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WE ARE FULL!  As of February 1, we have a full academy for the spring.  However, we are still accepting applications for another session in the fall of 2017.  Dates are to be determined.

 

The Wellesley Police Department will be holding a Citizens Police Academy for the public starting on March 22, 2017.  The academy meets weekly starting at 6:30 PM for approximately 2 hours during the evening at the Wellesley Police Department.

 

The Citizen’s Police Academy is designed to give our participants an overview of the police department functions and operational procedures.  Classes are taught by Wellesley Police Officers in a relaxed atmosphere.  The classes that are taught are designed to be informative as well as interesting to the participants.   Most classes are interactive in nature, and range from lectures to tours, and wherever possible, hands on practical demonstrations by the attendees.      

 

 

Some of the topics and subject matter that are taught at the Wellesley Police Department include the following:

 

· E 9-1-1 system in Massachusetts & How the police are dispatched to emergency and routine        calls for service

· Motor Vehicle Law & the Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol (OUI) law in Massachusetts

· Domestic violence

· Police interview & interrogation and witness identifications at crime scenes

· Narcotics & d

Wellesley Police Chief Terrence M. Cunningham completed his year long term as President of the IACP in October of 2016.  The IACP presidential term runs for one year and the Chief was sworn into office in 2015 by FBI Director James Comey.   Chief Cunningham served previously in the IACP as the Vice President for three years before assuming the primary leadership role as president.  Chief Cunningham will now serve as the immediate past president of the IACP.

 

Chief Cunningham’s presidential term occurred during one of the most challenging times in policing history.  Significant terrorism and violent attacks against both the public and specifically directed towards law enforcement have occurred in the last year on an International level, including Paris, San Bernardino, Dallas, Orlando, Baton Rouge, Brussels and Belgium.

 

Chief Cunningham, as part of his IACP duties, travelled internationally during his presidency and attended many conferences of International Police leadership.  He attended meetings with INTERPOL, AMERIPOL, and EUROPOL.  His travels took him to Rwanda, Mexico, Thailand, France, the Netherlands, and Canada.  He also travelled extensively throughout the United States during much of the year. 

 

In an effort to bridge gaps and work towards collaborative solutions between communities and the police, Chief Cunningham met with President Obama and Vice President Biden on several occasions.  The goal of these meetings was to directly educate policy makers on the challenges that the police face every day, and not only create a meaningful dialogue with the nation’s leaders, but the general public as well.  Chief Cunningham and the IACP also worked with members of Congress on many issues tha

The Wellesley Police Department and the Wellesley Health Department will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 22, 2016.  The event will be held at the Wellesley Police Department from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 

 

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is held so residents may safely dispose of old, expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs in an environmentally safe manner.  At this event, the Wellesley Health Department will be present, which allows residents to safely dispose of sharps/needles as well.  This is not normally part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and is made possible by the Wellesley Health Department.

 

 

 

 

The Wellesley Police Department always accepts prescription medication for disposal 24 hours a day in the front lobby of the police station.  The process is completely anonymous, and the medications are placed in a mailbox like container.  No questions are asked, and the drugs are safely disposed of by the DEA.

 

The Wellesley Police Department will be sponsoring a bike rodeo on Sunday, October 16, 2016.  The event will be held at Wellesley High School from 10 AM to 11:30 AM for children up to age 12.  The event is free, all that is needed is a bike, a helmet, and a parent!

 

The bike rodeo will feature a bike safety check, biking skill builders, helmet fittings, and bike registration.  The skill events section will feature bike challenges including how slow can you go, the crazy 8 balance course, an obstacle course, and safely using your brakes. 

 

Members of the Wellesley Police Department Bike Patrol Unit will be running the event, along with Sergeant Brian Spencer.  The weather looks good for the weekend, so we hope to see you there!

For more information, feel free to contact Sgt. Brian Spencer at [email protected] or Officer Kathy Poirier [email protected]  

National Community Policing Week:  October 3-7, 2016

 

United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch has designated the week of October 3-7 as ‘National Community Policing Week.’  Chief Terry Cunningham and the Wellesley Police Department has always utilized Community Policing as part of our regular policing philosophy.  The department will be using the week to showcase the community policing work that our officers do on a daily basis in town.

