Harambee Park Playground in Dorchester Named in Honor and Memory of BPD Sergeant Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds

Harambee Park Playground in Dorchester Named in Honor and Memory of BPD Sergeant Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds: On Monday, October 15, 2018, Mayor Martin Walsh, Commissioner William Gross and the men and women of the BPD gathered at Harambee Park in Dorchester to name a portion of the park in honor and memory of Sgt. Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds who died in the line of duty as a result of injuries sustained in the days after the attack on the 2013 Boston Marathon.      

Said Mayor Martin Walsh, “I’m so proud to name this new playground and courts after Sergeant Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds. He was a Boston hero and residents will honor him when visiting the park that now bears his name. His spirit and service to the citizens of our city should never be forgotten and, thanks to today’s ceremony and the naming of this playground, it never will.”

Said Commissioner William Gross, “The promise and pledge we make to any officer who dies in the line of duty while protecting and serving the citizens of our fine city is to never forget their service and sacrifice. No doubt, Sgt. Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds made that sacrifice in the days that followed the attack on our Boston Marathon in 2013 when bravely responded to Watertown to confront those responsible for the attack and it’s certainly reaffirming and right that his spirit and sacrifice should forever live on in the naming of the courts and playground here at Harambee Park where young people for years to come will come to know and learn about the person, police officer and hero that was Sgt. Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds.”

Offered DJ’s younger sister, Nicole Simmonds, “My greatest fear was that DJ and his service would somehow be forgotten, but the naming of this park in his honor shows me and my family that DJ’s spirit will never be forgotten. For a long time, my older brother, DJ, watched over me and I know he will do the same for all who come here to play. This is his playground and I know he’ll be watching over and keeping safe all who come here to gather and play. Lastly, in his honor, I ask that this playground also be a place where cops and community members can come together as one and feel the support and strength of a hero who will continue to watch over the city he was honored to protect and serve.”   

Sergeant Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds, a 5-year veteran of the department, was 28-years-old at the time of his passing.     

According to the Parks and Recreation Department, the opening of the Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds playground marks the completion of the first phase renovation of Harambee Park, a 44-acre active recreation parkland located at 930 Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester. The 2nd phase, budgeted for an additional $3.5 million, will include the construction of two natural turf multi-sport fields for soccer and lacrosse with construction slated for the summer of 2019.  

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 8

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.

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Bravely Disarm Armed Suspect Caught Trespassing in Roxbury

ONE LESS GUN: At about 12:13 AM, on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a loud disturbance in the area of 70 Annunciation Road. Specifically, officers were responding to complaint relative to a group of males being boisterous and loud while drinking in public. When officers arrived, they observed several individuals standing in front of 70 Annunciation Road. Upon seeing the approaching officers, one of the individuals quickly turned around and ran inside the building. As officers tried to give chase, several individuals attempted to block and impede the officers’ efforts to further engage the suspect. When officers resumed their foot pursuit, they observed the suspect exit the building. Upon catching up to him, officers promptly noted that, in addition to trespassing, he appeared nervous and extremely jumpy. A pat frisk of the suspect for weapons proved unsuccessful. However, believing the suspect had likely discarded a weapon when he ran away from the officers, a search of the immediate area was conducted. In short time, officers observed and recovered a loaded silver and black firearm (see photo) found on the ground near where the suspect had exited the building.  

Officers arrested Adrian Fernandes, 18, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Trespassing.

Death Investigation in the area of 47 Charles Street in Dorchester

 

Death Investigation in the area of 47 Charles Street in Dorchester: At about 9:36pm, on Monday, October 15, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to an outside scene for a person shot in the area of Charles and Ditson Streets in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a 24-year-old female victim suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma. 

Boston 72 and Public Journal for Monday, October 15, 2018

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 4
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 25

Residential Break-ins: 8
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: Commissioner Gross Stops by the Michael Bivins HS Basketball Jamboree for Peace at Madison Park High

BPD in the Community: Commissioner Gross Stops by the Michael Bivins HS Basketball Jamboree for Peace at Madison Park High School: On Sunday, October 14, 2018, Commissioner Gross had the pleasure of catching up with one of Boston’s favorite sons and music legend, Michael Bivins of Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition fame, earlier today when he stopped by Madison Park High School to offer his support and praise for the Michael Bivins High School Basketball Jamboree for Peace which consisted of 16 teams, both boys and girls, from Boston and surrounding areas. Said Commissioner Gross, “I want to thank Michael Bivins for never forgetting where he came from. This is a man who knows and understands when life is good, there’s an obligation to give something back to the community that supported you. And, if you ask me, there’s no better way to give something back than providing our city’s young people a safe place to play a game they love while promoting peace in our community at the same time.” Earlier this year, on August 10, 2018, the Commissioner was also in attendance when the city officially dedicated and named the newly refurbished basketball court at Ramsay Park in honor of Michael Bivins. That court is forever known as: the Michael L. Bivins Basketball Court.

 

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect and Recover Loaded Firearm During Investigation in Roxbury

ONE LESS GUN: At about 5:14 PM on Saturday October 13, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested Nahki Silcott, 21, of Dorchester during an investigation in the area of Quincy Street and Dacia Street in Roxbury. Officers placed the suspect in custody after a brief pursuit at which time they were able to safely recover a loaded .22 caliber Rohm RG10 revolver with a defaced serial number which had been discarded as he fled. The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on numerous charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.

