Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Mayor Menino to Kick-off First in the Nation Multi-Discipline Simulated 24-Hour Safety Services Competition Urban Shield: Boston

Competition Will Consist of Several Simulated Crisis Events Throughout City and Region, Culminating with a Major Terrorist Attack Scenario PHOTO-OP:

Simulations for large-scale event modeled after the terrorist attacks in Mumbai including a car explosion, a small robot used to disable bombs and a trained canine detecting an explosive device.

WHO:

    • Don McGough, Office of Emergency Management
    • Superintendent Daniel Linskey, Boston Police Department
    • Commissioner Rod Fraser, Boston Fire Department
    • Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission
    • Chief James Hooley, Boston EMS
    • Teams of regional first responders including Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)

 

WHEN: TOMORROW!! Friday, May 20 at 3:30 PM

WHERE: Marine Industrial Park

3 Dolphin Way, South Boston

WHAT:

Mayor Thomas M. Menino will kick off Urban Shield: Boston, a 24-hour management and competitive training exercise simulating large-scale crisis events impacting the metro-Boston region and culminating with a large-scale event modeled after the terror attacks in Mumbai at the Marine Industrial Park in South Boston. The competition will begin Saturday morning at 8:00 AM and will include teams from the City of Boston, Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island and Alameda County in California. The competition will assess each team’s ability to successfully respond to and manage multiple terrorist events and other emergencies occurring simultaneously throughout the Boston area.

 

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Two Heroic Boston Police Officers Receive Prestigious Roosevelt Award

WHO: Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis; Roosevelt Committee Members; Boston Police Command Staff; Department Chaplains; BPD members; Award Recipients, Sergeant Scott O’Brien and Patrol Officer Terrence Burke and recipients’ families and friends. WHAT: Mayor Thomas Menino is pleased to host the Theodore Roosevelt Association, who will present Sergeant Scott O’Brien and Patrol Officer Terrence Burke with a distinguished honor annually awarded to a sworn member of the Department who has overcome a significant injury and rendered outstanding service. This year the Association will honor for 2008 and 2009.

WHEN: Monday, May 16, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Faneuil Hall, Ancient and Honorable Artillery Room

WHY: The Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) was founded in 1919 and incorporated by Congress in 1920 to promote the ideals of perseverance and professionalism as exemplified by the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.

In 1983, the TRA, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Interior, established the Police Award program in New York City. The program has since been expanded to western New York state and Boston. The nominees and ultimate recipients of the award must meet two important criteria established by the TRA:  He/She has overcome a significant physical, emotional and/or psychological handicap or injury; and  Continued to render outstanding service to the Department after such an incident.

Five “Johns” Canned in Prostitution Sting

Last night in response to community complaints of prostitution in the lower Blue Hill Avenue area (100-400 block of Blue Hill Ave.), detectives and officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) engaged in an undercover operation to arrest and thus deter individuals who frequent the area for the purpose of buying sexual services. As part of this operation, officers utilized a plain clothes female officer who posed as a prostitute. Suspects who approached the undercover officer and made an offer of money in exchange for sexual services were then arrested and charged appropriately. The following individuals were arrested and charged with Soliciting Sex for a Fee.

  1. 1.      Ernest Moffett, 56 of Boston
  2. 2.      Richard Matthews, 68 of Roxbury
  3. 3.      Robert Limose, 35 of Melrose
  4. 4.      Larry G. Andrew, 59 of Dorchester
  5. 5.      Robert Souto, 44 of Dorchester

The suspects will be arraigned Roxbury District Court today.

May 15th is 'Peace Officers Memorial Day'- BPD will fly the American Flag at half-staff to honor those killed or disabled in the line of duty

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. On Sunday, May 15, 2011, the American Flag will be flown at half-staff on all police buildings to honor and remember the Boston Police Officers and all other police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  On this day, all Department Members are asked to reflect and honor the memory of all of our officers who have given their lives while protecting others.

