BPD Photo of the Day: FLASHBACK FRIDAY!

Commissioner Evans soaking then-Superintendent Merner last August for the IBC

Last year in early August, the Boston Police Department was one of the first groups to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS research. This year, on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 9:30 AM, the BPD will once again rise to the challenge in honor of one of our own sergeant detectives who is courageously battling the disease. We are expecting a huge turnout of officers at BPD Headquarters to join Commissioner Evans in dowsing themselves in ice water for this incredible cause!  #FBF #IBC #EveryAugustUntilACure 

UPDATE: MEDIA AVAILABILITY CANCELLED

**PLEASE NOTE, THE FOLLOWING MEDIA AVAILABILITY HAS BEEN CANCELLED:

WHO:                    Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and members of his Command Staff

WHAT:                  Commissioner Evans will address traffic and safety plans for the upcoming                                          J’ouvert Parade and Caribbean Festival

WHERE:                Boston Police Headquarters Media Room

WHEN:                  Friday August 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Community Alert: BPD Warns Community of Ongoing Phone Extortion Scam

The Boston Police Department is advising residents to be aware of an ongoing phone extortion scam. The BPD continues to take reports from residents who appear to have been targeted by this scam.

In almost all cases, unknown person(s) have called or texted the victim and made claims that a family member or loved one is being held captive and will be harmed or held until the victim pays a specific sum of money. In prior cases, the party being held captive is alleged to have been in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in property damage that he/she is unable to pay for or personal injury to a third party, often times a relative of the caller.

 It is not uncommon for the caller to know basic details about the victim’s life, including names of family members, places of employment and school information. It is possible that this information is gathered through internet searches or websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In some cases, the caller phones several members of the same family, extracting information from one person that is then leveraged against a relative to increase the credibility of the caller’s claims. 

Victims are often told that if they hang up or contact the police or anyone else, harm will come to their loved one. This scam appears to target the Hispanic community and is known to be an issue in several other cities across the United States.

Residents that receive a call similar to the above scheme are advised to:

• Attempt to contact the person that is allegedly being held captive and confirm their wellbeing. 

 • Ask the caller for specific information about where the family member is located. 

• Have the caller physically describe the family member to see if the caller can provide some level of detail that            
could help confirm or dispel the claim. 

• Note the phone number where the call or text originated and report the incident to the Boston Police Department        immediately.

The Boston Police remind all residents that any instance involving an unknown party requesting funds be sent via MoneyGram or Western Union is indicative of a fraud.   This activity includes any request for the purchase of stored value cards (i.e. Green Dot). 

In addition to filing a report with the Boston Police Department, victims are encouraged to report any Phone or Internet Fraud Scams to the Federal Trade Commission.

Call the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or TTY 1-866-653-4261

Go online: ftc.gov/complaint

Media Availability: Commissioner Evans to Discuss Plans for Upcoming J'ouvert Parade and Caribbean Festival

WHO:                    Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and members of his Command Staff

WHAT:                  Commissioner Evans will address traffic and safety plans for the upcoming                                                                          J’ouvert Parade and Caribbean Festival

WHERE:                Boston Police Headquarters Media Room

WHEN:                  Friday August 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM

In Memoriam: BPD Mourns Passing of Retired Detective Yves Dambreville

Detective Yves Dambreville

It is with deep regret that the Boston Police Department announces the sudden passing of 66-year-old retired detective Yves Dambreville during a recent visit to Haiti. Detective Dambreville was a 33 year veteran of the BPD and was assigned to Area B-3 in Mattapan at the time of his retirement in 2012. The circumstances of his tragic passing are being investigated by authorities in Haiti. The BPD extends its sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the family at this most difficult time. “Detective Dambreville was a hardworking, dedicated and well respected member of the department.” said Commissioner Evans. “I was saddened to hear of his passing and send my thoughts and prayers to the entire Dambreville family.”

BPD In The Community: Young Kids Receive Teddy Bears at the Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester

On Wednesday August 26, 2015, the Boston Police Department partnered with the Boston Wedding Group to deliver some adorable teddy bears to a group of children at the Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester.  The kids were all smiles as Sergeant Gino Provenzano introduced them to their new furry friends.  Thanks to the Boston Wedding Group for their generosity.

