Peace Officers Memorial Day: American Flags Flown at Half-Staff in Honor of Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY: Today, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, American Flags at all police buildings are being flown at half-staff to honor and remember the service and sacrifice of Boston Police Officers and police officers all around the country who have been hurt, harmed or killed protecting and serving citizens of our fine nation. On this day, we kindly ask community members and department members alike to reflect on and honor the memory of all of our officers who have given their lives while protecting others.

The history and origination of Peace Officers Memorial Day has local ties to our region and state. In fact, over a half century ago, on October 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of those Federal, State and Municipal Police Officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.

Said President Kennedy, "It is fitting and proper that we express our gratitude for the dedicated service and courageous deeds of law enforcement officers and for the contributions they have made to the security and well-being of all our people."

Thirty years later, in 1994, President William J. Clinton then signed Public Law 103-322 which directs that the American Flag on all government buildings be flown at half-staff on May 15th of each year. The enclosed photo shows the flag that stands beside the BPD Memorial adjacent to BPD Headquarters accordingly being flown at half-staff.

Coffee with a Cop Stops by the Monsignor Powers Apartments in South Boston 

Coffee with a Cop Stops by the Monsignor Powers Apartments in South Boston: Thanks to everyone who stopped by Coffee with a Cop early this morning at the Monsignor Powers Apartments located at 120 L Street in South Boston. Officers from District C-6 (South Boston) and members of the Bureau of Community Engagement shared a cup of coffee and conversation with community members about public safety issues and concerns in a relaxed, informal setting. Those who attended welcomed the opportunity to meet and greet the officers patrolling their neighborhood. If you are interested in learning more about attending or starting a Neighborhood Watch Group or a future Coffee with a Cop event, please call (617) 343-4345.

 

Office of Media Relations and Bureau of Community Engagement Host Informational with Ukrainian Police Officers at BPD HQ

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On Monday, May 13, the BPD hosted a group of six officers and two interpreters from the Ukraine for a seminar on police/community relations which took place at BPD Headquarters. A presentation by the Office of Media Relations preceded the introduction of the Bureau of Community Engagement followed by a Q&A addressing the BPD’s ongoing efforts and continued relationships between the police, media and the community.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 12

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.

Keeping Boston Safe: Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of Drugs and Cash in Hyde Park

Keeping Boston Safe: Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of Drugs and Cash in Hyde Park: In ongoing efforts to stem the flow of illegal drugs in Boston, members of the District C-6 (South Boston) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant in the area of 15 Valencia Road in Hyde Park. At about 11:04am, on Monday, May 13, 2019, officers entered the above-mentioned location peacefully and without incident. Once inside, officers located and confiscated over $5,600 in US Currency, several Class B Drugs (Ecstasy) in pill form, six large plastic bags of a Class D Drug (Marijuana), as well as, various drug packaging materials including additional plastic bags and a digital scale. Additionally, officers arrested Adam Francia, 25, of Boston and charged him with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs (Ecstasy) and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs (Marijuana).

Boston Police Department’s Co-Response Program Continues to Evolve and Grow

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: The Boston Police Department’s Co-Response Program was established in 2011 as a collaboration between the BPD and the Boston Emergency Services Team (BEST) based out of Boston Medical Center. Through this program, BEST Clinicians ride along with BPD Officers, and together, respond to calls involving people experiencing mental health crises. The goal of the program is to provide real time, community-based psychiatric crisis services intended to stabilize nonviolent persons experiencing psychiatric emergencies. Benefits of such a collaborative response include a decreased number of arrests of mentally ill people in crisis, decreased trips to the local emergency departments and reduced time for the officers handling psychiatric emergency situations, thus freeing them to return to calls for service.

The department currently has five BEST Clinicians assigned to various districts across the City of Boston: Lyan Albino (Area A), Lauren Backhaus (Area B), Kimberly Hula-Aono (Area C), Lauren Sneider (District D-4) and Laura Bullis (Area E). We continue to grow this partnership in hopes of benefiting those in our community with the specific care and services required during their time of need.

 

Boston 72 and Public Journal for Monday, May 13, 2019

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 3

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 23

Residential Break-ins: 8
Commercial Break-ins: 6

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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.

Annual Mother's Day Peace Walk Shines in the Rain

MOTHER’S DAY WALK FOR PEACE: This year's Mother’s Day Walk took place this morning, May 12, 2019. Mayor Martin J. Walsh and numerous members of the Boston Police command staff joined residents of Boston in walking together from Towns Field in Dorchester to City Hall showing we stand with the victims, and as a community we are taking steps toward 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. The rain didn’t stop those who were eager to help spread PEACE to the communities in Boston.

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Michael J. Crowley Killed in the Line of Duty 58 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Michael J. Crowley who died in the line of duty 58 years ago on May 12, 1961.

Officer Crowley was killed after a crash involving his department motorcycle while attempting to stop a speeding car on River Street in Mattapan. He was survived by his wife and their five children. His daughter Catherine later joined the Boston Police Department and proudly wore her father’s badge, #1889, in remembrance of him throughout her career.

