REPORT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen and Residents of Freetown:

 

         The following is the Annual Report of the Freetown Police Department for Fiscal Year July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014:

 

Mission Statement

 

         The Freetown Police Department is committed to providing the highest level of public safety and service to the citizens and business people within the community.  The members of the Department are empowered to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the by-laws of the Town of Freetown to ensure that the peace and tranquility of our community is maintained and that crime and the fear of crime are reduced.

 

Core Values

 

         The following values guide our work:

 

              Integrity – We adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards. We are honest and sincere in dealing with each other and the community.  We have the courage to uphold these principles and are proud that they guide us in all we do.

 

              Respect – We recognize the value of individuality and treat all people with dignity. We cherish, defend and protect the rights, liberties and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

 

              Fairness – We are consistent in our treatment of all persons.  Our actions are tempered with reason, equity, and governed by law.

 

Personnel Transitions

 

         The following appointments were made:

 

               Auxiliary Police Officer (volunteer)

Jared Faherty – 12/09/13

Thomas Long – 07/29/13

Kenneth Pimentel – 12/09/13

John Pina III – 12/09/13

Phillip Pine – 07/29/13

 

Communications Supervisor (full-time)

Debra Souza – 07/01/13

 

Student Officer (full-time)

Thomas Ashley – 09/09/13

 

Regular Police Officer (full-time)

Thomas Ashley – 02/07/14

 

 

Reserve Police Officer (part-time)

Thomas Long – 01/02/14

Phillip Pine – 06/09/14

 

Signal Operator (full-time)

Richard Levesque – 07/01/13

Lydia StLaurent – 09/09/13

 

Signal Operator (part-time)

Timothy Dwyer – 10/21/13

John Pina III – 03/31/14

 

Signal Operator Trainee (part-time)

Timothy Dwyer – 10/21/13

Kimberly Miller – 01/14/14

John Pina III – 03/31/14

                                   

         The following personnel resigned from service:

 

Regular Police Officer (full-time)

Jeremy Lockwood – 12/01/13

Anthony Pereira – 12/01/13

Jacob Raposo – 12/01/13

 

Signal Operator (part-time)

Susan Jose – 05/29/14

 

Signal Operator Trainee (part-time)

Kimberly Miller – 11/18/13

 

         Thomas Ashley attended the police recruit academy as a student officer and, upon his successful completion of the program, was appointed as a regular police officer.  His appointment as a regular police officer served to fill one of the existing full-time vacancies.

 

         Debra Souza was appointed as the communications supervisor. Her appointment served to fill the vacancy that resulted from a retirement.

 

         Jeremy Lockwood, Anthony Pereira and Jacob Raposo resigned from their regular police officer positions and transitioned to the Massachusetts state police.  The loss of such excellent and experienced personnel has greatly impacted our police department.  

 

Accreditation

 

         On February 6, 2014, the Department was recognized for its achievement of Accreditation through the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.  The Department became one of 48 agencies in the Commonwealth to attain this distinction.  To reach this milestone, the Department met or exceeded 323 professional standards that were established for the profession, by the profession.  These carefully selected standards reflect critical areas of police management, operations, and technical support activities. They cover areas such as policy development, emergency response planning, training, communications, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicular pursuit, prisoner transportation and holding facilities.  The program not only sets standards for the law enforcement profession, but also for the delivery of police services to the residents of the Freetown.

 

Grants

 

         The Department was successful in obtaining state 9-1-1 Department grant monies. These monies were used for the training dispatch personnel, copying machine, and document management software.

 

Training           

            

         The Department expanded its training through the use of a document management program made available on-line to all officers and signal operators.  This grant-funded program allows the Department to manage crucial documents, train and test employees, and maintain accreditation standards thereby reducing risk and expanding productivity, efficiency, time and money.

 

Facility

 

         The existing police facility is inadequate for the safety, security and equipment needs of a department our size and the demands placed upon it.

 

Regional Collaboration

 

         The Department is a member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC) and has access to important resources, including search and rescue, canine, rapid response, tactical, marine, and dive team units. SEMLEC consists of 29 area police departments sharing knowledge, personnel and equipment.

         

Firearm Licensing

 

         The Department processed 399 License to Carry (LTC) and Firearm Identification Card (FID) applications, including original and renewals.

 

Statistics

              

Call Numbers

 

        16,448

Offenses Reported

 

 

FY 13-14

Forcible Rape

4

Forcible Sodomy

1

Forcible Fondling

2

Aggravated (weapon) Assault

24

Simple Assault

47

Intimidation

21

Arson

12

Burglary/Breaking & Entering

73

Purse-Snatching

1

Shoplifting

4

Theft from Building

30

Theft from Motor Vehicle

15

All other Larceny

68

Motor Vehicle Theft

17

Counterfeiting/Forgery

24

False Pretenses/Swindle

10

Credit Card/ATM

4

Stolen Property Offenses

5

Impersonation

14

Vandalism/Malicious Damage

71

Drug Violations

22

Statutory Rape

2

Obscene Material

1

Weapons Violations

14

Bad Checks

9

Disorderly Conduct

18

Driving Under the Influence

28

Drunkenness

49

Liquor Law Violations

16

Trespassing

9

Town By-Law Offenses

609

All Other Offenses

113

TOTALS

1337

 

         Case Activity

 

 

FY 13-14

Total Offenses

1337

Total Felonies

323

Total Arrests (On View)

113

Total Arrests (Warrants)

63

Total Summons Arrests

223

Total Arrests

399

Total Protective Custody

15

Total Juvenile Arrests

9

Total Restraining Orders

 

 

     Other Violations

 

 

FY 13-14

Motor Vehicle Citations

1,834

Municipal By-Law Violations

37

Parking Tickets

74

 

          Non-Criminal Activity Requiring Written Police Report

 

 

FY 13-14

Animal Complaint

3

Assist Fire or EMS

10

Assist Other Agency

21

Assist Citizen

40

Driver Competency

2

Discharge Firearm

12

Domestic Disturbance

77

Disturbance

19

Industrial Accident

4

Lost Property

26

Mutual Aid

31

Mental Health Issues

22

Mental Health Warrant

25

Missing Person

4

Other

34

Police Information

31

Property Held For Safekeeping

20

Suspected Drug Activity

4

Sudden Death

12

Towed Vehicle

10

Not Specified

1

Total

408

 

     Collisions

 

 

FY 13-14

Motor Vehicle Accidents Report Taken – Town Roads

178

 

                       

                                                                                 Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                                                 Carlton E. Abbott, Jr., Esquire

                                                                                 Chief of Police