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OS-TON, POLICE DEPARTMENT 



1-9-8-7 YEAR E'NO RE-VIEW 



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LITHOGRAPHED BY THE 
CITY Oh BOSTON o^^^d PRINTING SECTION 



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June 12, 1989 



Gail Ithian 
Boston Public Library 
Government Documents Section 
Boston, Massachusetts 02117 



Dear Gail, 

Attached please find the Annual Boston Police Department Reports you 
had requested. No Report has yet been finalized for 1988. 

I hope this information will be helpful. If you have any questions 
please feel free to contact me at 24^4530. 




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and Analysis Unit 







Raymond L. Flynn, Mayor/POLICE DEPARTMENT/l 54 Berkeley Street 021 1 6 






Introduction 



The history of the Boston 
Police, the oldest depart- 
ment in the nation, begins in 
1630 with the night watch. An 
era in the Department's history 
ended with the infamous police 
strike of 1919 and the modern 
history of the Department be- 
gan in 1963 when the manage- 
ment of the Boston Police De- 
partment was returned to the 
City of Boston by the Com- 
monwealth of Massachusetts. 

Much has changed since 
1963. In 1987 more women 
and minorities served in uni- 
form than ever before in the 
Department's history. In 1963 
a female Deputy Superintend- 
ent or a Black Superintendent 
was unimaginable. Today the 
Boston Police Command Staff 
includes six minorities and two 
women. 

In 1987 the Department con- 
tinued its commitment to hire 
and train police officers, bring- 
ing on 192 enthusiastic young 
recruits. These new recruits 



joined a force of 1,830 sea- 
soned officers. 

The increase in officers has 
made it possible to experiment 
with new, targeted deployment 
plans, designed to have maxi- 
mum impact on crime. To date 




A portion of the 192 new recruits, graduating 
from the. Police Academy, Boston. 



these targeted deployment 
plans have been very effective. 
In 1987 homicides were re- 
duced 29.2 percent, robbery 
was down 13 percent, vehicle 
theft decreased 6.7 percent and 
arrests increased 16 percent. 
Overall, the crime rate de- 
creased 3 percent citywide as 
compared to a 2 percent in- 
crease in crime reported na- 
tionwide. 

The success of these targeted 
patrols was felt where they 
were needed most. In 1987, 
the Department initiated the 
Boston Police Power Patrol in 
the Roxbury and Mattapan 
neighborhoods (Area B), and 
at the close of the year the 
crime rate was down in Area 
B for the first time in three 
years. 

The problems of street level 
crime addressed by these tar- 
geted patrols are products of 
narcotics abuse and trafficking. 
Boston Police drug arrests 
have increased 62.5% since 



1^86 - 258% since 1^)84. Do- 
spite this impressive leeord the 
seriousness of the drug prob- 
lem has forced the Boston Po- 
lice to employ creative educa- 
titMi strategies aimed at 
reducing the demand for nar- 
cotics. The most significant of 
these education programs are 
the School Program to Educate 
and Control Drug Abuse 
(SPECDA) and the Drug 
Abuse Resistance Education 
Program (DARE) which have 
reached over 6,300 fifth and 
sixth grade students citywide. 

The Department's commit- 
ment to education is based on 
the conviction that, in the long 
term, such efforts can change 
behavior and reverse the cycle 
of drugs and violence sweep- 
ing the nation. In order to be 
successful in 1988, the Boston 
Police will need the support of 
the residents of every age, in 
every neighborhood in the 
city. 

As this report went to print 
Commissioner Roache imple- 
mented several changes in the 
Department's organizational 
structure which could not be 
included in the body of the re- 
port. 

The Bureau of Neighbor- 
hood Services has been re- 
placed by the Bureau of Spe- 
cial Operations and under it 
the Commissioner has consoli- 
dated the units responsible for 
tactical operations such as 
Team Police and Mobile Oper- 
ations as well as the units 
which provide crime preven- 
tion education to the neighbor- 
hoods. The Commumnity Disor- 
ders and Domestic Violence 
Units also fall under the Bureau 
of Special Operations. 

The School Program to Edu- 
cate and Control Drug Abuse 



(SPECDA) has been transfer- 
red to the Bureau of Special 
Operations. This move places 
all of the Department's crime 
prevention education programs 
including Sexual Assault Pre- 
vention Education, Senior Re- 
sponse, Officer Friendly and 
Crime Watch under one Bu- 
reau. 

In a change of reporting 
lines the Police Commissioner 



reassigned the Bureau of Pro- 
fessional Standards to his of- 
fice. The Bureau will be 
headed by a Deputy Superin- 
tendent who will report di- 
rectly to the Commissioner. 

These changes are the most 
recent in the Police Commis- 
sioner's efforts to streamline 
the Department and meet the 
public safety needs of Boston's 
neighborhoods. 




Ojficer Nadine Taylor of the SPECDA program watches as fifth graders per- 
form a skit about not using drugs. SPECDA and DARE educate children about 
the many dangers of using drugs. 



A Letter from the Mayor 



1987 was another year of important 
progress for the Boston Police Department. 
Significant advances were made in the areas of 
fighting drug trafficking; educating our youth 
about the dangers of drugs; protecting residents' 
civil rights; and putting increasing numbers of 
police officers back onto neighborhood streets. 
Unprecedented numbers of drug arrests and in- 
vestigations were made as the police continued 
their war on drugs in every neighborhood. 

The pride is back in the BPD and it can be 
seen in improved results throughout the Depart- 
ment. 

1987 was a year of gain, but also a time of 
loss. Since the publication of the 1986 report, 
three officers have given their lives in the line of 



duty. Boston mourns for Detectives Roy Sergei, 
Thomas Gill, and Sherman Griffiths and we con- 
tinue to extend support to their families. Above 
all, we resolve to do all in our power to break 
the cycle of drugs and violence that took their 
lives. 

With this report. Commissioner Roache and 
the men and women of the Boston Police Depart- 
ment mark another milestone on the way to re- 
building America's oldest and finest police force. 

Sincerely, 

Raymond L. Flynn. 
Mayor of Boston 




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A Letter from the Commissioner 



1987 was a year of triumph and tragedy for 
the Boston Police. Homicides were reduced 
29.2%, robbery was down 13% and stolen cars 
decreased 6.7%. Overall, the crime rate de- 
creased city wide. 

The Department paid a high price for its dili- 
gence. On October 26, 1987, Detective Roy Ser- 
gei died as a result of gunshot wounds received 
while responding to a citizen's call for help. As 
the new year began Detective Thomas Gill was 
killed while conducting a stolen weapons investi- 
gation and only one week later Detective 
Sherman Griffiths was shot down while attempt- 
ing to serve a drug warrant. These officers per- 
sonified the words "bravery, pride, dedication." 



This 1987 annual report describes the achieve- 
ments of each of the Department's five bureaus. 
These achievements were made possible by out- 
standing individuals, both police officers and ci- 
vilians, who are committed to serving the neigh- 
borhoods of Boston. This report is dedicated to 
those Department employees who, in 1987, 
served the people of Boston with bravery and 
pride. 

Sincerely, 



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Francis M. Roache, 
Police Commissioner 



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18 


1 Letters to the 


Bureau of 


Bureau of Investigative 


Bureau of 


Bureau of Professional 


Commissioner 


Field Services 


Services 


Neighborhood 


Standards 




►The Power Patrol Works 


►A Special Sensitivity to 


Services 


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26 1987 Awards 


►Enforcement Saves 


Victims of Rape 


►Neighborhood Watch: A 


Bureau of 




Lives 


►Technology as a Weapon 


Partnership for the Future 


Administrative Services 




► 9-1-1 Speeds Police 


Against Crime 


►Advocates for the 


►A Day in the Life of a 




Response 


►The Drug Control Unit: 


Elderly: The Senior 


Boston Police Recruit 




►Sector Integrity: The 


Operation Dolphin 


Response Unit 


►Fleet Management: A 




Neighborhood Cop is 


►Disrupting Organized 




Long-term Commitment 




Back on the Beat 


Crime 


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►Educating Boston's Youth 





Letters to the Commissioner 



Gerorgette E. Gonsalves 
Boston, MA 

Dear Commissioner Roache, 

I have been wanting for the past 
several weeks to write to you to 
express my gratitude for the quick 
response and professional con- 
cern of two of your officers 
following the breaking and enter- 
ing of my home in December. 
They are Officers Dailey and 
Waggett. 

They assisted in the chase and 
apprehension of the criminal, and 
later provided support when I at- 
tended the various court pro- 
ceedings. As a resident of the 
South End and an active member 
of the Ellis Neighborhood 
Association, I was appreciative of 
this action. 

I do realize something of the 
difficulties of protecting our lives 
and property in these times and 
feel that more must be done to 
solicit the involvement of 
residents to work with the police 
to this end. 

Again my sincere thanks to the 
Officers. 



Boston Athletic Assoc. 
Boston, MA 

Dear Superintendent Evans, 

The 1987 B.A.A. Marathon is 
now history, and we are proud to 
be able to look back on another 
successful race. With the easing 
of the qualifying standards we 
had 1,500 more participants in 
this year's race, a true vote of 
confidence from the athletes that 
Boston remains the number one 
marathon, of which everybody 
wants to be a part. 

The efforts of you and your 



staff are most appreciated, and 
were most important in handling 
the increased number of par- 
ticipants. Feedback from athletes 
and spectators alike has shown us 
that safety and security along the 
course, from the start to finish, 
was the best ever. 

On behalf of the Boston 
Athletic Association, I take this 
opportunity to extend a heartfelt 
thanks to each of you. Your con- 
tinued support and cooperation 
help keep Boston, without a 
doubt, the world's greatest 
marathon. 

Once again, thank you very 
much. 



Mervin L. Stauffer 
Dallas, Texas 

Dear Commissioner Roache, 

On Saturday, January 10, 1987, 
we physically moved the Magna 
Carta from Austin, Texas, to the 
Boston Public Library. Officer 
James Kilduff , Officer Lawrence 
Applegate and Sergeant John 
Collins were most helpful in 
assisting with the security in 
transporting it from Logan Air- 
port to the room in which it is 
presently on exhibit. 

We have the good fortune of 
working with the police officers 
representing various police 
departments around the country. 
Candidly, your officers were 
among the the most professional 
we have encountered. They arriv- 
ed early, were well briefed, and 
were certainly a pleasure to have 
involved in this project. 

Thank you very much for your 
assistance. 



Bethany B. Kendall 
Boston, MA 

Dear Commissioner Roache, 

On behalf of the Association, 
I wanted to write to express our 
appreciation for the excellent 
police coverage during the holi- 
day shopping season. 

