BPD Issues Counterfeit Ticket Advisory for the 2018 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers

BPD Issues Counterfeit Ticket Advisory for the 2018 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers: The Boston Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be alert, aware and wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets for the 2018 Fall Classic between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. Simply put, fans who choose to purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance. And, the fact remains, fans are less likely to be scammed when purchasing tickets from authorized ticket agencies. The old-buyer-beware axiom most certainly applies, those purchasing from secondary sources do so at the buyer’s risk. Officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to only purchase from official vendors. Purchasing via other means creates the potential for possessing either an invalid or counterfeit ticket. 

If any community members have information about the selling of counterfeit tickets, you are urged to contact Boston Police.

Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously are reminded that the Boston Police Department is ONLY interested in the INFORMATION you provide, NOT who YOU are.

A Message from Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross to Area College Students on the Eve of the 2018 World Series

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A Message from Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross to Area College Students on the Eve of the 2018 World Series

I’d like to begin by saying I hope all are doing well in their school work as the first two months of the first semester come to a close. As you likely all know, our Boston Red Sox are once again in the World Series and Game One is scheduled for tomorrow night at Fenway Park. As you can well imagine, we couldn’t be happier for the Red Sox organization and its fans.  

Given the high profile and prestige of baseball’s fall classic, we know the eyes of the sporting world will once again be on our city.

For the men and women of the Boston Police Department, keeping you safe is our main priority and highest concern. So, to ensure that goal, I am asking for your help as we prepare for the upcoming games.

Our message remains clear and constant. I am asking college and university students to take advantage of planned on-campus viewing parties hosted by your respective academic institutions where you and your friends can gather to safely watch and enjoy the game.

For those choosing to attend off-campus festivities whether it be at a local establishment or friend’s home, we encourage and remind all to drink and behave responsibly while watching the games. Drinking and driving is not an option. Safety on our roadways is imperative and we will be vigilant in our efforts to ensure that those who do drive do so smartly and soberly. As always, public transportation is strongly encouraged to make certain everybody gets home safely at the end of the games.

Your safety is our priority. And, while my officers will certainly be out there working hard to ensure your safety, we also expect you to act and behave in a way that reflects proudly on your school, your family and your city.

Showcase Boston to the nation with a level of class, pride and positive spirit that has been the hallmark of fans from our region. In short, behave like champions. 

Thank you very much for your time and attention to this important safety message. Enjoy the game, be safe and go Red Sox!

 Sincerely,

 William G. Gross

Police Commissioner

One Less Gun: Suspect in Custody after BPD Officers Recover Firearm in East Boston

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ONE LESS GUN: At about 7:40pm, on Saturday, October 20, 2018, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) were on patrol in the area of Maverick Landing due to numerous complaints from community members relative to loud activity, trespassing and public drinking in the area. While patrolling the area, officers observed a motor vehicle to be parked on property with posted signs clearly stating: Parking for Residents Only. While approaching the car, officers observed two occupants engaged in an activity consistent with the usage of illegal narcotics. While speaking to the occupants, officers immediately recognized the individual sitting in the passenger seat as a person they had encountered several times before. Specifically, the individual was known to carry weapons and had previously faced charges relating to the unlawful possession of firearms. While speaking to the suspect, officers noted that he appeared to be nervous as the pace of his breathing quickened and body language stiffened. In light of the aforementioned, the suspect was asked to exit the vehicle. However, instead of complying, the suspect became belligerent and bad-tempered. After repeated requests to exit the car, the suspect ultimately complied. With the suspect now outside the vehicle, officers detected a hard object while conducting a pat frisk of the suspect for weapons. A further search enabled officers to locate and confiscate a firearm (see photo) described as a Taurus Millennium G2 9MM Semi-Automatic Pistol with 8 rounds of live ammunition housed inside a 12 round magazine.

Officers arrested the suspect, an 18-year-old male from Boston, and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device and Trespassing.

MEDIA ADVISORY: MAYOR WALSH AND COMMISSIONER GROSS TO DISCUSS SAFETY PLANS FOR WORLD SERIES BETWEEN BOSTON RED SOX AND LOS ANGELES DODGERS

MEDIA ADVISORY: MAYOR WALSH TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE AHEAD OF MLB WORLD SERIES BETWEEN BOSTON RED SOX AND LOS ANGELES DODGERS: On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, Mayor Martin J. Walsh will host a press conference along with public safety officials inside the Eagle Room at Boston City Hall. During the press conference, the Mayor will be joined by Boston Police Commissioner William Gross and other city and state public safety officials to discuss and share public safety plans ahead of the 2018 MLB World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. Game 1 is scheduled for tomorrow night at Fenway Park with the first pitch being thrown out at 8:09pm.

