4th Annual Commissioner’s Cup Hockey Tournament

The 4th Annual Commissioner's Cup Hockey Tourney commences this week. Games start this Monday (April 5, 2010)and will be played all week at Jim Roche Arena, 1275 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury

Monday, April 5

6PM                Area C vs. Area B

7PM                Area A vs. Area D


Wednesday, April 7

6PM                Area E/Special Operations vs. Headquarters  

7PM                Area B vs. Area A

8PM                Area D vs. Area C


Friday, April 9

5PM                Headquarters vs. Area B

6PM                Area A vs. Area E/Special Operations


Saturday, April 10

10AM              Area D vs. Headquarters

11AM              Area C vs. Area E/Special Operations


Sunday, April 11

10AM              Semi-final #1

11AM              Semi-final #2

12:30PM          FINAL: Championship Game



Mayor Thomas Menino and Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis Wish You a Safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day festivities are an exciting time for the City of Boston. It is always an atmosphere of festivity throughout the City for residents and guests. Mayor Menino and Commissioner Davis would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to celebrate responsibly to ensure a safe and trouble free environment.Throughout the holiday weekend, the Boston Police Department will be taking steps to increase patrols, focusing not only on the parade route and calls for service, but also at drinking establishments. Our priority will be to ensure the safety of our community. Our intent is to encourage people to celebrate responsibly and while strictly adhering to all alcohol laws. We will not allow a few excessive revelers to ruin the festivities for those individuals celebrating responsibly. Officers are working cooperatively with liquor establishments to be sure alcohol laws are strictly enforced. Detectives will be conducting walk-throughs of area bars to ensure compliance. Also remember that public drinking will not be tolerated. Please be aware that parking along the parade route will be limited. Individuals are reminded to be mindful of street signs and to follow parking instructions. Taxis and public transportation offer inexpensive and smart alternatives to drinking and driving. Please take advantage of them. A designated driver is also a smart alternative. DUI enforcement will be a priority and we will have officers on duty specifically focused on this effort. Do not ruin your celebration by hurting yourself or others. It is our hope that residents and guests alike will enjoy themselves this St. Patrick’s Day. We expect that the City will be peaceful and without incident. Have fun and be safe!

Message from the Commissioner

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the outstanding job that has been done by members of this department. The men and women of the Boston Police Department continue to work extremely hard to keep this city safe. You have been ceaseless in your efforts to reduce crime and engage in true partnerships with key stakeholders in our neighborhoods.Your work has earned the department an international reputation for its commitment to Community Policing. As I said at my swearing in, one of my goals is to build upon this commitment. Community Policing is a department-wide philosophy, not simply a strategy or unit within a department. In order for us to continue to be successful, we must be organized in such a way that the entire agency supports this philosophy. The patrol force is the backbone of this organization. As Police Commissioner, it is my responsibility to put in place a command and accountability structure that supports this commitment to our patrol force. It is also my responsibility to ensure that every police officer- patrol officer, detectives, rapid response units, special operations units and their superiors- all operate with a Community Policing philosophy that focuses more on the prevention of crime than it does on the rapid response to it. The Boston Police Department will soon implement a COMPSTAT process. COMPSTAT is a command and accountability system where the department commanders review crime patterns. The Boston Police COMPSTAT process will be a bi-weekly meeting among commanders and external partners, who will focus on geographical accountability coupled with intelligence-driven deployment. The goal of this process is to provide oversight to facilitate the effective deployment of resources, to create geographic accountability and to enhance cooperation and communication department-wide. The department is making the following organizational changes to support the successful implementation of COMPSTAT and geographic-based policing.

