Update to Evidence Audit

As press reports today indicated, I recently initiated a routine audit of the central drug depository due to the sheer scope and volume of the evidence maintained there. The audit revealed some discrepancies, which caused me concern. I have since requested that the Superintendent of the Bureau of Internal Investigations, Robert Harrington, utilize the Boston Police Anti-Corruption Unit to commence a full and thorough investigation of the inventory. This investigation is in its preliminary stages as there is an extensive amount of information to review. At this time, I will not compromise the integrity of the investigation by engaging in speculation related to its outcome. The department will go where the evidence takes us and the findings will be presented upon completion. If misconduct is discovered, it will be dealt with swiftly, forcefully and aggressively.As Acting Police Commissioner and former Superintendent of the Bureau of Internal Investigations, I embrace and encourage the necessity of an effective internal investigative function. A department dedicated to preventing and when necessary uncovering intentional police misconduct is crucial to the establishment of an effective, credible and trustworthy police force. This department will not stand for officers who undermine public confidence at the expense of the many who do their jobs courageously every single day. The Boston Police Department is steadfast in ensuring that ‘police’ and ‘integrity’ are synonymous terms. – Acting Police Commissioner Albert E. Goslin

A Message from Police Commissioner Albert E. Goslin

As most of you are aware by now, law enforcement authorities in London arrested 21 individuals on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack targeting commercial airline flights operating out of the United Kingdom. In response to these arrests, the US Department of Homeland Security has raised the aviation security level to Code Red. This applies to commercial aviation operating in or headed toward the United States.There is no known specific threat to Boston. However, Boston Police officers have been instructed to remain at a heightened state of awareness, and will exercise extra vigilance. We will coordinate our security efforts with our Federal, state and local partners, in particular the Department of Homeland Security, the Massachusetts State Police, and our partners in the Boston Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI). Department personnel will also be engaging in routine reviews of physical security procedures, conducting inspections when notified of suspicious items, person, and vehicles, and will be taking additional precautions at public events as warranted. The Boston Police Department remains ready to assist our partners in the Massachusetts State Police if needed. Again, it is important to remember that our alert status for the City of Boston has not been changed by these events. If we should receive information that changes our current alert status, or otherwise indicates that extra precautions are in order, then we will mobilize the appropriate personnel and move to the next level of alert. Residents should not feel any need to alter their daily habits or work schedules. We remind you to report any suspicious behavior to the Boston Police, via 911 or via our anonymous tip line 800-494-TIPS.

Boston welcomes John Walsh & America's Most Wanted

Police Commissioner Kathleen M. O'Toole officially welcomed John Walsh , host of the America's Most Wanted television show to Boston Police Headquarters earlier today. Mayor Thomas M. Menino issued a proclamation to John Walsh, officially marking February 1, 2006 as America's Most Wanted day in the City of Boston. The Boston Police Department has been working with America's Most Wanted for the past several weeks profiling fugitive apprehension efforts, unsolved cases, as well as Operation Home Safe. Commissioner O'Toole commended John Walsh and America's Most Wanted for their commitment to working with Law Enforcement agencies nationally as well as internationally over the past 18 years in an effort to bring fugitives to justice.AMW_6.jpg

A Message from Police Commissioner Kathleen M. O'Toole

This weekend we will once again be celebrating First Night in Boston. First Night is a wonderful event, particularly for families. I encourage parents to attend the events with their children.As always, we want this to be a very safe celebration. There are a few simple steps everyone can take to ensure that First Night is a safe and happy event for everyone: We are expecting large crowds again this year, so I advise parents not to send their children into the city unsupervised. Families should have a plan for members who become separated or lost. They should have an agreed-upon meeting place or a phone number of somebody they can call. Everyone should dress appropriately for the weather. There are a number of parking restrictions in place throughout downtown Boston, so I recommend people leave the car at home and take the MBTA into First Night. The T will be free after 8:00 PM on Saturday, and will be running until 2 AM. Expect traffic diversions at many events such as the Grand Procession Parade in the Back Bay, and the fireworks displays at both the Boston Common and the waterfront We ask everyone to celebrate responsibly. First Night is a family night. We will not tolerate unruly behavior or public drinking. If there are individuals who do not choose to celebrate responsibly, the Boston Police Department will be on hand. This means that you can expect to see a large, visible police presence at all First Night events, in particular the Back Bay, Boston Common, downtown and Waterfront areas. This enforcement effort extends beyond the celebration in downtown Boston. While we are excited about the large number of events downtown, we are not losing lose sight of our priorities in the neighborhoods. Police will also respond to loud parties in our neighborhoods. There are no specific threats against the City of Boston or our First Night celebrations, nevertheless we always take particular caution during special events. We will be working with a number of our public safety partners including the Boston Fire Department, Transportation Department, MBTA Police, State police, and FBI. We will also have a number of plainclothes officers throughout the crowds monitoring activities. On behalf of the Boston Police Department, I wish everyone an enjoyable First Night and a very happy and peaceful New Year. Thank you For more information, visit www.firstnight .org