Boston’s Run to Remember March 11-12

The Boston Police Department and Boston Police Runner's Club invite you to the second running of Boston's Run To Remember on March 11-12, 2006. Honor Massachusetts Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty by celebrating their lives and giving back to the community. Net proceeds from the event go to Kids at Risk Programs throughout the City of Boston.More information: http://www.bostonsruntoremember.com/boston/index.html

Billboard Used in Fight Against Gun Trafficking

billboard_header.jpgAt a press conference yesterday, Mayor Thomas Menino, Police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole, and STOP Handgun Violence unveiled Boston’s newest initiative in the fight to combat illegal gun trafficking. The Message “STOP TRAFFIC: Background Checks Stop Crime” is now displayed on America’s largest billboard, a 252-foot long sign along the Massachusetts Turnpike next to Fenway Park. This billboard is being used to spread the message that most US states still allow gun purchases without criminal background checks. This contributes greatly to gun trafficking and crime in Massachusetts. This new message will be seen by more than 250,000 people every day. View the billboard

Event Recap: Student Forum At Emerson College

Emerson_2.jpgOn Tuesday, Commissioner Kathleen M. O'Toole met with approximately 100 students from Emerson College. The goal of this forum was to facilitate an open dialog between the Boston Police Department and Emerson students. Joining Commissioner O'Toole was Captain Bernard O'Rourke, Commander of District A-1. The evening included discussions on a number of topics, including:

Quality of Life enforcement in the Theater District Commissioner O'Toole discussed the Boston Police Department's commitment to the Broken Windows theory of policing, and how much of the quality of life enforcement is a direct response to specific concerns raised by members of a particular community. The most persistent complaints in any community are often for the so-called “minor offenses”, such as graffiti, vandalism, and public intoxication. The new Citation Book being issued to Boston Police officers Officers now have the option to issue citations for misdemeanor offenses. For students, this means that police have an intermediate step to address infractions, rather than resorting to arrest. Drug dealing and prostitution in and around the Theater District, the Boston Common, and the Public Gardens Students expressed concerns about the activity surrounding their campus, including the Boston Common. Commissioner O’Toole and Captain O’Rourke discussed the deployment of officers in the area, and several enforcement initiatives that may be underway at any given time, including

  • Operation Rolling Thunder, in which a targeted area is saturated with officers for a limited time.
  • The use of intelligence to target the time and place of specific crimes
  • The transient nature of the drug dealers in the area
  • The existence of directed patrols in the area, including undercover operations
  • The focus that the Department places on many of the clubs that operate in that area.

Treatment options for people arrested for drug violations Students expressed concerns that incarceration of offenders may not address any underlying substance abuse issues. Security plans for the bio lab currently under construction in Boston A security plan is in place, and will be continually updated as the construction proceeds. Boston Police Department policies on diversity, use of force, and processing of complaints against police officers. Students were informed of efforts by the Department to enhance the diversity of our workforce, so that we better reflect the community we serve. Commissioner also discussed efforts to ensure that complaints against officers are properly investigated, as well as the number of complaints that that were sustained in recent years. A more detailed accounting is provided in our 2004 Annual Report. Youth Violence Students also asked for information about how they can get involved in preventing crime, and how to help stop the youth violence occurring in some of our neighborhoods. Emerson_4.jpg Commissioner O’Toole takes a question from a student Emerson_5.jpg Commissioner O’Toole interviewed by a member of the Emerson student media

Welcome Emerson College Students

Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s forum with Commissioner O’Toole.The forum was an open dialog between the Boston Police and Emerson College students on several issues of concern, including the quality of life in the Theater District and police expectations of student behavior. One of the topics we addressed was the issue of youth violence in our communities; specifically, what can college students do to get involved. As discussed, we would love to see college students get more involved in the lives of young people in our communities. Activities such as mentoring, Big Brother and Big Sister programs, and volunteering at community youth centers and Boys and Girls clubs would be an excellent way for college students to get involved. We strongly believe the younger kids in some of our communities hardest hit by crime and violence would benefit by coming into contact with young people enrolled in college. Students interested in getting involved can please leave your name and contact number in the comment field. (Note- comments are approved by an administrator before being posted to the blog. Your information will not appear on bpdnews.com) We also welcome any other feedback you may have about last night's forum. Please feel free to leave a comment.

Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday’s Operation Student Shield meeting with Commissioner O’Toole.

commish kids_3.jpgCommissioner Kathleeen M. O’Toole, BPD college liaison Captain William Evans, and members of the Boston Police Department met with representatives from student government associations and student media at Police Headquarters this past Monday afternoon. Among the schools represented: Boston University, MIT, Northeastern University, and Suffolk University. Commissioner O’Toole and the students discussed topics such as: Operation Home Safe, the Family Justice Center, the new keg tracking ordinance, upcoming large events, the new laboratory about to be built in Boston, and safety tips for students to protect themselves against residential break-ins and property theft.

This was one of a series of informal meetings that Commissioner O’Toole has had with student leaders and student media to discuss issues of mutual concern. These meetings are part of Operation Student Shield, a program begun in 2004 to enhance student safety and quality of life in our neighborhood Links to information discussed at the meeting: Overview of Operation Student Shield (PDF file) Overview of Operation Home Safe Emergency Preparedness Information

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

WHAT: The Colonel Daniel Marr Boys & Girls Training Team will kick off their six week training program to prepare a group of Boston youth for the 2006 Boston’s Run To Remember. With the assistance of the Boston Police Department, the Boston Police Runner’s Club and staff members from the Boys & Girls Club, these young aspiring runners will participate in a walk to run program that will prepare them for the 5-mile journey that takes place on March 12, 2006. Coached weekly by a group of dedicated trainers, the kids-in-training will spend the next six weeks focusing on getting in shape for Race Day! In addition, this important program is credited with helping youth to build confidence and self- esteem.WHO: 20 neighborhood youth between the ages of 13 and 18, Boston Police Runner’s Club President and Boston Police Officer Cecil Jones, Boston Police Runner’s Club Vice President and Boston Police Officer Paul Rogers, Run To Remember Race Director Tony Pallotta, staff members from the Boys & Girls Club and several trainers from the Boston Police Runner’s Club. WHEN: Thursday, February 2, 2006 3:30PM Training Begins (Stretching exercises followed by outdoor jog) WHERE: The Colonel Daniel Marr Boys & Girls Club Paul McLaughlin Bldg. 1135 Dorchester Ave., 4th floor FACTS: Boston’s Run To Remember is a non-profit fundraiser created by the Boston Police Department and the Boston Police Runner’s Club as a way to honor the over 260 Massachusetts Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty while raising money for Kids At Risk Programs throughout the City of Boston. The highlight of the event is a half marathon and 5-mile road race which in its inaugural year attracted over 7,200 participants from throughout the United States while raising $50,000 for Kids At Risk Programs throughout the City of Boston. The 2006 Boston’s Run To Remember is scheduled for March 11-12, at the World Trade Center and is forecasted to attract over 15,000 participants and spectators while raising an estimated $100,000 for Kids At Risk Programs. Boston’s Run To Remember is more than a road race and as a result, organizers are reaching out to many community organizations as a way to raise visibility to the many opportunities that exist for youth in the city of Boston. One such initiative is a partnership that has been formed between Boston’s Run To Remember, the Boston Police Runner’s Club, the Boston Police Department and the Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester.

Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole among eight women leaders honored for professional excellence.

Pinnacle.JPG Pictured (l-r) the 2006 Pinnacle Awards recipients: Marianne Ajemian, Esq.Partner, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Cheryl LaFleur, President of New England Distribution - National Grid, Julie Anne Smith, Vice President, Global Marketing - Genzyme Corporation, Cathy Minehan, President and CEO - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Kathleen M. O’Toole, Police Commissioner - Boston Police Department, Libbie J. Shufro, President and CEO - Boston Center for the Arts and Donna Latson Gittens, Founder and CEO - causemedia, inc. On Thursday January 26, 2006, more than 1,000 people turned out at the Westin Copley Plaza to attend the 12th Annual Pinnacle Awards. The event recognizes the accomplishments of women who have achieved excellence in business and management, and is one of the largest gatherings of the Greater Boston business community in honor of professional women. Among the honorees was Police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole, who was applauded for her extraordinary dedication to the City of Boston and more than 26 years in Public Safety. In attendance with family, BPD staff members and special guest Mrs. Angela Menino, Commissioner O’Toole received the award for Achievement in Management, Government.

