BPD IN THE NEWS: Thanks to the Herald for Highlighting the Story of a Life Saved and the BPD Officers Who Made It Happen

Thanks to Jordan Graham for telling the story of a life saved and the #BPD officers who made it happen. Per Commissioner Evans: "The work done by Officers Rockwell and Bosse most certainly underscores and substantiates the selflessness, sacrifice and dedication to serving others that can be found in all of my officers. Saving a life is one of the greatest achievements any police officer can have and, for the rest of their careers, Officers Rockwell and Bosse will have this day to be proud of."

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One Less Gun: Two Firearms Recovered in Two Separate Incidents, One Suspect Arrested

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INCIDENT #1: At about 10:20 AM on Friday, November 3, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Humboldt Avenue and Crawford Street, Dorchester in District B-2 (Roxbury). While in the area, officers observed a male with his hands in his pockets and the hood of his sweatshirt pulled tightly around his face. The officers observed the male looking up and down Humboldt Ave in a hypervigilant manner and then take particular notice of the officers’ unmarked police cruiser before stopping, turning around, and walking back in the opposite direction. Officers, aware of past firearm-related incidents in the area, believed the individual may be armed and attempted to conduct an inquiry. As officers approached the male, he began to flee on foot. Officers followed the male onto Crawford Street, where they observed the suspect pull a black firearm as he ran into the rear of 94 Crawford Street. Officers pursued the male through several backyards before they lost sight of him scaling a fence into the rear of a residence on Ruthven Street. Officers canvassed the area for the suspect to no avail. Officers did, however, recover the firearm that the suspect had discarded. Officers seized the loaded Smith & Wesson M+P 9mm for processing and observed that it had also been reported stolen out of Boston in 2012. The investigation in this incident is ongoing.

INCIDENT #2: At about 2:45 AM on Saturday, November 4, 2017, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a Shotspotter activation in the area of 33 Kingsdale Street. Upon arrival, officers observed a motor vehicle with very darkly tinted windows idling in the area. As officers canvassed the area looking for possible suspects and/or victims, they observed the silhouette of a person bending over inside the vehicle. Due to the nature of the call, officers believed the individual may be reaching for a weapon or may be injured inside the car. Officers made attempts to contact the individual by knocking on the window but received no response. Fearing for their safety and the safety of a potential victim inside the car, the officers then attempted to open the door of the vehicle. The individual inside responded by pulling the door closed. Officers struggled momentarily to open the door but were finally able to wrestle the door open and remove the occupant from the vehicle. Upon doing so officers observed one spent shell casing and one live round on the floor of the vehicle. A K-9 was summoned to the scene, and as a result, a loaded black semi-automatic firearm with obliterated serial number was recovered from the vehicle. Officers arrested 19-year-old Kyriece Wrice-Roulhac of West Roxbury and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition (2 counts), Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, and Discharging a Firearm within 500’ of a Dwelling.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, November 3, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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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.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Team Effort Brings Potential Jumper to Safety

 

At about 6:00 PM today, Friday, November 3, 2017, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a jumper in the area of 94 Clarendon Street.

Upon arrival, officers observed a male that had climbed the fence of the Mass Pike overpass. Boston EMTs were already on-scene, had made contact with the male, and kept him talking. Two BPD officers then climbed out on the exposed pipes of the overpass, and together they talked the male into coming back to safety with them. Boston fire fighters cut a hole in the barrier and recovered everyone from outside the fence. In all, it was the teamwork, training, quick-thinking, and compassion of the BPD, Boston EMS, and BFD that allowed for a positive and speedy resolution to a potentially life-threatening incident. 

Can you tell which of these guns are real or replica?

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Can you tell which of these guns are real or replica?

All seven of these guns were seized today during an ongoing investigation. If you guessed that they are all fake, you’re correct. But at quick glance or from a distance, most of these replica guns can look very real. Remember, federal law requires fake guns to be transparent—brightly colored or have a bright orange tip at the end of the barrel—and Boston City Ordinance bans replica handguns in public spaces.
 

