BPD in the Community: All Smiles at the Youth and Police Initiative Celebration!

On Friday afternoon, April 20, 2018, officers from Districts B-2 (Roxbury) and B-3 (Mattpan), along with Police Commissioner William Evans, attended the graduation for the Somali Youth and Police Initiative. The initiative is a program led by Said Ahmed of United Somali Youth, Inc., Paul Lewis of the North American Family Institute, and Captain Haseeb Hosein and Officer Cynthia Brewington from the Boston Police Department. The officers and young people have spent the past week in dialogue with the objective of humanizing and enhancing the relationship between Boston youth and the police. During the ceremony, the participants received their certificates of participation and an enthusiastic round of applause from the officers and Commissioner. Both officers and youth alike had a fantastic time building bonds, understanding each other’s cultures, and opening lines of communication.

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Firearm during Traffic Stop in Roxbury

At about 6:34 PM on Friday, April 20, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested a suspect for firearm related charges in the area of 146 Warren Street in Roxbury.

While on patrol, officers observed a vehicle and conducted a stop. Fearing the presence of a firearm, officers conducted a pat frisk of the four occupants and the passenger compartment of the car. During the frisk, officers observed a loaded black Glock 9mm Model 19 with a high capacity magazine in a shoe box on the floor of the rear passenger side. Officers demanded the rear passenger side occupant, identified as 18-year-old Reginald Greene of Dorchester, produce a license to carry, and he stated he didn’t have one.

Officers arrested Greene and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. Greene will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court. The remaining occupants were identified and released.

Year to date in 2018, officers have recovered over 200 illegal firearms from the streets of Boston.

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Quickly Apprehend Barricaded Male Attempting to Ignite Gas Leak in Charlestown

 

At about 12:10 PM on Friday, April 20, 2018, officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a call for an emotionally disturbed person inside 106 Walford Way.

Upon arrival, officers learned that a 57-year-old male had barricaded himself inside an apartment and ripped a gas line from the wall. As officers made entry into the apartment, they observed the male trying to ignite a cigarette lighter inside the room with the gas leak. Officers were able to quickly and tactically enter the residence and, using the less-lethal, Super Sock round shotgun, disarmed the male and placed him into custody. The male was transported by EMS to an area hospital for evaluation, and officers will seek complaints against him for Attempted Arson, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Disorderly Person.

“This was obviously an extremely dangerous incident both for the other residents of the building and for my officers,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “The officers knew they needed to act quickly, and I applaud their restraint in a volatile and unstable situation.”

Making A Difference: Two Acton Children Organize Book Drive for Children in South Africa

 Henry with his Mom and Chief Gross, who accepted the books on behalf of the BPD

Henry with his Mom and Chief Gross, who accepted the books on behalf of the BPD

Today, Friday, April 20, two Gates Elementary School (Acton, MA) students, Henry, 12, and Faith, 9, donated over 300 books to the Boston Police Department to distribute to children in need.

Last summer, Henry and Faith became inspired by the book "I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives" (by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda) about a girl from America and a boy from Zimbabwe who become pen pals and learned from each other's vastly different cultures. One of the story’s most important messages that resonated so strongly with Henry and Faith is how small contributions can have a huge impact. It was with that message in mind that the two Gates students organized a book drive and collected over one thousand children's books. With the help of Delta Airlines CEO, Mr. Ed Bastian, they were able to transport the books to children in need in South Africa. Their drive was so successful, over three hundred books flowed in even after they had finished their book drive, which they generously donated to the Boston Police Department. From here, BPD officers will distribute the books to children and grade schools across the city.

To Henry and Faith, we say thank you for your generosity, and your deed will surely have a tremendous impact.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect in Downtown Bank Robbery

 

At about 5:58 PM on Thursday, April 19, 2018, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to for a bank robbery in progress at the TD Bank in the area of 24 Winter Street.  Upon arrival, officers met with bank teller who reported an unknown suspect handed her a note claiming it was a robbery. The suspect motioned towards his right coat pocket and threatened to shoot the victim if she did not give him the money. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money before he fled the scene.