The Boston Police Department would also like to extend our congratulations to the additional 2006 Pinnacle Award recipients including, Cathy Minehan, President and CEO - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston receiving a Lifetime Achievement, Cheryl LaFleur, President of New England Distribution - National Grid awarded Achievement in Management, Private Sector, JudyAnn Bigby, M.D., Medical Director, Community Health Programs - Brigham and Women’s Hospital receiving Achievement in Management, Non-Profit, Libbie J. Shufro, President and CEO - Boston Center for the Arts awarded Achievement in Arts and Education, Donna Latson Gittens, Founder and CEO - causemedia, inc. Receiving Achievement in Entrepreneurship, Marianne Ajemian, Esq.Partner, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP awarded Achievement in the Professions and Julie Anne Smith, Vice President, Global Marketing - Genzyme Corporation as Emerging Executive.

Special Swearing-in Ceremony Honors Returning Veteran

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Boston Police Recruit Officer Patrick E. Byrne returns from active duty, and is sworn in as a new Boston Police Officer. Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Commissioner Kathleen M. O'Toole conducted a special swearing-in ceremony for Boston Police Recruit Officer Patrick E. Byrne, an Iraq War Veteran. The ceremony took place on Monday, January 9, 2006 at 2:00 pm at Boston Police Headquarters. Members of Recruit Officer Byrne's family as well as classmates from his original Academy Class were on-hand for the special ceremony.

"I'd like to welcome Patrick back to Boston! On behalf of the city, I want to thank you for your service to our country and congratulate you on a job well done," Mayor Menino said. "While this ceremony marks the end of your training, it also begins your career of serving our residents to make Boston a safer city. You are now joining another select group of men and women who constantly put the needs of others before their own. And you are protecting a city that is very grateful for your service." A member of the United States Navy Reserves Seabees (ground forces), Recruit Officer Byrne was called to active military duty prior to his scheduled graduation from Academy Class 41-04. Following his military activation, Recruit Officer Byrne toured in all areas of Iraq. After ten months of active service, Byrne successfully completed his tour of duty and recently returned home to fulfill his Police Academy requirements. A South Boston native, he will be assigned to District A-1. "It is with great pride that I welcome Recruit Officer Byrne to the distinguished ranks of the Boston Police Department," Commissioner O'Toole said. "The same humility, professionalism and devotion to duty that Patrick so clearly demonstrated with the U.S. Navy Seabees will make him a great asset to the Boston Police Department." Currently the Boston Police Department has 11 officers serving active military duty. These officers are full-time members of the Boston Police Department, who have left their homes, their families and their jobs to serve our country. The department thanks them for their service and their sacrifices. We keep them in our thoughts and prayers, as we await their safe return to Boston. New Boston Police Officer Patrick E. Byrne with his family byrne_family.jpg Police Officer Byrne is congratulated by Mayor Thomas Menino byrne_mayor.jpg Pinning the badge byrne_pin.jpg

STATE POLICE SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT

Colonel Thomas G. Robbins announced that a “Sobriety Checkpoint” will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on Secondary State Highways. The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways. They will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.

THANKS TO A GRANT PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNOR’S HIGHWAY SAFETY BUREAU, a “SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT” WILL BE HELD IN THE COUNTY LISTED BELOW: COUNTY: Suffolk

Traffic Advisory:

As the result of a permitted march, traffic disruptions and street closings should be expected in the Downtown and Downtown Crossing area tomorrow, Thursday December 8th.Streets affected include Tremont between West Street and Winter, Winter Street then Summer Street to Arch Street, Arch Street to Franklin, Franklin Street to Washington, Washington Street to School to Beacon Street, and up to the State House. Times are between 3 PM and 5 PM.