BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Frank J. Comeau Killed in the Line of Duty on this day 93 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Frank J. Comeau Killed in the Line of Duty on this day 93 Years Ago: On March 24, 1926, Officer Frank J. Comeau happened upon three teenagers who had broken down in a stolen vehicle in front of the police station on Dickens Street in Dorchester. While attempting to arrest the suspects, a scuffle occurred in which Officer Comeau suffered a fatal gunshot wound. The suspects then fled the area but were apprehended a few days later.

A 3-year veteran of the department, Officer Comeau was 38-years-old at the time of his death. Making his line of duty death ever more tragic is the fact that he left behind a grieving wife and two daughters. Officer Comeau was laid to rest at New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 62, West Line 7.

In Boston, a Hero Sign is posted at the intersection of Acadia Street and Adams Street in Dorchester to forever honor the memory of a man who gave his life in service to his city. If you’re in the area, keep an eye out for his Hero Sign and kindly take a moment, not only to honor his sacrifice, but to remember the loved ones left in mourning after his tragic passing so many years ago.

Recent Promotions: Commissioner Gross Appoints New Superintendent to the Boston Police Command Staff

Recent Promotions: Congratulations to Captain Detective James G. Hasson on his recent promotion to the rank of Superintendent. At a recent ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters, Commissioner Gross presented Superintendent Hasson with his new badge. The men and women of the BPD would like to wish Superintendent Hasson the best of luck as he moves forward into his new position as a member of the Boston Police Command Staff.

 

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover Loaded Firearm Following Traffic Stop in Charlestown

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One Less Gun: At about 8:26 PM on Thursday, March 21, 2019, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm following a traffic stop in the area of Monument Street and Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown. While on patrol in the area of the above location, officers observed a motor vehicle operating with excessive tints on the windows and an expired registration decal. Officers approached the vehicle and immediately smelled the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. While speaking with the operator, officers observed the passenger with a green substance believed to be marijuana inside of a tray between his feet. At this time, both the operator and passenger were removed from the vehicle. Inside of the rear climate control panel, officers subsequently located a black Smith & Wesson .32 long revolver loaded with six rounds of live ammunition. The operator of the motor vehicle was taken into custody while the passenger was identified and released from the scene. 

Officers arrested Laron Richardson, 30-years-old, of Brockton. Richardson is expected to be arraigned in Charlestown District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Open Container of Marijuana in a Vehicle. 

 

Safer Boston: BPD Officers Recover Unattended Firearm Found in Laundry Room Following a Call for Loud Disturbance in JP

BPD Officers Recover Unattended Firearm Found in Laundry Room Following a Call for Loud Disturbance: At about 6:33am, on Friday, March 22, 2019, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a call for a group of males making noise and causing a disturbance in the area of 954 Parker Street in Jamaica Plain. On arrival, officers observed three males quickly exit the laundry room and disappear into the building. In light of the hasty departure, officers conducted a protective sweep of the laundry room. While searching the room, officers observed a black jacket resting on top of one of the laundry machines. While lifting the jacket, officers immediately felt the weight of an object consistent with that of a firearm. Upon looking in the pocket of the jacket, officers were able to discover and recover a loaded black Smith & Wesson 40 Caliber Firearm. After rendering the weapon safe, officers transported the firearm to the Ballistics Unit for further follow up.  

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer James B. Roche Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 83 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer James B. Roche Killed in the Line of Duty on this day 83 Years Ago: On March 21, 1936, Officer James B. Roche suffered a fatal heart attack while at the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

A 13-year veteran of the department, Officer Roche was 46-years-old at the time of his death. Officer Roche was laid to rest at Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 30, West Line 2.

In Boston, a Hero Sign is posted at the intersection of Faneuil Street and Harriet Street in Brighton to forever honor the memory of a man who gave his life in service to his city. If you’re in the area, keep an eye out for his Hero Sign and kindly take a moment, not only to honor his sacrifice, but to remember the loved ones left in mourning after his tragic passing so many years ago.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, March 21, 2019

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 9

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: Katherine Gallant of the Detective Joe Gallant Memorial Foundation Honored by Commissioner Gross

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Great Work Recognized: Congratulations to Katherine Gallant and her family who run the Detective Joe Gallant Memorial Foundation. This is the 5th year that the foundation has supported BPD and those we serve. This year they have donated $10,000.00 to the Boston Police K-9 Unit. The Gallant Family continues to support BPD initiatives for the benefit of officers and the communities we serve.  

