Great Work Recognized: Several Officers and Detectives Receive Commissioner's Commendations

INCIDENT #1:  On Wednesday July 8, 2015, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) including Sergeant Detective Dwan, Detective Chu and Police Officers Byrne, Flynn, Gamble, Pinto, Jones and Ervin put a plan in motion to take a wanted gang member into custody.  Officers coordinated a joint effort to locate the suspect and set up a perimeter in the area of concern.  Officer Jones and Ervin observed and approached the suspect who immediately fled on foot while clutching at his waistband area.  He was apprehended with the assistance of Officers Byrne and Gamble.  Officer Flynn recovered a firearm which the suspect had discarded as he ran.

The partnership and collaborative effort by these Officers resulted in the apprehension of a violent offender and the safe removal of a firearm from the streets of Charlestown.  For their efforts they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.



INCIDENT #2:  On Monday August 10, 2015, Officer Javier Velasquez observed a large fight break out in front of the Cosmopolitan Lounge at 276 Bennington Street.   Officer Velasquez was able to break up the fight and stop a car from leaving the scene which several people had indicated may have a person armed with a firearm inside of it.  After backup arrived, Officer Robert Figueroa being the first on scene, the occupants were removed and it was learned that the operator was carrying a gun and a passenger who had been involved in the fight was wanted on an outstanding warrant.  The operator did produce a License to Carry a Firearm, however it was determined that he was carrying out of restriction.  As a result, the firearm was seized, the operator was summonsed and the passenger was placed in custody.

For their dedication to duty and bravery Officers Velasquez and Figueroa are hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.


PAL Presents Check to the Cleveland Community Center in Dorchester

Executive Director of PAL William Stoddard along with officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) recently presented a check to Michael Triant, Director of the Cleveland Community Center for their 2015 Back to School Event.  Mr. Triant was grateful for the generous donation, telling Mr. Stoddard, “I just want to say thanks again for helping us put on a great event.  Our community really benefits from all of the great things you do to help us.”


Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Locate and Arrest Suspect After Stabbing in Roxbury


At about 9:29 PM on Wednesday October 7, 2015, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person stabbed in the area of 318 Warren Street.  On arrival, officers found the victim suffering from apparent stab wounds.   The victim was transported by EMS to a local hospital for treatment.  With the assistance of a witness, officers were able to locate the suspect, later identified as Fritzpatrick Isnora, 46, of Roxbury, inside an apartment at 135 Townsend Street.  Officers made entry into the apartment and placed the suspect in custody without incident.  The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Assault and Battery By Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Armed Assault with Intent to Murder. 

The witness who came forward in this incident was instrumental in the arrest of a dangerous suspect and we commend them for helping to make a difference in their community.

Boston 24: Thursday, October 8, 2015

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 11
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.


BPD In The Community: Officers Participate in Walk to School Day in West Roxbury

On Wednesday October 7, 2015, students from the Patrick Lyndon School in West Roxbury participated in their annual Walk to School Day.  Students from all grades met up at various meeting points in the neighborhood and gathered to walk to school together.  Officers assigned to District E-5 came out to provide an escort, walking all the way to school with the students to ensure their safety.  Once in the school yard, the young students gathered around the officers to thank them with a salute – while some were better than others, each one of them was from the heart.


Thank You for Thanking Us: A Grateful Grandmother Expresses Her Graditude to Boston's Finest

Thank You for Thanking Us: We recently received the enclosed email and photos from a grateful grandmother who wanted to express and pass along her appreciation to the officer seen in the photos for taking the time to engage her grandson.

In the email, the grandmother shared the following: “I just wanted to thank this officer and his partner for being so nice to my grandson at Castle Island on October 7. We were eating our lunch and my grandson saw the officers and wanted to say hello. So, I walked him over and your officers were awesome! In fact, one officer gave him a BPD patch that led to a smile on a little boy’s face that would melt your heart! And, then, when one of the officers saw him looking longingly at his motorcycle, he came right over and asked my grandson if he wanted to sit on the bike and, of course, there was no doubt and a big, “YES!” quickly followed. Please thank these officers for us.”

Consider it done. And, thank you for taking the time to thank us. It certainly means a lot. We're so proud of the work our officers do day-in and day-out to keep our city safe and moments like the one captured in the photo show just how big-hearted, caring and compassionate our men and women are.  

Boston 24: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 8
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 17

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.

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Three, Recover Two Firearms during Motor Vehicle Stop

At about 10:40 PM on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a motor vehicle stop that resulted in the recovery of two firearms and the arrests of three individuals in the area of Jewish War Veterans Drive.

While on patrol, officers observed a motor vehicle operating at speeds upwards of 45 miles per hour on highly occupied city streets in the above neighborhood. The officers activated the emergency equipment (blue lights and sirens) on their department cruiser and attempted to conduct a stop of the vehicle. Upon seeing the blue lights, the operator quickly accelerated away from the officers, weaving in and out of several other vehicles. The operator made several evasive turns and was finally blocked by a second cruiser near the Morton Street rotary.

