Monday, November 27, 2017

Burlington Police Offer Tips to Avoid Package Theft During the Holiday Season

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Burlington Police Offer Tips to Avoid Package Theft During the Holiday Season

BURLINGTON – As part of their ongoing 12 Days of safety tips for the holiday season, Chief Michael Kent and the Burlington Police Department are reminding residents of several safety precautions when ordering items online to ensure that their gifts don’t fall into the wrong hands.
“My hope is that residents will take the threat of package theft seriously and will be careful to ensure their packages arrive as expected,” Chief Kent said. “There are several ways to keep your valuables from falling into the wrong hands, and our officers will be vigilant during their patrols throughout the season in keeping an eye out foranything or anyone that seems suspicious.”
FedEx and UPS offer services to assist customers during the holidays. To best ensure that your packages are not taken, Burlington Police recommend the following strategies:
  • Request notifications on your deliveries, via phone or email, to monitor your packages in transit and upon delivery.
  • Always require a signature on your deliveries to ensure packages are never left unattended.
  • Consider sending deliveries to an alternate location that someone will be able to receive them – whether that be a workplace, a neighbor of friend’s house, or a FedEx or UPS location.
  • Schedule your delivery for a specific date and time that you’re expected to be home.
  • Set up a vacation hold if you plan on traveling during the holidays so gifts won’t be left on the doorstep.
  • If you find your package has been stolen, reach out to police and report it immediately.
  • Never accept a surprise delivery where a payment is required, and never give out personal information when receiving a delivery that you purchased.
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Burlington Police Announce 12 Days of Holiday Safety Tips

Friday, Nov. 24, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net
Burlington Police Announce 12 Days of Holiday Safety Tips
Officers Increase Patrols in Shopping Areas to Prevent Theft
BURLINGTON – Chief Michael Kent announces that this holiday season, the Burlington Police Department will be providing 12 days of safety tips to residents on a variety of topics.

These safety tips are part of the Burlington Police Department’s ongoing community policing initiative, which aims to keep the public informed and safe throughout the year, and especially during the holiday season.

Throughout the day, as residents head out for Black Friday shopping, there will be an increased presence of Burlington Police officers in shopping areas, especially in and around the Burlington Mall, 75 Middlesex Turnpike, and throughout 3rd Ave.

Burlington Police are actively working to curb retail theft, shoplifting, breaking and entering into motor vehicles, purse snatching, robbery and traffic and parking related problems.

“With today being one of the busiest shopping days of the year, we want community members to rest assured that we will be monitoring busy retail areas to prevent theft and assist with traffic flow,” Chief Kent said. “We want to remind residents to drive carefully, especially when navigating through the mall, and as always, if you see something suspicious, report it to police.”

Suspicious activity can be reported to the Burlington Police Department at 781-272-1212.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Burlington Police Department

Chief Michael Kent
45 Center St
Burlington, MA 01803

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Burlington Police Department Receives AmeriCorps Grant from P.A.A.R.I. to Combat Opioid Addiction

Full-Time Program Coordinator and Part-Time Recovery Coach to Enhance Program

Margie Taylor

Margie Taylor will serve as the AmeriCorps Program Coordinator in Burlington.
BURLINGTON — Chief Michael R. Kent is pleased to announce that the Burlington Police Department has joined the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) and received an AmeriCorps grant from P.A.A.R.I. to bring on a full-time program coordinator and a part-time recovery coach to enhance the department’s substance abuse prevention and recovery efforts.
This groundbreaking new statewide program, which launched earlier this month achieves synergy by combining the powers of community service, the recovery community, and police-based referral programs. Under the P.A.A.R.I./AmeriCorps program, 25 AmeriCorps members are being placed in host police department sites throughout Massachusetts.
P.A.A.R.I./AmeriCorps members will build the capacity of law enforcement programs and assist those suffering from substance use disorders by connecting them to treatment and recovery services that divert them from the criminal justice system. Burlington was one of several police departments selected to receive an AmeriCorps grant from P.A.A.R.I. to bring on AmeriCorps members to prevent overdose deaths and provide vital resources to community members with substance use disorders.
“The opioid crisis has touched virtually every city and town within the Commonwealth,” Chief Kent said. “We are very committed to our new partnership forged through the P.A.A.R.I./AmeriCorps Program and we are confident that together, we can make a very positive impact on people and families within our community,” said Chief Kent.
P.A.A.R.I. received a three-year grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Corporation for National and Community Service to launch this first-of-its-kind program, which is placing 25 AmeriCorps members at host police departments across Massachusetts and assisting with local police-led addiction and recovery programs in light of the growing opioid epidemic.
“P.A.A.R.I.’s mission is to provide resources to help law enforcement agencies combat the opioid epidemic and this innovative program will add significant capacity to our law enforcement partners and utilize service as a solution to address critical community needs,” said P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade. “We are thrilled that Burlington Police Department has signed on as a partner for the inaugural year of the program.”
Burlington Police Department Introduces Margie Taylor as its new full-time Program Coordinator and Jackie Tayabji as its new part-time Recovery Coach
Chief Michael R. Kent is pleased to welcome Margie Taylor and Jackie Tayabji as Burlington Police Department’s new full-time program coordinator and new part-time recovery coach, respectively. They will be working at the Burlington Police Department through the P.A.A.R.I./AmeriCorps Program. Together with the Burlington Police Department, Margie and Jackie will serve the community by providing outreach, support, and treatment referrals for individuals with substance use disorders and their families. Margie and Jackie both recently completed training through the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services. They will use their training and life experience to connect with and support those who are active drug users, those who have recently overdosed, those seeking treatment, and those in early recovery. Margie and Jackie are both truly passionate about helping others and they are eager to help launch this new project.
About AmeriCorps:
AmeriCorps is a civil society program that engages adults in public service work with a goal of helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. Members commit to full-time or part-time positions offered by a network of nonprofit community organizations and public agencies to fulfill assignments in the fields of education, public safety, healthcare, and environmental protection. There are more than 75,000 Americans in service each year.
About P.A.A.R.I.:
The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to help law enforcement agencies establish pre-arrest programs that create immediate and stigma-free entry points to treatment and recovery programs. P.A.A.R.I. works across sectors to provide: training, coaching, and support; program models, policies and procedures, and templates; seed grants; connections to over 300 vetted treatment centers; a network of like-minded law enforcement agencies; a unified voice with media and legislators; and capacity-building through AmeriCorps. P.A.A.R.I. is free to join and open to any law enforcement agency that believes in treatment over arrest and views addiction as a disease not a crime. Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has launched more than 320 law enforcement programs in 31 states, distributed 10,000 4mg doses of life-saving nasal naloxone, and helped over 12,000 people into treatment.

 

Jackie 2 - Recovery Coach - Burlington PD

 

Jackie Tayabji will join the Burlington Police Department as a Recovery Coach.

A Message from the Burlington Police Department


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

This blog has moved

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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:



1-876-397-5452

1-876-894-3554

1-876-486-2159



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.