We received many positive 
comments from businesses in the 
area, and there is no doubt that 
the strong police visibility helped 
to prevent any significant in- 
cidents during this very busy time 
of year. 

Once again, our thanks for 
your efforts and assistance. All 
best wishes for the new year. 

Raynald B. Cantin 
Hartford, Connecticut 

Dear Commissioner Roache, 

Feeling stupid and violated, I 
reported the theft of my brand 
new 1987 Dukati motorcycle last 
Saturday, April 11, 1987, at ap- 
proximately 4:30 p.m. to the 
Fourth Precinct. 

The fact that I had left the key 
in the ignition certainly increas- 
ed the pain. 

The captain on duty, as well as, 
the many officers present offered 
immediated assistance, friendly 
suggestions and an attitude of car- 
ing. That made a very distasteful 
situation much more palatable. 

By 8:00 o'clock that evening, 
I was advised that Officer 
Michael O'Rourke had: 

1. found the motorcycle 

2. apprehended the criminal 

3. was available to talk about it 

Thanks Boston Police Depart- 
ment. You do nice work. 



Bureau of Field Services 




Safer Streets...Safer Neighborhoods 



The Bureau of Field Services implements 
effective preventive patrol strategies 



The officers of the Bureau 
of Field Services are the 
first and often only contact a 
resident or visitor will have 
with the Boston Police Depart- 
ment. 

The Bureau is made up of 
five Area commands (see fig- 
ure I.l) and several divisions 
including Operations, Team 
Police, Anti-Crime and Special 



Operations. The men and 
women of the Bureau of Field 
Services receive, dispatch and 
respond to emergency calls to 
9-1-1; they take stolen car re- 
ports at neighborhood stations 
and issue speeding tickets at 
dangerous intersections. The 
Bureau of Field Service's offi- 
cers patrol Boston's streets in 
marked cruisers and neighbor- 



hood shopping districts on 
foot. If a bomb is found or a 
hostage taken. Field Service's 
officers respond. 

These officers are at the 
front lines of a dynamic 
change in the patrol force of 
the Boston Police Department. 
This change is based on a 
commitment to safer streets 
and safer neighborhoods. In- 
creasingly, the Bureau has met 
this commitment through pre- 
ventive patrol and more effec- 



tive use of technology. Preven- 
tive patrol is a philosophy of po- 
licing established with a deep 
:omniitment of Boston's neigh- 
borhoods. In the 1970s the 
operative philosophy in law 
enforcement nationwide held 
that the goal of the patrol force 
was to respond to calls to 9-1-1 
as quickly as possible. In 
Boston and elsewhere rapid re- 
sponse units were formed. 

In contrast, in 1987, Boston 
became a leader in a nation- 
wide trend which recognizes 
that law enforcement plays a 
key role in determining the 
"livability" of neighborhoods. 
Beautiful parks and well-paved 
streets are meaningless without 
an active, visible police pres- 
ence which seeks to prevent or 



deter crime rather than simply 
respond to 9-1-1 calls report- 
ing crime. Obviously, response 
to emergency calls is still a 
priority but the department is 
now taking steps to reduce the 
number of non-police calls for 
service. This will be achieved 
through a series of successful 
preventive patrol programs 
supported by the purchase of a 
new Enhanced 9-1-1 and Com- 
puter Aided Dispatch system 
and the implementation of a 
neighborhood-based patrol 
plan. 

The preventive patrol strat- 
egy depends upon the Depart- 
ment's maintaining its commit- 
ment to increasing the number 
of sworn personnel. In 1987 
the Department hired 192 new 



officers bringing the Depart- 
ment's complement of sworn 
personnel to 1,972 — a 12% 
increase since 1985. 

Breakdown of the 

Types of Calls 
Received By 9-1-1 




The Power Patrol Works 

For many local residents walking to the 
store on Warren Street to pick up a quart of 
milk is no longer the frightening experience it 
was once. Only a year ago the law abiding resi- 
dents of Area B were afraid to approach neigh- 
borhood shopping districts because of the pres- 
ence of gangs, drug dealers and people drinking 
in public. There is a new feeling of safety in 
Area B due to the implementation of the Power 
Patrol, a brainchild of community activists and 
the Area B command. 

The Power Patrol is an innovative, proactive 
police patrol which was formed in April 1987 at 
the request of the Roxbury and Mattapan communi- 
ties. The Unit focuses on creating an envi- 
ronment hostile to minor street level crime which 
can escalate into incidents of violent crime. En- 
forcement efforts are directed at drinking in pub- 
lic, drug dealing, disorderly conduct and nui- 
sance crimes which impair the quality of life in 
Roxbury and Mattapan. 

The role of the Power Patrol is to preempt 9-1-1 
calls. Its workload is not generated by 9-1-1 
calls for service but is determined and driven by 



neighborhood intelligence and computer gener- 
ated analysis which isolate the crime "hot spots" 
and addresses which represent a high percentage 
of the Area's 9-1-1 calls. The Power Patrol is 
free from most 9-1-1 calls and can effectively 
address chronic problems and prevent the estab- 
lishment of serious crime in any specific neigh- 
borhood area. 

Evidence that the Power Patrol works is found 
in crime statistics and the community's reactions 
to the Unit. Nine months after the inception of 
the Power Patrol, serious crimes in targeted 
areas have decreased five percent and the Unit 
has made 2.695 arrests. Area merchants have 
lauded the efforts of the Power Patrol now that 
their customers can walk the sidewalks without 
being accosted by disorderly persons. Testimony 
to the Power Patrol's success is the reaction of 
Jose Gutierrez, the manager of a grocery store 
on Parker Street, who said recently in the Boston 
Globe: "Before, the kids would be standing in 
front of the store and some customers would be 
afraid to try and walk through them in order to 
come in. Without the Power Patrol I wouldn't 
have as much business as I do." 



Enforcement Saves Lives 

During 1986 Area E was plagued by 3,043 
motor vehicle accidents in which six lives 
were lost, several people were injured and nu- 
merous automobiles were damaged. The majority 
of these accidents were the direct result of speed- 
ing, running red lights and drinking while driv- 
ing. Deputy Superintendent Joseph Saia, then 
Commander of Area E, believed that he could 
have an impact on this problem by pinpointing 
the intersections where these accidents occurred 
and targeting those areas for intensive patrol. 

Area E is the largest command Area in the 
City covering approximately sixteen square miles 
or one-third of the City, including the densely 
populated residential neighborhoods of Hyde 
Park, West Roxbury, Roslindale and Jamaica 
Plain. Some of Boston's major roads and high- 
ways cut through these neighborhoods. 

Using computer generated analyses as a guide, 
"trouble spots" which included Hyde Park Ave- 
nue, Washington Street, Cummins Highway, 
Centre Street and American Legion Highway 
were identified. On the American Legion High- 
way alone there were twenty-five (25) major ac- 
cidents in 1986. 

Officers were directed to target these locations 
for intensive traffic enforcement. The positive 



results of this effort became apparent almost imme- 
diately. Motor vehicle accidents decreased by eight 
percent (-8%) and deaths by seventeen percent 
(-17%) in 1987. Correspondingly, the number of 
citations issued increased by sixteen percent 
(+16%). 

Targeted traffic enforcement is another exam- 

,ple of the Boston Police Department's effort to 

respond to neighborhood specific public safety 

issues with strategies which prevent problems 

from recurring. 




Sgt. Roy Chambers and P. O. Kenny Nichols (now an 
Area E Detective) patrol Hyde Park Ave. for speeders. 



Innovative preventive patrol . . . targeting 
poUce resources to neighborhood-specific 
pubUc safety concerns 



In 1987 the Bureau of Field 
Services began to experi- 
ment in the use of targeted 
preventive patrol. Along with 
the traditional sources of po- 
lice intelligence, all preventive 
patrols utilize computer gener- 
ated analysis of high crime ar- 
eas and/or print-outs listing the 
addresses generating the high- 
est number of calls to 9-1-1 
for police service. 
Early in 1987 Area Com- 



manders began to receive regu- 
lar reports listing the high 
crime locations called Report- 
ing Areas or "RAs" which ac- 
counted for over 18% of the 
serious crime citywide. These 
RAs are targeted for intensive 
police patrol and the Area 
Commanders are evaluated on 
their effectiveness in reducing 
crime in those RAs. In 1987 
crime was reduced in these tar- 
geted RAs. 



In April 1987, the Boston 
Police Power Patrol was 
formed to reduce crime in high 
incident "hot spots" in the 
Roxbury and Mattapan neigh- 
borhoods (see inset box). The 
summer months saw the insfi- 
tution of the Gang Patrol Units 
targeting addresses citywide 
frequented by youths causing a 
public disturbance. In the 
Roslindale, West Roxbury. Ja- 
maica Plain and Hyde Park 
neighborhoods, the Area Com- 
mander targeted high accident 
intersections for intensive traf- 
fic patrol (see inset box). 

The primary goal of each of 



these efforts has been to re- 
duce the incidence of crime 
jnd. as a result, reduce the 



number of calls to 9-1-1, free- 
ing more police officers to pa- 
trol neighborhood streets. 



Boston Police Department 

Crime Rate Trend 

Part One Crimes - 1986 vs. 1987 



Crime Type 


1986 


1987 


°/o Difference 


Homicide 


106 


75 


-29.20/0 


Rape 


516 


550 


6.60/0 


Robbery 


6,225 


5,408 


-13.10/0 


Aggravated Assault 


5,549 


5,920 


6.70/0 


Burglary 


10,485 


10,412 


-0.70/0 


Larceny 


26.553 


26.791 


0.90/0 


Auto Theft 


19,574 


1B,260 


-6.70/0 


Total 


69,008 


67,416 


-2.30/0 












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The telephone and the computer .... 
powerful public safety tools for the police 



In 1987 the Boston Police re- 
sponded to nearly 635,000 
9-1-1 calls for service. The 
Department's response to this 
enormous volume of calls is 
sometimes thwarted by insuffi- 
cient information. A child who 
doesn't know his exact ad- 
dress, a babysitter who gives 
the wrong address, an elderly 
person who collapses before 
giving the complete address — 
these situations often force the 



Operations Division 9-1-1 op- 
erators and police dispatchers 
to pass on incomplete informa- 
tion to the responding patrol 
unit. 

