Three-year-old Boy Fighting Brain Cancer Made Honorary Boston Police Officer

Yesterday, Declan John Higgins, a little 3-year-old boy fighting brain cancer, became an honorary Boston Police Officer. After a long day of cancer treatment at Dana Farber, Declan received an escort from his heroes, Boston Police Officers, to District B-2 (Roxbury) where he was welcomed like a king and presented with a Special Citation. Although this was surely a very special day for Declan, it was equally special for all the officers who were able to see his brave, bright smile!! We salute you, Honorary Officer Higgins!

Boston 24: Thursday, September 3, 2015

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 4
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.

Ceremony Held at Boston Police Academy in Honor of Retired Superintendent John M. Lynch – Mounted Unit Legend, WWII Veteran

A plaque was revealed today, Wednesday September 2, 2015, at the Boston Police Academy in Hyde Park in honor of Retired Superintendent John M. Lynch on the one year anniversary of his passing.  His loving wife of 70 years, Helen R. (Curly) Lynch, was on hand as Commissioner Evans revealed the touching tribute.  Superintendent Lynch proudly served his country during World War II as a U.S. Naval Aviator aboard the USS Essex, earning two Distinguished Flying Crosses. 

Superintendent Lynch joined the Boston Police Department in September of 1946, and spent much of his career as a member of the Mounted Unit.  He recognized that the Mounted Unit occupied a special place within the BPD as both a highly effective police tool and as a means for developing goodwill for the department in the community. 

He was promoted to Superintendent in 1972 and completed his remarkable career with his retirement in 1977.

 

Boston 24: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10:00 AM through Wednesday @ 10:00 AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 2
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.

Community Alert: BPD Seek Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Persons of Interest in Two Separate Indecent Assaults in Brighton

Incident #1: At about 6:05am, on Saturday, August 15, 2015, the individual pictured (described as a Hispanic male, approximately 25-35 years of age, wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and a black backpack) approached a female victim from behind in the area of Harvard Street and Brighton Ave and indecently assaulted her. The victim chased the suspect who was last seen fleeing the area in the direction of Commonwealth Ave.  

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives directly at (617) 343-4400.

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.

Incident #2: At about 3:00pm, on Monday, August 31, 2015, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) spoke to a victim who entered the district station to report that she had been indecently assaulted in the area of Brighton Ave and Park Vale Ave at approximately 3:00am, on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Officers spoke to the victim who stated that a male suspect (described as a Hispanic male, medium build, wearing a white t-shirt and a tan-colored hat) approached her and indecently assaulted her. The victim further states that she fought off the suspect who was last seen running outbound along Brighton Ave.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives directly at (617) 343-4400.

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.

***NOTE: At present, the BPD has no information – other than the proximity of the incidents - to indicate that the assaults are connected.

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.

·        Avoid walking alone late at night. When possible, walk with friends and people you know.

·        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.

·        Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use it to signal residents that you need help. Yelling words like: “Fire!” “Help!” or “Rape!” are other effective ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need assistance.

·        Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.

·        Before going out, call ahead to let friends or family know you’re on the way. Designate a time you expect to arrive, so that in the event you fail to show up on time, they’ll know enough to begin looking for you.

·        Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts and know that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never 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.

·        Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.

Police Commissioner and Chief Lead BPD Officers and Employees in Ice Bucket Challenge 2015 in Honor of Sergeant Detective Richard Clancy

Today, Monday, August 31, 2015, members of the Boston Police Department got soaked with ice water as they took part in the second annual Ice Bucket Challenge! Commissioner William Evans and Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross led the charge as over 100 BPD employees, both sworn and civilian, dumped ice over their heads to raise awareness for ALS research. This year’s BPD Ice Bucket Challenge was performed in honor of one patient in particular, Boston Police Sergeant Detective Richard Clancy, who was recently diagnosed with this devastating disease. Sergeant Detective Clancy and his family also attended the event this morning.

Of course, the BPD IBC would not have been possible without buckets and ice, so we would like to shout out a huge thank you to Kevin Gosnell of ALS Knights (ALSKnights.org) for lending us buckets and to Brookline Ice for donating the ice.

For your viewing pleasure, we've provided several video angles! And once again, we challenge the men and women of the Boston Fire Department to complete the challenge!

#EveryAugustUntilACure

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 29 Creston Street in Dorchester

 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 29 Creston Street in Dorchester: At about 2:42am, on Saturday, August 29, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 29 Creston Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located three victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Two of the victims were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries while a third victim was transported to another hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The third victim has since been identified as Tedford Davis, 27, of Boston.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit continues to actively review and investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call Boston Police Homicide Detectives directly 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

MEDIA AVAILABILTY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: BPD Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge in Honor of a Brother in Blue

Members of the bpd took the ibc in 2014

WHO:             Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, BPD Command Staff, supervisors, officers, and civilian employees.