Officers approached the vehicle and observed three occupants through the car’s open windows. Because the windows were down and all three of the occupants were known to officers, the area was canvassed for any contraband that may have been discarded from the vehicle during the pursuit.

Along the flight path of the vehicle, officers recovered a loaded Charter Arms Target Bulldog 357 Magnum revolver and loaded Smith & Wesson 38 Special Model 10-7 revolver.

The operator of the vehicle, 19-year-old Jordan Searcy of Boston, was charged with Refusal to Submit to a Police Officer, Operating a Motor Vehicle without Authority, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

The passengers, 18-year-old Devonne McDonald-Jones and a 17-year-old juvenile male, both of Boston, were charged with Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

A Remarkable Legacy of Caring about Cops, Firefighters and the Families of Those Lost in the Line of Duty

A Remarkable Legacy of Caring about Cops, Firefighters and the Families of Those Lost in the Line of Duty: Mention the name Norman Knight to any police officer or firefighter in the city of Boston, or, for that matter Massachusetts, and the response will undoubtedly be one of deep admiration and gratitude. Put simply, cops and firefighters care about Norman Knight because Norman Knight cared about them. So much so that he created an organization, the Hundred Club of Mass, specifically designed to support the families of first responders coping with the loss of a loved one killed in the line of duty. If a cop or firefighter was killed in the line of duty, Norman Knight wanted to be there to support the families. And, over the past 56 years, he’s done that and then some more. Over the years, support has come in many forms including monetary gifts, scholarships, counseling, tuition, Christmas presents, summer camps and tickets to just about any event you can imagine. Norman had the upmost respect and admiration for those willing to risk their lives while protecting and serving others and, because of that respect and admiration,  he felt an obligation to look out for their families in the event of tragedy. Said Knight, “Firefighters and police officers take an oath to protect the public they serve at all costs. When the unthinkable happens to firefighters and police officers is when the Hundred Club is there to help.” In October of 2010, the BPD named its Media Room in honor of Norman Knight. Today, Norman stepped down as chairman of the organization that enabled him to help so many. So, on behalf of police officers and firefighters across the state, we at the BPD say: “Thank you, Norman. Your generosity, kindness and compassion will never be forgotten.” To learn more about the The Hundred Club of Mass – please click on the link below:

Boston 24: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

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

Residential Break-ins: 4
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.


Media Availability: The 12th Annual MAWLE (Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement) Conference to be Held at Babson College in Wellesley

WHO: Wellesley Police Chief Terrence M. Cunningham, Babson College President Kerry Healey, and over 250 female law enforcement officers from agencies across the state.

WHAT: Every year the MAWLE conference provides comprehensive, in-depth training on current and emerging topics and issues impacting women working in the law enforcement field. This year’s conference will pay special attention to topics such as (1) the state of policing (2) bias and legitimacy (3) recruiting, retaining and promoting women in law enforcement (4) workshops on the opioid epidemic, and (5) stress reduction and suicide prevention for female police officers. Guest speakers will include: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Sheriff Michael G. Bellotti, Attorney General Maura Healey, Salem Police Chief Mary Butler, Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes and Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri.

WHERE: Babson College, Wellesley, MA

WHEN: Thursday, October 8, 2015

CONTACT: This year’s conference is being hosted by Wellesley Police Chief Terrence M. Cunningham and Babson College President Kerry Healey. Media outlets looking to schedule interviews or interested in obtaining more information about the conference should visit: 

BPD in the News: Boston Police City Wide Bike Unit Embraces Community Policing and Reduces Crime

Check out this Boston Globe article written by Jan Ransom hailing the great work of the BPD City Wide Bicycle Unit. Since April of 2014, Police Commissioner William Evans has deployed the members of this elite unit to the troubled areas and “hotspots” of Boston neighborhoods, leading to a 5% drop in overall crime in Roxbury and a 15% drop in Dorchester and Mattapan so far in 2015. To read more about the unit’s officers and how they reduce crime in your neighborhood, click on the following link:

Photos below courtesy of Jessica Rinaldi (Boston Globe).

BPD Photo of the Day: Boston and Canton Officers Join Students of Mass Hospital School for a Pick-Up Game

Last week, members of the Boston Police Department challenged the officers of the Canton PD to a game of wheelchair basketball at the Mass Hospital School in Canton. With a little help from the Mass Hospital Students, everyone quickly picked up the game. Some of the students even brought their pom-poms and created a cheering section! Although the BPD beat the CPD, 22-8, the final score was secondary to the smiles on every face—students, officers, and spectators alike. To the very talented athletes of the Mass Hospital School, we say thank you for playing with us!

Boston Police Explorers Visit BPD SWAT Unit!

On Friday, October 2, 2015, the Boston Police Explorers—high school students with an interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement—were able to visit members of BPD SWAT. Courtesy of Captain Patrick Crossen and Officers Otis Harewood and Jack Conway, the Police Explorers were given a tour of the SWAT Rescue Vehicle and took turns trying on SWAT body armor vests and holding ballistic shields. The teens had a meaningful dialogue with SWAT officers about what it takes to become part of this elite team and, more importantly, about what it means to be a community police officer representing the best city and best police organization in the world. These young Explorers are on their way to great endeavors!