 

UPDATE: Officers Arrest Two Males Wanted in Connection to Homicide in the area of 76 Homestead Street in Roxbury

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On Friday, October 12, 2018, members of the Fugitive Unit located and apprehended two males wanted in connection to a homicide which occurred on July 7, 2018 in the area of 76 Homestead Street in Roxbury. Officers arrested Demetrius Bennett, 27-years-old, of Dorchester and Adnan Tahlil, 24-years-old, of Roxbury, for outstanding warrants.

Bennett is charged with Murder and Tahlil is charged with Manslaughter. Both males are expected to be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court.

Death Investigation in the area of Columbia Road and Geneva Ave in Dorchester

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION: At about 9:31 PM, on Friday, October 12, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of Columbia Road and Geneva Avenue in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim in his thirties suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he was later 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma. 


 

BPD in the Community: Hi-5-Friday stops by the Dennis Haley School in Roslindale

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Hi-5-Friday stops by the Dennis Haley School in Roslindale: Earlier this morning, Friday, October 12, 2018, smiles and hi-5’s were in high supply at the Haley School in Roslindale as Boston Police Officers were there to greet students arriving to school. Not sure who had more fun, but, our officers certainly had a wonderful time connecting with the kids!!! Said one of the officers, “It’s so important for the kids to interact with us in a fun, friendly environment. Keeping kids safe is one of our most important priorities and giving them hi-5’s as they arrive to school is a great way for us send the message that says when kids see police officers, we want them to see people who care about keeping them safe.”

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, October 12, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 7

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.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation the area of 12 Vinson Street in Dorchester

VICTIM IDENTIFIED: At about 2:08 AM on Thursday, October 11, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the area of 12 Vinson Street in Dorchester. Officers located a male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, suffering life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Marlon Richardson, 19-years-old, of Dorchester.

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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma. 

 

BPD in the Community: Police Athletics League Gifted $10,000 Donation from the Lingzi Foundation

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BPD IN THE COMMUNITY: On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, Commissioner Gross and  Superintendent Baston were on hand as the Lingzi Foundation presented Bill Stoddard of the Police Athletic League with a $10,000.00 check! During the girls basketball game at the Shelburne Community Center, Commissioner Gross spoke about the BPD’s partnership with the Lingzi Foundation and the importance of building bridges within the community. Started in memory of Lingzi Lu, the Foundation honors Lingzi’s passions and spirit by supporting organizations like PAL in their mission to empower girls across Boston giving them opportunities to build relationships in their community while following their dreams as Lingzi did.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, October 11, 2018

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 2
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: Juvenile Arrested and Loaded Firearm Recovered in Roxbury

 

ONE LESS GUN: At about 9:05 PM, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of 16 Akron Street in Roxbury. While on patrol, officers observed a group of males trespassing in the area. As officers attempted to approach the males, all, but one, immediately began running away from the officers. Officers gave chase but were unable to catch up to the males. Officers spoke to the male who remained on scene. Officers searched the immediate area surrounding the male and were able to locate a loaded SCCY CPX-9mm semi-automatic firearm and multiple rounds of live ammunition. The 17-year-old male juvenile of Dorchester was placed under arrest and charged with Delinquent to wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Delinquent to wit: Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Trespassing. The suspect is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.

 

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Male and Recover Loaded Firearm in Dorchester

ONE LESS GUN: At about 2:34 AM on Thursday, October 11, 2018, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for drug activity which resulted in the arrest of one male and the recovery of a loaded firearm in the area of 20 Ames Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed a motor vehicle with a rejected inspection sticker. Officers approached the vehicle and spoke to the operator to inform him of the violation. While speaking to the operator, officers observed the rear passenger who appeared to be sleeping. Officers spoke to the rear passenger who appeared to be extremely nervous, with his chest visibly moving up and down. Officers observed a knife clip in the operator’s waistband and removed him from the vehicle. Officers then asked the rear passenger to exit the vehicle. At this time, the rear passenger refused to exit the vehicle, locked the door and rolled the window up. Officers observed the male clutching an item on the right side of his waistband. Officers repeatedly asked the male to exit the vehicle which he refused to do. Officers observed the male to be holding what appeared to be a firearm. Officers eventually were able to remove a loaded KelTec CNC INC PF-9 caliber Luger firearm and multiple rounds of live ammunition from the male’s pants pocket following a lengthy struggle. The male was placed under arrest. The male is identified as Robert Roscoe, 27-years-old, of Dorchester. The operator was issued a MA Uniform Citation and released from the scene with no further incident.

Roscoe is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Resisting Arrest, Armed Career Criminal Level III. Roscoe is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court. 

Death Investigation in the area of 12 Vinson Street in Dorchester

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION: At about 2:08 AM on Thursday, October 11, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the area of 12 Vinson Street in Dorchester. Officers located a male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, suffering life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he was later 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma. 

 

Commissioner Gross Speaks at the Stop-the-Bleed Campaign During Surgical Advocacy Day

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, The Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons welcomed Commissioner William G. Gross, former Commissioner William Evans, Captain Sexton and members of the Boston Police Academy to the Massachusetts State House for the Stop-the-Bleed campaign. Commissioner Gross spoke about the importance of controlling potentially life ending bleeding while the BPD Academy staff addressed the significance of equipping tourniquets in the law enforcement field.