BPD K-9 Officers Participate in Maritime Training Exercise

Keeping You Safe: Today, Monday, September 29, 2014, as part of a joint law enforcement training effort between federal and local law enforcement agencies, members of the Boston Police Department’s K-9 Unit participated in a training exercise aboard a United States Coast Guard vessel designed to better prepare both dogs and their handlers in the event of an incident or emergency in a maritime environment. Said one of the officers involved in the training, “Responding to real emergencies is something we practice and prepare for all the time and to be able to simulate an incident in a maritime environment like the one we had here today only helps and enhances our ability to respond effectively and efficiently when a real call comes in.”

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover Illegal Firearm Downtown

 

At about 2:50 AM on Sunday, September 28, 2014, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of 105 Chauncey Street in the Downtown area. 

While on directed patrol in the area of the above location due to recent firearms related incidents, officers were approached by a concerned citizen who stated that he observed three unknown males displaying a firearm enter the bathroom. The three males then fled the area on foot. Officers then gathered a description of the suspects and proceeded to search the surrounding area in an effort to locate them. A short time later, officers observed three males matching the description of the suspects in the area of Gateway Park and Beach Street. Upon seeing officers, the males immediately fled the area on foot with officers in tow. Officers commanded the males to stop, to which two of them complied. The third individual ignored officers’ requests and continued to sprint away from them. Following a brief foot chase in which the suspect continuously adjusted an apparent object in his waistband, later discarding it during the pursuit, officers were able to apprehend the male with the assistance of MBTA officers. Upon retracing the suspect’s route, officers were able to locate a black semi-automatic Bodyguard firearm loaded with six live rounds of ammunition. 

Officers arrested 28-year-old Demetrius Williams of Boston and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (Second Offense), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number. 

Noteworthy Stats: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 507  illegal crime guns off the streets of Boston.  A crime gun is defined as an illegal firearm used in the commission of a crime or confiscated in the course of an arrest. In addition to the above, 385 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 892 fewer guns in circulation as a result of the above efforts.  For perspective purposes, the BPD seized a total of 667 guns for the year in 2013.

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 17
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 9
Vehicle Breaks: 19

Residential Break-ins: 18
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 Time Had by All at the 5th Annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race in Roslindale

Great Time Had by All at the 5th Annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race in Roslindale: Thanks to all the runners and walkers who participated in today’s Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race sponsored by the Boston Police Emerald Society. Could not have asked for a better day or a better crowd.  And, talk about running for a great cause, all proceeds from today’s race will be donated to Cops for Kids with Cancer. Thanks again to all who showed up and special thanks to all the volunteers who made today’s race as successful as it was. 

Community Calendar: The 5th Annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race Kicks Off Tomorrow

Community Calendar: The 5th Annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race sponsored by the Boston Police Emerald Society is set to kick off tomorrow, Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 11:00am. If you haven’t already signed up for the race, it’s not too late as you can still register the morning of the race at the Emerald Society Hall located at 10 Birch Street in Roslindale. The course – which has been certified by USA Track & Field – starts in front of the Emerald Society, heads up Belgrade Ave to Walworth Street, around Fallon Field, up Walter Street through the Arnold Arboretum before finishing in Roslindale Village. All proceeds from the race will be donated to Cops for Kids with Cancer.

Making a Difference: PAL Scholarship Program Stops by District D-14 in Brighton

Pictured from left to right: Sgt. Provenzano, Officer Boyle, Mrs. Holman, Bill Stoddard, Captain Lanchester

Thanks PAL!!! Bill Stoddard of the Boston Police Athletic/Activities League, along with District D-14 (Brighton) Officer Amy Boyle, Sergeant Gino Provenzano and Captain Wayne Lanchester recently presented a scholarship check in the amount of $1,000.00 to the grateful mother of Jennifer Holman. Jennifer, who’s a freshman at Endicott College, was a member of the PAL Soccer Team. Congratulations to Amy and thanks to Boston PAL for making a difference in our community!!!