  • Captains will be responsible for developing strategies to address crime and quality of life issues specific to their geographic command.
  • Captains will be assisted by one of three Deputy Superintendents tasked with prioritizing and allocating resources within a newly zoned area. Each Deputy will be responsible for one of three geographic zones. The new zones are as follows: Zone 1: District A1, A15, A7, D4 and D14 Zone 2: B2, B3, C6 and C11 Zone 3: E5, E13 and E18

  • As recognition that the Youth Violence Strike Force (YVSF) and the Boston Police School Police Unit are fundamentally patrol resources, both units will be moved from the Bureau of Investigative Services to the Bureau of Field Services.

    The Youth Violence Strike Force will be located at 170 Hancock Street in Dorchester. They will report to a Deputy Superintendent. Utilizing tactics proven successful in the past, YVSF officers will conduct operations at the discretion of their commander. They will assist with visibility and proactive strategies to reduce gang violence.

    Boston Police School Police Unit will continue to operate from their present location at Latin Academy. All patrol officers of this unit will now report in uniform.

  • District detectives will now be working under a central authority to coordinate a unified investigative response. The District detectives will be moved from their current location in the Bureau of Field Services and will be placed under the administrative command of the Bureau of Investigative Services. District detectives will maintain an operational responsibility to the District Captains.
  • The Tactical Mountain Bike Unit will transfer from Special Operations and will report to a Deputy Superintendent under the Bureau of Field Services. The Mountain Bike Unit will be housed at 170 Hancock Street in Dorchester. This unit will be deployed in various patrol assignments.
  • The Bureau of Internal Investigations and the Bureau of Professional Development will be combined to create the Bureau of Professional Standards and Development. This reflects the reality that training is vital to all aspects of Community Policing. In addition, a review of citizen complaints against officers indicated that many of the issues identified could be mitigated with training that is designed to prevent misconduct.

    The Bureau of Professional Standards and Development will come under the command of Superintendent Robert Harrington. Deputy Superintendent Marie Donahue will be assigned to the Training & Education Division as Academy Commander.

  • Drug Control Unit resources will be reallocated so that each District will have dedicated DCU personnel.
  • Lastly, disorder control is a fundamental component of Community Policing. Captains are expected to place an emphasis on the individual needs of each neighborhood. To assist them with this requirement, I have appointed Deputy Superintendent Gladys Gaines to serve as a Liaison between the department and City Hall to focus exclusively on issues of neighborhood services and to lead the department’s response to the complex issue of homelessness.

By reaffirming our commitment to Community Policing and structuring our agency so it supports this mission at every level, we are giving this department the foundation it needs to drive down violent crime, adapt to emerging crime trends with innovative programs and make our city safe. Ed Davis, Commissioner

BPD Officer Ajax

k9_color.jpgYesterday, we posted an item about Ajax, a BPD Canine who responded to a report of a breaking and entering and successfully apprehended the suspect. Today, one of the daily newspapers provides some more details about Ajax and his collar.. .

"A Boston police rookie with four legs and a fully-loaded nose took down a one-man crime spree when he chased a notorious thief up a 100-foot chimney shaft, winning praise as an up-and-coming K9. Ajax, a 1 -year-old German shepherd who joined the BPD’s K-9 unit in October, is credited with capturing lifetime hoodlum Lance Smith in Mission Hill." Via the Boston Herald

Photos from the 2006 Christmas for Horses event

santa.gifThis past Saturday members of the Boston Police Mounted unit participated in the 95th Annual Christmas for Horses event, sponsored by the Animal Rescue League of Boston. As horses from the Boston Police, the Boston Park Rangers, and the MA State Police lined up in front of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Santa Claus arrived by sleigh and began handing out special treats to the horses (no word if he brought anything for their riders). Afterwards, the horses remained on scene so that members of the public could to meet the horses and their riders, and take photos with the horses. View a Photo Gallery of the event from the Animal Rescue League

