Hundreds of Boston Police Officers To March on 'A Day To Remember'

Boston Police Relief Association Memorial Service Honors Deceased Member of the Department WHO:              Mayor Thomas Menino, Police Commissioner Edward Davis, Superintendant-In-Chief Daniel Linskey, Boston Police Relief Society Association President John McGee, Reverend John Connolly, Grand Rabbi Y. A. Korff and the Boston  Police Gaelic Column and Honor Guard.

WHAT:           Hundred of Boston police officers descend on Mount Hope Cemetery to honor deceased members of the Boston Police Department. The event includes a march to the Boston Police Relief Association Memorial, a memorial service and a ‘Reading of the Roll’ to recognize those deceased.

The Boston Police Relief Association, a fraternal benefit association, was organized on January 13, 1871 and incorporated in 1876.

WHERE:         Mount Hope Cemetery main entrance, Walk Hill Street, Mattapan.

WHEN:           Sunday, June 5, 2011 @ 10:00 am.

 

Boston Police Officers Step Up To The Plate For 2nd Annual ‘Field of Dreams’ Wiffle Ball Tournament

Numerous officers participate to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes WHO:              Mayor Thomas Menino; Police Commissioner Edward Davis; Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald; Boston Police Runners Club President and Boston Police Detective Cecil Jones; numerous Boston Police officers and family and friends; Renown singer Rene Rancort

WHAT:           The Boston Police Runners Club is holding the 2nd Annual ‘Field of Dreams’ Wiffle Ball Tournament to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Numerous Boston Police officers and their families will be on hand for some competitive wiffle ball! Last year’s event raised $32,500 for juvenile diabetes. Rene Rancort of Boston Bruins’ fame will perform the National Anthem to kick off the competition.

WHERE:         Boston Athletic Club

650 Summer Street, South Boston

WHEN:           Saturday June 4, 2011 at 12:00pm

National Anthem to be performed at noon

WHY: The Boston Police Runners Club recognized that diabetes has effected many families throughout the Boston Police Department and the community. With the history of charitable efforts undertaken every year by the Boston Police Department, the club believed there was an important opportunity to contribute to this important cause.

2nd ANNUAL FIELD OF DREAMS WIFFLE BALL TOURNAMENT HITS THE DIAMOND THIS WEEKEND ALL FOR A GREAT CAUSE: JUVENILE DIABETES

Last year Super Fitz and friends raised close to $33,000 for Juvenile Diabetes

“She appeared to be tired. Something wasn’t right and then they told us.”

When doctors told Paul Fitzgerald that his daughter, Caroline, then 8 years-old, had juvenile diabetes, like most parents, he was quick to confess, although familiar with the terminology, he wasn’t completely familiar with the disease. However, that was four years ago. Today, Paul Fitzgerald, a Superintendent in the Boston Police Department, and his family not only have a better understanding of the disease that effects approximately 285 million people worldwide, but they also better understand the responsibility that comes with doing everything in their power to spread the word about the need for funding the research that will one day lead to a cure. “The goal is to cure this disease. We can’t wait to see the day when no family has to worry about juvenile diabetes. But accomplishing that goal means people have to step up. I can’t be a doctor but I can raise money.”

In an effort to step up, Fitzgerald and his family had long been thinking about a way to raise awareness and monies for the disease that presently affects their daughter. To hear Paul tell it, the family had been thinking about holding a road race or a golf tourney. And although Paul is a big fan of both, he was looking for something different, something that would be more inclusive, something, not just for adults, but also for kids of Caroline’s age. So, after much talk and some lengthy discussions, the idea came to the Fitzgeralds courtesy of an old friend and colleague. Said Detective Cecil Jones, “How about a wiffle ball tournament?” To Fitzgerald and his family, the suggestion was one they liked instantly.

Last summer, thanks to a wonderful support group consisting of people like Karen Kelleher, Tommy Joyce, Brendan England, Sean Butler and a host of others, on June 12th, 2010, the 1stAnnual Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament took to four make-shift diamonds inside the Boston Athletic Club and became a reality.

According to Fitzgerald, the reality of the day far exceeded all expectations and went far better than anyone could have envisioned or imagined. According to Fitzgerald, on the day of the event, he couldn’t help but count his blessings. He says, prior to the first pitch being thrown, he looked around at the large turnout and found himself humbled by the tremendous show of support and friendship. “Something like this only comes together because people who care make it happen. I can’t thank my family, my friends and all those who participated enough. This day was possible because people cared enough to come out.”

When it came to raising dough for a great cause, the 1stAnnual Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tourney was nothing short of a huge home run. All in all, the tourney raised $32,500.

This year promises to be even better. Says Fitzgerald, “We’d love to raise as much, if not more money than we did last year. But, to do that, we need people to come out.”

If you would like to see this year’s Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament,  the 2nd Annual Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament will be held this Saturday (June 4, 2011) at the Boston Athletic Club at 653 Summer Street in South Boston.

To learn more about Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, log on to the website at www.jdrf.org

Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel of a Motor Vehicle Lands One Behind Bars

At about 2:54am, on Monday, May 30, 2011, officers from Area E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to a radio call to investigate a person asleep in a car at the corner of New Park Ave and W. Roxbury Parkway in Roslindale. On arrival, officers observed a motor vehicle with the engine running and the operator of the car slumped behind the wheel either asleep or unconscious. Officers promptly attempted to wake the driver by banging and knocking on the car windows. After about five minutes, the operator awoke and unlocked the car doors.  Once awake, the operator was quickly removed from the motor vehicle. While officers were in the process of helping the operator out of the car, the operator began to verbally disparage and disrespect the officers. Moreover, officers picked up on and were able to detect a strong odor of alcohol emanating from operator. Suspect took and failed a breathalyzer test.

Officers arrested Francis Krusz, 25, of Dedham and charged him with Operating Under the Influence.

Don’t Draw Attention to Yourself!

Early this morning around 12:05AM, officers from District E-5 (West Roxbury) saw a motor vehicle traveling the wrong way on Poplar Street towards Washington Street. Officers conducted a traffic stop of the car at 4257 Washington Street, and approached the vehicle to further investigate. On nearing the vehicle, officers immediately detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car. Further investigation revealed that both occupants of the car had active warrants. The female passenger, Yasmin Maalim, 20 of Dorchester was discovered to have outstanding warrants for Violation of a Restraining Order, Threat to Commit a Crime, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous and Destruction of Property. The male driver, Christopher S. Borgella, 19 of Mattapan was also arrested after he was found to have outstanding warrants for Shoplifting in addition to being cited for going wrong way one way.

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.

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.

 

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.

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