VIDEO MESSAGE FROM POLICE COMMISSIONER EDWARD DAVIS

Many of you in the community may be wondering how the significant death of Osama bin Laden affects your safety locally here in Boston.

The Boston Police Department’s Intelligence Unit has been working through the night to closely monitor all intelligence reports from our federal and state counterparts and will continue to aggressively do so.

The Boston Police Department is in contact with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to stay apprised of any new developments.

Although there is no specific threat to the City of Boston, we have directed our officers to exercise increased vigilance. We ask the community to do the same and report any observed suspicious activities.

Our department blog, BPDNews.com, offers helpful information on a community awareness program known as iWatch. The information available through iWatch offers the community helpful details on what constitutes suspicious activity and the type of behaviors that should be reported to local police.

We also ask that any revelers be respectful to neighborhoods and honor those who have sacrificed with peaceful public displays.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express the Boston Police Department’s deepest gratitude to the 13 members of the department currently actively serving in the military. We are grateful and proud of your service to our Country and humbled by the sacrifice that you and your families continue to make.

The following officers are currently serving active military duty:

Sergeant James Blake

Patrol Officer George Boggs

Patrol Officer Tlaloc Cutroneo

Officer Bryan Dickson

Lieutenant Robert Dwan

Patrol Officer Jake Elwood

Patrol Officer Felix Berlino

Lieutenant Kevin McGoldrick

Patrol Officer Robert Mulhern

Sergeant Alan Perkins

Patrol Officer David Santuosso

Patrol Officer Charles Vest

Patrol Officer Brandon Williams

Officer Kenneally Talks to the BPD's Gaelic Column - Check Out YouTube Video

People often ask, "Do you have a favorite show?" And, let me tell you, hands down, the show we do with the BPD's Gaelic Column is not only our best, but it is easily my favorite. I love this show for so many reasons but mainly because it highlights the talent, kindness and compassion of the band we affectionately call the "Pipes & Drums". Every St. Patrick's Day the band starts off their holiday with a trip to the Franciscan Hospital for Children. It's their way of spreading St. Patrick's cheer to a group of kids looking for a reason to be cheerful. As you're about to see in the video taken of the occassion, the looks and expressions on the faces of the children tell the story. Clearly, they're happy to see the band, and the band, as told to me by Pipe Major Joe Cheevers, couldn't be happier to see and play for them.  Respectfully submitted, Officer James 'Jamie' Kenneally.

BOSTON POLICE SEEK THE IDENTITY OF RUNNER VICTIMIZED ALONG MARATHON ROUTE

During the Boston Marathon at approximately 2:20 pm on Chestnut Hill Ave near Englewood Ave (approx. mile 22), a female runner was knocked down by a bystander who jumped over the steel barriers and ran into the crowd of marathon participants. The female runner was violently knocked down by the suspect who then continued running through the crowd in an effort to meet with a friend who was running in the marathon. Several officers observed this but were unable to assist this woman due to the volume of runners at this time.

The female runner was helped to her feet by other runners and then assisted in continuing towards Cleveland Circle.  The female was observed to be a white non-Hispanic female, approximately 35-40 yrs old, slim build, dark colored hair, and dark colored running gear.  Unfortunately officers who witnessed the incident were unable to identify the bib number of the injured runner due to the extreme volume of runners.  However, officers were able to stop the suspect soon thereafter and summonsed him to court for disorderly conduct and disturbing a public assembly.

Officers are asking the victim to come forward or any other individuals who were witness to the incident. Officers urge the victim or witnesses to please contact C-11 detectives at 617-343-4335.

 

Citywide Crime Watch: Part 1 Crime down 19%, Violent Crime down 19%, Property Crime down 19%, All Shootings down 31%

You can help make your neighborhood safer. If you have information about a crime in your community, please contact CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word 'TIP' to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is interested only in your information, not your identity.

Winning! Kids of BPD Officers Take Home Trophy at 2011 Junior Guns 'N' Hoses Hockey Championship!

A big congratulations to the young BPD players and their families who out shot the Junior Jakes at the 2011 Junior Guns 'n' Hoses Hockey Championship on Sunday April 17 at Roche Ice Center in West Roxbury.  Children of BPD officers played the children of local jakes at the tournament. Special note of thanks to PO Frank St Peters and PO John Horan who coached these fine young men to victory.