The installation of an all 
new Enhanced 9-1-1 (E 9-1-1) 
Computer Aided Dispatch 
(CAD) System will revolution- 
ize police response to 9-1-1 
calls by providing Department 
operators instant access to the 
caller's correct address through 




Salvatore Corrola. a Boston Police dispatcher, refers to a computer screen that shows available police 
units, while in front of him calls for emergency service flow directly from the 9-1- 1 operators ' computers. 




Boston Police K-9 Officer shown here with his K-9 
side-kick will celebrate the Canine Unit 's 25th 
year in 1988. 



the telephone lines. 

The new E 9-1-1 CAD Sys- 
tem is now under design with 
the assistance of outside con- 
sultants, and the design specifi- 
cations will be completed in 
1988. 

Another important feature of 
this system will be the ability 
to "stack" 9-1-1 calls for po- 
lice services which do not re- 
quire immediate response. This 
"stacking" feature will help to 
ensure that patrol cars stay in 
the neighborhood assigned and 
respond to calls in order of im- 
portance. 

Preventive police patrol. En- 
hanced 9-1-1 and Computer 
Aided Dispatch are all a part of 
the Department's Neighbor- 
hood-Based Deployment Plan, 
for which the Bureau of Field 
Services is largely responsible. 
A new era of policing has begun 
but it is important to remember 
that the strength of the Boston 
Police Department always has 
been, and always will be the 
bravery, pride and dedication of 
the officers on patrol. 



Boston Police Department 
9-1-1 Calls Dispatched 



346 



345 



344 



343 



342 



341 



340 



345,663 



344.301 




1986 



1987 



Tlwre were 345.863 i'Ikhu- ciill.\ to 9-1-1 to which 
a Boston Police Unit rcspoiuled. This figure does 
not represent, however, the total number of calls 
received by 9-1-1 operators, a number which is 
more than double that dispatched. 







Boston Police Special Operations Unit at the scene of a fatal shooting on 
Newport Street in Dorchester. Through quick work and brave actions many 
innocent lives were saved. 



9-1-1 
Response 



The day shift 9-1-1 operators kept a watchful 
eye on their computer screens as they anx- 
iously awaited the outcome of a 9-1-1 emergency 
call. 

It was just past lunch hour when a 9-1-1 oper- 
ator received a call from a distressed woman 
who was standing on the corner of Common- 
wealth Avenue and Fairfield Street as a jarring 
incident occurred. She had watched as a blue car 
pulled up in front of the Kingsley School. A 
woman emerged from the car, left the keys in 
the ignition and entered the building. A man ap- 
proached the car, opened the door, started the 
car and sped down Commonwealth Avenue. Un- 
known to the car thief, a young boy was sleeping 
securely in the back seat. Kidnapping a child 
was more than he'd bargained for. 

The female witness knew instinctively what to 
do. She ran to the nearest telephone and called 
9-1-1. She gave a detailed description of the 
man, the car, and the situation. The 9-1-1 opera- 
tor entered the information into the C.A.D. Sys- 
tem (Computer Aided Dispatch) and the call au- 



tomatically was sent to a dispatcher for Area D, 
the jurisdiction in which the crime was commit- 
ted. The dispatcher made an announcement over \ 
the radio frequency for Area D listing the details | 
of the incident, the location and the fact that the j 
auto theft/kidnapping was still in progress. Two | 
units responded to the call and were at the scene \ 
within five minutes. 

As one officer spoke with the distraught 
mother of the child, another sped down Com- , 
monwealth Avenue in pursuit of the stolen vehi- I 
cle which was headed towards a local hotel. The \ 
blue car was found abandoned in an alley behind 1 
the hotel with the confused child still in the back 
seat. 

The child was returned by the officers to his 
grateful mother. The car was towed to Area D , 
for fingerprinting as an ambulance unit checked \ 
to make sure the boy had been unharmed. He 
was fine. 

A sigh of relief was heard through the seventh 
floor of Boston Police Headquarters, home of the ' 
Operations Division. The operators saw that the j 
call had "cleared" and knew their 9-1-1 Com- 
puter Aided Dispatch system had made a differ- | 
ence in the life of a little boy. j 































































Sector Integrity: The 

NeiCphDOrnOOCl Cop is was no resistance at all, in fact this neighbor- 

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was always policed until the advent of 9-1-1 and 
Tn June, 1987 Mayor Flynn and Commissioner computer-aided dispatch. Sector integrity has 
XRoache were proud to reopen the District also been a learning process for 9-1-1 dis- 
Seven, East Boston station after it was closed patchers who now recognize and identify the sec- 
due to Proposition 2-1/2 cutbacks. With the re- tors and the officers who police them." 
opening came the opportunity to field test a pa- The officer in the street, by working within 
trol plan which combines both old and new po- neighborhood sectors, gets to know its people 
licing concepts. This new method of policing and its problems. This might involve identifying 
East Boston is known as sector integrity and is a high incident address, talking to a kid on the 
just one component of a larger, longer term pro- street corner who is headed for trouble or to 
ject entitled RESPONSE which will change the counsel domestic violence victims on how to best 
way the City of Boston is policed. protect themselves from future victimization. A 
Sector integrity is a patrol plan in which offi- sense of identify and accountability is established 
cers are assigned to a neighborhood beat (sector) in which an officer wants to take calls in his/her 
and remain within that beat to take 9-1-1 calls sector because its "his sector" and his area's 
for service and resolve police-related problems. problem. As sector integrity becomes a perma- 
Captain Scappichio, Commander of District nent part of East Boston, so too does the familiar 
Seven, was asked if there was resistance on the face of the patrol officer in the neighborhood, 
part of the public or East Boston officers to this the officer who has become part of the neighbor- 
form of policing and he responded "No, there hood's people, its personality and its pride. 






















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Bureau of Investigative Services 




Difficult and Dangerous Jobs 



The Bureau of Investigative Services combines the skill of the 
investigator and modern technology to solve crime 



The job of the Bureau of In- 
vestigative Services is to 
investigate and solve crime — 
to get the criminal off the 
streets. Their work is difficult 
and because it is done in plain- 
clothes, usually undercover, 
their long hours of investiga- 
tion are often unrecognized by 



the public. The Bureau handles 
investigations ranging from or- 
ganized crime to homicide and 
burglary. Many of the Bu- 
reau's investigations are con- 
ducted with a "task force" ap- 
proach that often includes 
other municipal and federal 
law enforcement agencies. 



''Fighting Drugs and Violence in Boston's 
Neighborhoods ' ' 



There is no more dangerous 
assignment than the Bu- 
reau's Drug Control Unit 



(DCU). The sixty men and 
women of the DCU put their 
lives on the line every day — 



making undercover buys, serv- 
ing warrants and conducting 
surveillance. Investigations can 
be long and frustrating yet the 
Unit gets results, (see inset 
box) In 1987 drug arrests in- 
creased 258% as compared to 
1984 and 23% as compared to 
1986. Not only have the num- 
bers increased but. most sig- 
nificantly, the quantity of the 
drugs seized has increased. 

The Drug Control Unit con- 
ducts investigations and makes 
arrests in every neighborhood 
of the City. In 1987 the Unit 



made major arrests in neigh- 
borhoods from the North End 
to Mattapan and East Boston to 
Roslindale. Many of these 
achievements have been made 
possible by cooperative investi- 
gations with the Drug Enforce- 
ment Administration, the State 
Police and other local police 
departments. 
Gang activity has become 



nearly synonymous with drug 
trafficking. In 1986 the Jamai- 
can Gang Unit was formed in 
response to the particularly 
violent nature of Jamaican 
gangs called "posses." In 
1987. thanks to the cooperative 
efforts of the Jamaican Gang 
Unit, the Drug Control Unit 
and the Power Patrol, Jamai- 
can gang-related violence de- 



creased. Drug-related homi- 
cides decreased by twenty- 
three in 1987 and the Jamaican 
Gang Unit, as a part of the 
Area B/Federal Government 
Organized Drug Enforcement 
Task Force, has seized hun- 
dreds of automatic weapons 
from Jamaican gang members. 



A Special Sensitivity to 
Victims of Rape 

Prior to May. 1984 victims of sexual 
assault may have felt further victimized by 
the system. Today, thanks to the establishment 
of the Sexual Assault Unit, things have changed 
for the better. 

The goal of the Department in forming the 
specialized Sexual Assault Unit was to encourage 
victims to come forward and report rape and at- 
tempted rape. The Unit is staffed by eleven de- 
tectives and two superior officers. These offi- 
cers, once notified of an incident, are available 
twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, to re- 
spond to the scene and initiate an investigation. 
The courts ensure that the victim is helped by a 
victim assistant throughout the adjudication proc- 
ess. The Sexual Assault Unit makes itself availa- 
ble by assisting the victim when he or she re- 
quires additional information, transportation to 
the court or by offering support that is otherwise 
unavailable. 

The officers of the Sexual Assault Unit attend 
a Rape Investigations Course which is given by 
the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training 
Council. During this forty-hour training period 
the officers learn how to interview victims and 
are trained in the particulars of investigating sex- 
ual assault crimes. This training helps the offi- 
cers to become sensitive to the special needs of 
the sexual assault victim. 

In addition to investigations, the Unit is also 
active in efforts to educate the community in 
rape prevention. In 1987 the Sexual Assault Unit 
attended fifty community meetings and provided 



residents with information which included: 
"What to do if you are a rape victim ..." 

• Get help. Go to a safe place and call the 
police. The police can take you to the 
hospital and get your description of the 
attacker. 

• Do not shower, bathe, brush your teeth 
or destroy any of the clothing you are 
wearing. If you must change your clothes 
before going to the hospital, place each 
article of clothing in separate paper bags 
so the evidence is not destroyed. 

• If you go to the hospital on your own for 
tests and still do not wish to contact the 
police, the hospital will keep the evi- 
dence you bring for six months in case 
you elect to contact the police later on. 

These education efforts are very important, but 
the Unit's most important role is investigative. In 
1987 there were 414 reported rapes and the Unit 
conducted 867 investigations of rape, attempted 
rape and indecent assault and battery. The Unit 
effected 215 arrests, testified in 34 rape hearings 
and issued 20 outstanding warrants, all of which 
contributed to the clearance of 280 cases. 

Statistics can only tell part of the story. The 
real difference for victims of rape is that the 
Boston Police Department has identified one Unit 
sensitive to their concerns. As Dave Rodman of 
the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office has 
said, "Ever since the Sexual Assault Unit was 
established the victims of sexual assault have re- 
ceived better emotional support and understand- 
ing." 

The commitment will continue in 1988. 



Behind the scenes of an investigation 



The ncpartincnt's dctcc- 
ti\os, whether they work 
in the Sexual Assault Unit, the 
DruiZ Control Unit or the 



Honiieide Unit depend upon 
inereasingly sophisticated tech- 
nology to help them do their 
jobs. 