At about 11:00 PM on Thursday, April 19, 2018, officers were dispatched to the intersection of Washington Street at School Street to assist Transit Police who were off with a possible suspect in relation to the TD Bank robbery from earlier that evening. Upon arrival, officers observed Transit Police with a male fitting the suspect's description from the bank robbery.

Officers arrested Kenneth M. Chase, 49, of Hyannis, MA and charged him with Armed Bank Robbery. The suspect will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

It Will Be Mother's Day before You Know It! Join Us for the 22nd Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace

The Mother's Day Walk for Peace is an important Boston Police Department tradition that supports Boston mothers and families who have been impacted by homicide. This year's walk takes place on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 8:30 AM rain or shine! Participants will walk from Town Field Park (1520 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02122) to City Hall showing our neighborhoods that we stand with the victims, and as a community we are taking steps toward peace. For more information and registration, visit the Walk4Peace website here. We look forward to seeing you on Mother's Day!

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, April 19, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 3

Residential Break-ins: 4
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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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: Illegal Firearm Recovered as a Result of Drug Investigation in South Boston

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At about 6:15 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for people arguing in the area of453 Old Colony Avenue.

Upon arrival officers heard a commotion inside an apartment. The officers knocked and announced their presence and heard more shuffling, but no one replied. A few moments later, the door was opened by two occupants, and officers performed a protective sweep of the residence for possible victims and suspects. While doing so, officers observed varying amounts of marijuana, packaging, paraphernalia consistent with the illegal sale of drugs, and large amounts of cash in plain view. Officers arrested 28-year-old female Jessica Lizine of South Boston and 24-year-old male Quaran Sinkler of Greensboro, NC and charged them with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D (Marijuana). Officers froze the residence pending a search warrant.

Officers were granted a search warrant, and at about 11:55 PM that evening, officers executed the warrant. As a result, officers seized the following:

•    Smith & Wesson .40 caliber firearm with obliterated serial number
•    Approximately 164 rounds of ammunition
•    Approximately 21 small plastic bags of marijuana
•    Scales, packaging, and other paraphernalia consistent with the illegal sale of
•    marijuana
•    Over $1,000 in US currency

Lizine and Sinkler were additionally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number. The suspects will be arraigned in South Boston District Court.
 

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and IACP Pen Letter Imploring Congress not to Pass Concealed Carry Reciprocity

 
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Law Enforcement Coalition Gathers to Oppose Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Boston – Today Commissioner William Evans of Boston, MA released a letter of opposition to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. The letter was signed by 473 law enforcement agencies from 39 states. The letter is found in its entirety here. Law enforcement officials nationwide joined together to oppose the bill that dismantles state-level concealed carry permitting systems and creates a dangerous race to the bottom for irresponsible firearm ownership standards.

Statement by Boston Police Department Commissioner William Evans:

“This bill would override state laws determining who is qualified to carry a loaded hidden gun – laws which take into account the unique circumstances and needs in each state-- and would force states to allow individuals to carry guns who are not qualified to do so under their own laws,” said Commissioner Evans of the legislation. “During traffic stops and other interactions with the public, our officers would have to be familiar with 50 different state’s laws on conceal carry permitting. Given the split-second decisions our officers frequently need to make, this is nearly impossible and can foreseeably lead to violent confrontations. As law enforcement officers across the US, we oppose this dangerous threat to our officers and to public safety.”

Statement by IACP President Louis M. Dekmar, Chief of the LaGrange, Georgia, Police Department:

“While I support Second Amendment rights for all law-abiding citizens, I strongly oppose to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act because it endangers the public and law enforcement. This legislation would override state laws that determine who is qualified to carry a concealed firearm—laws that take into account the distinctive circumstances and needs in each state. No state should be forced to accept a person carrying a concealed that does not meet the standards the state has set for its own citizens. This legislation, if passed, would severely interfere with local law enforcement’s ability to prevent gun violence and safeguard the public.”