The Giving Tree: A new BPD Tradition

In what is becoming an annual tradition, the Boston Police Department installed a Giving Tree in the 4th floor hallway of Boston Police Headquarters.giving tree_3.gif From the story of the giving tree: “Their stories are heartbreaking; there are children with physical and mental handicaps, several this year have cancer, and we were given the names of several homeless children/families. Many of these children have parents who are ill or suffering from addiction, most are single parent families. Some have little to eat and wear the same thread born clothes day after day. The names of these less fortunate children have been provided by the Youth Service Officers at every district. If you could find it in your heart to help provide an article of warm clothing for one of these children who are not so fortunate, it would be deeply appreciated.” Hung on the tree were dozens of paper ornaments, each listing the name and clothing sizes of a child. Dept members were invited to take one of these tags from the tree, and replace it with a wrapped present for the child. As the above photo shows, the tree was soon surrounded by presents. The photo was taken last week. By yesterday afternoon, there were even more presents. In this Globe photo, officers are shown stacking some of the many gifts that were left under the tree. The presents will be delivered before Christmas. The giving tree was highlighted in an article in today’s Boston Globe:

"Youth service officers from the Boston Police Department prepared to deliver an estimated 500 donated gifts to needy children yesterday. Along with other department employees, they participated in the "Giving Tree" program by plucking paper ornaments describing a child's age, specific needs, and clothing size from a 10-foot-tall tree. ...Captain Genevieve King said the program, launched last year, is helped by community agencies such as the Boys and Girls Club of Boston. Community organizations and youth service officers work together to identify the city's most impoverished children.

Thank you to Annie Wilcox, the Bureau of Field Services, and the Youth Services Officers for another successful giving Tree, and to everyone who donated.

Boston 24

Significant incidents reported to the BPD, from Thursday, November 30, thru 10 AM Friday, December 1 2006.(See our Daily Incident summaries and earlier postings for more detailed descriptions of some of the incidents identified below) Homicides: 0 Non-fatal Shootings: 1 Non-fatal Stabbings: 2 Street Robberies: 6 Commercial Robberies: 1 Other: 1 (Home Invasion) Vehicle thefts: 10. One half ocurred in District 4. Vehicle recoveries. 6 Larceny from motor Vehicles (motor-vehicle breaks): 15 Residential break-ins: 19 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

Boston Public School System Blog

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the Boston Public School System’s new blog,The official blog of the Boston Public Scholl system, the BPS blog “provides news, events, and other information about the Boston Public Schools, the nation's first public school system, founded in 1647.” Launched in October, the School System’s Blog becomes the 3rd municipal blog (that we know of, any way) launched in Boston. (The others being this site and our Boston crime watch site.) Know of any other municipal blogs that have been launched in the last few months, either in Boston or elsewhere? If so, let us know via our Comments area. We’d love to hear about them. Thanks to Universal Hub for pointing us towards the blog.

Boston 24: A look at the last 24 hours in the City of Boston.

Significant incidents reported to the BPD, from Tuesday, November 28, thru 10 AM Wednesday, November 29 2006.(See our Daily Incident summaries and earlier postings for more detailed descriptions of some of the incidents identified below) Homicides: 1 Non-fatal Shootings: 1 Non-fatal Stabbings: 1 Street Robberies: 10 Commercial Robberies: 0 Vehicle thefts: 3. One attempted. Vehicle recoveries. 11 Larceny from motor Vehicles (motor-vehicle breaks): 23. One arrest. One fourth occurred in District C-6. Residential break-ins: 12 Commercial Break-ins: 6 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

Boston 24: A look at the last 24 hours in the City of Boston.

Significant incidents reported to the BPD, from Monday, November 27, thru 10 AM Tuesday, November 28 2006.(See our Daily Incident summaries and earlier postings for more detailed descriptions of some of the incidents identified below) Homicides: 0 Non-fatal Shootings: 0 Non-fatal Stabbings: 0 Street Robberies: 7 Commercial Robberies: 2 Vehicle thefts: 13. One attempted, four arrests in three incidents. Vehicle recoveries. 2 Larceny from motor Vehicles (motor-vehicle breaks): 7. Residential break-ins: 9 Commercial Break-ins: 6 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

Transcript from 11/27 Media Availability

Below is a transcript of today's Q and A with Captain William Evans, Commander of District 4 (South End and Back Bay) regarding the increased Boston Police patrols on Newbury street.