In 1987 the Boston Police 
Department expanded its net- 
work of computers which are 
directly linked to the National 
Crime Information Center 
(NCIC). This network now en- 



Boston Police Department 



1984 - 1987 




1984 



1985 



1986 



1987 



Since 1984 the total number of arrests effected by the Boston Police Department have progressively in- 
creased. In 1987, arrests increased sixteen percent. 




Detective Richard Doyle of the BPD Video Unit 
displays a laser disk that holds thousands of mug 
shots, and the video pallette that is used to ac- 
cess the images and alter them to account for a 
mustache that has since been shaved or perhaps 
approxinuUe what he might look like with a hat. 



Technology as a Weapon 
Against Crime 

As she prepared for her early morning jog, 
the last thing on the young woman's mind was 
the possibility of becoming a victim of crime. After 
completing her first few laps around the Chestnut 
Hill Reservoir she was brutally attacked from be- 
hind by an assailant who stabbed her several times. 
Although injured, the jogger was able to break free 
from her assailant and obtain help from a passerby. 
Fortunately the Boston Police Department had re- 
cently obtained a video identification computer 
which it makes available to various police agencies 
in surrounding cities and towns. The computer is 
utilized to identify suspects who use weapons in vio- 
lent crimes, drug related robberies and sexual as- 
saults — types of crime which are characterized by 
repeat offenses. This highly sophisticated equip- 



ment searches an extensive data base of arrest re- 
cords, mug shots and personal descriptions to iso- 
late offenders whose behavior and appearance fit 
characteristics described by the victim. Gender, 
race, color of hair and eyes, build, nicknames and 
gang affiliation are only some of the variables by 
which the system can isolate a likely suspect. If the 
computer does not contain a photo record matching 
the victim's description, the victim can easily con- 
struct a computer generated photo composite. 

As the young woman provided the detectives with 
a description of her assailant that morning, the in- 
formation was entered into the computer and a 
group of photos was generated which fit the descrip- 
tion of her attacker. Within hours of what was a 
traumatic morning for the runner, her assailant was 
identified and apprehended by Boston Police detec- 
tives. 



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ables Boston Police detectives, 
assigned throughout the City's 
-)olice districts, to directly 
[ucry the powerful NCIC 
clearinghouse about crime oc- 
curring throughout the nation. 
Included in NCIC are volu- 
minous data bases on wanted 
and missing persons. Details 
such as age, sex, race, aliases, 
extensive personal descriptors 
and criminal offenses are in- 
cluded in warrant files in order 
to assist law enforcement agen- 
cies in the immediate identifi- 
cation and apprehension of 
wanted felons. Extensive files 
are also maintained on nation- 
wide stolen property which of- 
ten travel many miles to buy- 
ers who believe they are 
insulated by distance from the 
discovery of their illegally 

rained purchases. 
Because the computers make 
uirect inquiries to NCIC, com- 
puter response time is quick, 
efficient and effective. Victims 
of property crimes in Boston 
can be assured that their prop- 



erty, if found by another law 
enforcement agency in Massa- 
chusetts or elsewhere in the 
United States, can and will be 
traced to its rightful owner 
through NCIC. 
In addition to the NCIC net- 



work, the Department has pur- 
chased a video identification 
computer (see inset box) and 
has access to the State Police 
fingerprint identification com- 
puter which will speed police 
investigations. 



Boston Police Department 
Citywide Drug Arrests 

January through December 
1984 - 1987 



S.OOD 




5,000 
4,500 
4,000 
3,500 
3,000 
2,500 








3534 












1984 



Aoay 

tOOr 



4122 





1985 



1986 



1987 



Citywide Drug Arrests have increased 258% since 1984. These arrest figures represent drug arrests ef- 
fected by all units, including the Drug Control Unit, area police officers, detectives and special units. 



The Drug Control Unit: 
Operation Dolpliin 

In November 1986 a major drug investigation 
began when a confidential informant put a mem- 
ber of the Drug Control Unit in touch with an unsus- 
pecting drug dealer. The meeting took place at the 
New England Aquarium and the investigation 
quickly became known as Operation Dolphin. 

The investigation led from the root of the drug 
ring in East Boston to the neighboring towns of 
Everett, Chelsea and Revere. Spanish-speaking of- 
ficers were able to translate intercepted phone con- 
versations and wire taps, eventually "breaking the 
code." 

Once the code was broken, members of the 
Boston Police Drug Control Unit, search warrant in 



hand, carefully combed through racks of apparel in 
the closet of a house on Nichols Street in Everett. 
One member of the search team noticed one odd 
plank on the floor of the closet which was lighter in 
color than the rest. 

He lifted the blonde plank to reveal an abandoned 
stairwell leading to their first floor, the perfect hid- 
ing place. The detective reached his hand into the 
darkness to feel for what eyes could not see and im- 
mediately knew it was all over. After nine months 
of 16-hour days and seven-day s-a- week surveil- 
lance, the case was broken. Under the board inside 
the closet were five kilos of Cocaine. The ring was 
responsible for the distribution of approximately 30 
kilos of Cocaine per month destined for the streets 
of Boston and neighboring communities, but as a 
result of this investigation, the Drug Control Unit 
dismantled their operation. 



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Disrupting Organized Crime 

During the tall of 1986, the Boston 
Police Organized Crime Unit began an investi- 
gation into illegal gaming operations in the Charles- 
town neighborhood. The target of the investigation 
was known to have links with traditional La Cosa 
Nostra factions and was the head of a lucrative 
sports betting syndicate. 

Between December 1986 and February 1987, 
with the assistance of the Suffolk County District 
Attorney's Office, a series of court-ordered tele- 
phone intercepts were installed to obtain evidence 
against the upper levels of the illegal operation. The 
wiretaps not only produced evidence on the 
Charlestown operation, it also revealed an exten- 
sive gaming system servicing much of Eastern 
Massachusetts. 

On February 6, 1987, the five-month investiga- 
tion came to fruition. Armed with fourteen search 



warrants, a total of seventy-five Boston Police de- 
tectives assisted by officers from the neighboring 
towns of Everett, Medford, Revere, Chelsea, 
Stoneham, Somerville and Waltham raided loca- 
tions and seized large quantities of gaming equip- 
ment and records, forty thousand dollars in cash, 
quantities of Cocaine and seven firearms. 

The investigation was far from over. On March 
13, 1987, a Suffolk County Grand Jury considered 
the evidence seized during the investigation and re- 
turned a total of ninety-eight indictments ranging 
from violations of gaming laws, drug and firearms 
violations to telecommunications fraud and viola- 
tions of the Organized Crime Statute. 

Subsequently, twenty-eight persons were ar- 
rested and arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court 
where, to date, charges are pending against nine- 
teen defendants involved in organized crime in the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 




Donald Hayes, a crime lab technician shown here us- 
ing a high-powered microscope, compares a hair taken 
from the suspect after his arrest to onefourul at the scene 
of the crime. Clues turned up by our forensic experts 
become a crucial part of many criminal cases. 





(oston police Department 
HOI^ICIDE 

1986 Versus 1987 



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1987* 



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homicides reported in Boston since 1978. 



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Homicides decreased twenty-nine percent in 1987. The 
efforts of the Power Patrol. Gang Units and the Drug 
Control Unit contributed greatly to the decreasing in- 
cidence of deadly drug related violence. 



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Bureau of Neighborhood Services 




The Community Disorder Unit (from left to right) Gail Suyemoto. Sgt. Det. William Johnston, Interpreter Thong Chalemsouk, Int. Chanrity Uong, Del. James 
Seal. Int. Nguyen Pham, Det. Joseph Poggi. Del. William Fredericks. Int. Quang Ha. Det. Miguel Novo. P.O. Jerome Bowen. Mary Boccuzzi 



Ensuring Access- 
Caring for Victims 

The Bureau of Neighborhood Services 
responds quickly to changing community 
needs . . . 



Senior citizens, victims of 
domestic violence and recent 
immigrants are among the many 
Boston residents who have been 
assisted by the Bureau of Neigh- 
borhood Services. 

The Bureau of Neighborhood 
Services was established in 1985 
by Commissioner Roache and 



has primary responsibility for 
investigating and monitoring 
civil rights violations, address- 
ing issues of crime prevention 
education and working with the 
victims of crime. The Bureau in- 
cludes the Domestic Violence/ 
Victim Assistance Unit, the Sen- 
ior Response Unit, the Officer 



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Friendly Program, the Commu- 
nity Disorders Unit and the 
Neighborhood Watch Program. 
Since 1985, the Bureau of 
Neighborhood Services has de- 
veloped and grown in response 
to community needs. In 1986 the 
Community Disorders Unit be- 
gan to focus on the concerns of 
homosexuals and recent immi- 
grants. In 1987 the Neighbor- 
hood Watch Program was 
greatly expanded to comprise 
over 259 neighborhood crime 
watches (see inset boxes). In 
1988, as in the past, the priori- 
ties of the Bureau of Neighbor- 
hood Services will revolve 
around community concerns, 
particularly rape prevention ed- 
ucation and family violence. 



Neighborhood Watch: A 
Partnership for the Future 

Chris Hayes, Director of the Boston Police 
Neighborhood Watch Program, describes it 
as "a dynamic strategy to bring together the di- 
verse people of Boston's neighborhoods around a 
common goal; peace and quiet on their streets." 
From Charlestown to Hyde Park, from 
Roxbury to Bay Village, people are coming to- 
gether to prevent crime by forming neighbor- 
hood crime watch groups. Neighborhood watch 
members keep a close eye on their neighbor- 
hoods — reporting all suspicious activity to the 
Boston Police. The Department credits the crime 
watch groups with providing valuable informa- 
tion about illegal activities. The Neighborhood 
Watch Program has really brought about a new 
partnership between neighborhoods and police 
officers. Neighborhood Justice Network Director 
Crisley Wood believes that "the crime watch 
groups in Boston have rebuilt the spirit of the 
neighborhoods." 

The activities of neighborhood crime watches 
best speak for themselves: 

• During 1987 when a series of slashing at- 
tacks on women began south of Boston, 
the Neighborhood Watch Program was 
able to mobilize dozens of blocks of 
neighbors to come together to still fears 
and to watch out for one another. Com- 
posite drawings of the suspect were dis- 
tributed and the police agreed to increase 
patrols on the streets. Three months later 
the alleged assailant was under arrest. 