Statement by Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo:

“The federal Conceal Carry law would override carefully crafted state laws, which vary widely in their standards, and reduce the country to the least common denominator for safety. Not all states require background checks or safety training. Some states don’t require carriers to have a permit at all, and some allow people convicted of violent misdemeanors to carry weapons. States must retain the ability to legislate concealed carry laws that best fit the needs of their communities. Texans have a history of responsible gun ownership, strongly believe in states’ rights, and deserve to not be forced to accept permits holders from states that don’t have our proven processes.”

Statement by Springfield, MO Police Chief Paul Williams:

“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is simply a bad idea.  The United States of America,  lest we forget, is a Union of States. Each State has a responsibility to its residents to enact laws reflecting the views of their residents, and not those of another State.  There is already CCW reciprocity between states that agree with each other on this issue;  but forcing other states, who are not like minded, to honor that agreement is not the role of the Federal government, or in the best interests of ALL citizens.  Although we had a very well designed and functioning CCW permitting process in Missouri,  in 2016 our legislature voted to allow anyone to carry a concealed handgun, without a permit, without training, and without requiring a background check. That may well be the will of Missourians, but I dare say it is not something that would be universally accepted across the country.”

Statement by Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields:

“Given the recent series of mass shootings, the last thing we need to do is make it easier for people to carry concealed weapons across state lines.  This law makes no sense if our goal is to reduce deaths from gun violence.”

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BPD Officer Proud to Participate in Public Service Announcement Designed to Educate Drivers about the Dangers of Distracted Driving

BPD Officer Proud to Participate in Public Service Announcement Designed to Educate Drivers about the Dangers of Distracted Driving

For those who didn’t know, the month of April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and in an effort to shine a spotlight on the inherent dangers of distracted driving, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Office of Grants & Research-Highway Safety Division along with law enforcement representatives from all over New England, including our very own Boston Police Officer Kim Tavares, have teamed up to create a 30 second public service video, titled ‘Just Drive’, in which Officer Tavares and law enforcement officers from around the region make a compelling, heartfelt plea about the dangers of distracted driving and the importance of refraining from non-driving activities like talking on the phone or texting when behind the wheel of your car.  

Said Tavares, “Too many people think it’s okay to talk on the phone or text while driving when it absolutely isn’t. All too often, in our role as police officers, we see motorists driving around looking down at their phones, instead, of looking up at the road in front of them. Obviously, it’s a recipe for disaster and just a matter of time before somebody gets hurt.”

In the past few years, according to traffic safety experts, the number of motor vehicle fatalities and pedestrian accidents have been on the rise as a result of distracted driving. Distracted driving occurs when motorists engage in non-driving/attention-diminishing activities like talking or texting on your phone, checking social media apps, eating or fiddling with your navigation system. The aforementioned are all examples of distracted driving activities that limit your ability to safely operate your vehicle while simultaneously increasing your chances of hurting, harming or injuring a fellow motorist or pedestrian.

Said Tavares, “We’re trying to change people’s behavior and perception of distracted driving. The message is clear. Fewer distractions means fewer accidents. And the more we can get drivers to understand that, the safer our highways and roadways are going to be for all of us.”

The video you’re about to see features police officers from all six New England States who have come together to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The obvious goal is to make our roadways safer and, to achieve that goal, the officers in the video believe they have two words of advice (Just Drive) that could make all the difference the next time you get behind the wheel of your car.

To see the video in its entirety, please click on link below:

Top 10 Tips for Decreasing Driver Distractions:

1.   Turn it off. Turn your phone off or switch to silent mode before you get in the car. Or better yet, put the phone away in a place it cannot be accessed while driving.

2.  Spread the word. Set up a special message to tell callers that you are driving and you'll get back to them as soon as possible, or sign up for a service that offers this.

3.  Pull over. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area first.

4.  Use your passengers. Ask a passenger to communicate for you.

5.   X the text. Don't ever text and drive, surf the web or read your email while driving. It is dangerous and against the law in most states.