 

We will, however, be launching a new program called “Coffee with a Cop” on Friday, October 7 at the Dunkin Donuts on Central Street.  The event runs from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, and several Wellesley Police Officers will be attending.  It’s a good chance to stop by and talk with officers who work in Wellesley on an informal and casual basis.  Dunkin Donuts is providing both the venue and the coffee for police and citizens alike! 

 

Follow us on Twitter (@WellesleyPolice) and find us (Like Us!) on Facebook to see our officers at work, both during Community Policing Week, and every day.  

The Wellesley Police Department accepts unwanted, expired or old prescription medication anytime at the police station.  The department maintains a drop off box in the front lobby that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  No questions asked—all you have to do is put the medications in the mailbox type box and leave.

National studies have shown that approximately 6.5 million Americans abuse prescription medications.  The same study indicated that a majority of these medications were obtained from family or friends. Many times these medications are obtained directly from the medicine cabinet of a friend or family member.

If you have medications you want to safely dispose of, stop by the lobby to the Wellesley Police Department at 485 Washington Street.  There is no charge for this service and the entire process is confidential.
Wellesley Police Officer Exam:  June 18, 2016

The Wellesley Police Department is a progressive law enforcement agency looking to hire qualified men and women for the position of police officer.  The department enjoys an outstanding relationship with its community and the men and women of the department take pride to keep Wellesley one of the most sought after communities to live in. Wellesley is located just 13 miles from Boston, is comprised of 27,000 residents, 3 colleges and more on just 10.2 square miles.  Community safety has been the mission of the Wellesley Police Department since 1893.  To accomplish that mission, we must continue to attract the brightest, most qualified and most capable candidates to our ranks.  The Wellesley Police Department has competitive pay, educational incentives for college degrees and opportunities for advancement within the department.

The Wellesley Police Department will be holding an entrance examination for the position of Police Officer.  The exam will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Wellesley High School, 50 Rice Street, Wellesley, Massachusetts.

To obtain further information, including how to register for the test, click on the following link:
 WPD ENTRANCE EXAM

Questions about the exam may directed to Lieutenant Marie Cleary via email at [email protected]  
Officer Travis Dixon is investigating a car break that occurred on Friday evening, February 19, 2016.  A motorist parked a vehicle in a parking lot at 245 Washington Street.  The vehicle was in a well traveled area and was broken into between 7:00 PM and 8:20 PM.  The vehicle was locked at the time, and a window was smashed out during the theft.  The victim’s bag, containing a laptop computer and sporting equipment were taken.  No other vehicles in the lot were targeted.  The incident remains under investigation.

Area police departments are reporting a series of car break ins, mostly to unlocked vehicles.  Weston, Medfield, Millis, and Medway have all reported numerous car break ins, during daylight hours in populated areas.  


On a side note, Wellesley Police Officers on patrol early Saturday morning discovered a car in a driveway off of Route 9 with a door wide open.  Inside the car was a purse with valuables along with other items.  Officers determined that the door was left open accidentally by the home owner and nothing was taken.

Please keep this in mind when you park your car.  Hide your valuable out of sight, and lock your car, no matter where it is parked.  Report any suspicious activity via 911 immediately!
The following information is compiled from traffic crashes that Wellesley Police Officers responded to and investigated. 

For January, 2016 there were 73 reported traffic crashes.  64 of those crashes had no injuries reported, 9 had injuries reported at the time of the incident.  During the same time period in 2015, there were 90 crashes.  78 were property damage only, and 12 had injuries reported.

Tuesday was the busiest day of the week, with 16 crashes.  Wednesday followed at 12.  The most likely time for a traffic crash was between 4PM and 5PM, with 8 crashes.  However, 9AM, 11AM, and 2 PM were tied for second with 6 crashes each.

46% of the crashes in Wellesley for January occurred on two way, undivided streets, and the majority of crashes were rear end.

The Wellesley Police Department will be collecting unwrapped, donated toys for the 2016 United States Marines Toys for Tots Program.   Officer Travis Dixon is coordinating our efforts with the USMC this year.

 

Donated toys can be dropped off at the Wellesley Police Department lobby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 485 Washington Street, Wellesley, Massachusetts.  The Wellesley Police Department will be making two deliveries to the Toys for Tots program, one prior to Christmas and one after January 1, 2017.  We have found last year that many people donated items after the USMC deadline. 

