Super Vigilant Police Cadet Proves His Weight in Gold during Arrest of Liquor Store Robber in East Boston: For those unfamiliar with police jargon or call sign protocols within the Boston Police Department, every district station across the city has its own call sign. For example, officers who work at District E-13 in Jamaica Plain are known as ‘Jake’ units while officers assigned to District A-7 in East Boston are called ‘Gold’ units. Accordingly, a Boston Police Cadet assigned to District A-7 would be referred to as a Gold Cadet. Which brings us to our latest example of great police work and an incident involving a Gold Cadet in East Boston who is now being praised and credited for a gold-medal worthy response that led to the arrest of a suspect who may have gotten away with his crime were not for the quick response and composure-filled guidance of District A-7’s Gold Cadet. The facts and circumstances surrounding the original call are as follows: At about 9:30PM, on Friday, July 27, 2018, a Boston Police Cadet assigned to District A-7 (East Boston), herein referred to as the Gold Cadet, was in the area of 11 Bennington Street when he observed a white male wearing a light-colored shirt, baseball hat and black backpack sprint out of a liquor store juggling and clutching onto to several bottles of liquor. The Gold Cadet promptly approached an employee of the liquor store who confirmed to him that the individual seen running out of the store had, in fact, just stolen several bottles of liquor.
Sensing a golden opportunity to make his community safer, the Gold Cadet, quickly keyed the mic on his police radio and alerted officers in the area of the robbery, the suspect’s description and direction of flight. A short time later, thanks to the Gold Cadet’s good-as-gold broadcast, the suspect,a 36-year-old male from Boston, was apprehended in the area of 272 Meridian Street.
The suspect, who was issued a summons for Shoplifting, is expected to be arraigned in East Boston District Court at a later date. In the meantime, for his gold standard calm and composure while responding to a crime in progress, we offer thanks and praise to District A-7’s Gold Cadet.