WHAT:           The Boston Police Department has once again accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS! This year, Commissioner Evans with the BPD Command Staff, supervisors, officers, and civilian employees, will be dunked in ice water in honor of one of our own sergeant detectives who is courageously battling this disease. The guest of honor will be present for the challenge, along with his family.

WHEN:           Monday, August 31, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

WHERE:         Boston Police Headquarters, One Schroeder Plaza, Boston, MA 02120 near the front entrance between the North and South Buildings.

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

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest Five, Recover Four Guns in Three Separate Incidents Overnight

INCIDENT #1: At about 12:38 AM on Saturday, August 29, 2015, officers assigned to the City Wide Drug Control Unit made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of 19 Ingleside Street in District B-2 (Roxbury). The officers had received information that the suspect, later identified as Eddie Mejia, 24, of Dorchester, was in possession of a firearm and was concealing it inside a small red bag he was carrying.  As officers approached the suspect, they watched him drop the bag into a trash barrel. Officers recovered the bag and discovered a loaded Highpoint .40 caliber handgun inside of it. The suspect was placed into custody without incident and will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Possession of a Firearm with Altered Serial Number.

INCIDENT #2 - GUN#1

INCIDENT #2: At about 3:00 AM on Saturday, August 29, 2015, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested three and recovered two firearms after making a traffic stop on Terrace Street in District B-2 (Roxbury). Officers stopped a car after observing a traffic infraction and were approaching to speak with the occupants when the back seat passenger suddenly fled. Officers gave chase after the suspect, later identified as Terrance Sumler, 26, of Dorchester, and placed him into custody after a violent struggle. Other officers who had remained with the motor vehicle observed a silver handgun on the back seat of the car which was later revealed to be a loaded Ruger Security .357 Magnum handgun. Officers removed the driver, later identified as Jamall Jones, 25, of Dorchester, and placed him into custody without incident. As the officers placed the driver in custody, the front seat passenger, later identified as Stephen Samuels, 22, of Roxbury, jumped out of the car and ran. Officers called for additional units and officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) quickly arrived in the area.  Officers were able to locate the suspect hiding in a fenced in area behind a dumpster and took him into custody after a brief struggle. One officer sustained an injury during the arrest and was transported to a local hospital for medical attention. Officers later recovered a loaded Lorin Model 9mm handgun from inside the glove compartment of the vehicle. All three suspects will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Jamall Jones will also be charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation or Suspension.

INCIDENT#2 - GUN #2

INCIDENT #3:  At about 4:14 AM on Saturday, August 29, 2015, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) made an on site firearm arrest in the area of 70 Ames Street in District C-11 (Dorchester).  The officers were in the area in response to a call for shots fired when they were flagged down by a witness who stated that a female suspect, later identified as Ayanna Smith, 40, of Roslindale, was walking down the street armed with a firearm.  Officers located the suspect and observed her toss a black metal object under a parked car as they approached.  Officers recovered the object which was determined to be a loaded Walther P22 handgun.  The suspect was placed into custody without incident and will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.

Death Investigation in the area of 29 Creston Street in Dorchester

 

At about 2:42 AM on Saturday, August 29, 2015, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 29 Creston Street in Dorchester.

On arrival, officers located three victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Two of the victims were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The third victim was transported to another hospital where he was pronounced deceased. A firearm was recovered on scene. No arrests have been made and no suspect information is available at this time.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit continues to actively review and investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call Boston Police Homicide Detectives directly 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

Traffic Advisory for Saturday August 29, 2015, Caribbean Carnival and Parade

The annual Caribbean Carnival and Parade will take place in the City of Boston on Saturday August 29th.  Street closures and parking restrictions will be in effect in the area of the celebration and traffic delays should be expected.  Those coming to attend the event are encouraged to leave their personal vehicles at home and utilize the MBTA.  Information on service may be found at www.MBTA.com

Formation for the Carnival Parade will begin at 11:00 AM at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Warren Street.  At 1:00 PM the parade will proceed on Blue Hill Avenue and end at the Circuit Drive entrance (Peabody Circle) to Franklin Park.

The Boston Police Department will begin redirecting traffic away from the Carnival Parade route at 11:00 AM:

Outbound (west) vehicle traffic on Columbia Rd will be rerouted at Geneva Ave with all traffic being directed to turn left (south) onto Geneva Ave towards Bowdoin St.

Vehicle traffic on Blue Hill Ave will be redirected at Blue Hill Ave and Talbot Ave with no traffic on Blue Hill Ave toward American Legion Highway.

