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

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

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

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

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

BPD is Proud to Announce 2016 National Night Out!

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

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

Monday, August 1st, 2016

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

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

File Photo

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of WCVB

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

For the full story, click this link:

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

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

 

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

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

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

Boston 24: Friday, July 22, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Thursday @ 10:00 a.m. through Friday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 7

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

Coffee with a Cop Stops by Homestead Bakery Cafe on District C-11 in Dorchester

Coffee with a Cop: On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, Coffee with a Cop stopped by the Homestead Bakery Cafe located at 1448 Dorchester Avenue. Commissioner William Evans, members of the command staff - including Deputy Nora Baston seen in the above photo - and officers assigned to District C-11 had a great time interacting with and getting to know members of the community. Thanks to everyone who came out to say hello and a special thank you to everybody at the Homestead Bakery Cafe for being such gracious and welcoming hosts. If you are interested in joining a Neighborhood Watch Group or attending a future Coffee with a Cop event, please call (617) 343-4345.

‘Cuz We Care: BPD Officers Roll Out Red Carpet for Kids Battling Cancer

On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, BPD Officers along with representatives from Cops for Kids with Cancer organization rolled out the red carpet for some super brave kids battling a super serious disease. After picking the up kids – all being treated for cancer at MGH’s Pediatric Oncology Unit - BPD motorcycle officers provided the kids a presidential-like escort from the hospital to the harbor. Said one of the kids, “It was so cool! Everybody was looking at us like we were really important. And, we didn’t stop for one red light.” On arrival at the BPD’s Harbor Patrol Unit, the kids were treated to free ice cream – courtesy of the BPD Ice Cream Truck – and then escorted to a waiting BPD patrol boat which then gave the kids and their families a tour of Boston Harbor. Said one of the officers involved in the escort: “I get chills every time I do this and I’m always honored to be a part of it. Seeing the kids smile is absolutely awesome. But, maybe more than anything else, if we can help sick kids not think about being sick for a few hours, that’s a really good day for all of us.” To learn more about the Cops for Kids with Cancer organization – please click on the enclosed link: www.copsforkidswithcancer.org

BPD IN THE COMMUNITY: Commissioner Evans Reads Dr. Seuss Classic to Kids at the Boston Public Library in the South End

IN THE COMMUNITY: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans was recently seen reading to the kids from the Tobin School who are participating in a summer reading program sponsored by Boston's Bridge to Excellence, Boston PAL and the BPD at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library. As you can see in the photos, Commissioner Evans had a blast hanging out with the kids while reading ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go!’ by Dr. Seuss. Said the Commissioner: “It’s so important for the kids to see us in a positive light. We want them to grow up knowing how much we care about them and their safety. And, getting the chance to read to them gives us a chance to share that message.”

BPD IN THE NEWS: Thanks to Fox 25 online reporter Kacie Yearout for the story about a woman who waited almost 15 years to say sorry to the officer she tried to hurt and harm

BPD IN THE NEWS: Thanks to Fox 25 online reporter Kacie Yearout for the moving and must-read story about a woman who finally got the chance to say sorry to the officer she attempted to hurt and harm almost 15 years ago. Said Officer Jorge Dias: "I know it took a lot of courage for her to apologize and, although she didn't have to do it, I commend her for it and certainly forgive her."

To read the full story - please click on the enclosed link:

http://www.fox25boston.com/news/years-later-woman-gets-to-apologize-to-officer-she-assaulted/408610434

Making a Difference: Great Time Had by All at First Responder Safety Day for Kids with Special Needs at the Frederick School on District C-11 in Dorchester

If you know anything about police officers in Boston, you should know this: looking out for our city’s young people – especially kids with special needs - is one of our highest, most valued priorities. And, this past week at the Frederick School in Dorchester, that priority was on full display as members of the BPD stopped by First Responder Safety Day to interact with and remind the kids that if they were ever in trouble, lost or in need of help, our first responders would be there in a heartbeat. To underscore that point, officers encouraged the kids to play with the lights and sirens so they would be familiar with the sound of officers coming to their aid. Said event organizer Officer Michelle Maffeo: “For any parent with a child with special needs, keeping them safe is one of their greatest challenges and concerns. So, to see the kids open up to, engage with and interact with the police officers entrusted with keeping them safe is hugely satisfying and rewarding for all involved. And, if the smiles seen on the kid’s faces are any indication or measure of how successful this event was, then, today was a super successful day.”

Boston 24: Thursday, July 21, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

BPD in the Community: Great Time Had by All at Last Night's Flashlight Walk on District C-11 in Dorchester!!!

BPD In The Community: Great Time Had by All at Last Night's Flashlight Walk on District C-11 in Dorchester!!! Thanks to everybody who turned out for last night's Flashlight Walk (July 19, 2016) on District C-11 in Dorchester. Commissioner Evans and all of our officers had a great time interacting with all who attended especially the kids!!! Said the Commissioner: "Great to see so many people at last night's Flashlight Walk on District C-11. I know I speak on behalf of my officers when I say we had a great time talking and listening to our community members in our never-ending efforts to better understand their quality of life issues and concerns. For us, their safety is always our top priority." The BPD Ice Cream Truck also made an appearance and - per usual - did not disappoint as Officer Timmy Golden provided all in attendance with free ice cream. 

Thank You for Thanking Us and Reminding Us that the Future Still Burns Bright in Boston

Commissioner Evans was having coffee early this morning (Wednesday, July 20, 2016) outside the Dudley Café at 15 Warren Street in Roxbury when a young family approached and asked if they could take a picture with the Commish. As you can tell by the enclosed photo, the Commish was more than happy to oblige. Best of all, during the interaction, the father of the young family turned to the Commish and, after thanking him and promising to pray for the safety of all our officers during these incredibly dangerous and difficult times, shared with him the fact that his 11 year-old nephew Jeremiah informed him that one day he hopes to be a wrestler, football player and a police officer. To Jeremiah – we say: “If the wrestling or football playing careers don’t work out, there’s always room for a great kid on one of the greatest police departments in the country.” 

Boston 24: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 12

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

Putting the Unity in Community at Fenway Park: BPD Officers Honored Before Tonight's Red Sox Game

Putting the Unity in Community at Fenway Park: Tonight, July 19, 2016, at baseball’s most beloved ballpark, kids from the community along with members of Boston Police Department took center stage in an effort to showcase the city’s spirit of cohesion, cooperation and unity. In the past two weeks, eight police officers nationwide (5 in Dallas, 3 in Baton Rouge) have been killed in the line of duty. The senseless attacks on law enforcement officers undermine the safety and security of citizens everywhere. Prior to the start of tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz appealed to the best in all of us saying: “Let’s be kind to each other and choose love.” Said Commissioner Evans: “I want to thank the Red Sox for inviting my officers to Fenway Park and I certainly appreciate Big Papi’s comments. Now, more than ever before, it’s essential that we all come together as a community in our shared efforts to prevent another senseless tragedy.”

Cops for Kids with Cancer Makes $5,000 Donation to Teenager in Need

On Monday, June 18, 2016, the non-profit charity organization Cops for Kids with Cancer visited the home of Jake Rackaukas, a 16-year-old diagnosed with brain cancer, to present a $5,000.00 donation to his family. Jake’s father Richard and mother April were on hand to accept the gift from retired Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief and retired CFKWC chairman Bob Faherty. CFKWC continues day-in and day-out to raise money to assist families with children battling cancer, helping them to provide funds for treatment and other needs they may encounter during their fight against this disease.