns off our streets: whether it’s through the creation of the gun buyback program, recovering firearms, engaging with responsible gun owners, or tracing the path of illegal guns, we are working with the community everyday to make Boston a safer place for everyone.”

Boston Police Department's gun buyback program, ‘Piece for Peace,’ is a proactive campaign to take guns off Boston's streets organized in collaboration with Mass General Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. The buyback program asks city residents to turn-in guns at designated drop-off locations citywide in return for a $100 Target gift card. The "no questions asked" program allows individuals to anonymously dispose of firearms without fear of charges for illegal possession when turning in the weapon. For locations and information on the Boston Police Department's gun buyback efforts this weekend, please visit bpdnews.com.

"This One Day Buy Back is a unique event in that it strengthens the bridge between the city, public safety, and the health community around gun violence. Street violence and gun suicides are issues that touch all facets of the community and are a shared responsibility,” said Commissioner Gross. “By participating in this regional buy back, we provide an opportunity for family members to get guns out of their houses, and off the streets, with no questions asked. We are all playing an important role in this fight against gun violence.  I've said it before, but one gun off the street is one gun out of the hands of a kid in our community and possibly one life saved."

Medical professionals have joined this initiative in an effort to decrease youth violence and take guns off the streets by raising funds within their local healthcare organizations, and hosting buyback days throughout Massachusetts.

“As I pediatric trauma surgeon, I often see the deadly effects of gun access and and the toll it takes on victims, their families and those who treat them,” says Peter Masiakos, director of pediatric trauma services at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and co-founder of the MGH Gun Violence Prevention Coalition. “Working together, physicians and political leaders have a responsibility to address the public health crisis that is gun violence. This gun buyback that is made possible by the the forward thinking actions of the Boston Police Department and Mayor Walsh is an opportunity to safely rid homes and streets on unwanted weapons. If just one life is spared; whether it is by preventing a suicide or or an unintentional shooting that happens when a child finds an unsecured gun in a closet, this event will have been successful.”

In March of 2014, the Boston Police Department announced its first buyback program in 10 years. At the conclusion of the 2014 calendar year, the department had taken a total of 1061 firearms off the streets of Boston, 410 of which were turned in during the buyback program. So far in 2018, the BPD has confiscated over 645 illegal firearms and hopes that Boston city residents will take advantage of this one-day program to increase that total, and in turn, increase the safety of our city.

The following procedure must be followed in order to receive amnesty for possession of a gun and to receive a gift certificate. If the protocol is followed, the person dropping off the firearm will not be prosecuted for unlawful possession of that specific firearm. Amnesty - however - will not be promised or given for any other crime committed with that firearm or for any other crime committed while in possession of that firearm.

Procedure:

  • Gun must be delivered unloaded.

  • Gun must be put in a clear plastic bag, and put into another container (gym bag, backpack etc.).

  • If depositing ammunition in addition to a gun, ammunition must be delivered in a separate bag.

  • If transporting the gun by car, gun must be transported in the trunk of the vehicle.

  • After the gun is screened by officers, and determined to be a working firearm, a gift card will be given.

  • Rifles and shotguns will be accepted, however, no incentive will be issued or provided.

Locations:

  • Central Assembly of God 50 Bennington St.

  • St. Peters Church 278 Bowdoin St.

  • Garfield Development 215-217 Garfield Ave

  • Salvation Army 1500 Washington St.

  • McCormack Housing Development 345 Old Colony Ave

  • Greater Love Tabernacle Church 101 Nightingale St.

 

Great Work Recognized: BPD Officers Honored for Their Actions in the Line of Duty After Recovering Three Loaded Firearms While Arresting Three Suspects in Roxbury

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Great Work Recognized: Earlier today, on Thursday December 13, 2018, Commissioner William Gross presented commendations to Police Officers Christopher Dunn, Marc McBrien, Joseph Starkey, Brian Stallings, John Beauchemin, Kyle McCabe, Connor Murphy, Michael Kerin, and Jason Gaffney for their heroic actions in the line of duty.

At about 2:28 AM on Monday November 26, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested three suspects and recovered three loaded firearms during a traffic stop in the area of 407 Dudley Street in Roxbury. Officers had stopped a motor vehicle, which was occupied by three male subjects, as part of an investigation when they confirmed that the driver was operating with a suspended license. When the officers explained the situation to the operator, he became argumentative and suddenly reached down towards his feet and grabbed a handgun from the floor of the vehicle. A violent struggle then ensued as numerous officers responded to provide back up. Officers were eventually able to gain control of both the firearm and the suspect at which time he was placed in custody. Officers then removed two passengers from the vehicle who were both pat frisked and found to be in possession of loaded firearms before being placed in custody.

Their actions resulted in the arrest of three potentially dangerous individuals and the removal of three illegal firearms off of our streets.