 

Boston 24: Thursday, August 27, 2015

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 7

Residential Break-ins: 1
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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: BPD Officers Arrest Two, Recover Firearm, Drugs and Cash After Executing Search Warrant in Dorchester

At about 3:30 PM on Wednesday August 26, 2015, officers assigned to the City Wide Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation at 3 Downey Court in Dorchester.  Officers located and recovered a loaded Heritage Manufacturing Inc .40 caliber handgun, several small bags of marijuana and $1,040 in U.S. Currency.  As a result, Kenny Mondesir, 24, of Dorchester, was placed in custody without incident and will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Improper Storage of a Firearm and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.

While on scene, officers also arrested Michael Carelton, 29, of Mattapan on an unrelated warrant out of Brockton  for Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation or Suspension.

Since January 2015, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken nearly 450 guns off the streets of Boston.

 

BPD Officers Meet With Young Somalian Women to Share Stories and Smiles

On Tuesday August 25, 2015, officers from assignments across the city came together to take part in a coordinated gathering entitled Somalian Girls Dialogue.  The event was held at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury and was put together by Youth Police Partnership which is a group with longstanding ties to the BPD.  Deputy Superintendent Nora Baston was among the 14 female officers on hand who met with 21 young Somalian women to discuss stereotypes and break down cultural barriers.  Deputy Baston found the conversations to be deeply personal, sometimes humorous but ultimately – meaningful:  “At the end of the work shop both the officers and youth leave wanting to continue the relationships.  Friendships are formed and lasting bonds between the police and youth are created.”

 

A Beautiful Night for a Flashlight Walk On Blue Hill Avenue

On Tuesday August 25, 2015, Commissioner William Evans came out for another successful Flashlight Walk with officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) and members of the community on Blue Hill Avenue.  To everybody who turned out, we at the BPD say: "Thank you for coming out and showing that you care about your neighborhood.”  Everyone in attendance received a free flashlight and enjoyed meeting the Commissioner and taking the time to get to know the officers who protect them.  If you'd like to attend a future Flashlight Walk, please call the BPD's Neighborhood Watch Unit at (617) 343-4345 or send an email to: meetinginfo@pd.boston.gov.  Remember, in Boston, community policing isn't a pastime, it's our passion.

 

Officers Receive New Tactical Mountain Bikes Thanks to a Generous Donation from the Boston Police Foundation

On Tuesday August 25, 2015, Boston Police Foundation President Richard Parry presented Commissioner William Evans with a donation check of $76,000 which will be used to acquire new tactical bikes for the Boston Police Bicycle Unit.  So far, the funds have been used to purchase 37 brand new Safariland mountain bikes with more to be purchased in the future.  Commissioner Evans thanked the Foundation for their generous donation and stated that “These bikes are what help get my officers out of the cruisers and into the communities.”  For more information about the Boston Police Foundation, please visit their website at bostonpolicefoundation.org

 

Boston 24: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 14

Residential Break-ins: 6
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 Officers Recover Large Amount of Cash and Drugs After Executing a Search Warrant in Jamaica Plain

On Tuesday August 25, 2015, officers assigned to the drug units of District E-18 (Hyde Park) and District E-5 (West Roxbury) executed a search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation at 90 South Street in Jamaica Plain.  Officers seized 96 grams of heroin, 67 grams of fentanyl and $187,675 in U.S. Currency.  As a result of their investigation, officers placed Byron Ortega, 22, of Jamaica Plain in custody without incident.  Ortega will appear in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Trafficking Class A Drugs and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs.

 

BPD In The Community: Shooting for a Cure Event Raises $10,000 For a Worthy Cause

On Friday, August 21, 2015, Retired Supt.-In-Chief Robert Faherty, Chairman of Cops for Kids with Cancer, received a check for $10,000 from Police Officer John Newman and Department Range personnel at the annual Shooting for a Cure event.  Due to their generosity, two families of children suffering from cancer will be assisted by Cops for Kids with Cancer.