QUESTION ONE: If I could ask you, sir, when those patrols start, and could you just give us an idea a little bit of the numbers in terms of if there's 1 or 2 extra officers per tour? ANSWER: Newbury Street we’ve had covered for some time, we’ve had officers full time on Newbury. With the holidays we’ve increased the patrols. Double, sometimes triple, just because we do that every year. I think anywhere you look, the shopping areas around the city - Mayor Menino, the Police Commissioner have put extra patrols out there. You see them at Downtown Crossing, you'll see them on Newbury St, and you’ll see them on Boylston St. We realize that people want to see the officers out there, realize that shopliftings do go up, so we do proactively put patrols out there. Anywhere there’s a busy shopping area, you’ll see an increase in patrols. It’s not a reaction to an increase in crime, its done every year. QUESTION TWO: Captain, can you give us some indication if you’ve had communication with the business owners on Newbury St, are they expressing any concerns about an increase in activity ANSWER: No, they really haven’t; I want to say about a month or two, we did have a rash of larcenies, and we had a robbery or two at the sunglass place down there, but we’ve proactively reached out to them. I know myself and Councilor Ross walked up and down Newbury St. about a month ago, reassuring all the businesses that, you know, we have a continued presence down there. We have a day walking officer, we have a night walking officer, so I think there’s this perception out there that things have been getting worse down there, but its just not true, you know. We’re seeing the statistics, and the shopkeepers for the most part were very happy. The night walking officer was something that we put into effect about 2 months ago, and they were thrilled that they had both day and nite coverage down there. They seem to be very happy. QUESTION THREE: Is there anything that you think the store owners themselves can do to try and perhaps protect themselves against this kind of thing? ANSWER Well, I think, again, with the holiday season, it’s a busy time, the stores are more crowded, I think they proactively have to keep an eye on who’s coming into their store, and if there’s any hint that maybe they’re up to no good reach out, call 911. I think I stressed that when I met with them a month ago, that if they see someone come into the store that just doesn’t fit, don't hesitate to call us. I mean, obviously I think having an extra sales person or 2 might help, because unfortunately a lot of shops down there, I think hire some young females to work the shop. Having, maybe, 1 or 2 store clerks won’t hurt. ... (unable to be heard) So there's some things they can do more. QUESTION FOUR: So, the 4 commercial burglaries and 1 robbery that occurred: That’s not any sort of up tick at all, compared to the 2 months prior to that? ANSWER No. In fact, I would say that things have calmed down. I think we had a little bit of a robbery pattern back in October, September, when we had a few stores that –actually, what happened was there was a shoplifting, basically, where the employee confronted the shoplifter and they might have gotten pushed- that turned it into a robbery. But we’ve had no serious incidents down there for the most part where, you know, it’s just a matter of shoplifting cases gone bad and it turns into a robbery. I would say over the last month or two, our statistics show things have gotten quieter. QUESTION FIVE: Captain- can you confirm that these new patrols have already started? We were down on Newbury St. for about 3 hours today, saw one officer. Is it more beefed up at nite? Has it already started? Is it being phased in? ANSWER: We have an officer down there - I don’t want to give the times, but down there full time. They should be down there and we have 2 pretty much covering the length of Newbury St. On days, on 1st halfs, so they should be out there. Newbury St.’s very busy, they’re dealing with a lot of issues down there, they’re taking reports, they’re tagging vehicles, so it's understandable that you're not going to see them all the time. They’re in and out of the stores, they’re visiting the merchants, so, you know, we try to make them as visible as possible. That being said, you’re not going to see them all the time QUESTION SIX: Is the night patrol permanent? ANSWER: Yes.