Media Advisory: Two Heroic Boston Police Officers Receive Prestigious Theodore Roosevelt Association Police Award

WHO: Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis; Roosevelt Committee Members; Boston Police Command Staff; Department Chaplains; BPD members; Award Recipients, Sergeant Scott O’Brien and Patrol Officer Terrence Burke and recipients’ families and friends. WHAT: Mayor Thomas Menino is pleased to host the Theodore Roosevelt Association, who will present Sergeant Scott O’Brien and Patrol Officer Terrence Burke with a distinguished honor annually awarded to a sworn member of the Department who has overcome a significant injury and rendered outstanding service.  This year the Association will honor for 2008 and 2009.

WHEN: Monday, May 16, 2011

5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Faneuil Hall, Ancient and Honorable Artillery Room

WHY: The Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) was founded in 1919 and incorporated by Congress in 1920 to promote the ideals of perseverance and professionalism as exemplified by the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.

In 1983, the TRA, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Interior, established the Police Award program in New York City.  The program has since been expanded to western New York state and Boston.

The nominees and ultimate recipients of the award must meet two important criteria established by the TRA:

  • He/She has overcome a significant physical, emotional and/or psychological handicap or injury; and
  • Continued to render outstanding service to the Department after such an incident.

 

No Escape for B&E Suspects

 Yesterday afternoon around 2:08PM, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested suspects, Jason C. Gomes, 19 of Dorchester and Armando Gomes, 22 of Dorchester and charged them with Breaking and Entering in the Daytime. Additionally, suspect Gomes was charged with Receiving Stolen Property. The suspects came to be arrested after Officers received a call for a breaking and entering in progress at 32 Monadnock Street. En route, officers were provided descriptions of two of the suspects from the incident.

On arrival, officers observed two individuals matching the suspects’ descriptions walking down Monadnock Street. Officers stopped these two individuals for a threshold inquiry and during the stop, the suspects gave contradicting information as to where they were coming from  and appeared to be very nervous.

Officers then went to the victim’s house where they learned that the victim was in the house when she heard some noise in her backyard and looked in the backyard and observed several people unknown to her back there.  The victim specifically stated that one of the individuals identified as suspect Gomes was the person who pushed open a window while the other suspect was identified as a lookout. 

The suspects were placed under arrest and during a search incident to arrest, officers recovered two GPS units, three I-Pods and T-Mobile phone from suspect Gomes’ pockets.

Fool Me Once, Shame on You; Fool Me Twice…Absolutely Not!!

On May 9 of this year, detectives from the Auto Theft Unit met with a victim who reported that he purchased a car from a private seller on April 27 but when he went to register the car at the Registry of Motor Vehicle found out that the car was reported stolen. The victim additionally told officers that the person who sold him the car had more vehicles for sale. Detectives further investigated the circumstances surrounding the stolen car and learned that the car has been reported on to the Boston police on April 27, 2011. Based on conversation with the owner of the stolen car, officers learned that the car was stolen around 11:30PM when the owner left the car running with the keys in the ignition.

Armed this information, officers contacted the person who had sold the car to the victim and arranged to buy another car from him. The suspect showed up with a car to sell to detectives and the victim who was on scene positively identified the suspect once he got out of the car as the same person who had sold him the stolen car for $2,200.00.

The suspect, Keith Boutwell, 32 of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Larceny Over $250.00, Operating with a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License, and Operating an Unregistered and Uninsured Motor Vehicle.

New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Addresses Boston Police Supervisors on Leadership and Management Skills

The Boston Police Department is greatly appreciative to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft for his recent participation in the department’s Leadership Development Program. On May 2, 2011, Mr. Kraft addressed 44 recently promoted Sergeants at the Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training building in Dorchester. Mr. Kraft provided new BPD supervisors with valuable insight on leadership and management skills as they embark on this new chapter of their careers. Mr. Kraft commented on the importance of demonstrating common sense, courage and intellectual ability as these sergeants develop their own leadership style geared at building teamwork.