FALLING ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL LANDS ONE IN POLICE CUSTODY

At about 4:30am, on Sunday, April 10, 2011, officers from Area E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to call for a person slumped over the wheel in the area of Wood Ave and Westminster Street. On arrival, officers observed an individual who looked to be asleep at the wheel of a car with the doors locked and the engine running. As officers approached, the vehicle suddenly started to roll from the intersection. As the vehicle picked up speed, it jumped a curb, entered the yard of 220 Wood Ave and came to a stop after crashing into the rear of a home located on Humarock Way. During this entire sequence, officers noted that the operator of the car made no movements or efforts to stop or slow the car. Further, it appeared the operator remained asleep throughout the entire ordeal. Once the vehicle came to a stop against the house, the operator woke up and unlocked the doors of the car.   When the operator was removed from the car, officers noted that the suspect appeared unsteady on his feet. Officers were able to pick up on and detect an odor of alcohol emanating from the suspect. When asked if he was in need of medical attention, the operator stated that he had a slight headache.

Officers sought out and spoke to the occupants of the home which had been struck by the suspect’s car. Upon entering the home, officers discovered severe structural damage. Officers noted that the suspect’s vehicle had breached or entered the rear of the home. According to the occupants, the suspect’s motor vehicle caused severe damage to a lower level bedroom.

Officers charged Lois Soto, 23, of Boston with Operating Under the Influence.

Congratulations to the Sexual Assault Unit- Recipients of the Beacon Award from the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

On April 10, 2011, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) will present the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit with the Beacon Award: In recognition of outstanding leadership in advancing the rights of sexual and violence survivors. The Unit will receive this recognition at BARCC's annual 'Walk for Change', a fundraiser that provides visible support to survivors and bring people committed to ending sexual violence together.  The Boston Police Department is grateful for its ongoing partnership with BARCC.

Commissioner Ed Davis Meets with Local Students at the Tobin School

Yesterday Commissioner Ed Davis was invited to read to students at the Tobin School in support of the Boston Partners In Education program 'The Big Cheese Reads'. Commissioner Davis read to students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade. He also shared his experiences in policing and fielded numerous questions from the inquisitive students! Since 2004, The Big Cheese Reads has been connecting business and community leaders with middle school students in order to emphasize the important link between literacy and career success.  Since its inception, nearly 250 corporate and community leaders have gone back into the classroom to support the initiative.

Big Cheese readers visit a middle school classroom once during the school year to read a short selection aloud to the class, give a brief personal account of the ways reading and learning have impacted their lives and career achievements, and respond to questions from the students.

Boston Partners in Education enhances the academic achievement and nurtures the personal growth of Boston's public school students by providing them with focused, individualized, in-school volunteer support.

 

MISSING 10 YEAR-OLD BOY LOCATED

Tobias Chance, a 10 year-old male, who went missing this morning, Thursday, March 31, 2011 has been located. Tobias was found in South Boston at his father's home in good physical condition. According to his mother, Tobias ran away at about 7:30am. Tobias was last seen leaving the family home in the area of 33 Alveston Street in Jamaica Plain.

DROP THE PUCK!!! TIME FOR COMMISSIONER'S CUP

It’s that time of year again!!! The 5th Annual Boston Police Commissioner’s Cup Hockey Tournament kicks into full gear with 12 games being played over a seven day period at the Jim Roche Ice Arena on the VFW Parkway in West Roxbury. The tourney, comprised of Boston Police officers from all over the city, begins April 4th and runs through April 10th (see schedule below). The big question heading into this year’s tourney revolves around last year’s Commissioner’s Cup Champion. For the past two years, the team representing Area A-1 (Downtown) has won back to back championships. So, the question going into this year’s tourney, “Can they three-peat???  

Area A is led by last year’s Tourney MVP, former East Boston High stand-out Charlie Daniels who played four years at St. Lawrence University. Said present day East Boston High School hockey head coach Bobby Anthony, “Charlie Daniels is one of the best players to ever come out of the East Boston High School Hockey program. He’s a joy to watch and if you get the chance to see him in action, do it.”

As for the tourney itself, Commissioner Ed Davis offered the following,“I look forward to this year’s tournament. This event is a great way for officers from all over the city to come together in the best interests of competition and camaraderie. I wish all of this year’s participants the best of luck and the best of play in their quest to take home the Cup.” 

