Recent Promotions: BPD Commissioner Announces Promotion of Eleven New Sergeants

Yesterday, Thursday, February 23, 2017, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans announced the promotion of seven detectives and four police officers to the rank of sergeant. Each of these new sergeants will undergo several weeks of training before being deployed throughout the city’s eleven districts. Said Commissioner Evans, “These new sergeants have studied hard and their promotion will no doubt benefit the department and the city.” Congratulations and best of luck to the following new sergeants:

  • Detective Thomas E. Barrett
  • Detective Manuel Blas 
  • Detective Thomas J. Carty
  • Police Officer Michael A. Dillon
  • Detective Jake F. Elwood
  • Police Officer Jeremy L. Fitton
  • Detective Eamon Geoghegan
  • Police Officer Jonathan C. Hester
  • Detective Matthew M. Hogardt
  • Detective Cecil R. Jones
  • Police Officer Michael A. O’Hara

Boston Police Department Salutes Black History Month!

Patrolman Henry R. Jenkins was originally appointed a reserve officer in 1885, however a year later in 1886 he was assigned to Division 14 in Brighton as a permanent patrolman for the Boston Police Department. Patrolman Jenkins was very active in community affairs, serving as the director of the Brighton Musical Association, head of his Odd Fellow Lodge, and representing the Brighton officers to the Police Relief Association. An on the job injury caused his early retirement in 1903.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, February 24, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 6
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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, February 23, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 9
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 2

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.

ONE LESS GUN: Ever Vigilant BPD Officers Arrest Gun-Possessing Suspect Wanted in Connection to Call for Shots Fired Two Days Prior

At about 2:15 pm on Monday, February 20, 2017, officers from District E-5 (West Roxbury) were on patrol in the area of 39 Amherst Street in Roslindale when officers observed a motor vehicle wanted in connection to a call for shots fired which had occurred two days prior in the area of Harvard & Bernard Streets. Upon seeing the vehicle, which was occupied by four individuals, officers promptly activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens) and stopped the car. Fearing the presence of a firearm while simultaneously acting in the best interest of officer safety, officers instructed all of the occupants to exit the car. While conducting a pat frisk on one of the passengers, officers discovered and recovered a firearm found in the suspect’s waist area. After a brief altercation, officers were able to subdue and apprehend the suspect. Officers arrested a 22-year-old male from Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of Dudley and Albion Streets in Roxbury

 

At about 5:10 pm on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Dudley and Albion Streets in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim, a 19-year-old male, was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. That victim has since been identified as Justin Depina, 19, of Boston.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review 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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 4
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 Dudley and Albion Streets in Roxbury

 

At about 5:10 pm on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Dudley and Albion Streets in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim, a 19-year-old male, was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

Boston 96: Weekend Update and Public Journal

Data includes 96 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10:00 a.m. through Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 9

Street Robberies: 14
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 9
Vehicle Recoveries: 5
Vehicle Breaks: 30

Residential Break-ins: 17
Commercial Break-ins: 5

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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 Photo of the Day: Smiling Faces Ring in Chinese New Year!

Last week on Thursday, February 16, 2017, Boston police officers from District A-1 (Downtown) including the district commander Captain Kenneth Fong, attended a Chinese New Year celebration at Boston Asian Y.E.S. (Youth Essential Services) on Harrison Ave in Chinatown. The officers and kids had a great time getting to know each other, playing games, and participating in a trivia contest with some fantastic BPD and Boston sports team prizes. And what celebration is complete without pizza and ice cream!

Death Investigation: BPD Officers Arrest One in Connection to Fatal Pedestrian/Motor Vehicle Crash in Area of Mass Ave & Pompeii Street

 

At about 3:55 AM on Sunday, February 19, 2017, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for a pedestrian struck at the intersection of Massachusetts Ave and Pompeii St.

On arrival, officers observed a female victim, believed to be in her late twenties, suffering from what appeared to be life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center for further treatment of her injuries. The operator of the vehicle remained on scene. It was later learned that the operator of the vehicle and the victim knew each other and had been travelling together in the same vehicle prior to the accident. Additional information indicates the victim had exited the vehicle and was injured when the operator drove off as victim was attempting to re-enter the vehicle. Officers arrested the operator, Brianna Smith, 26, of Boston and charged her with Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Motor Vehicle) and Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol. 

The victim of the incident passed away later that night and has been identified as 29-year-old Cusandra Webb of Dorchester.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Recover Drugs and Money after Stabbing Incident Downtown

At about 3:30 AM on Saturday, February 18, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a stabbing in the area of 800 Washington Street, Tufts Medical Center.

Upon arrival, officers observed a victim suffering from what appeared to be serious but non-life-threatening stab wounds. The officers were informed that the incident had occurred inside a residence at 110 Stuart Street. Officers responded to the residence and immediately observed blood splatters and the alleged suspect, 32-year-old Daniel Asher of Boston. The officers placed the suspect under arrest and charged him with Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Knife). Officers froze the residence and returned with a warrant allowing officers to search for the weapon used in the crime. As officers processed the scene, they observed in plain view a large quantity of marijuana, paraphernalia consistent with the sale of marijuana, and US currency. Further investigation led officers to recover over 30 pounds of marijuana and approximately $22,000 in US paper currency.

Asher was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs (Marijuana). The incident remains under investigation.

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Juvenile and Adult in Possession of Firearm in Dorchester

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At about 1:30 PM on Saturday, February 18, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an on-site arrest for firearm related charges in the area of Gaylord Street in District B-3 (Mattapan).