Officer Crowley was laid to rest at the New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 48, West Line 2, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor on River Street in Mattapan.

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

 

At about 10:50 PM on Saturday May 11, 2019, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) arrested Maxime Richardson, 35, of Dedham on firearm and motor vehicle related charges during a traffic stop in the area of 50 Rockwell Street in Dorchester. The officers were on patrol and had stopped a motor vehicle for a series of traffic infractions when they learned that the operator, later identified as Richardson, did not possess a valid driver’s license. After removing the suspect, they recovered a loaded 9mm Glock 17 inside the vehicle at which time the suspect was placed in custody without incident. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device and Operating a Motor Vehicle After Suspension or Revocation. Additionally, the suspect was issued motor vehicle citations for his infractions.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Daniel A. McCallum Killed in the Line of Duty 84 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: Today, members of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Daniel A. McCallum who died in the line of duty 84 years ago on May 12, 1935. 

Patrolman McCallum was killed in a motorcycle accident while escorting the governor’s motorcade which had left Fenway Park after a Military Mass on Mother’s Day. Officer McCallum was 40 years old at the time of his passing and had been with the department for 15 years.

Patrolman McCallum is buried at the Cambridge Cemetery in Cambridge. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 11, East Line 14, along with the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero sign has been placed in his honor on the Jamaica Way near Bynner Street in Jamaica Plain.

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BPD Photos of the Day: Happy Mother’s Day to Moms Everywhere but Especially to All Those Here at the Boston Police Department

On Sunday, May 12, 2019, we give our thanks and appreciation to mothers everywhere but especially to those who work here at the Boston Police Department. We would like to pay special tribute to our officers and civilian employees who make a difference in our work place, our community, and most importantly, in the lives of their children at home. For many here at the BPD, part of this day, their Mother’s Day, will be spent protecting and serving our fine city. Please be safe and get home to those most precious to you. Happy Mother’s Day!

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Arrest One for ABDW and Leaving the Scene in the South End 

 

SAFER BOSTON: At about 11:56 PM, on Friday, May 10, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for three pedestrians struck at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Clarendon Street in the South End. While en route to the above location, officers received additional information that the suspect had failed to stop and fled the area in his motor vehicle.  Officers spoke with the victims who stated they were in the crosswalk when the operator beeped at them before accelerating, striking all three of the victims. The victims, two adult females and one adult male, were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. As officers responded to the scene of the incident to tend to the victims, the suspect and his motor vehicle were located a short distance away on Tremont Street. While speaking with the operator, officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the suspect’s breath.  Further investigation led officers to take the suspect into custody.

Officers arrested Michael Watkins, 64-years-old, of Roxbury. Watkins is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (three counts), Leaving the Scene Personal Injury (three counts), and Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol. 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, May 10, 2019

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 9
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 4
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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

Keeping Boston Safe: Search Warrant Leads to One Arrest, Recovery of Firearm, Drugs, and Cash in Mattapan

 

Keeping Boston Safe: At about 12:45 PM on Thursday, May 9, 2019 members of the Citywide Drug Control Unit executed two search warrants resulting in one arrest in the area of 1023 Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan. As a result of the search warrants, officers recovered the following items: a Smith & Wesson model 3904 semi-automatic firearm loaded with 5 rounds of live ammunition, four rounds of live ammunition, multiple plastic bags containing crack cocaine, and an undisclosed amount of US Currency. 

Officers arrested Nelson Thomas, 43-years-old, of Mattapan. Thomas is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Firearm Violation with Three Prior Violent Crimes or Drug Offenses, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs. 

 

Investigation Update: Victim Identified in Homicide in the area of 66 Milton Avenue

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Investigation Update: At about 10:05 AM on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Milton Avenue in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim inside a residence suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering life threatening injuries, was pronounced non-viable on scene. The victim has since been identified as Donell Davis, 24-years-old, of Boston.

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.

 

Great Work Recognized: Longest Active Detective Receives Number 1 Detective’s Badge

SHE’S NUMBER ONE IN OUR BOOKS: On Thursday, May 9, 2019 Detective Carmen Rodriguez from the Domestic Violence Unit was presented with the Number 1 Detective’s Badge marking her as the first female to be honored as well as the longest tenured active duty detective. Having joined the BPD approximately forty years ago, Detective Rodriguez worked in Area C and Area D as a police officer before eventually receiving the rating of detective in 1985. With over thirty-four years as a detective, Rodriguez has worked on hundreds of cases during multiple assignments throughout the BPD including the Drug Control Unit, Bureau of Neighborhood Services, Area B, Area E, Crimes Against Children, and the Domestic Violence Unit where she has served since 2011.

Detective Rodriguez is the first female detective to receive the number 1 badge, a significant honor bestowed upon her by Commissioner Gross who said “with almost forty years as a member of the BPD, Detective Rodriguez is a dedicated detective who has made a name for herself as a hard worker throughout her illustrious career, and it is my honor to present her with the number 1 detective’s badge. As the first female to be presented with this badge, this distinction could not be awarded to a more capable, charismatic, or courageous woman and I thank you for your continued service.”