The Boston Police Department’s Bureau of Professional Development launched the Leadership Development Program (LDP) in 2010 for the Department’s newly promoted supervisors. The LDP has a four week comprehensive curriculum which primarily focuses on Leadership, Management and Command. The leadership development training program is designed to assist newly promoted Sergeants to make the transition into management positions.

Community Reminder: Boston Police Warn Fans of Counterfeit Tickets

During the Boston Celtics Playoff series, Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets. Fans who purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance. We would like to encourage fans to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies. Purchasing from other sources is done at the buyer’s risk. Officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to only purchase from official vendors.

The department has been informed by the Boston Celtics that authenticity is guaranteed by purchasing tickets through Celtics.com, Ticketmaster.com, over the phone at 800-4-NBA-TIX, in person at the TD Garden Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet, or on Ticketmaster’s “TicketExchange” online.

Purchasing via other means, creates the potential for possessing either an invalid or counterfeit ticket.  Individuals attempting to gain admission using fraudulent tickets will be evicted from the building and face the possibility of arrest.

If any community members have information about the selling of counterfeit tickets, you are urged to contact District A-1 detectives at (617) 343-4248. Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously are reminded that the Boston Police Department in ONLY interested in the INFORMATION you provide, NOT who YOU are.

Park Setting No Place for Foul Play

At about 8:46am, on Thursday, May 5, 2011, officers from Area B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for two people having sex in a park in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Shirley Street. Numerous calls were made to 9-1-1 to report and complain about the above-mentioned incident. According to witnesses, the couple was making no effort to hide or conceal their activities from the view of rush hour traffic. On arrival, officers did, in fact, locate two partially clothed individuals who looked to be engaged in some level of sexual activity.  

Upon seeing the approaching officers, both participants stopped doing what they were doing and proceeded to pull up and zip up.

Both suspects, a 28 year-old male and 28 year-old female from Boston, were placed under arrest and charged with Open & Gross Lewdness.

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.

Slashed Tires Leaves One Feeling Like Burnt Rubber

At about 12:00am, on Thursday, April 28, 2011, officers from Area B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person slashing tires in the area of Annunciation Road. Officers spoke to several witnesses who stated that the suspect walked over to a car, bent down and made a motion to suggest he had punctured or slashed a tire. As the suspect walked away from the car, witnesses observed two slashed tires. Officers located and apprehended the suspect. Officers arrested Derek Hunt, 21, of Boston and charged him with the Willful & Malicious Destruction of Property.

Community Service Officers from B-2 Play in Monopoly Tournament with Local Teens from Franklin Park Apartments (See Attached Images)

On April 19, 2011, Community Service Officers'  Soares, Monteiro, and Davis participated in a Monopoly Tournament with the youth from the Franklin Park Apartments.

Some fun facts about Monopoly:

  • More than 275 million games have been sold worldwide and it’s available in 111 countries, in 43 languages.
  • The longest MONOPOLY game in history lasted for 70 straight days.
  • The most expensive version of the game was produced by celebrated San Francisco jeweler Sidney Mobell. Valued at $2 million, the set features a 23-carat gold board and diamond-studded dice.
  • Many specialized editions of the classic game have been produced featuring your favorite sports teams, brands, television shows, cartoons and more.
  • The character locked behind the bars is called Jake the Jailbird. Officer Edgar Mallory sent him to jail.
  • Children play MONOPOLY all over the world, but where they live may determine what they call the highest rent property on the game board. In the U.S., it is named “Boardwalk” after a street in Atlantic City. In Spain, it is named “Paseo del Prado” after a street in Barcelona and in France, “Rue de la Paix” is the name of the most coveted property space.
  • Escape maps, compasses and files were inserted into MONOPOLY game boards smuggled into POW camps inside Germany during World War II. Real money for escapees was slipped into the packs of MONOPOLY money.
  • Every few years, national champions from around the globe meet for the MONOPOLY World Championship tournament. World Champions have hailed from 10 different countries, including: United States, Ireland, Singapore, Italy, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Japan, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Japan and Spain.