BOSTON POLICE INCREASE PATROLS ON NEWBURY STREET

Today Boston Police announce that they have increased patrols to Newbury Street and the surrounding areas as a proactive public safety measure throughout the busy holiday season. Patrols include holiday walking beats, directed patrols and additional coordination with specialized units and plain-clothes officers. In addition, one mounted unit will also be on patrol throughout the neighborhood.It is important to note that despite recent news reports, the Boston Police have not detected an increase in the number of robberies or break-ins in the area. It is not unusual during the holiday season to experience an increase in shoplifting incidents. In an effort to deter those incidents from occurring, the Boston Police have assigned additional units, which include undercover efforts to address this issue. Since October 1, 2006, there has been one reported incident of an armed robbery and the suspect responsible has been apprehended. Since October 9, 2006, there have been four confirmed Breaking and Entering incidents.

See also a map showing Robberies and Commercial Burglaries on Newbury St. October 1st through November 26th, 2006 (PDF file) Recent Incident Descriptions:

  • On 11/25/06 at approximately 12:49am, Boston Police responded to a radio call for a broken window at Valentino’s located at 45 Newbury Street. Upon arrival, officers observed damage to two display cases. Several items were reported stolen. Boston Police are actively investigating this matter. The suspect/suspects remain at-large.
  • On 11/24/06 at approximately 7:14pm, officers assigned to the BPD Anti-Crime Unit conducted foot surveillance and witnessed two suspects behaving in a suspicious manner. Based upon the officers’ training, it was deducted that their behavior was consistent with that of shoplifters. Officers followed the suspects into 136 Newbury Street (American Apparel) where they observed suspects placing merchandise into their bags. The undercover officers approached the suspects. Suspect #1 attempted to flee and was apprehended. Suspect #2 was also placed under arrest. The suspects were found to be in possession of hundreds of dollars worth of stolen merchandise. Both were charged with Larceny Shoplifting $200 & over.
  • On November 24, 2006 at approximately 2:01 pm, a District 4 walking beat responded to a radio call for a theft at 182 Newbury Street (Sunglass Hut). Upon arrival, the officer received information about a suspect who reportedly stole several pairs of sunglasses. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20 years of age and 5 ft. 6 in. tall. This incident remains under investigation.
  • On 11/20/06 at approximately 8:03 am, officers from District 4 responded to a radio call for a B&E at 139 Newbury Street (Longchamp). Upon arrival, officers observed a broken glass and received a report from the store manager of a stolen ‘display’ purse. BPD detectives continue to investigate this matter.

Anyone with information related to these incidents is urged to call District 4 detectives at 617-343-5619 or BPD CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous. The holiday season is an exciting and busy time for many. The Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind individuals to be alert to your surroundings and use common sense. A complete guide to BPD holiday safety tips is also avaiable at this site. Following a few simple safety precautions will ensure that you and yours enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

Holiday Safety Tips

badge_snowflakes.gif The holidays are a special and joyous time of year. It is also a time when individuals need to be alert to the possibility of crime. The Boston Police Department encourages individuals to take simple precautions to ensure a happy and safe holiday.The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can easily create a distraction for people. However during this festive time, it is important to pay special attention to the things going on around you. The holiday season is considered peak season for burglars, pickpockets and shoplifters. Don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars and pickpockets a chance to dampen your holiday spirit. Thieves love the holidays as much as everyone else, especially because it’s an opportune time for crime. The Boston Police Department believes you can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. Please share these safety tips with your family, friends and neighbors. We ask you to remember these simple safety precautions and enjoy excitement of a safe and happy holiday. The new downloadable pamphlet provides some tips on how to celebrate safely this holiday season, including:

  • If You Are Traveling
  • If You Are Out for the Evening
  • If You Are Hosting a Party
  • If You Are Attending a Party
  • Protecting Your Vehicle
  • If You Are Shopping
  • Take a Holiday Inventory
  • Celebrate Responsibly

Download the safety tips now . (PDF file.)