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

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Two Suspects in Custody After Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of Loaded Gun, Drugs and Cash in Dorchester

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Keeping Boston Safe: At about 11:32 AM on Wednesday December 12, 2018, members of the District C-11 (Dorchester) Drug Control Unit recovered a loaded firearm, drugs and cash after executing a search warrant as part of an investigation in the area of 27 Gayland Street in Dorchester. As a result of their search, officers located and seized a loaded .25 caliber Raven handgun, 2 large rocks of crack cocaine with an approximate weight of 12 grams, 2 small bags of crack cocaine, 1 medium bag of crack cocaine, 1 medium bag of heroin and $10,729.00 in U.S. Currency. Officers then arrested the target of their investigation, Luis Otero, 28, of Dorchester, without incident on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A and B Drugs. While on scene, officers also arrested Alex Archambault, 34, of Leominster on charges of Possession of Class B Drugs. Both suspects will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

 

‘Tis The Season: Big-hearted BPD Officers from District D-4 Deliver Generous Donation to the Lenox Hotel Toy Drive

‘Tis The Season: A special holiday hats off to the big-hearted men and women of District D-4 (South End) for their generous $2,000-plus donation to the Lenox Hotel Toy Drive which runs between now and Thursday, December 20, 2018. Guests and non-guests of the hotel are encouraged to stop by the Back Bay location to make a donation. New and unwrapped gifts are preferred. A guest room inside the hotel has been exclusively set aside for donations with the hopes of filling the room from floor to ceiling.

For more information, please visit: www.lenoxhotel.com/room-in-your-heart

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 8
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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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.

Death Investigation in the area of 26 Torrey Street in Dorchester

 

At about 11:27 PM on Wednesday on August 1, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person down in the area of 26 Torrey Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim laying on the ground behind the address suffering from a head injury. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene.

This week, the Medical Examiner’s Office ruled victim’s cause of death to be a gunshot wound and his manner of death to be homicide. The victim has since been identified as Trevis Catron, 23, of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

 

Officers Arrest Two Juveniles for Unarmed Robbery in Roxbury

 

At about 3:35 PM on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a robbery in the area of 55 Malcolm X Boulevard in Roxbury.  On arrival, officers were met by the juvenile victim who stated he had been assaulted and robbed of his possessions. The victim stated he was approached by three males, one of whom demanded the victim hand over his cell phone. The victim stated one of the males began punching the victim in the face several times causing injuries to the area around his eye and destroying his eyeglasses, before pushing the victim to the ground and grabbing his wallet from his pocket. The victim stated the suspects then fled the area with the victim's property. Officers searched the area and were able to locate two males matching the descriptions provided. The males immediately fled upon seeing officers. Officers gave chase and were able to apprehend the suspects. Officers recovered the victim’s stolen property and placed the two suspects under arrest. 

Officers arrested a 17-year-old juvenile male of Roxbury and a 17-year-old juvenile male of Mattapan. Both are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of Delinquent to wit: Unarmed Robbery, Assault and Battery, Trespassing, and Receiving Stolen Goods. 

 

Progress Report for Boston Police Academy Recruit Class #58-18

Progress Report for Boston Police Academy Recruit Class #58-18: Last Monday, December 3, 2018, over 100 police recruits showed up at the front doors of the Boston Police Academy located at 85 Williams Ave in Hyde Park to begin a 6-month training regimen that enables those who complete it to join the ranks of the oldest, proudest and most professional police department in the country. As you can see in the photos, the recruits are already being challenged mentally, physically and emotionally. The training is absolutely no joke and is widely considered one of the most rigorously comprehensive training programs in the country. But to those who are up to the challenge and can push through to the finish line that is graduation day, the promise and opportunity to protect and serve the citizens of Boston awaits. To all the members of BPD Recruit Class #58-18, we say, “Keep up the great work.”   

BPD Officers to Perform with Local Violinist Shaw Pong Liu at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Calderwood Hall

BPDinTheCommunity: Please join members of the Boston Police Department on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 1:00pm as they take the stage at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall with local violinist and composer Shaw Pong Liu for a powerful musical performance, called Code Listen 3.0. The performance aspires to expose, elaborate and share the intertwining stories of Boston Police Officers, teens and mothers who have lost their children to gun violence. Tickets are free.

For more information about how to attend the concert, please click on the enclosed link:

www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/event/code-listen-one-pm

BPD in the Community: 10th Annual Shop with a Cop Event Held at Target in South Bay

BPD in the Community: On Monday December 10, 2018, members of the Boston Police Department enjoyed participating in the 10th Annual “Shop with a Cop: Heroes & Helpers Holiday Celebration” held at the South Bay Target Store in Dorchester. Officers from districts across the city along with volunteers from several outside police and first-responder agencies paired up with over three hundred deserving children from every neighborhood in Boston to pick out a special holiday gift. The event was hosted by Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross and generously funded by the Boston Police Activities/Athletics League (PAL), Target and several other charitable organizations. Our officers enjoyed sharing their time while bringing a little holiday magic to these grateful children and their families during this season of giving.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 4

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

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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.

 

Death Investigation in the area of 155 Savannah Avenue Mattapan  

 

At about 9:59 PM on Monday, December 10, 2018, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 155 Savannah Avenue in Mattapan. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

 

Boston 72: Weekend Update and Public Journal

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 3
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 9
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 8
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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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.