• As a young woman walked home early 
one evening she sensed that she was be- 
ing followed closely by a car which 
eventually cut her off. A fellow member 
of a newly formed Hyde Park crime 
watch group was watching the activity 
from her window and quickly telephoned 
nearby neighbors. Within minutes, sev- 
eral people appeared on the street which 
intimidated the driver and caused him to 
speed away. Thanks to the "watchful 
eyes" of the neighbor, an incident was 



ended before it could escalate into vio- 
lence. 

• In East Boston residents of a housing de- 
velopment became tired of drug traffick- 
ers and organized a neighborhood crime 
watch group. As a result of the group 
working closely with detectives from the 
Drug Control Unit, seventeen tenants 
dealing drugs were evicted. 

• A member of a Mattapan crime watch 
group complained to the police about a 
house on her street that had become a 
"drug house." Detectives from the Drug 
Control Unit conducted a thorough inves- 
tigation which resulted in the arrest of a 
suspect. The culprit turned out to be an 
individual who had been tormenting resi- 
dents in the area for months. 

• Oftentimes a neighborhood crime watch 
boils down to one person's persistent ef- 
forts. In the South End, a woman's de- 
termination resulted in a number of ar- 
rests in her building and the return of 
security guards to the building despite 
budget constraints. Perhaps the most im- 
portant thing she accomplished was that 
she returned a sense of freedom to the 
residents. 

Although 259 neighborhood crime watch 
groups are currently in existence throughout the 
City (77 new groups were formed in 1987), 
Commissioner Roache said recently "I would 
like to see a neighborhood crime watch group on 
every street in the City. This sort of police and 
resident partnership is the wave of the future." 




Boston Organizers o/National Night Out {from L-R) Lorraine McMullm. Mike 
Svector of she BPD as McGruffthe Crime Dog. Ed Brooks ofDrop-A-Dime, 
Judith Lorei of Sireelsafe . Lucy Grover Of the BPD Crime Watch Program. 
Marisa Jones ofNJN. and Chris Hayes, director of Crime Watch Program. 



14 



Your Civil Rights are guaranteed . . . 



No resident or visitor to 
Boston will be denied access 
to any neighborhood or public 
place in the City — that right is 
guaranteed by the Constitution 
and ensured by the Community 
Disorders Unit of the Boston Po- 
lice Department. The Unit in- 
vestigates all incidents of alleged 
civil rights violations and. with 
the District Attorney, prepares 



those cases for trial. 

In 1988 the Community Dis- 
orders Unit will celebrate its 
tenth-year anniversary. Perhaps 
in another ten years the Unit will 
no longer be necessary and will 
be disbanded. Until that time the 
Boston Police will use whatever 
means necessary, be it education 
or arrest, and to stop civil rights 
violations. 



The needs of tomorrow, anticipated today. . 



In 1987 the Bureau of Neigh- 
borhood Services began look- 
ing ahead to the concerns of 
1988. The Community Disor- 
ders Unit, with the assistance of 
funding from the Common- 
wealth of Massachusetts and the 
City of Boston, designed a pro- 
gram targeting recent young im- 
migrants called the Gateway Cit- 



ies Program. The program, 
which will be implemented in 
1988 in the Boston Public 
Schools, teaches recent immi- 
grant youth about their civil 
rights and the support the Boston 
Police can provide. These young 
people are a very important audi- 
ence because in the households 
of recent immigrants, they are 



Boston Police Department 

Civil Rights Incidents 

and Prosecutions 

In 14X7 Ihcrc were four tcwcr incidcnisf -3'f I rcptincd [nlhc 
Comnuinil) Disorders Unil than reported in I9H6 Whili 
repiined ineidenls decreased, enminal and eivil prnseeutions in 
ereased The Comniunitv Disorders Unit found sulTicienl e\ idenet 
to brine fomial eflargcs in twent) seven pereent 1 27";; ) ol its eases 
dn increase of l>3'^; over the number ot charges brought thi 
previous year 
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1987 



often the only family members 
who speak any English. 
Through these children the De- 
partment hopes to reach older 
immigrants so that they too 
know iheir rights as citizens of 
the United States. 




Commissioner Francis ' 'Mickey ' ' Roache, with Danny Marsden and Gary Laboy, two of the city 's high schoolers who attended a meeting 
at the Parkman House to discuss ways to reduce violence among teenagers. 



15 




Sanla gets a lift from BPD Mounted Officer Bernie Graves and his horse Timothy. The police officer on a horse is a goodwill ambassador to the general public 
and a highly visible presence that assures order in the busy downtown scene. 



New approaches to family violence . . . 



Victims are the priority of 
the Bureau of Neighbor- 
hood Services, particularly vic- 
tims of family violence. By 
1987 the Department imple- 
mented new procedures for re- 
porting incidents of domestic 
violence aimed at increasing 



police reporting. In 1987 the 
number of family trouble calls 
to 9-1-1 increased only 9% 
while the number of reports of 
family violence increased 
61%. The Domestic Violence 
Unit reviews these reports and 
tracks the resolution of these 
cases. 



Educating the young and old in personal 
safety . . . 



At seven years of age, children 
are just learning about the 
world around them, and in 1987. 
the Boston Police Department 
instructed nearly 28,000 ele- 
mentary age children in how to 
make that world a little safer. 
The Officer Friendly Program, 
sponsored in part by the Sears 



Roebuck Foundation, visits 
kindergarten through third grade 
classrooms across the City offer- 
ing personal safety lessons and a 
positive introduction to law en- 
forcement. 

Young and old alike can bene- 
fit from personal safety tips, par- 
ticularly Seniors who are often 



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Boston Police Department 

Who to Call: 

Sexual Assault Unit 247-4400 

Senior Response Unit 247-4355 

Consumer Fraud Unit 247-4490 

Missing Persons 247-4687 

Officer Friendly 247-4345 

Drug Hot Line 247-4697 

Domestic Violence 247-4345 

Victim Assistance 247-4345 

The BPD has a number of highly trained units 
which offer specialized assistance to citizens. 



alone and vulnerable to fear and 
crime. The Boston Police Senior 
Response Unit is specially 
trained to ease fears, offer crime 
prevention advice and provide 
support to the elderly if a crime 
occurs, (see inset box) 



Advocates for the Elderly: 
The Senior Response Unit 

Have you ever gone to visit an elderly rela- 
tive or friend, opened up their refrigerator 
and wondered what that little brown vial on the 
top shelf was? The vial is a part of the "Vial of 
Life" program sponsored by the Boston Police 
Senior Response Unit and CVS Drugstores. The 
Boston Police Department and Emergency Medi- 
cal Services Personnel have been alerted to the 
location of these vials so they can find them in 
the event of an emergency. Inside the vials is in- 
formation which could save an elderly person 
who has been found unconscious, incoherent or 
is unable to speak English. The information in- 
cludes the person's name, address and telephone 
number, doctor's name and telephone number, 
pharmacy and telephone number, allergies, medi- 
cations taken, medical problems, medical insur- 
ance number and persons to contact in an emer- 
gency. 

The "Vial of Life" is just one of the many 
programs introduced and sponsored by the 
Boston Police Department's Senior Response 
Unit. Created in October, 1984, the Senior Re- 
sponse Unit is the first of its kind to be incorpo- 
rated into a police department anywhere. It is 
staffed by two sergeants and ten patrol officers 
each assigned to a particular area of the City. To 
qualify as a member of this Unit, each officer 
must graduate from the Massachusetts Criminal 
Justice Training Center with a certificate in 
Crime Prevention and possess a sincere desire to 
help seniors. 

The Unit's primary goal is to provide Boston's 
senior community with a genuine sense of secu- 
rity and the highest level of police services pos- 
sible. When a crime involving an elderly person 
occurs, not only do the Boston Police perform 
their standard investigation but the Senior Re- 
sponse Unit is also notified of the incident. A 
member of the Unit visits the victim and spends 
the extra time that a regular patrol officer can- 
not. The officer listens to complaints, fears and 
problems the victim may be having as a result of 
the incident. Too often, after an elderly person 
has been a victim of a crime, such as purse 



snatching or mugging, they become prisoners in 
their home. The Senior Response officer is there 
to provide crime prevention tips and reassure the 
victim. One of Boston's senior citizens and a 
resident of the Woodburn Senior Housing Com- 
plex, who feels that the Senior Response Unit is 
making a difference stated, "It's been great hav- 
ing the Senior Response Unit, you can always 
depend on them. During a twenty-hour blackout 
in 1987, an officer from the Senior Response 
Unit went through the building with her flash 
light checking on the tenants." 

The Unit also conducts crime prevention semi- 
nars during community meetings, senior citizen 
meetings and other senior functions. In addition 
to the "Vial of Life" program the Unit has in- 
troduced the Whistle Program, the Bunco Pro- 
gram, Operation I.D., the Pedestrian Education 
Driver Safety Program which included Selective 
Enforcement programs and Elderly Crossing 
Signs, 9-1-1 Tours, the Anti-Crime Strategies 
and the Senior Response Column in the Boston 
Seniority. 




Sergeant Russell Black, Commander of the Senior Response Unit, with Dorothy 
Bell, an elderly affairs advocate, at the Woodboume Senior Residence. 



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Upholding the Values of the 
Boston Police Department 



The Bureau of Professional Standards is Tough but Fair 



In 1985 the Bureau of Pro- 
fessional Standards was es- 
tablished by Commissioner 
Roache as an internal monitor- 
ing and investigation mecha- 
nism to ensure that the values 
of the Boston Police are up- 
held by all Department em- 



ployees. The Commissioner 
made his expectations for the 
Department very clear through 
his statement of departmental 
values (see inset box) and his 
order creating the Bureau of 
Professional Standards in 
1985. 
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The Bureau is comprised of 
three divisions which include 
Anti-Corruption. Staff Inspec- 
tion and Internal Affairs. 

The Anti-Corruption Divi- 
sion investigates allegations of 
employee wrong-doing. 

The Staff Inspection Divi- 



sion reviews and reports on the 
professional appearance and 
bearing of officers as well as 
adherence to administrative 
procedure outlined in the rules, 
regulations and special orders. 
Staff Inspection is also respon- 
sible for supervising the opera- 
tions and performance of private 
towing companies working with 
the Boston Police. 

The Internal Affairs Division 
is charged with monitoring and 
investigating use of force by 
police officers and violations 
of the rules and regulations by 
Department personnel. 

Based on conservative esti- 
mates of police enforcement 
activities in 1987, there were 
only five complaints for every 
10,000 interactions, (see table 
A) This ratio of complaints to 
interactions compares favor- 
ably with other police depart- 
ments. 