The officers had been conducting an ongoing investigation of several street gang associates during which they observed a recent film of a 14-year-old juvenile male in possession of what appeared to be two firearms. Officers set up surveillance of the juvenile’s residence. In short time, the officers observed one of the juvenile’s associates, 24-year-old Darnel Marve of Dorchester, exit the residence and place an object in the trunk of his car. The juvenile then exited the residence and joined Marve inside the vehicle. Officers made a stop of the vehicle and upon inspection of a backpack that had been placed in the trunk, officers recovered a loaded Taurus .357 caliber revolver.

Officers placed Marve under arrest and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. Officers placed the 14-year-old juvenile under arrest and charged him with Delinquent to wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Upon further investigation of the juvenile’s residence, officers recovered a Botan “blank firing gun” (incapable of firing live ammo) that officers had previously observed in the possession of the juvenile. Officers seized the item for further testing.
 

Wounded BPD Officers Thank MGH Surgeons Who Saved Their Lives

Yesterday, Friday, February 17, 2017, the two Boston police officers, who were injured by gunfire while responding to a domestic violence call in East Boston 5 months ago, thanked the two doctors from Mass General Hospital who saved their lives. Officers Richie Cintolo and Matt Morris presented Doctors George Velmahos and David King each with two honorary badges, a personalized BPD hockey jersey, and a plaque for their efforts in saving their lives after they were shot multiple times and arrived at the doors of Mass General Hospital in need of immediate life-saving care. Both doctors were truly humbled, citing a team effort from both the medical staff at the hospital and the responding officers and EMTs at the scene, as the reason both officers are still with us today. Dr. King said, "I've had many experiences in my career, but to be able to help these heroes and to be called a BPD doctor is a highlight."

Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Evans Announce Hiring of BPD Diversity Officer

Mayor Martin Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans are happy to announce the hiring of Michael Gaskins in the newly created position of Diversity Recruitment Officer and Examination Administrator. Under the supervision of the Director of BPD Human Resources, Mr. Gaskins will manage the recruitment process for the positions of police officer and police cadet and develop a recruitment strategy for promoting the Boston Police Department in each neighborhood of the city to ensure the highest possible level of diversity in our applicant pools. Additionally, he will be responsible for the administrative and logistical tasks related to promotional exams and working closely with civil service testing companies to support the development of promotional tests.

Said Commissioner Evans, "We at the BPD feel Mr. Gaskins is highly qualified for the position and will be an asset to the both the department and the community. We are excited to have him on board."

Boston Police Department Salutes Black History Month!

Detective Arnold W. James was appointed to the Boston Police Department in 1956 and was one of the first members of the Tactical Police Force. In 1977 Detective James was in pursuit of armed robbers in Mattapan when he was shot in the head. Despite his severe wound, he was able to summon assistance for his partner, Detective John McManus, who had been shot four times. Detective James was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions.

Detective James was a World War II veteran, he was the first sworn police officer to complete Northeastern University’s program in criminal justice, and he devoted much of his free time to working with youth in the community.

 

Media Availability/Photo Opportunity: Commissioner Evans to Thank Boston Police Foundation for Funding Improvements to Workout Spaces in 15 Boston Police Stations

 

Media Availability/Photo Opportunity: Commissioner Evans to Thank Boston Police Foundation for Funding Improvements to Workout Spaces in 15 Boston Police Stations

WHO: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, members of the Boston Police Foundation, representatives from Gronk Fitness Products

WHAT: In an effort to support Officer Wellness and Safety Initiatives, the Boston Police Foundation provided funding in excess of $250,000 to outfit and enhance workout spaces in 15 Boston Police Stations. Commissioner Evans stops by the BPD Bicycle Unit to inspect one of the new workout spaces and to thank the Boston Police Foundation for their generous donation and support of the men and women of the Boston Police Department. The Boston Police Foundation is a non-profit organization that invests in special equipment, advanced training, new technology, officer safety and wellness initiatives not covered in the department’s annual budget. Additionally, representatives from Gronk Fitness Products – including Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski – will be on hand to demonstrate the new workout equipment.  

WHERE: BPD Bicycle Unit located at 10 Linden Street, Dorchester, MA.

WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2017 @11:00am

 

Media Availability/Photo Opportunity: Boston Police Officers Injured During East Boston Shooting Incident to Meet and Thank MGH Doctors Who Saved Their Lives  

 

Media Availability/Photo Opportunity: Boston Police Officers Injured During East Boston Shooting Incident to Meet and Thank MGH Doctors Who Saved Their Lives  

WHO: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Boston Police Officers Richard Cintolo and Matt Morris, Dr. George C. Velmahos and Dr. David King.

WHAT: Four months ago, Boston Police Officers Richard Cintolo and Matt Morris were shot in the line of duty after confronting an armed gunman during a domestic disturbance in East Boston on October 13, 2016. In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Officers Cintolo and Morris were rushed to Mass General Hospital where physicians and care givers there are credited with providing the urgent care and treatment that ultimately saved their lives. On Friday, February 17, 2017, Richie and Matt return to Mass General Hospital for the first time together to thank the doctors who were there for them when they needed them the most.    

WHERE: Russell Museum (2nd Floor) located at the corner of Cambridge and N. Grove Streets

WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 9:30am

One Less Gun: Safety and Security Protocols Lead to Firearm Arrest at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorhcester

At about 8:30 AM on Thursday February 16, 2017, Boston School Police Officers assigned to the Jeremiah E. Burke High School located at 60 Washington Street in Dorchester arrested a student on firearm related charges.  The juvenile suspect, a 17 year old male from Dorchester, was placed in custody without incident after a school staff member located a 7.65 caliber Deutshche Werk handgun loaded with a single round of ammunition inside his backpack.  The suspect will appear in Dorchester Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit:  Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.