BPD Remembers The Service And Sacrifice Of Officer Frederick W. Bartlett Killed In The Line Of Duty On This Day 88 Years Ago

BPD Remembers The Service And Sacrifice Of Officer Frederick W. Bartlett Killed In The Line Of Duty On This Day 88 Years Ago: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Frederick W. Bartlett who was killed in the line of duty on this very day 88 years ago. On December 9, 1930, Officer Bartlett was injured when he was struck by a motor vehicle while directing traffic at the scene of a fire in the area of Gallivan Boulevard and Washington Street in Dorchester. Officer Bartlett later succumbed to his injuries on December 10, 1930.

Bartlett, who was an 11-year veteran of the department, was 42-years-old at the time of his death. Making his passing ever more tragic is the fact that he left behind a grieving wife and one child.

Officer Bartlett was laid to rest at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 62, West Line 12.

In Boston, a Hero Sign (see photo) is posted to honor his life and service in the area of Gallivan Boulevard and Washington Street in Dorchester. If you’re passing through the area, please keep an eye out for his Hero Sign and kindly take a moment, not only to honor his sacrifice, but to remember the loved ones left in mourning after his tragic passing so many years ago.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: To date, the men and women of BPD have bravely taken over 645 guns off the streets of Boston

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KEEPING BOSTON SAFE: To date in 2018, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have bravely taken over 645 guns off the streets of #Boston. As our officers work hard each and every day to protect and serve our citizens, it's our hope that #OneLessGun leads to #OneLessTragedy.

Media Availability: BPD to Host 10th Annual Shop with a Cop: Heroes & Helpers Holiday Celebration at the South Bay Target Store in Dorchester

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Media Availability: BPD to Host 10th Annual Shop with a Cop: Heroes & Helpers Holiday Celebration at the South Bay Target Store in Dorchester

WHO: Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross, Boston Police Department command staff members, officers and volunteers from several outside police and first-responder agencies, as well as, over 300 well-deserving children.
 
WHAT: The Boston Police Department is hosting its 10th Annual Shop with a Cop: Heroes and Helpers event, funded by the Boston Police Activities/Athletics League (PAL), Target and several other charitable organizations. This year, over three hundred kids from every neighborhood in Boston will be paired with a first responder to pick out a special holiday gift. This year, BPD Officers will once again be joined by first responders from several outside agencies including Boston EMS, MBTA Transit PD, UMass-Boston PD, Suffolk University PD, Boston University PD and Boston College PD.

WHEN: Monday, December 10, 2018 at 5:45 PM

WHERE: Target at South Bay Plaza, South Boston

CONTACT:  For media inquiries, please call Boston Police Media Relations (617) 343-4520

BPDinTheCommunity: Cops for Kids with Cancer Stops By District C-11 in Dorchester to Lift the Spirits of a Little Girl Battling Cancer

BPDinTheCommunity: Created in 2002, the Cops for Kids with Cancer charity has donated millions of dollars to help and support families with children battling cancer. Their most recent donation and act of kindness took place today, Friday, December 7, 2018, at District C-11 in Dorchester and - as you can see by the photos - our officers were honored and humbled to meet, greet and high-5 their newest hero: 3-yr-old Deena Thomas. For more information about this wonderful organization – please visit: copsforkidswithcancer.org.

A Public Safety Message from Police Commissioner William Gross to Local College Students Before the 2018 Winter Break

Dear Students,

Firstly, congratulations on completing your first semester of 2018. I know at this time many of you are preparing for and will soon be finishing up final exams before departing for a well-deserved winter break. So, before you go, I’d like to take this opportunity to share a few safety tips and reminders to safeguard your living spaces while away on holiday. 

As always, please make sure you secure your on and off campus housing units when you leave by locking all doors and windows. Sounds simple, but, is often overlooked. Please take precautions in advance and, if need be, contact your management company or landlord to make sure that the locks are in working order. If you have air conditioners, please remove them from the windows especially those where there is access to a fire escape. If they can’t be removed, make sure they are securely fastened.  As for items of value, best to take them with you. Easy-to-steal items like iPads, laptops, game systems, jewelry and currency are always attractive targets for would-be thieves. 

If possible, ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on things during your time away. Conversely, if you’re staying home, be a good neighbor by keeping an eye on your neighborhood and call 9-1-1 if you see anything suspicious. In the days leading up to winter break, consider installing motion censored or timed lighting in and outside of your residence. This will create the illusion that someone is home.  

Additionally, should you choose to stay in the city for any holiday or New Year’s celebrations, please keep in mind that the Boston Police Department will be monitoring the neighborhoods for loud and underage parties. Don’t forget that your homes are in neighborhoods where people live and work. As such, being a good neighbor involves being respectful to those around you.

I hope this information is helpful. Please visit www.BPDNews.com for more information and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

On behalf of the men and women of the Boston Police Department, relax and enjoy your break. You earned it! 

Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,

William G. Gross

Boston Police Commissioner