Values of the Boston Police 

The Boston Police Department's vision for excellence incorporates 

goals and objectives for the Department to assure a professional and 

coordinated response to the complex safety issues facing our city. The 

values of the Department should be philosophically compatible with 

those of our citizens we serve. 

I. The Boston Police Department will utilize any and all of its resources 
to protect citizens from those persons who would, by force or threat 
of force, willfully injure, intimidate, interfere with, opress or threaten 
any other person. 

II. If the Department is to be successful, it will be above suspicion. The 
Department will not be compromised in the area of integrity; every 
effort will be made to maintain credibility with the public by deliver- 
ing public service without personal gain. The Department recognizes 
that integrity is the cornerstone of an excellent department. 

III. The true professional's attitude reflects great respect for the public. 
Our programs instill proper and professional attitudes based upon 
courteous and respectful interaction with the public. 

IV. Recognizing its primary role is to serve the public, the Department 
knows its success depends on the cooperation of the community - it 
has developed a partnership based upon a common purpose and mutual 
respect. 

V. The Department is committed to the livability of our city. Each and 
every member makes a personal commitment to earn the public's 
goodwill and becomes an advocate for the city's pride. Good polic- 
ing is viewed in terms of human values rather than a bureaucratic, 
mechanical or technical task-orientated mission. 




Bureau of Administrative Services 




A Highly Professional Team 
Working Behind the Scenes 

The Bureau of Administrative Services recognizes that the 
administration must support the needs of the officer on the street 



Public expectations of Ad- 
ministrative Services per- 
sonnel should be as high as 
our expectations of police offi- 
cers — proficient administra- 
tive staff contributes critical 



support to field operations. 
With this in mind the Boston 
Police Department has re- 
cruited and assembled a highly 
professional administrative 
team. From the crime analysts 

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to the instructors at the Police 
Academy to the custodians, 
purchasing clerks, program- 
mers, auto mechanics, police 
artists and computer operators 
— all are a part of a mostly ci- 



vilian team who have sought to 
understand and meet the needs 
^ of a modern police depart- 
ment. 

In 1987 the challenges facing 
the Bureau included: moderni- 



zation of the vehicle fleet, re- 
cruitment and training of po- 
lice officers and civilian 
employees, the opening of 
neighborhood police stations, 
administration of promotional 



exams for sergeants and lieu- 
tenants and the development of 
specifications for an all new 
Computer Aided Dispatch 
(CAD) and Enhanced 9-1-1 
System. 



Reaching out to young men and women 
of all races and providing the training they 
need to become Boston Police Officers . . . 



In 1987 the Boston Police 
Department hired 192 re- 
cruits. The goal of the Bureau 
of Administrative Services was 
to ensure that these recruits 
represented the diversity of the 
City and received the best 
training possible. The Bureau 
met the first part of this goal 
with the assistance of the 
Massachusetts Association of 
Minority Law Enforcement 



Officers (MAMLEO). Of the 
192 recruits hired, 35.4% 
were minorities and females. 

The recruits must participate 
in and graduate from a diffi- 
cult and thorough twenty-two 
week training program con- 
ducted at the Boston Police 
Academy. The program in- 
cludes physical training and 
academics, all geared toward 
producing a graduate who em- 



Boston Police Department 
ngth Report 



1985 vs. 1987 



Number of 
Personnel 



2,000 
1,950 
1,900 
1,850 
I.BOO 
1,750 
1,700 
1,650 
1,600 
1,550 
1,500 



1,762 



1.946 








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1985 



1987 



Since Commissioner Roache was appointed in February of 1985, the sworn 
complement of the Boston Police Department has grown to just under 2,000 
- despite a high retirement rate. The Boston Police Department 's commit- 
ment to building staffing levels to achieve optimum delivery of police ser- 
vices is evident in the numbers of new police officers trained in the Police 
Academy arui placed on active duty. 

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bodies the high standards and 
values of a Boston Police Offi- 
cer, (see inset box) 

To become a Boston Police 
Officer is to make a lifelong 
commitment to public service. 
With that commitment should 
come a variety of promotional 
opportunities. In the nine years 
prior to Commissioner Roache's 
appointment, no promotional 
examinations had been given 
by the Department. In 1985 
the Boston Police Department 
administered the first ser- 
geant's examination since 
1977. From the 1985 examina- 
tion sixty-five officers were 
promoted — eighteen were mi- 
norities and seven were fe- 
males. In 1987 a second exam- 
ination for sergeant was 
conducted and from that exam 
a new group of sergeants will 
be promoted in 1988. 

In 1987, the first examina- 
tion in eleven years for the 
rank of lieutenant was adminis- 
tered and in early 1988 thirty- 
three officers were promoted 
from that exam. Among those 
thirty-three were the first 
women to hold the permanent 
civil service rank of lieutenant. 

The personal and profes- 
sional impact of these long 
awaited promotional opportuni- 
ties has been significant. How- 
ever, most significant will be 
the impact of these new super- 
visors on an increasingly 
young and developing police 
force. 



Providing high quality equipment 
and maintaining it well . . . 



The quality of an officer's 
equipment is as important 
as the quality of training and 
supervision. In 1985, the Bu- 
reau of Administrative Serv- 
ices initiated an ongoing pro- 
gram of regular fleet mainte- 



nance and vehicle replace- 
ment, (see insert box) In 
1987, the Department pur- 
chased 100 new vehicles and 
today 41 % of the vehicles as- 
signed to the patrol force are 
1986 or 1987 models. 



One of the Bureau's most 
significant recent equipment 
acquisitions was personal body 
armor/bullet-proof vests. The 
vests were selected with the 
assistance of the Boston Police 
Patrolmen's Association and 
will be made available to every 
police officer in 1988. 



A Day In The Life Of A 
Boston Police Recruit 



In November 1987, if you wanted to 
become a police officer in Boston, you had to 
run eight and a half miles in bone-chilling rain. 
"The sergeant dropped us off in South Boston 
and we had to run all the way back to the Police 
Academy in Hyde Park," said a recruit in the 
December '87 Boston Police Academy class. The 
recruit added that even though the Mayor and 
the Commissioner showed up to run the distance 
with them, it didn't make it any easier. 

The balance of academic and physical de- 
mands, two hours of physical training every 
morning followed by six hours of intense class- 
room study, has ranked the Boston Police Acad- 
emy among the best police training programs in 
New England. The eighteen instructors at the 




There were 134 new officers appointed in 1987. further exemplify- 
ing the Boston Police Department 's committment to a larger force. 



Academy are all certified by the Massachusetts 
Criminal Justice Training Council and have ex- 
tensive experience in the classroom and on pa- 
trol. Many of the instructors have completed a 
forty-hour FBI training program to certify them 
in a particular area of expertise, such as domes- 
tic violence. 

The recruit's day begins at 7:30 in the morning 
with physical training. The physical training in- 
cludes calisthenics and a one to four-mile run every 
day. By the nineteenth week the trainees are timed 
in the one-mile run. By the twenty-second week 
everyone must run the one-mile course in less than 
eight minutes. 

By 10:30 a.m. the recruits are hard at work in 
class with a tough exam on constitutional law. 
"The instructor requires verbatim definitions and 
exact quotes from the books," said one graduat- 
ing recruit. "He makes sure we know the laws 
we have to enforce." 

Every prospective Boston police officer is re- 
quired to take five courses covering 23 topics. 
Each week Academy instructors give an exam 
covering the past week's work. Many recruits 
reported that they studied several hours every 
night and often all day Sunday to keep up with 
such subjects as patrol procedures, the criminal 
justice system, current issues in policing, and 
Massachusetts Criminal Law. 

Is this training grueling? Yes. Is it worth it? A 
recent graduate of the Academy said, "the Acad- 
emy is a good place, the training is the best and 
the instructors are great. Yes, I would do it all 
over again if I had to, not just because it keeps 
you in shape and gets you going in the morning 
but because I feel that being a police officer is 
worthwhile and I am proud to be one." 



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Fleet Management: 

A Long Term Commitment 

Two years ago, the commitment was 
made to establish a first rate fleet manage- 
ment program. At that time. Lieutenant John 
Cunniffe, Jr., of the Fleet Management Division 
summed up the condition of the fleet in a letter 
requesting more vehicles: "... prayers got us 
through a mild winter, summertime is another 
matter altogether." 

The first step in rebuilding the fleet came in 
February, 1987 when Ron Mason was hired as 
Director of Transportation. Mason's key projects 
have included modernizing the facilities at Area 
garages and moving the central garage to a facil- 
ity on Frontage Road which is better equipped to 
handle the extensive Boston Police Department 
fleet. 




The Department 's committment to rebuilding its fleet was 
clearly illustrated in 1987 by the addition of 38 cars to 
the fleet. 



Since many problems can be avoided with 
"preventive maintenance," vehicles are now be- 
ing serviced at earlier intervals, a responsibility 
of each district. Minor repair work is also per- 
formed in the Areas now that each garage has 
been supplied with new equipment. The central 
garage at Frontage Road concentrates on all 
other repairs. 

The presence of mechanics at Area garage 
sites has made life easier for the officers. Officer 
James Hawkins from Area E described the con- 
dition and availability of cars as "vastly im- 
proved." He went on to detail a recent situation 



where the mechanic at Area E completed a brake 
job for him within an hour, "that would have 
taken a week to complete in the past." 

Officer George Luongo of Area C shared simi- 
lar enthusiasm. He said that service at the Area 
has gotten "100 percent better; the service at 
District 11 is excellent." He explained that offi- 
cers used to avoid sending cars in for minor re- 
pairs since it took so long for them to be re- 
turned. 

Twenty percent more time is being spent on 
the upkeep of the fleet. The garage is now open 
six days a week enabling "down" cars to be 
back on the street sooner, fourteen percent faster 
than December, 1986. 

Many more improvements are planned for the 
Fleet Management Division. A tested method of 
improving vehicle maintenance is to assign spe- 
cific units to specific officers. The introduction 
of sector integrity during the coming year will 
permit this. The "Assigned Sector Car" pro- 
gram will be implemented to increase the ac- 
countability for the operation of each car. 

Other areas to look forward to are the comput- 
erization of fleet management information, the 
"in-house" training of mechanics and the stan- 
dardization of equipment. 

Since a strong fleet is essential to ensure the 
safety and protection of citizens living in Boston 
as well as the sworn personnel operating each 
vehicle, the Fleet Management Division demon- 
strates how a long term commitment can pay off. 




