Making a Difference: BPD Commissioner Evans Visits with the Campers at the Ron Burton Training Village

Today, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans traveled west to visit the kids at the Ron Burton Training Village in Hubbardston, MA to workout, run, and speak to the campers about his life and his role as the leader of the Boston Police Department and a leader in the community.

Created by Ron Burton, Sr., a number one NFL draft choice and the first ever draft pick of the New England Patriots, the Ron Burton Training Village is a five-week camp that helps youngsters develop physically, mentally, and spiritually through athletics. As an avid runner and marathoner, Commissioner Evans fit right in with the campers, running a relay race and telling them about how running and reading have enriched his life and career. The Commissioner reminded all the campers, as he does his all his officers, to “stay in the books and always make time to exercise!” 
 

Making a Difference: Author Jack Calhoun Touts the Success of the Boston Police Department's Partnership with YouthConnect

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"In partnership with the Boston Police Department (BPD), YouthConnect places licensed clinical social workers in police departments throughout the city of Boston. The partnership allows YouthConnect’s staff to immediately intervene with youth at critical moments in their lives, namely when they are engaging in –or at risk of engaging in- delinquent activity. The clinical social workers link at-risk youth to positive choices.

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YouthConnect, a Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston initiative, originally served as one of the foundation stones for the 'Boston Miracle.' In the early 1990s, crime and homicides skyrocketed in the City of Boston. This dramatic rise in crime spurred a thorough re-thinking of Boston’s arrest and prevention policy and practice, rethinking that spurred new arrangements between a range of professionals who worked with gangs: from police to social workers, from the faith community to prosecutors.  One result: the nationally unprecedented step of placing social workers in Boston’s police precincts.  Another result: no youth homicides over a two-year period – Boston’s 'Miracle.' YouthConnect continues its miraculous work today..."

For Jack Calhoun's full blog post on YouthConnect and the Boston Police, click HERE.

Making a Difference: Boston Police Officers and Mike Boston Use Music to Bridge the Gap between Police and the Community

Last week, "Great Big Story," a global media company devoted to cinematic storytelling, joined Mike Boston, the creator of Mobile Stu, and several officers from the Boston Police Department as they made music together in the neighborhoods and schools of Boston. Mike Boston describes his mobile recording studio as a way to not only give city kids a platform to have their music heard, but to also deescalate problems and build connections between the police and Boston youth.

Making A Difference: Two Acton Children Organize Book Drive for Children in South Africa

Henry with his Mom and Chief Gross, who accepted the books on behalf of the BPD

Henry with his Mom and Chief Gross, who accepted the books on behalf of the BPD

Today, Friday, April 20, two Gates Elementary School (Acton, MA) students, Henry, 12, and Faith, 9, donated over 300 books to the Boston Police Department to distribute to children in need.

Last summer, Henry and Faith became inspired by the book "I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives" (by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda) about a girl from America and a boy from Zimbabwe who become pen pals and learned from each other's vastly different cultures. One of the story’s most important messages that resonated so strongly with Henry and Faith is how small contributions can have a huge impact. It was with that message in mind that the two Gates students organized a book drive and collected over one thousand children's books. With the help of Delta Airlines CEO, Mr. Ed Bastian, they were able to transport the books to children in need in South Africa. Their drive was so successful, over three hundred books flowed in even after they had finished their book drive, which they generously donated to the Boston Police Department. From here, BPD officers will distribute the books to children and grade schools across the city.

To Henry and Faith, we say thank you for your generosity, and your deed will surely have a tremendous impact.

Making a Difference: Cops for Kids with Cancer Makes Charitable Donation to Family of Two Year Old Boy Battling Leukemia

On Tuesday October 17, 2017, retired Captain Paul Ivens presented a check of $5,000 on behalf of Cops for Kids with Cancer to 2-year-old Michael Bergin who was diagnosed with Leukemia about two months ago. Michael and his two older brothers, who love cops, were escorted with their family from Dana Farber to Boston Police Headquarters where they were greeted by a host of uniformed officers for the check presentation and pizza party! Michael's family is one of six families a month that benefits from the generosity of those who donate to Cops for Kids with Cancer, a charity which is near and dear to our hearts.