WHEN:         Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 10:00AM
WHERE:       Eagle Room at Boston City Hall


Boston 72 and Public Journal for Monday, October 22, 2018

Data includes 72–Hour-Period Beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 13

Residential Break-ins: 8
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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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.

 

Safely Dispose of Expired Prescription Medications at Your Local District Police Station during National Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00am to 1:30pm

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NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK DAY: If you have any unused or expired prescription medications that you’d like to safely discard or dispose of, please stop by your local district station this Saturday, October 27 from 10:00am-1:30pm for National Drug Take Back Day.

To learn the location of the district station nearest you, please visit:http://bpdnews.com/districts/

Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer John Earle Killed in the Line of Duty 102 Years Ago

The Boston Police Department Remembers Service and Sacrifice of Officer John Earle Killed in the Line of Duty 102 Years Ago: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer John J. Earle who died in the line of duty on this very day 102 years ago. On October 21, 1916, Officer Earle was directing traffic in the area of Boylston and Washington Streets when a trolley car jumped the track and trapped Earle between another trolley car travelling in the opposite direction. The collision left Earle with serious internal injuries that would ultimately claim his life later on that same day.

Earle, who was a four year veteran of the department, was 34-years-old at the time of his death.

Earle is buried at New Cavalry Cemetery in Mattapan and his name which was added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial can be found at: Panel 34, West Line 15.

In Boston, a Hero Sign (see photo) is posted in honor and memory of Officer Earle at the corner of Boylston and Washington Streets on District A-1 (Downtown). Should you find yourself in that area, please keep an eye out for Earle’s Hero Sign and, if time allows, take a second to say a prayer and acknowledge the service and sacrifice of a brave soul who died protecting and serving our city while also recognizing the hurt, heartache and hardship endured by those he left behind.    

Suspect in Custody and Loaded Firearm Recovered After Officers Respond to Shots Fired and Locate Both Victim and Suspect with Non-Life-Threatening Gunshot Wounds

 

KEEPING BOSTON SAFE: At about 9:44 PM, on Friday, October 19, 2018, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) along with members of the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force responded to a call for shots fired in the area of the Walgreens Pharmacy located at 825 Morton Street in Mattapan. It should be noted that several officers were on patrol in the immediate area at the time of the incident which enabled a nearly instantaneous response. On arrival, officers located a 16-year-old male inside the entrance of the store suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Officers also observed an armed security guard who was standing next to a loaded .380 caliber AMT handgun which was laying on the floor nearby. While rendering medical attention to the injured teen, officers were approached by a 20-year-old victim who stated that he had gone to the location to sell a phone to the juvenile male who was now being tended to and, after the two had concluded their transaction, the victim realized that some of the currency given to him was, in fact, counterfeit. When the victim attempted to confront the juvenile suspect, a physical altercation ensued, during which the suspect produced a firearm. As the two continued to struggle for control of the weapon, two shots were fired outside, one of which struck the suspect. The fight continued and spilled into the store, where the armed security guard standing inside the doorway ordered the suspect to drop the gun and the fight concluded. Officers asked the victim if he had been injured in anyway during the incident at which time he then realized that he too had been shot. Both the victim and the suspect were transported to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries which are considered non-life threatening.

The juvenile suspect, a 16-year-old male from Dorchester, remains guarded at the hospital at this time and will be booked on numerous charges upon his release including Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault with Intent to Rob. The suspect was also found to be wanted on an outstanding warrant for Armed Robbery sought out of Suffolk County Juvenile Court. It is undetermined at this time when the suspect will face arraignment in Boston Juvenile Court.

 

BPD in the Community: Hi-5-Friday stops by the Michael J. Perkins School in South Boston

Hi-5-Friday stops by the Michael J Perkins School in South Boston: Earlier this morning, Friday, October 18, 2018, Boston Police Officers had a phenomenal time connecting with and making a positive impression while high-fiving the kids from the Michael J. Perkins Elementary School located at 50 Rev. Burke Street in South Boston. As you can see in the photos, the kids could not have been more excited to see our officers and our officers could not have been more excited about connecting with and positively interacting with the kids. Said one of the officers, “It’s so important for the kids to see and interact with us in a positive, fun, friendly environment. Keeping kids safe is one of our most important priorities and when they see us, we want them to see people who care about keeping them safe.” 