Since Ron Mason took charge of the Fleet Maintenance Division, he has pur- 
sued an aggressive preventive maintenance program. Mason has also made 
great strides through procurement: Over 70 percent of the BPD cruisers are 
under three years old. Shown here is Motor Equipment Repainrum Robert 
Norton servicing a cruiser. 



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Vera Mahoney. a long-time employee of the BPD, 
works as a cashier keeping track of the money that 
flows through the Property Clerk's Office. 



Upgrading technology to meet the needs 
of a growing population 



The Bureau of Administra- 
tive Services must not only 
concern itself with purchasing 
equipment to meet the needs of 
the patrol force, but must pro- 
vide the technology necessary 
for the Department to meet the 
immediate public safety needs 
of the neighborhoods. In 1987 
the Department made progress 
on a three-year project which 



will include the opening of 
eight neighborhood stations, 
the establishment of sector in- 
tegrity and the installation of a 
new Computer Aided Dispatch 
System and Enhanced 9-1-1 
System. In the final analysis 
the Bureau of Administrative 
Services provides a vital sup- 
port system for Police Patrol 
forces and the public that they 
serve. 



Educating Boston's Youth 

The Boston Police Department's School Pro- 
gram to Educate and Control Drug Abuse 
(SPECDA) was adopted for Boston in 1986 by 
Commissioner Roache and Mayor Flynn after 
visiting the New York Police Department's 
SPECDA program. 

The staff of the Bureau of Administrative 
Services was charged with designing and imple- 
menting the program and in January, 1987, the 
Boston SPECDA Program was up and running in 
Boston schools. Since that time the program has 
become a centerpiece of the City's long-term 
strategy to reduce the demand for drugs in 
Boston. 

During SPECDA'S first year in existence eight 
police officers visited public and parochial 
schools and reached an audience of approxi- 
mately 5,000 students. The eight- week curricu- 
lum includes such topics as self-awareness/self- 
esteem, peer pressure, consequences of drug 
abuse and alternatives to drugs. The eight les- 
sons are presented in the form of lectures, films, 
role playing, guest speakers and are followed by 
a question and answer period. Upon completion, 
each pupil submits an evaluation of the program. 
The comments of the students themselves are the 
best evidence of the program's success. They in- 
clude: 

• "S.P.E.C.D.A. has helped me to believe 
in myself." 



• "This program has showed me that even 
if I take drugs once, they can be very 
harmful." 

When SPECDA personnel reviewed questions 
asked of them, one of the more commonly asked 
questions was, "Can we have this class again 
next year?" 




George Noonan, of the SPECDA Unit, instructs students in the fifth grade 
at the Corulon School in South Boston. Through lectures and role-playing 
the SPECDA officers teach children about the dangers of drugs. 



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IN MEMORIAM 



Police officers, their families and friends are acutely 
aware of the ever present hazards of law enforcement. 
In 1987, and early 1988 that hard reality was dealt to 
Boston in three terrible blows. 

On October 2, 1987, Detective Roy Sergei became the 
first Boston Police Officer to be killed in the line of 
duty in eleven years. In a horrible postscript to 1987 two 
officers. Detectives Thomas J. Gill and Sherman Grif- 
fiths were killed in February, 1988. 

Detective Roy J. Sergei 

Date of Appointment - February 5, 1970 
April 14, 1945 - October 26, 1987 

Detective Thomas J. Gill 

Date of Appointment - October 7, 1970 
June 13, 1949 - February 10, 1988 

Detective Sherman Griffiths 

Date of Appointment - April 23, 1980 
December 3, 1951 - February 18, 1988 




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1987 Awards 



In 1987 the Boston Police Department Awards Board, comprised of Deputy 
Superintendent Joseph V. Saia, Jr., Deputy Superintendent Maurice C. 
Flaherty, Deputy Superintendent Willis D. Saunders, Captain Joseph P. 
Sheridan, Lieutenant Paul T. Conway, Sergeant Detective George L. Sheri- 
dan, and chaired by Superintendent Paul F. Evans, after due deliberation has 
selected the following named Department personnel as being worthy recipi- 
ents of the Medals and Awards designated: 

^Ae ^c/iAc^^leyt ^to^(Ae/t^ KAie^nvcAi€i^ ^ji/ie^la/l 

TO: Police Officer Roy J. Sergei, Area D 
Police Officer Jorge L. Torres, Area D 



At about 1:05 a.m., Friday, October 2, 
1987, Police Officers Roy J. Sergei and 
Jorge Torres, assigned to Area D, responded 
to 371 Commonwealth Avenue relative to a 
woman screaming. Officers Sergei and 
Kennedy went to the front of the building 
while Officers Torres and Rogers went to the 
rear alley. 

Shortly thereafter. Officer Torres trans- 
mitted a message that they had a suspect in the 
alley. Officers Sergei and Kennedy proceed- 
ed around the building to the rear alley. 

Meanwhile, Officers Torres and Rogers 
had the suspect, an Oriental male, positioned 
facing a wall preparatory to searching. 

Suddenly, a barrage of gunfire came from 
under the suspect's jacket striking Officer 
Torres. 

Seeking cover. Officer Torres went 
towards Massachusetts Avenue, only to be 
followed by the suspect discharging an 
automatic weapon. 

Officer Torres, who returned fire and 
suffered from multiple gunshot wounds, 
collapsed upon reaching Massachusetts 
Avenue. 



Officers Sergei and Kennedy approached 
the alley on Massachusetts Avenue and were 
suddenly confronted by Officer Torres who 
collapsed on the sidewalk, immediately 
followed by the suspect wielding and firing 
his automatic weapon toward Officers Sergei 
and Kennedy. 

Officer Kennedy discharged one round. 
Officer Sergei, who collapsed on the 
sidewalk, suffered from multiple gunshot 
wounds, but was able to radio for assistance. 

The wounded officers were removed to the 
hospital where Officer Torres recovered from 
his wounds and was discharged. 

Officer Sergei, after a three week gallant 
struggle to survive, succumbed to his injuries 
on October 26, 1987. 

The Department awards to Officers Roy J. 
Sergei and Jorge Torres, the Schroeder 
Brothers Memorial Medal, the Highest 
award presented to a police officer for 
conduct above and beyond that which is 
expected of ordinary men. 



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TO: Sergeant Daniel J. Harrington, Area A 



. t about 4:45 p.m., Friday. November 21, 
r\l986. Sergeant Daniel Harrington with 
Police Officers Edward Donofrio, John 
Ahern and Mark Harrington, assigned to 
Area A, while on patrol in the downtown area 
received information that a Hispanic male in 
Filene's Basement was carrying a firearm. 

The officers sought out and followed the 
subject to the entrance of the Washington 
Street M.B.T.A. Station where in attempting 
to hurdle a turnstile he tripped and fell to the 
floor. Sergeant Harrington approached the 
subject to make an arrest, only to have a 
firearm pointed at his chest. 

The armed subject fled, followed by the 
officers, deeper into the crowded station and 
finally sought refuge behind a cement 
column. 

The officers also sought cover behind other 
cement columns and ordered the civilians to 
do likewise. 

Many civilians hid behind police officers, 
others were lying on the floor. 



Sergeant Harrington observed the suspect 
point his firearm and attempt to shoot several 
civilians, however the firearm misfired. 

Now in fear of injury to civilians. Sergeant 
Harrington discharged one round at the 
gunman and immediately rushed toward the 
suspect. While so doing, the suspect 
attempted to shoot Sergeant Harrington, 
again the firearm misfired. 

Officer Donofrio, now concerned about 
Sergeant Harrington's safety, discharged one 
round. 

A violent struggle ensued and with the 
assistance of other officers the suspect was 
subdued. 

A loaded Ivers Johnson .32 calibre 
revolver with four live rounds was 
recovered. An inspection disclosed hammer 
marks on all four primers. 

The Department is pleased to present 
Sergeant Harrington with the Walter Scott 
Medal for his heroic actions. 



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TO: Sergeant Detective Leonard W. Marquardt, Area E 
Detective Peter N. Doherty, Area E 
Detective Robert B. Kenney, Jr., Area E 
Potice Officer Ernesto R. Whittington, Team Potice 



At about 1:45 p.m., Thursday, July 30, 
1987, Sergeant Detective Leonard 
Marquardt, Police Officer Ernesto 
Whittington, assigned to Team Police and 
Detectives Peter Doherty and Robert 
Kenney, Jr., assigned to Area E, while on 
patrol in the Archdale Housing Devel- 
opment, observed a woman lying on the front 
stairs of 80 Brookway Road being repeatedly 
stabbed by an unknown male wielding an 
eight-inch carving knife. 



The officers went to the aid of the woman 
who was bleeding profusely from numerous 
stab wounds. After a struggle her assailant 
was disarmed, subdued and placed under 
arrest. Medical assistance was summoned 
and first aid rendered. 

The victim was rushed to the hospital and 
underwent immediate surgery. 

The alertness and swift actions of these 
officers unquestionably saved the victim's 
life. 



i 



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TO: Police Officer John P. Connor, Area B 
Police Officer Matthew J. Spillane, Area B 



A t about 1:35 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 
A 1987, Police Officers John Connor and 
Matthew Spillane, assigned to Area B, while 
in the Grove Hall area, observed several 
vehicles operating at a high rate of speed on 
Blue Hill Avenue. 

Officers Connor and Spillane pursued a 
Pontiac 6000 into Franklin Park to Circuit 
Drive where the operator, because of 
excessive speed, lost control of the vehicle. 



The motor vehicle skidded off the soft 
shoulder, struck a large block of granite, 
rolled over onto its roof and burst into flames 
with the occupants trapped inside. 

With disregard for their own safety, the 
officers pried open a door of the burning 
vehicle and removed four unconscious 
teenagers to safety, moments before the gas 
tank exploded. 

The Department is pleased to recognize the 
devotion and courage of these officers. 



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TO: Police Officer William P. Dunn, Team Police 

Police Officer Richard F. Harrington, Team Police 



-pouring the past year, the number 
JLIof arrests effected by Police Officers 
William Dunn and Richard Harrington, 
assigned to the Team Police Unit includes: 
145 aggravated assaults, 15 rapes, 75 
robberies, 15 B & Es, 178 drug, 10 
kidnapping and 3 homicides. 



Many of these on-sight arrests were made 
while assigned in a marked police vehicle and 
in full uniform. 

This maximum effort extended by these 
officers on behalf of the citizens of the City of 
Boston and its Police Department is 
commendable. 



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TO: Police Officer Steven F. Blair, Area D 
Police Officer Daniel J. Coleman, Area D 



---jolice Officer Steven F. Blair 
i and Police Officer Daniel J. Coleman, 
assigned to the Area D-4 Anti-Crime Unit, 
have been responsible for numerous arrests 
and convictions for incidents occurring in the 
South End, Back Bay and Fenway Areas. 



