On Friday, July 5, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End), members of the Drug Control Unit and the Citywide Bicycle Unit recovered 67 canisters containing a substance believed to be Nitrous Oxide in the area surrounding Fenway Park in Boston. Prior to a concert, officers observed a large group of individuals inhaling Nitrous Oxide from balloons in an effort to achieve a high. The balloons were being filled using various canisters and subsequently discarded in the street and sidewalk. Officers responded to the scene and removed 67 canisters which were turned over to the Boston Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Unit for additional processing.
BPD Photo of the Day: Our officers assigned to the BPD Citywide Bicycle Unit are grateful for the assistance rendered by the Massachusetts State Police and UMASS Boston Police Department at yesterday’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston. As a result of a partial call out for regional assistance, 60 officers were mobilized along and around the parade route to assist with public safety. For larger scale events in the city, the “Cobra Team”, as it’s called, can grow to upwards of 150 officers with the assistance of other local law enforcement agencies. We thank our officers for their work yesterday and we thank our partners for their help which resulted in another successful and safe parade day.
Cuz We Care: Great scene earlier tonight, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Orchard Park in Roxbury. Members of the BPD Bike Unit were riding through the area when they spotted the Blue Jays playing ball. Well, as you can well imagine, one thing led to another and, before you knew it, our officers were batting balls and fielding grounders with the kids. If you ever wondered what Community Policing looks like, well, look no further than the enclosed photo.
At about 4:30 PM on Sunday, December 18, 2016, officers assigned to District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to assist an off-duty Boston Police Officer with an out of control subject at the Home Depot located at 1213 VFW Parkway.
The officer, a 12-year-veteran of the department currently assigned to the City Wide Bicycle Unit, entered the store and immediately heard the sound of a disturbance. The officer observed a 55-year-old male from Roslindale yelling and screaming while throwing items on the floor. A second off-duty officer from a separate agency who had identified himself to the distraught man was talking to him while trying to deescalate the situation. Without warning or provocation, the male subject suddenly punched the second off-duty officer in the face. The off-duty BPD officer then engaged the subject and identified himself as an officer too, at which time the man replied, “[Expletive] you.” The subject then became more aggressive, trying to strike other customers who had gathered around the disturbance. Through their combined efforts, the two officers were eventually able to take control of the disturbed individual until additional units arrived to assist. The male subject was secured and transported to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation. The off-duty Boston Police Officer sustained minor injuries during the incident and has since been treated and released. No charges have been filed at this time against the individual.
At about 9:05 PM on Thursday, July 21, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for an armed robbery in progress in the area of 42 Robinson Street.
Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim who reported he had been physically assaulted and “tasered” in the neck by a group of males. The suspects then stole his cell phone and fled in the direction of Ronan Park. Officers canvassed the area, and shortly, members of the City Wide Bicycle Unit observed three males fitting the suspects’ descriptions entering Ronan Park. Officers were able to stop the males and positively identify them as the suspects who robbed the victim.
Officers arrested 25-year-old Sherome Pight, a 17-year-old juvenile male, and a 15-year-old juvenile male, all from Dorchester, and charged them with Armed Robbery and Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Taser).
At about 6:20 PM on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, officers assigned to the City Wide Bicycle Unit made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of 11 Tremlett Street in Dorchester after responding to a call for a person with a gun. Officers quickly located a 17-year-old juvenile male from Dorchester who matched the given description and approached to speak with him. Officers performed a pat frisk and recovered a loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver from the suspect who was then placed in custody without incident. The suspect will be arraigned in Dorchester Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Unlawful Carrying of a Loaded Firearm.
Check out this Boston Globe article written by Jan Ransom hailing the great work of the BPD City Wide Bicycle Unit. Since April of 2014, Police Commissioner William Evans has deployed the members of this elite unit to the troubled areas and “hotspots” of Boston neighborhoods, leading to a 5% drop in overall crime in Roxbury and a 15% drop in Dorchester and Mattapan so far in 2015. To read more about the unit’s officers and how they reduce crime in your neighborhood, click on the following link:
Photos below courtesy of Jessica Rinaldi (Boston Globe).