6.  Know the law. Familiarize yourself with state and local laws before you get in the car. 

7.   Prepare. Start your GPS or review maps and directions before you start to drive. If you need help when you are on the road, ask a passenger to help or pull over to a safe location to review the map and/or directions. 

8.  Secure your pets. Pets can be a big distraction in the car. Always secure your pets properly before you start to drive.

9.  Keep the kids safe. Pull over to a safe location to address situations with your children in the car.

10.  Focus on the task at hand. Refrain from smoking, eating, drinking, reading and any other activity that takes your mind and eyes off the road.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 4

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.

Great Work Recognized: BPD Superintendent Lisa Holmes Honored with the Alfreda Harris Award for Exceptional Community Service

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On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Boston Police Superintendent Lisa Holmes was presented with the Alfreda Harris Award for Exceptional Community Service. The ceremony took place at UMass Boston, Clark Athletic Center, during the Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's 10th Annual Basketball for Peace Tournament.

For more than 30 years, Superintendent Holmes has represented the very best of the Boston Police Department and she has helped to change the way Boston approaches police work. Superintendent Holmes was a street cop, walking the beat in Orchard Park, where she grew up and served as one of the first members of the Gang Unit in the ‘90s.  She has worked as a detective on some of the toughest, most demanding cases in the Sexual Assault, Homicide, and Human Trafficking units. By training new and veteran officers at the Boston Police Academy, Superintendent Lisa Holmes is shaping the Department’s future. She has embraced every challenge and she has never lost touch with the community she serves. Superintendent Lisa Holmes is one of the finest that Boston has to offer.

The Alfreda Harris Award is named for a living legend whose record of service is as rich as it is long. As a trailblazer in social justice causes, a hall-of-fame coach, an advocate for children and young adults, the longest serving member in the history of the Boston School Committee, and an unstoppable force for positive change in our community, the Alfreda Harris Award is one of the city of Boston’s highest honors.

 

Police officers from around the country travel to Yarmouth to pay final respects to Yarmouth K-9 Police Officer Sean Gannon

FALLEN OFFICER SEAN GANNON: Heartening, but certainly not surprising, to see so many police officers from around the country earlier today, April 17, 2018, paying final respects to Yarmouth K-9 Police Officer Sean Gannon  at St. Pius X Church in Yarmouth. A funeral Mass is scheduled for tomorrow. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Sean's family, friends and fellow officers. Sean was killed in the line of duty protecting and serving the people of Yarmouth on April 12, 2018.

After 8 Years of Protecting & Serving the Citizens of Boston, Men and Women of the BPD Salute K-9 Koda on his Retirement

Men and Women of the BPD Salute K-9 Koda on his Retirement: This past week the Boston Police Department lost a valued member of its crime-fighting community as BPD K-9 Koda called it a career, working his final tour of duty on April 12, 2018, after eight years of faithfully protecting and serving the citizens of Boston. Said his handler, “Without a doubt, it was an absolute honor and privilege to partner with Koda. As any K-9 officer will tell you, the relationship and bond between a K-9 officer and his dog is as strong and special as they come. To say I’m gonna miss him is an absolute understatement. He knew how to protect and serve. He always had my back. And, as much as I hate to see him go, there’s no doubt his retirement is definitely well-earned and well deserved.” It should also be noted that on his final tour of duty, Koda, a narcotics dog by trade, assisted members of the District E-5 Neighborhood Drug Control Unit during the execution of a search warrant in West Roxbury which led to the recovery of a substantial amount of illegal drugs. Said his handler, “That’s classic Koda. Working hard right up until the very end. Treating his last day like it was his first.” From all of us here at the Boston Police Department, we salute our furry four-legged friend and colleague and wish him well in retirement.

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: 3

Street Robberies: 8
Commercial Robberies: 3
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 5
Vehicle Breaks: 24

Residential Break-ins: 12
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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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 Shows 2 BPD Officers Advancing towards the Boston Strong Bridge along Mile 25 of the Boston Marathon

2018 Boston Marathon: The spirit and strength of #BostonStrong, which remains deeply and profoundly rooted in all of us, was easy to see along Mile 25 of today's Boston Marathon. The Boston Strong refrain, a slogan and symbol of resilience in the wake of the 2013 bombings, was permanently affixed to the Philip G. Bowker Overpass in April of 2016. In recognition of that spirit, the men and women of the Boston Police Department were once again honored and humbled to protect and serve all who turned out to support what we consider the greatest marathon in the world.