Media Availability/Photo Opportunity: Officers to Hand Out Bike Light Kits on Southwest Corridor in Jamaica Plain

WHO: BPD District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) officers and City Wide Bicycle Unit officers

WHAT: Over the last several years, the BPD has worked diligently to support neighborhood initiatives focused on the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists on our roadways. The officers at Boston Police District E-13 have developed several partnerships with local businesses in J.P. who have supported “Vision Zero” and our mission to reduce fatal and serious traffic crashes to zero. One of these businesses generously donated bike light kits consisting of a headlight and taillight that can be assembled and attached to a bicycle without tools in less than 30 seconds. 

Tonight, officers will be set up on the Southwest Corridor to pull over cyclists, not to issue a citation, but to provide them with a donated bike light kit and educate them on the safety benefits of riding with a white headlight and red taillight. 

WHEN: Friday, November 3, 2017 at 5:30 PM.

WHERE: Southwest Corridor at Centre Street and Lamartine Street, Jamaica Plain.

CONTACT: For media inquiries, please contact (617) 343-4520.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of 7 Peninsula Place in Dorchester

 

At about 7:48 PM on Sunday, October 29, 2017, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 7 Peninsula Place, Dorchester. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has since been identified as 30-year-old David Cole of South Boston.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information relative to the investigation is strongly urged to contact Boston Police 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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, November 2, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 3

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

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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.

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Recover 5 Guns in 12 Hours During 4 Separate Incidents

The men and women of the Boston Police Department have recovered more than 600 illegal firearms so far in 2017. Yesterday, over the course of a twelve-hour period, our officers seized five firearms and placed three suspects in custody during four separate incidents in various neighborhoods all around Boston. Said Commissioner Evans, “I want to commend my officers for their ongoing efforts to make our city as safe as possible. Clearly, we’re doing everything we can but we’re still seeing too many guns out there in the communities we serve.”

Firearm Seized During Incident #1

Firearm Seized During Incident #1

INCIDENT #1: At about 10:25 AM on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a found weapon in the area of 30 Homes Avenue in Dorchester. On arrival, the officers were directed to an apartment where they safely recovered a loaded AK-47 assault rifle. The firearm was loacted by a person who was working inside the residence at the time. The apartment is currently unoccupied and was being cleaned and prepared for new tenants at the time of the discovery. The firearm has since been turned over to the Boston Police Firearms Analysis Unit for processing.

INCIDENT #2: At about 11:15 AM on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite firearm arrest after recovering a loaded firearm during a traffic stop in the area of 2363 Washington Street in Roxbury. The officers were on directed patrol in the area of the Dudley Triangle due to recent incidents involving firearm related violence when they stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic infraction and discovered that the operator, Osagie Mastin, 22, of Roxbury, did not possess a valid driver’s license. After the officers removed the operator, they located a loaded firearm inside the vehicle. When the officers attempted to place the suspect in custody, he immediately fled on foot but was quickly appended and placed in custody without further incident. The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on numerous charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

INCIDENT #3: At about 1:07 PM on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a radio call for a robbery in progress in the area of 142 Gove Street in East Boston. A responding officer performing a search of the area located a person matching the suspect description and approached to speak with him. When the officer attempted to perform a pat frisk, the suspect pushed the officer away and a violent struggle ensued. While restraining the suspect, the officer called for additional units who quickly arrived on scene and placed the suspect in custody. The officers then recovered a loaded .380 caliber Bersa handgun from the waistband area of the suspect's pants. The suspect, Juan Martinez, 21, of East Boston, will appear in East Boston District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest.

INCIDENT #4: At about 10:25 PM on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest of a juvenile in the area of 42 Horan Way in Jamaica Plain. The officers were on directed patrol in the area of the Heath Street Housing Development due to recent firearm related violence when they arrested a 16-year-old male from Brockton, on firearm related charges. During the investigation, officers located and recovered a loaded .32 caliber Smith & Wesson Model CTGE32 revolver and a loaded .22 caliber (LR) Phoenix Arms Model HP22 handgun (See Images Above). The juvenile suspect will appear in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2 Counts), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition (2 Counts) and Carrying a Loaded Firearm (2 Counts).

Continued Support: BPD Sends Third Wave of Officers to Assist with Ongoing Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

Earlier today, on Wednesday November 1, 2017, the Boston Police Department sent our third wave of officers to assist with the ongoing relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Chief Gross was on hand to wish the officers well as they prepared for their flight and expressed the appreciation of the entire department for making the compassionate journey south. Thank you to all of our officers who have committed their time and energy to helping the people of Puerto Rico in their time of need. Safe travels, officers--we’ll see you in a couple weeks.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 1
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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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.