For her continued dedication to the BPD and her extraordinary work with the community, Kathy Gallant of the Detective Joe Gallant Memorial Foundation is hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation. 

 

​​​Great Work Recognized: State Police Crime Lab Criminalists Receive Commissioner’s Commendation

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Great Work Recognized: Congratulations to Criminalists John Drugan, John Biello, Jessica Brown and Rebecca Daner from the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory who were awarded Commissioner’s Commendations during a ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Criminalists Drugan, Biello, Brown and Daner from the Arson and Explosives Unit of the Massachusetts State Police have worked on gunshot residue cases for the Boston Police Department for the past 12 years. These years of work resulted in at least 700 cases and numerous testimonies in Suffolk County Courts. They performed in-depth, scientific work without hesitation and with the most honorable quality work ethic. They were also instrumental in assisting with the Boston Police Crime Lab validation and training for gunshot residue. The Boston Police Crime Lab is grateful for the support they have received and partnership formed between both agencies and labs.

For their concerted efforts, which helped to bring each case before the court, aided in the prosecution of numerous felons, all are awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Search Warrant Yields Recovery of Stolen Firearm and Ammunition in Dorchester

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Keeping Boston Safe: At about 1:14 PM on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, detectives and officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan), assisted by the members of the SWAT Team executed a search warrant in the area of 11 Chamberlain Street in Dorchester as part of an active and ongoing investigation. As a result of the search warrant, officers recovered a black Glock semi-automatic firearm reported stolen out of North Carolina, a fully loaded high capacity extended feeding device, and multiple rounds of live ammunition.

Officers arrested Keion Rowell Jr., 19-years-old, of Dorchester. Rowell Jr. is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device, and Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon.

Further Investigation revealed the suspect to have an active warrant out of Dedham District Court for charges of Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage, Marked Lanes Violation, Speeding, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended Registration, Failure to Stop for Police, and Uninsured Motor Vehicle. 

 

BPD Remembers The Service And Sacrifice Of Officer George J. Hanley Who Died On This Day 85 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers The Service And Sacrifice Of Officer George J. Hanley Who Died On This Day 85 Years Ago: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer George J. Hanley who died on this day, March 20, 1934, 85 years ago after suffering injuries in the line of duty several years earlier. Officer Hanley’s death came as a result of injuries sustained when he was struck by a police vehicle years prior.

The 46-year-old Hanley was an 8-year veteran of the department at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.  

Officer Hanley was laid to rest at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Mattapan and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 25, West Line 5. In Boston, his name is etched in the Wall of Honor at BPD Headquarters and the Mass Law Enforcement Memorial located on the grounds of the Massachusetts State House.

BPD Seeks the Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Person Responsible for Vandalism Done to Several Memorials at Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan

BOSTON POLICE RELIEF ASSOCIATION MEMORIAL

BPD Seeks the Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Person Responsible for Vandalism Done to Several Memorials at Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan: Earlier today, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to the Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan where several memorial monuments, including one which is dedicated to fallen Boston Police officers, were reported vandalized. The Boston Police Relief Association Memorial (see photo) was erected in honor and memory of officers who have passed away. Detectives are in the early stages of the investigation which remains active and ongoing at this time. Additional vandalized memorials include the Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI & WWII monument altar, Knights of Columbus and Free Masons memorials.

Said Police Commissioner William Gross, “How incredibly distasteful and disheartening it is to learn about the damage done to the memorials at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Mattapan. Clearly, these memorials are meant to honor and show great respect to those, whether they be veterans or police officers, who spent a lifetime in dedicated service to our city and nation. I find it beyond reprehensible and wrong that anyone would think it okay to damage and desecrate such hallowed grounds. Clearly, we hope to quickly identify and hold accountable the person responsible for these misguided and hateful actions.”

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact District B-3 Detectives at (617) 343-4712.

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.

 

Suspect in Custody After Loaded Firearm Recovered During Traffic Stop in Dorchester

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At about 9:35 PM on Monday March 18, 2019, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) arrested Verenisa Valdez, 25, of Jamaica Plain on firearm related charges during a traffic stop in the area of 226 Washington Street in Dorchester. The officers were on routine patrol when they stopped a motor vehicle with an expired registration which was being operated by the suspect at the time. Officers removed the suspect and placed her in custody without incident at which time they recovered a loaded .45 caliber Glock 38 handgun from inside the vehicle. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd & Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.  