At Blue Hill Ave and American Legion Highway, all traffic will be directed onto Blue Hill Ave (south) toward Talbot Ave.

Vehicle traffic on Columbus Ave will be directed onto Walnut Ave at the intersection of Columbus Ave, Seaver St and Walnut Ave.

No vehicle traffic will be allowed on Seaver St toward Blue Hill Ave.

Temporary “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event” parking restrictions will be in effect at the following locations to accommodate this event:

Talbot Ave, both sides, from Kerwin St to Blue Hill Ave

Blue Hill Ave, both sides, from Harvard St to Warren St

Dale St, both sides, from Walnut Ave to #56 Dale St and both sides from Sherman St to Warren St

Columbia Rd, both sides, from Blue Hill Ave to Seaver St

Glenway St, both sides, from Blue Hill Ave past Old Rd to #11 Glenway St

Glenway St School Yard, along the fence abutting Glenway St

Martin Luther King Boulevard, both sides, from Warran St to Washington St

Old Rd,both sides, from Glenway St to Columbia Rd

Seaver St, both sides, from Blue Hill Ave to #280 Seaver St

Warren St, both sides, from Martin Luther King Boulevard to Blue Hill Ave

Circuit Drive, both sides, from Blue Hill Ave to Morton St

Walnut Ave, Franklin Park side, from Seaver St to Sigourney St

Sigourney St, Franklin Park side, from Walnut Ave to Glen Rd

Walnut Ave, both sides, from Seaver St to Park Lane

UPDATE: Suspects Arrested in Death Investigation in the area of 87 Bailey Street

 

At about 5:57 PM on Saturday, July 11, 2015, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 87 Bailey Street in Dorchester. Upon arrival, officers learned that two victims had been transported to Boston area hospitals with apparent gunshot wounds. One of the victims, identified as 20-year-old Jean C. Louis, was later pronounced deceased.

On Friday, August 28, 2015, the BPD Homicide Unit, in conjunction with the Fugitive Unit, the Citywide Drug Control Unit, and the Youth Violence Strike Force, placed 19-year-old Michael Johnson-McNeil and 21-year-old Bobby Robinson-Gilmere, both of Dorchester, under arrest for Accessory after the Fact of Murder in relation to the above incident. The suspects will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

Officers also charged 21-year-old Tyshawn Periera of Mattapan, already in custody on unrelated charges, with Murder in relation to the above incident.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 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.

BPD in the Community: Kids Paint Life-Sized Portraits of BPD Officers!

Last week, officers from the Boston Police Department posed for life-sized portraits painted on doors by Boston area high school students. The program is called “Portraits, People, & Places: Opening Doors” and aims at providing a safe and rewarding experience for young people who have not had equal opportunities and access to art. Through this visual arts experience at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library, the students enjoyed one-on-one interactions getting to know the first responder volunteers from police, fire, EMS, and military while painting the portraits.

This opportunity was just one more way that BPD officers are able to build trust between themselves and the community, as well as enable citizens and officers to see each other as individuals rather than stereotypes. Here are some of the wonderful works of art painted by the students!

Boston 24: August 28, 2015

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 9
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.

ENJOY THE PARADE: Boston Plans for a Safe and Festive Caribbean Festival Weekend

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William B. Evans encourage J’ouvert and Caribbean Festival parade-goers to celebrate responsibly. This festival has historically shown a large increase in crowds and onlookers along the parade route in the area of Blue Hill Avenue near Columbia Road and the surrounding area. Throughout the weekend, the Boston Police Department will increase patrols, focusing on the parade route and calls for service. The public and local business owners should be aware of the following:

  • The Boston Police Department will strictly enforce compliance to all alcohol laws. Public drinking, providing alcohol to minors, and open containers of alcohol in public will not be tolerated.
  • Do not engage in negative behavior such as fighting, throwing beverages, or destroying property.
  • If you are hosting a party along the parade route, YOU are responsible for your guests.  Please refrain from unsafe rooftop viewing.

The J’ouvert Morning Parade will form at 6:00 AM and step off from Talbot and Blue Hill Avenues at 7:00 AM. Please be aware that the parade route is abbreviated.

The Caribbean Festival Parade will form at 11:00 AM and step off from Martin Luther King Boulevard and Warren Street at 1:00 PM.

Both parades will disperse at Franklin Park near the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Columbia Road.

Residents and visitors to the city should be aware that the weekend’s festivities and street closures will impact MBTA transportation, as well as pedestrian and vehicular traffic and parking.

We would like to remind everyone that this is a family-friendly event and should be celebrated in a responsible manner.  Mayor Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner Evans wish you a safe and happy Caribbean Festival!

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