Death Investigation in the Area of 944 Parker Street

 

At about 11:47 PM on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, officers assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 944 Parker Street in Jamaica Plain. On arrival, officers located a 16-year-old male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police 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.

Community Advisory: BPD Continues to Monitor Incident in New York City

The Boston Police Department sends our sympathies and prayers to all those impacted by the senseless attack today in New York City.  We commend the work of the NYPD officer who bravely confronted the suspect and stopped further harm. 

The Boston Police Department remains in close contact with our local and federal law enforcement partners in New York and while there is no known threat to the Boston area, the Department is reminding officers to be extra vigilant as they go about their patrols this evening paying particular attention to areas that tend to attract a large crowd. With Halloween upon us, we are also reminding parents and neighbors to be aware of their surroundings and if you see something say something. 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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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: 10th Annual Haunted Cell Block Party Held at District B-3 in Mattapan

Over the weekend, BPD officers invited community members to help them celebrate their 10th Annual Haunted Cell Block Party at the District B-3 police station in Mattapan. Our officers put on their best scary costumes to try to put a fright into the partygoers as they made their way through the district’s darkened holding cells. There were plenty of smiles too as officers gave treats of all kinds to young ghosts and goblins, small superheroes and cartoon characters. This spooky video got us all in the mood for more tricks and treats tonight!

BPD Honored to be 1st Police Department in the Country to Participate in the Shatterproof Rise Up Against Addiction 5K

BPD Honored to be the 1st Police Department in the Country to Participate in the Shatterproof Rise Up Against Addiction Boston 5K Run/Walk: On Saturday, October 28, 2017, several members of the Boston Police Department – led by Commissioner William Evans – proudly participated in the Shatterproof Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Run/Walk which was held at Franklin Park in Boston. As the name of the race suggests, the event was held to raise awareness about the importance of ending the devastation and damage addiction causes families. Prior to the start of the event, Commissioner Evans offered words of support and encouragement to all those in attendance. Said Commissioner Evans, “I so am proud that my department is the first police department to stand together with those who are looking to end the stigma and shame associated with addiction. My officers see the painful impact of addiction during their daily patrols in our city and, let me assure you, there’s nothing we won’t do as a police department to make sure that those in need of help get the help they need. No one should ever feel alone when it comes to addiction.” For more information, please visit: www.shatterproof.org/prevention

Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

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If you are going to be out Trick-or-treating this Halloween, we ask that do you so safely and respectfully. If you are traveling on the roadways we remind you to take a second look and keep your speed down. We encourage all to review these Halloween safety tips below. From all of us here at the BPD we wish everyone a safe and candy filled Halloween!

Halloween Safety Tips for you and your family:

  • Parents should establish a route for children, stay within familiar areas and surroundings.
  • Remind kids not to enter stranger’s homes or vehicles.
  • Remind children to avoid homes without an outside light.
  • Attach your phone number & address to your children’s costume.
  • Take a flashlight.
  • Be sure clothing & costumes are bright, reflective and flame resistant.  
  • Set rules about not eating treats until kids get home.
  • Be sure to inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat them.
  • When in doubt, throw it out! Candy that has been opened should be thrown away. Any homemade treats or fruit should be inspected closely.  
  • Never cross the street from between parked cars.
  • Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they can catch costumes and long wigs on fire.
  • Make sure that fake knives, swords, and guns are made from cardboard or other flexible materials so as to avoid accidental injury.
  • It is also important to ensure that your home is safe and accessible to trick-or-treaters.  
  • Keep a porch light on.
  • Move jack-o-lanterns off the porch where kids get bunched up if they are trick-or-treating in groups.
  • Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.
  • If driving, drive slowly all evening. You never know what creature may suddenly cross your path.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.  
  • Last but not least, set a curfew. Trick-or-treating should go no later than 8:30pm. 

Boston 72: Weekend Update and Public Journal

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 9
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 8
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 8
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 25

Residential Break-ins: 10
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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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.

Death Investigation in the Area of 7 Peninsula Place in Dorchester

 

At about 7:48 PM on Sunday, October 29, 2017, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 7 Peninsula Place in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information relative to the investigation is strongly urged to contact Boston Police 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.