 

Investigation Update: Malden Man Arrested in Connection to Sexual Assault in South End

INVESTIGATION UPDATE:

On Monday, March 18, 2019, Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit Detectives arrested Anthony Smith-Pacheco, 24 of Malden. Detectives sought a warrant out of Boston Municipal court for Assault and Battery, Indecent Assault and Battery and Assault with intent to Rape in connection to a sexual assault that occurred Sunday, March 17, 2019, at about 2:00 PM at a business establishment on Harrison Avenue in the South End. 

Smith-Pacheco was arrested in Malden and will be transported back to Boston, District D-4 (South End) for booking and is expected to be arraigned at Boston Municipal Court.

 

BPD Photo of the Day: Thank You to Our Law Enforcement Partners for Their Assistance at the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

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BPD Photo of the Day: Our officers assigned to the BPD Citywide Bicycle Unit are grateful for the assistance rendered by the Massachusetts State Police and UMASS Boston Police Department at yesterday’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston. As a result of a partial call out for regional assistance, 60 officers were mobilized along and around the parade route to assist with public safety. For larger scale events in the city, the “Cobra Team”, as it’s called, can grow to upwards of 150 officers with the assistance of other local law enforcement agencies. We thank our officers for their work yesterday and we thank our partners for their help which resulted in another successful and safe parade day.

 

Boston 72: Weekend Update and Public Journal

Data includes 72–Hour-Period Beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

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

Vehicle Thefts: 10
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 13

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

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NOTE: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Thank You to Everyone Who Came Out to Enjoy the 118th Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston

118th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The Boston Police Department would like to thank everyone who came out to enjoy the 118th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston yesterday. The members of the community who celebrated responsibly made the festive day memorable for all.

During the course of the event, the BPD issued 128 citations for public drinking, two marijuana citations, three license premise violations and arrested three males on various charges:

  • A 17-year-old male from Easton was charged with Minor in Possession of Alcohol.

  • A 20-year-old male from Taunton was charged with Affray and Assault and Battery.

  • A 22-year-old male from Green Harbor was charged with Disorderly Conduct.

All arrestees have since been arraigned in South Boston District Court.

We are grateful to all of our officers and department members who worked hard to ensure the safety of the parade participants and spectators along the route. Once again, we thank everyone who helped to make this event the family focused day it’s intended to be. 

 

BPD Seeks Public’s Help In Effort to ID Suspect Wanted in Connection to Sexual Assault in South End

BPD Seeks Public’s Help In Effort to ID Suspect Wanted in Connection to Sexual Assault in South End: The BPD is releasing an image of a person wanted in connection to a sexual assault which occurred earlier today, Sunday, March 17, 2019, at about 2:00pm at a business establishment on Harrison Ave in the South End. 

Anyone with information relative to the suspect’s identity is asked to call detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.

Community members wishing to assist the investigation anonymously can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800)494-TIPS or text TIP to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.

BPD Remembers the Service of Patrolman Francis B. Johnson Killed in the Line of Duty 50 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: On this day 50 years ago, March 17, 1969, Boston Police Patrolman Francis B. Johnson was shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to a disturbance at a tavern in the area of Kneeland Street and Tremont Street in Downtown Boston. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Johnson was 51 years of age at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for 27 years. He was survived by his wife and six children. He was laid to rest at the Blue Hills Cemetery in Braintree.

Patrolman Johnson’s name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 35, West Line 6. His name is also on the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters along with the Police Memorial at the State House in Boston. A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at Tremont Street and Boylston Street in Downtown Boston.

Please join the men and women of the BPD as we take a moment to honor and remember his service and sacrifice fifty years ago today.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Search Warrant Yields Discovery of Firearms and Drugs in Dorchester

 

At about 11:16 PM on Friday, March 15, 2019, detectives assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) executed a search warrant in the area of 472 Washington Street in Dorchester.  As a result of the search warrant, officers recovered the following items: a Bryco Jennings 9mm Firearm loaded with eleven rounds of live ammunition, a Colt MK IV Series 70 Firearm loaded with four rounds of live ammunition, six small plastic bags containing a substance believed to be heroin, three small plastic bags containing a substance believed to be Fentanyl, and three small plastic bags containing a substance believed to be crack.  

Officers arrested Dequell Golson, 26-years-old, of Dorchester. Golson is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on multiple charges including two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Improper Storage of a Firearm, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs, two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs, Possession of Class A Drugs, and two counts of Possession of Class B Drugs.