Making a Difference: Join Us on September 23rd! Set a World Record!

On Saturday, September 23rd at 10:00 AM on the Parade Grounds of the Boston Common, Children’s Services of Roxbury (CSR) will be conducting a community-wide event. We are attempting to establish a Guinness World Record for the WORLD’S LARGEST HUMAN PEACE SIGN! To break the World Record, we need 6,000 people to turn out Saturday morning and we're hoping you and your organization will join us for this exciting undertaking!

This event will spread awareness about the important work of Children’s Services of Roxbury and raise funds in support of their human services programming. CSR helps thousands of families across the Commonwealth with everything from child care to housing and behavioral health. 

This is an awesome opportunity to display unity in our city and a fun community building event for any family, group, school or business. This is your chance to be a World Record Holder!

Log onto: http://www.csrpeaceofmind.org to Register and learn more!

Making a Difference: BPD Sending Thoughts, Prayers, and Supplies to Houston

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Thank you to those in the Boston Police Department who donated goods to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The BPD cadets are in the process of packaging and delivering the generous contributions to City Hall so they may be shipped to those in need in Houston. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all the victims of this horrific disaster.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes & Drums Share their Music with the Kids at Franciscan Children's Hospital on St. Patrick's Day

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: The Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums had an absolute blast spreading St. Patrick's Day cheer and sharing their music and instruments with the kids, nurses and doctors at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton on Friday, March 17, 2017. Said one of the pipers, "This - hands down - is one of the most meaningful and rewarding concerts we perform all year. Every member of the band looks forward to it. Can't say enough about the bravery and courage of the kids at the Franciscan Children's Hospital, as well as, the compassion of those, especially the nurses, who care for them."

Making a Difference: Officers Play Floor Hockey with the "Bow Tie Club"

Yesterday, Thursday, December 8, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) were invited to participate in a floor hockey game with the Bow Tie Club at the Saint John Paul II school in Neponset. The principal of the school, Nick Cuomo, organized the club to teach young men leadership skills, and these officers jumped at the chance to not only be a positive role model for the kids, but to have a little fun playing floor hockey with them, too!

Making a Difference: Officers Take Time Away from Protecting and Serving to Serve Holiday Meals in Neighborhoods Across the City

As we look back on a wonderful holiday, we give thanks to every officer who gave their time bringing food, smiles and laughter to members of our community.  There were countless gatherings across the city where officers got the chance to make a difference in the lives of those they serve.   One such event took place at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Dorchester where Commissioner Evans, Mayor Walsh, Chief Gross, members of the BPD Command Staff and officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) served seniors from the neighborhood while greeting them with smiles, handshakes and even a few hugs.  Again, we thank all of our officers for their selfless acts of kindness and thank everyone who came out to share a bit of their holiday with the Boston Police Department. 

 

Making a Difference: Hundreds of Officers Come Out to Donate Blood at the BPPA Union Hall in Dorchester

Hundreds of officers came out yesterday, on Thursday October 20, 2016, in support of Officers Cintolo and Morris at a blood drive which was organized by the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association in Dorchester.  After the incident, both officers received lifesaving care at Massachusetts General Hospital and relied on donated blood to pull them through.  “I think we all realize that those two officers wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for the blood transfusions they got the other night,” said Commissioner Evans.  We’re grateful to the BPPA for organizing this event and would like to say thank you to all the hardworking volunteers and everyone who turned out yesterday to make a difference by giving blood.  