Officer Blair and Officer Coleman have 
recorded a large number of arrests for 
murder, armed and unarmed robbery and 
numerous violations of the Narcotics Laws. 

These officers are to be highly commended 
for their diligence and outstanding 
performance. 



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TO: Police Officer John B. Ahern, Area A 

Police Officer Edward F. Donofrio, Area A 
Police Officer Mark W. Harrington, Area A 



At about 4:45 p.m., Friday, November 21, 
1986, Sergeant Daniel Harrington with 
Police Officers Edward Donofrio, John 
Ahern and Mark Harrington, assigned to 
Area A, while on patrol in the downtown area 
received information that a Hispanic male in 
Filene's Basement was carrying a firearm. 

The officers sought out and followed the 
subject to the entrance of the Washington 
Street M.B.T.A. Station where in attempting 
to hurdle a turnstile he tripped and fell to the 
floor. Sergeant Harrington approached the 
subject to make an arrest, only to have a 
firearm pointed at his chest. 

The armed subject fled, followed by the 
officers, deeper into the crowded station and 
finally sought refuge behind a cement 
column. 

The officers also sought cover behind other 
cement columns and ordered the civilians to 
do likewise. 

Many civilians hid behind police officers, 
others were lying on the floor. 



Sergeant Harrington observed the suspect 
point his firearm and attempt to shoot several 
civilians, however the firearm misfired. 

Now in fear of injury to civilians. Sergeant 
Harrington discharged one round at the 
gunman and immediately rushed toward the 
suspect. While so doing, the suspect 
attempted to shoot Sergeant Harrington; 
again the firearm misfired. 

Officer Donofrio now concerned about 
Sergeant Harrington's safety, discharged one 
round. 

A violent struggle ensued and with the 
assistance of other officers the suspect was 
subdued. 

A loaded Ivers Johnson 32 Calibre revolver 
with four live rounds was recovered. An 
inspection disclosed hammer marks on all 
four primers. 

The Department proudly recognizes 
Officer Donofrio, Ahern and Harrington for 
their devotion to duty. 



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TO: Police Officer Michael P. Harber, Area C 
Police Officer James M. O 'Hara, Area C 



» t about 5:00 p.m., Sunday. April 12. 
A 1987. Police Officers James O'Hara and 
Michael Harper, assigned to Area E. received 
information that a male wanted on a default 
warrant and known to carry firearms was 
walking along Lamartine Street. 

Officers O'Hara and Harper responded to 
the location where they observed the subject, 
who upon seeing the officers fled on foot 
toward Mozart Street. 

The officers took up the chase of the 
suspect, who on two occasions turned and 



pointed a handgun at his pursuers. Because of 
the presence of innocent pedestrians, the 
officers refrained from the use of their 
service revolvers. 

The foot chase continued for several more 
blocks to Wyman Street where the suspect 
was finally apprehended and disarmed of a 
fully loaded 6 shot Rohm revolver. 

The Department is pleased to recognize the 
courage and restraint displayed by these 
officers. 



TO: Police Officer Bonnie Rivers, Jr., Team Police 



At about 9:23 a.m., Sunday, June 14, 
1987, Police Officer Bonnie Rivers of the 
Team Police Unit, along with other officers 
of Area B, responded to Horan Way to reports 
of a man firing a gun. Upon arrival, the 
officers immediately were fired upon by a 
subject from an apartment window. Despite 
this threat, the officers retained their fire. 

Subsequently, Officer Rivers observed a 
woman attempting to climb out a side window 
of the apartment where the gunman was 



positioned. With disregard for his own safety. 
Officer Rivers went to her aid and assisted 
her from the area of danger. 

The gunman was apprehended while 
attempting to flee the apartment. A search of 
the apartment disclosed two innocent persons 
hiding in the bedroom. Also recovered were a 
firearm and several spent shell casings. 

The Department is pleased to recognize the 
restraint and courage displayed by Officer 
Rivers. 



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TO: Detective Kenneth Acerra, Area E 



On March 20. 1987. a young female 
was viciously stabbed to death in her 
Roslindale home. The Homicide Unit, joined 
by Detective Kenneth Acerra of Area E, was 
assigned to the case. Despite the best efforts 
of investigating officers, very little 
information was forthcoming. 

Subequently. a Quincy detective submitted 
to Detective Acerra a name that came up in a 
Quincy investigation. Investigation disclosed 
a connection between this subject and the 
Archdale Housing Development where the 
homicide occurred. Further investigation led 
the officers to the City of New Bedford and 
finally to the subject. 



A careful and lawful interrogation led to a 
full statement from the subject and the 
disclosure of a murder weapon. 

The subject is also believed to be involved 
in a homicide in New Bedford and he was 
later indicted for a series of vicious stabbings 
of women in the Quincy/Milton area that 
terrorized those communities. 

The Department is proud to present this 
citation to Detective Acerra for a timeless and 
professional investigation that led to the 
arrest of a dangerous felon. 



D 



TO: Detective WilHam A. Powers, Identification Unit 
PoUce Officer WiUiam F. Hussey, Identification Unit 

etective William Powers and Officer 



'William Hussey of the Identification 
Section are commended for their 
extraordinary achievements in providing 
latent print identifications for the Boston 
Police Department, Massachusetts State 
Police, Federal Agencies and other law 



enforcement agencies. Due to their expertise, 
hundreds of serious criminal investigations 
have been brought to a successful conclusion. 
As primary latent print examiners, they 
have set a standard of excellence for police 
investigators. 



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TO: Police Officer William J. Flipping Area C 
Police Officer Francis S. Jankowski, Area C 
Police Officer Michael P. O'Connor, Jr., AreaD 



At about 5:30 p.m.. Wednesday, April 29, 
1987. Police Officers William Flippin 
and Francis Jankowski of Area C. while 
enroute to South Boston, observed three 
young boys about 400 feet off Malibu Beach 
floating on a makeshift raft. After requesting 
the Operations Division to summon the 
Harbor Patrol, the Officers went to the 
beach. Police Officer Michael O'Connor of 
Area C heard the call and also responded. 
Using the public address system of the 
vehicle, the officers cautioned the boys and 
calmly told them to paddle toward shore. 



About thirty yards from shore the raft, 
made of wooden pallets, suddenly broke 
apart, plunging the boys into the water. 

Officers Flippin and O'Connor 
immediately jumped into the water and went 
to the aid of the three boys and removed them 
to the beach. 

Upon arrival at the hospital, all were 
treated for exposure. There is little doubt that 
the actions of these officers prevented a tragic 
occurrence. 

The Department is pleased to present these 
officers with this Special Citation. 



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^cmt'ml^iM^i/n^^ d ^fvecl€i4 ^itti^lo/n 



TO: Police Officer William 
Police Officer Richard 

At about 5:05 p.m., Tuesday, December 9, 
1986. Officers of Area D responded to a 
Brighton jewelry store where they found that 
the two owners had been robbed, handcuffed 
to a sink and repeatedly stabbed by three 
masked robbers. A female customer, who 
was also robbed, was able to furnish 
responding officers with a partial license 
plate number of a motor vehicle. 

At about 7:00 p.m.. Police Officers 
William Dunn and Richard Harrington, 
assigned to Team Police, observed a motor 
vehicle, that fit the description exiting Alton 



P. Dunn, Team Police 

F. Harrington, Team Police 

Place at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was 
pursued and stopped at Parker Street and 
Huntington Avenue. 

Investigation disclosed a popped ignition 
on the vehicle and ski masks on the floor. 
Further information was received on the 
robbery and upon searching the vehicle the 
officers found the jewelry taken in the 
robbery. 

The suspects were returned to the scene 
and were positively identified. 

The alertness and dedication of these 
officers is highly commendable. 



TO: Police Officer Michael P. O'Connor, Jr., Area C 



At about 11:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 
10, 1987, Police Officer Michael P. 
O'Connor, Jr., while on routine patrol, 
observed flames erupting from a three-story 
variety store and apartment building, located 
at 382 Bowdoin Street, in Area C. 

Officer O'Connor immediately notified 
Operations Division and then entered the 



burning building and evacuated the residents 
to safety. He discovered a five gallon 
gasoline-filled container near the doorway 
which was turned over to the Boston Fire 
Department Arson Squad as evidence. 

Officer O'Connor is to be commended for 
risking his life in order to save the lives of the 
residents of the burning building. 



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TO: Police Officer Francis M. Desario, Special Operations 



g^n Thursday. June 18, 1987. 
V/Police Officer Francis M. DeSario. 
assigned to the Special Operations Division, 
while off duty and inside the Hughes Horse 
and Rider Supply Shop at 151 Randolph 
Street. Canton, heard a commotion and 
hysterical screaming emanating from the 
outside rear of the store. Upon responding. 
Officer DeSario observed an unconscious 
infant boy lying on a cement landing at the 
foot of a flight of stairs. 

The child, who had apparently fallen down 
the stairs and struck his head had stopped 
breathing and was surrounded by a group of 
people, frozen in a state of shock. 



Officer DeSario immediately applied 
mouth to mouth resuscitation and C.P.R. 
After several minutes, the child's breathing 
was restored and shortly thereafter he 
regained consciousness. 

He further resisted efforts by relatives to 
move the child until the arrival of medical 
assistance. Upon examination at the hospital, 
he was found to have a skull fracture. 

Hospital doctors and emergency medical 
personnel credit Officer DeSario with having 
saved the life of this child. 

The Department is pleased to recognize 
the actions of this off duty officer and present 
him with this award. 



TO: Police Officer James M. Doyle, Area C 
Police Officer Dennis P. Harris, Area C 

Between November. 1986, and Octo- 
ber, 1987, Police Officer James M. Doyle 
and Police Officer Dennis P. Harris have 
been responsible for the arrest of a total of 96 
individuals in Area C- 1 1 , Dorchester. 

The statistics indicate that the performance 
of Police Officers Doyle and Harris make 
them worthy recipients of this award. 

These two officers have distinguished 
themselves by their consistent sense of 
responsibility and professionalism, their 



devotion to duty, their alertness and keen 
power of observation. These two officers 
have effected arrests for armed robberies, 
burglaries and other serious crimes. 

Area C-11 neighborhood groups have 
displayed their gratitude to Officer Doyle and 
Harris by bestowing them with various 
citations and this evening the Boston Police 
Department is pleased to present these 
officers the prestigious William J. Taylor 
Award. 



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