TOURNEY SCHEDULE: 

MONDAY, April 4, 2011

6:00pm: Area C vs Area B

7:00pm: Area D vs HQ

WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2011

6:00pm: Area D vs Area C

7:00pm: Area B vs Area A

8:00pm: Area E vs HQ

FRIDAY, April 8, 2011

5:00pm: HQ vs Area B

6:00pm: Area A vs Area E

SATURDAY, April 9, 2011

10:00am: Area A vs Area D

11:00am: Area C vs Area E

CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY, April 10, 2011

Semifinal #1 at 10:00am

Semifinal #2 at 11:00am

Championship Game at Noon

Congressional Medal of Honor Society Recognizes Marie Conley: “Citizen Service Before Self Honor” Award granted posthumously to the Boston Police School Traffic Supervisor who gave her life to save a child from harm

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announced today that it will honor Marie Conley of Boston with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s Citizen Service Before Self Honor Award.  This prestigious award recognizes unsung citizen heroes for outstanding acts of courage and honor.  Conley was working as a Boston Police Civilian School Crossing Traffic Supervisor when in 2008 she shielded a young child from an oncoming vehicle, sacrificing herself to save the child.  The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation will honor Marie and the 2 other awardees at the Citizens Before Self Ceremony to be held at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, March 25, 2011. “This tremendous honor is a fitting tribute to the life of Marie Conley and I am so proud that the Boston Police Department and the City of Boston were able to nominate her for such an award,” said Mayor Menino.  “Marie was a true hero who will be remembered for her selfless dedication and devotion to protecting our city’s youth.  We are all grateful and humbled by her sacrifice.”

City of Boston and Boston Police Nomination to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s Citizen Service Before Self Honor Award:

Ms. Marie Conley was employed as a Boston Police Civilian School Crossing Traffic Supervisor.  She served in this capacity for 8 years working in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods assisting school children in navigating the streets so to arrive safely at their school.  Many of these children are immigrant and non-English speaking, who had come to rely heavily upon their “Marie” for getting them to school safely.  Then, on October 21, 2008 at 8:48 a.m. tragedy struck.  STS Marie Conley having directed all traffic to halt, and then while crossing a young child across the street, observed a motor vehicle bearing down on her and the child.  It was in this instant that Marie Conley, in a most heroic and selfless act of courage did reach out and grabbing the young child, threw him from the path of the oncoming vehicle, saving this child from serious bodily injury or possibly death.

Unfortunately, Marie Conley could not save herself.  She was struck down by this vehicle and sustained massive head and body trauma.  Despite the heroic efforts of responding EMT’s and continuing heroic measures by the staff at the Boston Medical Center, Marie Conley succumbed to her injuries a few days later.

Marie Conley was 59 years of age and a single mother of four, including one son, a United States Marine serving in combat duty in Iraq, another son a firefighter in Florida.  Marie Conley was also a devoted grandmother of 5.

The 86 year old operator of the motor vehicle had been cited with Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian and was pending an appearance before the clerk magistrate at Dorchester District Court.  Marie Conley’s family in court stated that they have forgiven the driver and wished his license revoked, but no jail time served.  They are a remarkable family.

The Boston Police Department was deeply saddened by this incident.  A School Crossing Guard had never been lost while performing their duties. Marie will be remembered for her selfless dedication and devotion to protecting our city’s youth.

It is for Marie’s heroic act, which is above and beyond the call of duty, that I am proud to nominate her for the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s Citizen Service Before Self Honor Award.

 

 

Citywide Crime Stats for Jan. 1-March 20: Total Part 1 down 22%, Violent Crime down 23%, Property Crime down 21%

For more crime stats, visit BPDNews.com and go to CRIME STATS.  You can help make your neighborhood safer. If you know anything about a crime that has happened, or a crime that could happen, call CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is interested only in your information, not your identity. Your tip is 100% anonymous.

Kids and Cops Team Up To Score Big! BPD and Youth Link Compete in B-Ball Tournament! (See pics)

On Sunday, March 13, 2011 at UMass Boston, 24 teams, each made up of 2 Boston Police officers and 3 Boston teenagers from Youth Link joined forces for a basketball tournament! The goal of this Youth Link programs is to provide kids with the life skills needed to resolve conflicts and become leaders. It is another example of the city’s ongoing commitment to community policing and the BPD’s strong dedication to prevention programs for local youth.

Here are some pics of Sunday's event: