A Message from the Neighborhood Watch Unit: Planning a Block Party this Summer? Contact your Local Community Service Officer or the Neighborhood Watch Unit for Assistance!

It's about that time and Neighborhood Watch groups across the city are beginning to make their plans for their annual, summer block parties! The Neighborhood Watch Unit believes the block parties and similar social events are a great way for residents and neighbors to connect and build community.  These neighborhood events provide a way in which people can meet each other and begin to have a dialogue about where they live and what they want for their street.  Block parties usually tend to draw even the most reticent person because they’re fun!  Some of the events that have taken place in the past are ice cream socials, yard sales and tag sales, barbeques and the traditional pot luck block party where people congregate and socialize right on their street.  If you would like to plan a block party call your local CSO office or the Neighborhood Watch Unit at 617-343-4345 for assistance.  

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.

Community Reminder: Boston Police Warn Fans of Counterfeit Tickets

During the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Finals, 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 suggests that fans guarantee authenticity by purchasing tickets through the Boston Bruins website, Ticketmaster.com, in person at the TD Garden Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.

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.

 

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

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.

 

Runaway Car Derailed and Suspect Arrested

Last night around 8:33PM, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to the intersection of Canterbury St. and Cummins Hwy. for a motor vehicle accident. On arrival, officers located and spoke to one of the three parties that were in the car accident and witnesses, and found out that the car that caused the accident had fled the scene. Officers however did get the registration plate for the suspect car and a description of two black males who were in the car. While still on scene at the accident, the second victim to the accident walked into District E-18 and reported that the suspect vehicle had just pulled into a gas station on Hyde Park Avenue.

Officers immediately responded to the gas station and en route observed the suspect vehicle at the intersection of Westminster and Lewiston Streets. Officer activated their lights and sirens in an effort to conduct a traffic stop but the operator exited and fled the car. Officers pursued the suspect, caught and placed him under arrest after a brief foot chase. Once place under arrest, officers recovered 7 small bags of crack cocaine on the suspect.

The suspect, Kevin L. Wilson, 31 of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Personal Injury, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Property Damage, Possession with intent to Distribute Class B Drugs, Failure to Stop for Police Officers and a host of other motor vehicle infractions.

Call for Disturbance Results in Firearm Arrest

On Saturday, May 14, 2011 around 6:32PM, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for a person with a knife/disturbance at 1045 River Street. On arrival, officers spoke to numerous parties and learned that some kind of confrontation had taken place when a suspect approached an underage woman and attempted to talk to her about engaging in a dating/sexual relationship. The underage woman reported this to adult family members who then confronted the suspect about the incident. During this confrontation, witnesses and victim report that the suspect made several comments about the sexual orientation of the victim and shortly thereafter left the scene.

While speaking to the witnesses and victims, officers were directed to the suspect who was back on scene walking up the stairs to the third floor. Officers approached the suspect and attempted to have a conversation with him about what happened and he denied that anything happened. While speaking to the suspect, officers noticed that he was acting nervous and put his hands in his pocket as he slowly retreated. Officers observing this behavior asked the suspect to remove his hands from his pocket fearing that he may be armed. It should be pointed that officers observed a large bulge that appeared to have some weight to it as the suspect’s pocket was drooping. Officers asked the suspect for identification but he initially stated that he had none and then when he again put his hands in his pockets. Officers again asked the suspect to remove his hands from his pockets and this time, he stated that he was getting his identification.

Fearing that the suspect was armed at this point based on the bulge in his pockets, and his behavior, officers grabbed the suspect’s hands to remove them from his pockets at which point the suspect attempted to push officers away and make his way through a doorway. A violent struggle ensued during which the officers and the suspect feel down two flights of stairs. During this long and violent struggle, officers were able to remove from the suspect a loaded handgun and a large kitchen knife. During this struggle, officers requested the assistance of other units and finally with the help of additional units were able to place the suspect in handcuffs and secure the weapons that they had removed from him.

The suspect, James Esdale, 21 of Hyde Park was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Dangerous Weapon (large kitchen knife), two counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (loaded handgun), two counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (kitchen knife), two counts of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Violation of Constitutional Rights/Hate Crime. The suspect will be arraigned at West Roxbury District Court today, Monday, May 16, 2011.

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.