Weekend Wrap-up

A look at the last 72 hours in Boston, from Friday, Nov. 24 through 10 A.M. Monday, Nov. 27, 2006(See recent Daily Incident summaries and earlier postings for more detailed descriptions of some of the incidents identified below) Homicides: 1 Non-fatal Shootings: 5. Non-fatal Stabbings: 6 Street Robberies: 14 Commercial Robberies: 3 Other: 2 (Home invasions) Vehicle thefts: 14. Four attempts and three arrests. Vehicle recoveries. 24 Larceny from Motor Vehicle (motor-vehicle breaks): 42. One arrest. Residential break-ins: 32 Commercial Break-ins: 6 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

Students Help Police Promote Safe Holiday Driving

click_event.jpgYesterday, students at Monument High School in South Boston helped police remind everyone using our roadways this holiday weekend to drive safely and buckle up. Eight people were killed on Massachusetts roadways during the four-day Thanksgiving holiday period in 2005. In an effort prevent a repeat of those numbers this weekend, the students and police gathered at the school to spread the message that Buckling up is quick and easy, as well as state law. The event highlighted several public safety efforts to keep holiday travelers safer, including a two-week “Click It or Ticket” Mobilization that runs through November 26th. In a “Quick-Click-Buckle-Up Challenge,” teams of four Monument High School students competed to be the fastest at buckling up in all four seating positions of a car. click_winners.jpg View the MA State Police press release (PDF file)

Boston Police Department Mourns the Loss of T. William Fitzgerald Jr

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of T. William Fitzgerald Jr., longtime President of the Boston Police Foundation. Mr. Fitzgerald passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2006. He has served as Foundation President since 1994, and was responsible for oversight of the Foundation’s efforts to support community policing initiatives. During his tenure as President, the Foundation placed an emphasis on youth-based initiatives. Prior to serving on the Foundaiton, Mr. Fitzgerald funded the first bicycle patrol unit out of Area A, when he was the President of the Downtown Crossing Association. Bill and his wife Barbara demonstrated a commitment to the Boston Police Department, its officers, and the communities that was remarkable and will be remembered.For obituary, directions, or guest book please visit www.deefuneralhome.com Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mr. Fitzgerald at this difficult time. - Commissioner Albert Goslin

Boston 24: A look at the last 24 hours in the City of Boston.

Significant incidents reported to the BPD, from Tuesday, November 14, thru 10 AM Wednesday, November 15 2006.Homicides: 0 Non-fatal Shootings: 0 Non-fatal Stabbings: 0 Street Robberies: 6 Commercial Robberies: 1 Other: 1 (Delivery driver. Arrest made.) Vehicle thefts: 7 Vehicle recoveries. 6 Larceny from motor Vehicles (motor-vehicle breaks): 11 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

Boston 24: A look at the last 24 hours in the City of Boston.

Significant incidents reported to the BPD, from Monday, November 13 thru 10 AM Tuesday, November 14 2006.(See today’s Daily Incident summary and earlier postings for more detailed descriptions of some of the incidents identified below) Homicides: 0 Non-fatal Shootings: 0 Non-fatal Stabbings: 0 Street Robberies: 4 Commercial Robberies: 1 (Gas station) Other: 2 (One carjacking and one home invasion) Vehicle thefts: 9 Vehicle recoveries. 5 Larceny from motor Vehicles (motor-vehicle breaks): 15 Residential break-ins: 11 Commercial Break-ins: 6 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

A message from a Manchester, NH police officer, received via the BPD Web site on Cityofboston.gov.

"To whom it may concern, As a police officer in Manchester NH I wish to thank your agency for the extensive help and support that you have given the MPD regarding the murder of Officer Mike Briggs. From the capture of the accused to your kinds words today 11/6 in Dorchester Dist Ct to your help escorting us home. You have been compassionate, kind and extremely professional. From all of us at the MPD and from Mike Briggs. THANK YOU VERY MUCH."