If you are aged 14 to 20 years old and interested in joining the Boston Police Explorers, please contact Sergeant Samil Silta at

BPD in the Community: B-2 Officers Reach Out to Neighborhood Seniors at Paint Night

Yesterday, Sunday, October 4, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) hosted a group of seniors for a Paint Night at the neighborhood police station. In the photo above, the officers (front row) display their autumn-themed paintings with the smiling seniors. A great time was had by all and some real artistic talent was discovered as well!

Four Boston Police Officers Honored at the 2015 Theodore Roosevelt Association Awards

On Friday October 2, 2015, the Theodore Roosevelt Association held their semi-annual awards ceremony at historic Faneuil Hall.  The awards are given to sworn members of the Department who have overcome a significant injury, illness or handicap. This year, the Association honored four members of the department who have faced adversity and challenges in their lives with strength and bravery.  Congratulations to Sergeant Detective Richard Clancy, Sergeant Detective Mary-Ann Riva, Sergeant Robert Twitchell and Detective Frederick Waggett.

One Less Gun: Two Firearms Recovered After Two Known Suspects Arrested in Two Separate Incidents

INCIDENT #1:  At about 2:50 PM on Saturday October 3, 2015, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest as part of an active and ongoing investigation in the area of Amory and Dimock Streets in Roxbury.  Officers observed the target of their investigation, Tyre Wade, 23, of Dorchester, operating a motor vehicle and pulled him over after he committed a traffic infraction.  As officers were approaching the vehicle, they observed the suspect suddenly lunge out of sight towards the front passenger side floor area before sitting back upright.  Officers removed the suspect from the car after they learned that his driver’s license had been suspended, recovering a Ross .38 Special Revolver from the passenger side floor area in the process.  The suspect was placed in custody without incident.  The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation or Suspension.



INCIDENT #2:  At about 10:50 PM on Saturday October 3, 2015, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) made an onsite firearm arrest of a known suspect in the area of Washington Street and Columbia Road.  Officers were on directed patrol in the area in response to several recent incidents involving gun and gang related violence.  Officers were on Bowdoin Street when the suspect, Giovanni Roberson, 18, of Dorchester, walked in front of their cruiser while clutching at the right side of his jacket.  The suspect then got into the back seat of a waiting motor vehicle while looking back towards the officers several times.  Officers followed the car and pulled it over after a motor vehicle infraction.  When officers spoke to the operator about his traffic violation, he agreed to allow the officers to search the car.  The suspect was removed from the rear seat of the vehicle and a loaded Davis Industries Model P-380 handgun was recovered from his right coat pocket during a pat frisk.  The suspect was placed in custody without incident.  The driver received a citation and was released from the scene.  The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Dangerous Weapon Unlawfully Carried and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.  


Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Boston Police & FBI Collaborate to Quickly Catch Bank Robber


At approximately 9:31 AM, on October 3, 2015, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a radio call for hold-up alarm at 437 Rutherford Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with bank employees who stated that the suspect grabbed a bank employee, said that he had a gun and demanded money.  The employees complied, gave the suspect money with dye packs, and the suspect fled out the main entrance of the bank and took a right towards Main Street. They described the suspect as wearing a yellow raincoat, face mask, black gloves and riding a bicycle.

Officers checked the area for the suspect, and an officer momentarily saw a male wearing a yellow rain jacket ducking in and out of the housing area near Essex Street and Tibbetts Town Way.  A witness also observed a white male wearing a yellow rain jacket on a bike, that had something smoking (possibly a dye pack) headed in the direction of Tibbetts Town Way at the archway.

After reviewing video from the bank and the housing area, officers, in collaboration with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were able to positively identify the suspect and arrested him without incident behind a relative’s residence on Tibbetts Town Way.   

John Crilley, 45, of Charlestown will be charged with Assault & Battery and Armed Robbery.  In addition to and as a result of this arrest, Mr. Crilley was positively identified in another armed robbery of the A1 Variety Store on September 27, 2015 at approximately 8:30 PM.


UPDATE- Community Alert: Boston Police Seeks Public's Help Identifying Person of Interest from Carjacking

At about 9:40 AM on Friday, August 21, 2015, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for disturbance in the area of Cumberland and Saint Botolph Streets. Officers spoke with the female victim who stated that she was parking her car on Cumberland Street when an unidentified black male suspect described as having short, curly black hair and wearing a light grey or blue short sleeved shirt approached her driver's side door and opened it. The suspect initially attempted to push the victim into the car as he entered but the victim struggled at which time the suspect pulled the victim out of the car and she was able to break free and run away. The vehicle was later located in the rear 78 Peterborough Street where it had been set on fire. The suspect was believed to be last seen walking on Park Drive towards Beacon Street and may have been wearing ill-fitting shoes.  

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact District D-4 Detectives at (617) 343-5619.

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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.