 

Boston 24: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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: Boston Police Foundation to Present Check and New Bicycles to Bicycle Unit

WHO:       Commissioner William Evans, Boston Police Foundation, Boston Police Bicycle Unit

WHAT:     Please join Commissioner William Evans as The Boston Police Foundation presents a check and new                               bicycles to the Boston Police Bicycle Unit

WHEN:     Tuesday August 25, 2015, at 3:00 PM

WHERE:    Boston Police Headquarters at the Police Memorial

 

MEDIA AVAILABILTY: Officers Arrest Two, Recover Two Firearms after Suspects Make Online Threats to Pokemon World Championship Event

WHO:             Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis Commander Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald

WHAT:           On Thursday, August 20, 2015, members of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) received information from private sector public safety personnel at the Hynes Convention Center at 900 Boylston Street in District D-4 (South End) regarding threats of violence made over social media to attendees of the Pokemon World Championships.

Security officers at the Hynes, officers in District D-4, and the BRIC immediately began investigation into these threats, and hours later, the two male suspects were stopped attempting to enter the event. BRIC and D-4 Detectives responded to further investigate. Detectives were informed that the suspects had driven to the event from Iowa and were in possession of several firearms in their vehicle. The suspects could not produce a License to Carry. Officers seized the vehicle, and the suspects were released pending a search warrant.

On Friday, August 21, 2015, detectives received and executed a search warrant for the suspect vehicle. Upon execution of the warrant, detectives recovered one 12-gauge Remington shotgun, one DPM5 Model AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife. An arrest warrant was issued for the two suspects.

With the assistance of the Saugus Police Department, BPD detectives located and arrested the suspects at a Saugus hotel.

WHEN:          Monday, August 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM. 

WHERE:        Boston Police Headquarters, One Schroeder Plaza, Boston, MA 02120 in the MEDIA ROOM.

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

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Arrest Two Suspects, Recover Two Firearms after BPD Notified of Online Threats to Pokemon World Championship

On Thursday, August 20, 2015, members of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) received information from private sector public safety personnel at the Hynes Convention Center at 900 Boylston Street in District D-4 (South End) regarding threats of violence made over social media to attendees of the Pokemon World Championships.

Security officers at the Hynes, officers in District D-4, and the BRIC immediately began investigation into these threats, and hours later, the two male suspects were stopped attempting to enter the event. BRIC and D-4 Detectives responded to further investigate. Detectives were informed that the suspects had driven to the event from Iowa and were in possession of several firearms in their vehicle. The suspects could not produce a License to Carry. Officers seized the vehicle, and the suspects were released pending a search warrant.

On Friday, August 21, 2015, detectives received and executed a search warrant for the suspect vehicle. Upon execution of the warrant, detectives recovered one 12-gauge Remington shotgun, one DPMS Model AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife. An arrest warrant was issued for the two suspects.

With the assistance of the Saugus Police Department, BPD detectives located and arrested the suspects at a Saugus hotel. Eighteen-year-old Kevin Norton and 27-year-old James Stumbo, both of Iowa, were arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and other firearm related charges. The suspects will be arraigned at Boston Municipal Court.

Said BPD Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis Commander Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald, "The relationship between police and private sector security is important in both our community policing philosophy, as well as our counter-terrorism strategy. This incident is a good example of private security reaching out to their local Boston police district and relaying information to detectives and BRIC analysts in order to identify the very real threat. The BPD detectives and collaborating agencies did a great job in the stop and prevention of a potential tragedy."

 

 

BPD and Local Departments “Shoot for a Cure” at Moon Island Range

Last week, the Boston Police Department hosted officers from over 20 different departments in the Greater Boston Area and New England at the BPD gun range for the annual “Shoot for a Cure” event. For this year's event, law enforcement and the local community came together to raise over ten thousand dollars to benefit cancer research. “Shoot for a Cure” features a number of different target competitions that test officers’ accuracy, endurance, and all-around shooting ability. Top shots were named, and all had a great time training and raising money for a good cause!

ICYMI: Another Big Thank You to the Kids from JPA and Everyone Who Helped Name K-9 Viggo!

In case you missed it, last week--after over 20,000 name submissions--the newest and cutest member of the Boston Police Department received a name. With the help of the youngsters from the BPD Junior Police Academy, K-9 trainer Officer Troy Caisey revealed to all the adoring fans that the new puppy's name is Viggo! A big thank you to the public for all the creative name suggestions and to the JPA kids for their assistance with the big reveal! Now it's off to work for Viggo!