IN THE NEWS: Son of BPD Detective Brian Gill Serves Up a Story of Inspiration for Us All

IN THE NEWS: Special thanks to WBZ-TV Channel 4 news reporter Paul Burton for his telling of the inspirational story involving BPD Detective Brian Gill’s son, 8 year-old Gavin, who recently fulfilled the dream of playing in a real football game in spite of a rare genetic disorder called Prader-Willi Syndrome – which as you’re about to see - hasn’t slowed Gavin down one bit. To see the inspirational story in its entirety – please click on the enclosed video link:  http://boston.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10629149

 


One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover an Illegal Firearm in Roxbury

 

At about 6:35 PM on Thursday, September 25, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of Bower Street and Walnut Avenue in Roxbury.

While on patrol in the area of the above location, known to officers as a hangout spot for active gang members, officers observed four individuals trespassing. Each of the individuals are known to officers as having prior firearm convictions. Seeing the individuals together in a group heightened officers’ safety concerns. As officers exited their vehicle in an attempt to speak to the group, one of the individuals, upon seeing officers, immediately turns away and began to flee the area. As officers continued walking toward the group, the individual began to look over his shoulder, sprinting away from officers with his right hand clenching his waist in an apparent effort to prevent an object from falling. Following a foot pursuit in which the suspect discarded the object, officers were able to place the male under arrest. Upon retracing the route in which the suspect fled, officers were able to recover a black Jennings .22 caliber firearm loaded with four rounds of live ammunition.

Officers arrested a 17-year-old juvenile of Dorchester and charged him with Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Firearm with Altered/Obliterated Serial Numbers, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of Class D Drugs.

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 7

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

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

COMMUNITY ALERT: Boston Police Investigate the Report of an Alleged Sexual Assault in the Area of Columbia Road and Holden Street in Dorchester

 

On Thursday September, 25, 2014, a female victim reported to Boston Police, she was in the area of Columbia Road and Holden Street in Dorchester at about 7:50 am, when she was approached by a male who forced her into the rear of an adjacent property and sexually assaulted her.

The female victim described the suspect as a black male with a light complexion, approximately 6' 0" tall, thin build, a slight beard, and 25-29 years old. The suspect was last seen wearing a brown hat, green hooded sweatshirt with English script style lettering, dark colored jeans, and newer Timberland boots.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Sexual Assault Unit detectives at 617-343-4400

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those wishing to remain anonymous.

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. When parking, walking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.
  • Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.
  • Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles. Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
  • Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.
  • Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use the whistle to signal residents that you need assistance. Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” and/or “Rape!” are other ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.
  • Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
  •  Carry a cell phone.
  • Call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on your way. Make sure they expect you at a certain time, so that in the event you fail to show up, they’ll know enough to begin looking for you.
  • Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Know this: anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Don’t assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
  •  If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
  • If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant, or residence.
 

BPD Becomes 1st Police Department in the Nation to Honor POW/MIA’s with today’s Silent Chair of Honor Dedication Ceremony

Today, Thursday, September 25, 2014, Commissioner William Evans, Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, Superintendent Bernard O’Rourke, members of the BPD Veterans Association, Joe D’Entremont, president of the Massa­chusetts Chapter of Rolling ­Thunder, along with invited guests gathered to honor and remember the service and sacrifice of POW/MIA’s with the placement of a Silent Chair of Honor in the lobby of Boston Police Headquarters which will serve as a memorial and constant reminder of the more than 91,000 American soldiers who went off to war, dating back to World War I, but never returned home and remain unaccounted for to this day. While similar chair dedications have been held at several sports venues including Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium and TD Garden, today’s ceremony marks the first time a ceremony has been held inside a police station. Said Commissioner William Evans, “While there are other chairs around the city, it’s only appropriate and fitting that the first police department in the nation be the first to remember and recognize the soldiers who never returned home with today’s Silent Chair of Honor dedication. We’re honored to have it here as it will remind all who pass by it to never forget the service and sacrifice of loved ones who never came home.”       

The Chair of Honor program was created by Rolling Thunder, a non-profit organization dedicated to remembering POW/MIA’s. Said Rolling Thunder president Joe D’Entremont, “Sadly, most Americans have no idea that more than 91,000 service members never made it home from the wars of the last century. So, today is all about raising awareness and reminding all of us about the importance of never forgetting those who never came back. They can’t speak for themselves, so today’s ceremony helps us speak for them.”