 

Making a Difference: Coming Together for Peace at the Annual Ministers Prayer March in Mattapan

Over the weekend, on Saturday September 24, 2016, Commissioner Evans joined local reverends, ministers and clergy members for the "Churches United for City Wide Revival's Annual Ministers Prayer March” in Mattapan.  The event stepped off at the Jubilee Church and ended at the 12th Baptist Church on Blue Hill Avenue.  In Boston, violent crime is down, arrests are down and meaningful dialogues are taking place all across the city.  We accomplish more when we come together to work together and events like this bring us one step closer to the peace we all seek in our communities.  

 

Making a Difference: Roastmaster General Jeff Ross and Comedy Central Make Generous Donation to “Cops For Kids With Cancer”

Our thanks to Jeff Ross and Comedy Central for their generous donation to one of our favorite charities, “Cops For Kids With Cancer.”  Last week,  Jeff stopped by BPD Headquarters to say hello, share some laughs and take a few jabs at a couple of his favorite targets from his most recent special “Jeff Ross Roasts Cops” which took aim at the Boston Police Department.  The show featured a behind-the-badge look at the challenges police officers are facing on a daily basis amidst a difficult national climate towards law enforcement.    Said Commissioner Evans, “Jeff has spoken about the fact that comedy can bring people together, and here in Boston, we’re trying every single day to make meaningful connections in the communities we serve.  I knew this roast, while maybe a little unconventional, would let people see the important work that we’re doing on a daily basis and show that, while the job we do is very serious, we don’t take ourselves too seriously.”

Making a Difference: Officers Volunteer at Week-Long Program for Special Needs Campers in New Hampshire

From Saturday, August 13, 2016 to Saturday, August 20, 2016, a group of BPD officers volunteered at Camp Fatima in New Hampshire as part of their Exceptional Citizens week.  The program is designed for children with intellectual and/or physical challenges.  Each camper receives one‐to‐one care and experiences a week of horseback riding, swimming, boating and many more special activities that they otherwise may not be able to enjoy.  Dedicated volunteers and generous donors make it possible for over one hundred campers to attend at no cost.

This year, Sergeant Hugh Solari, Detective Joe Martin (Retired), Lieutenant Gary Ryan, Officer Dennis Leahy, Officer Joe DeAngelo and Sergeant John G. Fitzgerald were proud to represent the department while giving their time, energy and attention to make sure each camper had a great time.  

 

Making a Difference: Great Time Had by All at First Responder Safety Day for Kids with Special Needs at the Frederick School on District C-11 in Dorchester

If you know anything about police officers in Boston, you should know this: looking out for our city’s young people – especially kids with special needs - is one of our highest, most valued priorities. And, this past week at the Frederick School in Dorchester, that priority was on full display as members of the BPD stopped by First Responder Safety Day to interact with and remind the kids that if they were ever in trouble, lost or in need of help, our first responders would be there in a heartbeat. To underscore that point, officers encouraged the kids to play with the lights and sirens so they would be familiar with the sound of officers coming to their aid. Said event organizer Officer Michelle Maffeo: “For any parent with a child with special needs, keeping them safe is one of their greatest challenges and concerns. So, to see the kids open up to, engage with and interact with the police officers entrusted with keeping them safe is hugely satisfying and rewarding for all involved. And, if the smiles seen on the kid’s faces are any indication or measure of how successful this event was, then, today was a super successful day.”

Making a Difference: BPD Makes Special Young Man Police Chief for a Day!

Yesterday, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, officers from the District B-2 (Roxbury) Community Service Office and Sergeant Samil Silta visited a very special patient at Boston Children's Hospital. The patient, 6-year-old Owen Nichols, has spent the past 10 weeks at Boston Children's Hospital undergoing 18 surgeries to correct a birth defect. Owen loves the police, so his friends from the Polk County Sheriffs Department in Florida decided to send a care package up to Boston for him. Inside this package were t-shirts, a Polk County Sheriff badge, coloring books, a back pack, crayons, markers, and much more. This package was delivered by Boston Police Sergeant Silta, who also presented Owen with a Boston Police t-shirt and badge and promoted him to "Police Chief for a Day!” 

