Tuesday, December 20, 2011

This blog has moved

The Burlington Police Department has moved our blog to our website at www.bpd.org

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Police and Fire Departments Share Resources

The Burlington Police Department's Traffic Division recently donated two SafeGuard pediatric ambulance transport seats to the Fire Department. The two seats were obtained by the police department through grant funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Highway Safety Division.

These seats fasten easily to the existing ambulance stretcher. They also have a pull strap which automatically adjusts the harnesses to the correct height of the child as they are tightened. They accommodate a child from 22 to 100 pounds. One seat was purchased for each of the Fire Department ambulances.

D.A.'s Office Warns of Scam

District Attorney Leone Warns Residents Of Lottery Scam

MEDFORD – Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone is warning all residents, especially seniors, of a telemarketing scam that is occurring in many communities, including Medford and its surrounding communities.

Numerous seniors have recently received calls claiming they have won the lottery and need to pay the caller a fee to receive the winnings. In two recent cases, the scammers asked for $500 and $1,000 to be sent to a P.O. Box in order for the victims to claim their “winnings”.

“This is a telemarketing scam that is targeting seniors in our communities,” District Attorney Leone said. “We are warning citizens never to send money or checks to anyone who has randomly contacted you that you do not know, especially when that person has a foreign address or telephone number. If you feel that you have been a victim of this or a similar scam, we urge you to contact your local police department.”

The lottery scam is conducted by a third party who contacts a victim by phone and convinces the victim that they have won a lottery. The party than tells the victim that, in order to claim their winnings, they must pay the taxes on the prize money. This tax amount is usually in the thousands of dollars. After the victim mails the check, the subject says that they should wait until a fictitious date, when the winnings will be awarded. The winnings are never sent.

If you have been contacted by someone who has told you that you have won a lottery, please contact your local police department immediately. Also, if you recognize that you have been contacted by the following phone numbers, please report this to your local police:




District Attorney Leone is committed to ensuring the safety and protection of elders and established the office's Elder Affairs Program to focus on the unique concerns facing the elder community. In the fall of 2008, District Attorney Gerry Leone created the LEAPS (Leaders in Elder Abuse Prevention) initiative in an effort to pull together agencies and health care providers responsible for the care of senior citizens. Members of the LEAPS program work together to identify seniors who may be the subject of abuse or who are living in at-risk situations and assure that they are offered the proper care and services to prevent negative situations from developing. The group also engages in trainings and information sessions to assure that all members are up-to-date on proper techniques and strategies to protect elders.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Recovery Act Grant Advisory

The Burlington Police Department has made application for a US Department of Justice Byrne Grant. This grant is part of the 2009 Recovery Act. One of the requirements of this grant application is to make the application available for review by the public and to give the public an opportunity to comment on the application.

The application can be found on our website at www.bpd.org

Comments can be made through e-mail at police@burlmass.org or by commenting on this blog or by calling 781-270-1917.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Captain Lectures on Police Response to Veterans

Captain George Devlin of the Burlington Police Department, a Vietnam veteran himself, has recently started to teach a class at the Reading Police Academy. The class is designed to inform police officers about the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on returning veterans and to explain how police officers can interact with these veterans in a safe, informative and positive way.

According to the "Report of the Special Commission to Study and Investigate the Hidden Wounds of War on the Massachusetts Service Members" many soldiers are coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan with a multitude of problems, which if left untreated can result in more serious problems down the road.

Many veterans are returning home with symptoms of PTSD. Left untreated, depression, suicide and alcohol or drug abuse can result. Many experts in the field also believe that untreated PTSD can be a gateway to a life of crime and unemployment.

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or an arduous ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. It is a severe and ongoing emotional reaction to an extreme physical trauma. The stressors may involve someone’s actual death, a threat to the veteran's life or someone else’s life, serious physical injury, or a threat to physical and/or psychological integrity. These can affect one's normal psychological defenses and render them incapable of coping properly. Many returning combat veterans have been exposed to extreme circumstances involving death or serious injury to their fellow soldiers and they return home with mild to severe symptoms of PTSD.

Symptoms of PTSD include persistent re-experiencing of the traumatic event, avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma, emotional numbing, and symptoms of increased arousal.

PTSD is not a new phenomenon. Written accounts of symptoms similar to those associated with PTSD date back to ancient times. It was not until the Civil War that medical literature surrounding the symptoms associated with PTSD began to develop. Since that time, PTSD has been observed in all veteran populations dating back to World War I.

During the class, officers view a 15-minute film on the symptoms of PTSD. They also receive written materials, including a list of resources where veterans can seek help for PTSD and/or suicidal thoughts. The intent is to better equip officers to recognize specific signs of PTSD and to assist these veterans in seeking help.

Captain Devlin stresses to the officers that they will often be the first to respond to the homes of these veterans who are experiencing problems. With the training that officers receive, they will be better able to identify the symptoms and signs of PTSD/suicide and then refer the veteran to the local Veterans Administration Hospital or Center.

During the class, officers are reminded that their brief interaction with these veterans could literally make the difference between life and death.

Any veterans or family members who would like help or more information on the subject of suicide and PTSD are encouraged to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at their toll-free number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Monday, February 9, 2009

Burlington Officers Attend FBI Seminar

Lieutenant Steve O’Meara and Lieutenant Tom Duffy recently attended the New England Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (NE LEEDS) hosted by the FBI. This one-week seminar is tailored for law enforcement executives in the New England area whose agencies have at least 50 sworn officers.

Approximately 90 law enforcement executives throughout New England attended the seminar. A majority of the instructors are FBI agents assigned to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Training topics included Advances in Forensic Science, taught by the internationally known Dr. Henry Lee of the Connecticut State Crime Lab. Michelle McPhee and Bob Ward of Fox 25 News were the featured speakers for Media and the Law Enforcement Executive. Heather Bish, sister of murder victim Molly Bish, spoke to the group on new initiatives regarding missing and exploited children.

Other training topics included Identity Theft, Contemporary Computer Crime Investigation, Introduction to Muslim Culture, Leading by Example, Domestic Threats, Explosive Devices, and Use of Bio-Archaeology in Body Recovery and Missing Person Searches.

Over 600 Law Enforcement Executives have graduated from the previous NE LEEDS sessions.