Men and women of the BPD once again honored to safeguard one of the greatest marathons in the world

2018 Boston Marathon: It was cold, raw and incredibly wet but - at the end of the day - the men and women of the Boston Police Department were once again honored and proud to safeguard and protect one of the greatest marathons in the world. Said Commissioner William Evans, "I want to thank and commend all of my officers for once again doing a great job of looking out for everybody and keeping everybody safe at this year's Boston Marathon."

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans Completes his 20th Boston Marathon in a Time of 4 Hours 21 Minutes

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Boston Police Commissioner William Evans Completes his 20th Boston Marathon in a Time of 4 Hours 21 Minutes: 

Congratulations to all who completed this year’s Boston Marathon, in particular, Boston’s Top Cop, Police Commissioner William Evans. In conditions described as the toughest and most challenging he’s ever run in, today, Monday, April 16, 2018, Commissioner Evans, along with thousands of other runners somehow found a way to cross the finish line at the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon despite a cold, hard, heavy rain that made this year’s race one of the slowest in recent memory.

Heading into the race, forecasters predicted that the cold weather and driving rain would make this year’s race all the more challenging and trying. And, early on, Commissioner Evans realized that the foreboding forecast was right on the money. Said the Commissioner, “Five miles in, I had to stop because one of my shoes became untied. Only problem, my hands were so cold I couldn’t feel my fingers or grip my laces so I had to ask a spectator to tie my sneaker for me. It was that cold.”

Twenty-one miles later, Evans would complete the 53rd marathon of his long distance running career. As he crossed the finish line on Boylston Street, he immediately thought of his fellow runners. Said Evans, “Let me just say, finishing a Boston Marathon is a big deal. But, finishing it in the weather we had today makes it even bigger and more special. Anybody who finished today’s marathon earned it and should be really proud of what they accomplished.”

In other Boston Marathon related news, Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985. Meanwhile, on the men's side of the bracket, Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi took home top honors with a winning time of 2:10:46.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD K-9 Unit Helps Capture Suspect Seen Breaking into Buildings on Boylston Street

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Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD K-9 Unit Helps Capture Suspect Seen Breaking into Buildings on Boylston Street

About 9:55AM, on Sunday, April 15, 2018, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of 400 Boylston Street. While en route to the call, officers learned that the suspect (described as a white male in his thirties, wearing a black winter hat, red bandana, tan sweatshirt and blue jeans) was seen trying to force his entry into an apartment in the rear of 410 Boylston Street.

On arrival, promptly observed an individual, who fit the description of the suspect, climbing onto the fire escape of 400 Boylston Street and entering the building through a 2nd floor window. At this time, officers requested the assistance of a BPD K-9 handler and his dog in order to conduct a search of the building for the suspect. On arrival, the officer and his trusty K-9 partner, Vader, entered the building and, in due time, were able to locate the suspect hiding inside a crawl space under a 1st floor stairwell. When the suspect refused to surrender himself and exit the building, Vader was sent in to influence him to do otherwise. In short time, the suspect was taken into custody.

Officers arrested Sam Hess, 28, of Boston and charged him with Breaking and Entering, Resisting Arrest and Trespassing.

For One Boston Day Gang Unit Officers Recognize Those Who Fought for Our Freedom by Participating in OPERATION THANK A VETERAN

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Today, on One Boston Day, members of the Boston Police Youth Violent Strike Force made special visits to the homes of several Boston city veterans to simply say, "Thank you." In addition to voicing their gratitude and appreciation, the officers also provided pamphlets with information on veteran services that are available to them in the city of Boston. 

These veterans truly embody what One Boston Day is all about - resilience, generosity, and strength.