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover Firearm Following Call for Shots Fired in the area of Brook Ave in Roxbury

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ONE LESS GUN: At about 3:03am, on Friday, October 19, 2018, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 42 Brook Avenue in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located ballistic evidence in the immediate area. While still on scene, officers learned that the person seen firing the shots may have entered a home in the area. While directing their flashlights on the house at 42 Brook Ave, officers observed an individual on the second floor duck down in an attempt to conceal himself. A search of the dwelling enabled officers to locate an individual hiding under a bed on the second floor. While talking to the suspect, officers quickly ascertained that the individual did not live at the address. A more extensive search of the location with help from a BPD K-9 Officer and his partner, Rocky, enabled officers to discover and recover a firearm (see photo) and empty magazine found in a bedroom closet.

Officers arrested Carlos Barros, 32, 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 Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, October 19, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 3

Residential Break-ins: 5
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.

 

BPD in the Community: Members of the BPD Basketball Take the Court against the Defending City League Champions, the Tech Boston Bears!!!

#BPDinTheCommunity: Members of the BPD Basketball Team certainly had their hands full when they recently took to the floor against the defending City League Champions, the Tech Boston Bears, who beat the BPD hoopsters by 5 points. Final score aside, our officers had a great time and felt like winners just the same given fact that improved relationships and mutual respect appeared to be rule the day. Said one of our officers, “Hats off to the kids from Tech Boston. They’re definitely a talented team and it you can see why they won the City League last year. For us, though, it’s less about the final score and more about finding a forum where we can connect with the kids on their level while fostering friendships, trust and mutual respect. And, we did that tonight.”

Thanks to Everybody who Stopped by 'Coffee with a Cop' Graciously Hosted by Au Bon Pain on Huntington Ave

#BPDinTheCommunity: Our officers had great time meeting community members, making new friends, listening to concerns while focusing on ways to make our city safer at #CoffeeWithACop recently hosted by the nice folks at the @AuBonPain at 100 Huntington Ave in Boston. As we always say, our relationship with the community is essential to making our city safer.

Boston Police Department Remembers Service and Sacrifice of the 1st Ever BPD Officer Killed in the Line Duty 161 Years Ago

Boston Police Department Remembers Service and Sacrifice of the 1st Ever BPD Officer Killed in the Line Duty 161 Years Ago: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Ezekiel Hodsdon who was shot and killed in the line of duty on this very day 161 years ago. On October 18, 1857, Officer Hodsdon was on foot patrol when he arrested a suspect in connection to several burglaries in the area of Maverick and Havre Streets. While Officer Hodsdon was taking the suspect into custody, a second man intervened and began to interfere with the arrest. During the ensuing altercation, the second man brandished a firearm and shot Officer Hodsdon in the head. Nearby officers, who heard both the altercation and noise of the gunshot, rushed to the scene but arrived too late to apprehend the suspects. The officers promptly rendered aid to their fallen comrade and carried him to Station 7 in East Boston. Later in the day, Officer Hodsdon would succumb to his injuries. Given Hodsdon’s popularity in the neighborhood, news of his shooting spread quickly and soon hundreds of incensed community members converged on the scene to join in the search for the two men wanted in connection to his murder. Despite the large search party, the suspect who shot Hodsdon was able to escape the area and evade capture. Almost a year later, however, the man who shot Hodsdon, William McNulty, was found hiding under an alias in a New Hampshire prison. However, due to poor health, McNulty was granted a pardon for his crime.  

Hodsdon was 26-years-old at the time of his death. Making his death ever more tragic, he was survived by his wife and infant son.

Hodsdon is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, MA. His name is on the National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 50, West Line 26.

A Hero Sign and granite memorial is posted in memory of Officer Ezekiel Hodsdon at the corner of Havre and Maverick Streets in East Boston on District A-7 (East Boston). Should you find yourself in that area, please keep an eye out for Hodsdon’s Hero Sign and, if time allows, take a second to say a prayer and acknowledge the service and sacrifice of a brave soul who died protecting and serving our city while also recognizing the hurt, heartache and hardship endured by a family forced to cope and come to grips with the loss of a husband, father and friend who never came home.   

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, October 18, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

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

Residential Break-ins: 0
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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, October 18, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

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

Residential Break-ins: 0
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.