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 10
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 12
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.

 

Media Availability/Photo Opportunity: POW/MIA Empty Chair Dedication Ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters

WHAT: Since World War II, there are more than 91,000 American soldiers who never returned home and to this day remain unaccounted for. The Empty Chair Ceremony is dedicated to their service, sacrifice and memory.  

WHO: Commissioner William Evans, BPD Command Staff, members of the BPD Veterans Association and members of Rolling Thunder Massachusetts Chapter One

WHERE: Boston Police Headquarters Media Room 

WHEN: Thursday, September 25, 2014 @ 10:30am

 

JUSTICE SERVED: Three Found Guilty in the Murder of Richel Nova

JUSTICE SERVED: Four years ago, on September 2, 2010, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a call for a man down at 742 Hyde Park Ave in Hyde Park. On arrival, officers located the body of Richel Nova, 58, of Hyde Park, a man who had been senselessly stabbed to death as he went about his business working as a delivery driver for Domino’s pizza. Today, Wednesday, September 24, 2014, the two men responsible for his death, after being found guilty of 1st Degree Murder yesterday, were sentenced to life in prison while a third suspect, a female accomplice, was found guilty of Manslaughter. Alexander Gallett, 22, of Hyde Park and Michel St. Jean, 24, of Hyde Park will live out the rest of their lives in jail while Yamiley Mathurin, 21, of Mattapan will serve a 17 to 20 year prison term. During an emotional victim impact statement, one of Richel Nova’s daughters shared the following: “My father stressed that in life you have to work hard so that tomorrow you can relax. The reason I work hard is because my father not only worked hard himself, but he pushed us all to work hard. My father worked hard for his tomorrow.  His tomorrow was the ability to take care of his family. His tomorrow was the success and well-being of his family. His tomorrow was the day that he would move back to the Dominican Republic. His tomorrow never came.”

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Two and Recover Illegal Firearm in Charlestown

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At about 9:25 PM on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of 1 Starr King Court in Charlestown.

While on patrol in the area of the above location, officers observed a large group of males gathered. Officers’ attention was drawn to two of the individuals known to officers as active gang members. Upon seeing officers, members of the group began to walk toward them, but officers noticed one of the males quickly turn around and flee in the opposite direction. While pursuing the first suspect, officers observed a second male also running away from officers clutching an apparent object in his waistband. At this time, officers separated and pursued both suspects on foot, subsequently apprehending both. Further investigation of the suspects yielded the recovery of a silver Jennings Bryco 38 firearm loaded with seven rounds of live ammunition. Officers then retraced the path in which the second suspect fled, but were unable to locate a firearm. During the booking process, the second suspect began to thrash around, and due to his weight and stature, was able to knock one of the officers to the ground, injuring him.

Officers arrested 18-year-old Keon Alston of Mattapan and 23-year-old Calvin Headley of Mattapan. Alston is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Trespassing. Headley is charged with Trespassing, Resisting Arrest, and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer with Injuries.

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 3

Residential Break-ins: 8
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.

 

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover Illegal Firearm in the Boston Common

 

At about 11:17 AM on Monday, September 22, 2014, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of 75 Boylston Street (Boston Common) in the Downtown area.

While on foot patrol in the area of the above location due to recent citizen complaints regarding drug activity, larceny and robbery, officers observed a group of five individuals sitting in a circle on the grass. As officers continued their patrol, they were drawn to the group due to a strong odor of burnt marijuana. Further, one of the males was smoking what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette. At this time, officers observed the male suspect who had been smoking the cigarette appear to conceal an item under his right leg, officers, who were outnumbered five to three, began a pat frisk of the individual. During the frisk, officers felt a large metal object in the left breast pocket of the vest the suspect had been wearing. Officers recovered a black and silver FEG Hungarian 9 X 18 Makarov firearm loaded with seven live rounds of ammunition as well as a stolen credit card and placed the suspect under arrest. The remaining individuals were identified and released at the scene.

Officers arrested 19-year-old Ra’Quan Baker-Parham of Squantum and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Providing False Identification, and Receiving Stolen Property.

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

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

Residential Break-ins: 9
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.