Owen's first order of business was to proclaim, “Free ice cream for Boston Children’s Hospital!” So the good Sergeant followed orders arriving with his ice cream truck full of delicious JP Licks ice cream and treated the whole hospital to a cup of ice cream. Owen was a great Police Chief and gave a special thanks to all the staff of Children's Hospital and the Polk County Sheriffs as he ate his ice cream from the front seat of his police car.      

Making a Difference: Commissioner Evans' Speech Highlights the Kick Off of the John Hancock MLK Summer Scholars Program

On Tuesday, June 16, 2016, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and Mayor Martin J. Walsh were among the speakers who addressed a vibrant crowd of young people at the John Hancock building on Congress Street in Boston to promote the MLK Summer Scholars Program. The program provides meaningful summer work experience and personal development opportunities to six hundred Boston area teens at sixty-five non-profit sites throughout the city.  Commissioner Evans thanked the sponsors of the program and applauded the teens in attendance stating, “Your being here today shows that you’re ready to step up for your communities and that you want the chance to grow as a person. I want you to have a great summer and I hope this program helps you moving forward. When I was growing up in the city, these were the types of programs that really made a difference in my life.”

Making A Difference: Ridge Charitable Trust Donates $25,000 to Boston PAL

Yesterday, Wednesday, December 2, 2015, Boston Police Deputy Superintendent William Ridge and his cousin Gerald Ridge, Jr. joined Police Commissioner Evans and Superintendent Paul Fitzgeral to present a donation to the Boston Police Activities/Athletics League (PAL).

Mr. Ridge’s father, Gerald, Sr., recently passed away after sitting as a chairman of PAL for many years. In his memory, the Ridge family hosted a golf tournament through the Ridge Charitable Trust and raised money for PAL. That money was presented to PAL yesterday in the amount of $25,000.00 to be used for Boston PAL youth programs. PAL board member Chip Batchelder humbly accepted the generous donation on behalf of the PAL organization. On behalf of PAL and the children that participate in its programs, we extend a heartfelt thank you!

Making a Difference: Youth Basketball League Combines Neighborhood Kids to Create Peace

Photo courtesy of John Blanding of the Boston Globe

It’s no wonder that the Boston Police Department was recently inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame; yesterday, Rosa Nguyen of the Boston Globe wrote an article featuring yet another example of how the BPD becomes involved in the game to build and foster positive relationships in Boston neighborhoods and communities.

BPD District D-4 (South End) community service officers and members of the Youth Violence Strike Force frequently attend the One Hood Youth Peace Basketball League games at the Blackstone Community Center. This league recruits kids from rival neighborhoods in the South End and Lower Roxbury and places them on the same teams.

“This is one of the only basketball leagues that combines neighborhoods who had beef with each other,” said Officer Jorge Dias, with the Boston Police Department’s District D-4 community service office. “It builds bonds between them to squash that beef altogether.”

For the full article, click on the link below:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/08/15/teens-from-disparate-neighborhoods-across-boston-team/niPXlLnTQaf0XfIiw7DDJK/story.html?event=event25

Making a Difference: BPD Headquarters Hosts Boston Latin School Ward Fellowship Students

On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, members of the Boston Latin School Ward Fellowship Program visited BPD Headquarters for a meeting with Superintendent Bernard O’Rourke and a tour of the many units housed at One Schroeder Plaza. In addition to learning about various elements of policing, this elite group of students were able to see the inner workings of BPD Operations (E911), the Law Enforcement Command Center, the BPD Crime Lab, Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), and the Crime Scene Response Unit.

The John William Ward Public Service Fellowship is a program that allows students who have completed their junior or senior year at Boston Latin School obtain summer employment in the office of an elected or appointed public servant in the state or municipal government, judicial system, or major press. Students are selected based on community involvement, academic ability, application essays, and an interview process.

We hope to see these bright young Fellowship students enjoyed their visit, and they return to headquarters in the future as young officers!