 

Recent survey on YouGov.com says the Boston Police Department is one of the best police departments in the country

Survey Ranks the Boston Police Department as One of the Best in the Country: According to a recent survey in YouGov.com, an online organization specializing in global public opinion and data polling, the Boston Police Department is one of the most well-liked and well-respected police departments in the country. The survey found that Boston ranks 2nd out of the 20 largest, most populous cities in America with nearly 80% of those polled saying that they enjoy a ‘very good’ relationship with the men and women of the Boston Police Department. Denver ranked highest with an approval rating slightly ahead of Boston. Said Commissioner William Gross, “I couldn’t be more proud of the work being done by my officers 24/7/365 to protect and serve one of the greatest cities in America. When it comes to commitment, compassion and professionalism, the men and women of the Boston Police Department are as good as they come. And, although I can’t say I’m surprised by the positive results of the poll, I can say it reaffirms what many of us already know and that’s the fact the Boston Police Department is one of the best in the country.”

To read the full results of the polling, please click on the attached link:

https://today.yougov.com/topics/politics/articles-reports/2018/10/15/chicago-police-citizens-relationship

UPDATE: Victim Identified, BPD Investigators Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to Solve Fatal Shooting in the area of 47 Charles Street in Dorchester

UPDATE: Victim Identified, BPD Investigators Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to Solve Fatal Shooting in the area of 47 Charles Street in Dorchester: In ongoing efforts to identify those responsible for the shooting death of a 24-year-old female in Dorchester, BPD Homicide Detectives are seeking additional help from the public. At about 9:36pm, on Monday, October 15, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to an outside scene for a person shot in the area of Charles and Ditson Streets in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a 24-year-old female victim suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, who was pronounced deceased at the scene, has since been identified as Alicia Restrepo, 24, of Boston

As investigators continue to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident, they are seeking help from residents and community members who may have been in the areas of Leroy Street, Ditson Street, Charles Street and Geneva Avenue at the time of incident. Anyone with information, regardless of how minor or small it may appear, is strongly encouraged to contact 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 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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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.

Harambee Park Playground in Dorchester Named in Honor and Memory of BPD Sergeant Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds

Harambee Park Playground in Dorchester Named in Honor and Memory of BPD Sergeant Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds: On Monday, October 15, 2018, Mayor Martin Walsh, Commissioner William Gross and the men and women of the BPD gathered at Harambee Park in Dorchester to name a portion of the park in honor and memory of Sgt. Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds who died in the line of duty as a result of injuries sustained in the days after the attack on the 2013 Boston Marathon.      

Said Mayor Martin Walsh, “I’m so proud to name this new playground and courts after Sergeant Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds. He was a Boston hero and residents will honor him when visiting the park that now bears his name. His spirit and service to the citizens of our city should never be forgotten and, thanks to today’s ceremony and the naming of this playground, it never will.”

Said Commissioner William Gross, “The promise and pledge we make to any officer who dies in the line of duty while protecting and serving the citizens of our fine city is to never forget their service and sacrifice. No doubt, Sgt. Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds made that sacrifice in the days that followed the attack on our Boston Marathon in 2013 when bravely responded to Watertown to confront those responsible for the attack and it’s certainly reaffirming and right that his spirit and sacrifice should forever live on in the naming of the courts and playground here at Harambee Park where young people for years to come will come to know and learn about the person, police officer and hero that was Sgt. Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds.”

Offered DJ’s younger sister, Nicole Simmonds, “My greatest fear was that DJ and his service would somehow be forgotten, but the naming of this park in his honor shows me and my family that DJ’s spirit will never be forgotten. For a long time, my older brother, DJ, watched over me and I know he will do the same for all who come here to play. This is his playground and I know he’ll be watching over and keeping safe all who come here to gather and play. Lastly, in his honor, I ask that this playground also be a place where cops and community members can come together as one and feel the support and strength of a hero who will continue to watch over the city he was honored to protect and serve.”   

Sergeant Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds, a 5-year veteran of the department, was 28-years-old at the time of his passing.     

According to the Parks and Recreation Department, the opening of the Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds playground marks the completion of the first phase renovation of Harambee Park, a 44-acre active recreation parkland located at 930 Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester. The 2nd phase, budgeted for an additional $3.5 million, will include the construction of two natural turf multi-sport fields for soccer and lacrosse with construction slated for the summer of 2019.