 

The department was able to donate large amount of toys in January of 2016 after receiving many toys in the week after Christmas.  

"The IACP is perfectly, and perhaps uniquely placed to lift policing beyond this moment, to transcend the harsh gaze of our recent past and to a tomorrow that’ll realize the very best of our noble profession.  But the IACP is not alone in this endeavor, there are many organizations doing their part also, such as your own AMERIPOL, and others like INTERPOL, EUROPOL, ASEANAPOL, to name a few. It is the IACP’s hope to fundamentally reimagine who we are, what we do, and how we operate."--Chief Cunningham, President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Mexico.
At 5:28 PM on Thursday, October 8, 2015 the Wellesley Police Department Emergency Communication Center received a call reporting a person in distress on Morses Pond.  The caller reported that a male had apparently capsized his kayak and was unable to either get back in the boat or get to shore. 

The Wellesley Police and Fire Departments were immediately dispatched to the pond.  The Natick Fire Department was also dispatched to the area for immediate access to Pickerel Road.  Officer Mark Carrasquillo responded to the beach area and was able to locate the male victim several hundred yards offshore.  Officer Carrasquillo directed additional responders to Pickerel Road for the closest access.

In the meantime, civilians in kayaks went to the aid the male in the water.  Unfortunately, one of the civilians also fell out of his kayak and was unable to get back in.
The Wellesley and Natick Fire Departments deployed two firefighters with cold water survival suits from the end of Pickerel Road.  Firefighters, with the help of another boater, were able to extricate both kayakers from the water.

Both boaters were evaluated by AMR Paramedics and declined to go to the hospital.  
Call Statistics:  August 2015
 
The Wellesley Police Department had 2,555 calls for service during the month of August. 

Of those calls, the department responded to 227 residential and commercial burglar alarms.  One of the commercial burglar alarms was activated after a suspect smashed out a front door to a Central Street business.  The suspect did remove several items from the store during the break in at 1AM.
There were 2 residential break-ins where suspect actually made entry into a home and removed items.  In addition, there were two attempted home break-ins, where a suspect tried to get into a home but did not.

The department responded to and investigated 76 traffic crashes in August.  11.4% of the crashes had an injury reported while 88.5% were property damage only.  In August, Monday was the busiest day for crashes in the month with 15.  The highest number of crashes occurred between 11AM and 12 noon. 
In the same month, 688 vehicles were stopped by officers for traffic violations, and officers performed 209 selective traffic enforcement posts.  These posts are usually assigned as a result of citizen complaints with regards to traffic, or based on known traffic hot spots.

The WPD responded to 149 medical calls in August, and investigated 33 9-1-1 ‘hang up’ calls, where someone dialed 9-1-1 but did not speak or hung up prior to making contact. 

There were 12 arrests, and officers investigated and wrote approximately 200 reports.   
 
Chief of Police Terry Cunningham and Youth Director Maura Renzella held the annual ‘Wellesley Police Youth Academy’ on August 3 through August 7.  The event puts 26 middle school aged children together with members of the Wellesley Police Department for five days.  The children are exposed to several different aspects of law enforcement and go on multiple field trips throughout the week.  The purpose is to build bonds between the police and community. 

Chief Cunningham is a very strong supporter of the program and has many officers and supervisors assigned to the academy during the week.  This year, Lieutenant Scott Whittemore, Sergeant Brian Spencer, Sergeant Jeff Renzella, Officer Evan Rosenberg, Officer Kathy Poirier and Officer Ron Poirier all were assigned to the academy for the week.  This doesn’t include the numerous other Wellesley police officers, detectives, and dispatchers who all put forth tremendous effort to ensure the academy does well. 

School Resource Officer Evan Rosenberg put together a busy schedule for the recruits this year.  Officer Rosenberg works closely with Youth Director Maura Renzella to make the Youth Academy very successful.

On the first day, the Youth Academy received a tour of the station.  They were then introduced to members of the MBTA Transit Police Bomb Squad.  MBTA Police Officers Mathews and Sweeney took the ‘recruits’ through all the equipment they use to protect the MBTA riders daily.  This included their bomb robot, K9 bomb dogs Odin and Cubo, as well as their gear.  The recruits got a chance to go hands on, driving the robot and putting
Wellesley Police, Wellesley Fire, Animal Control, and the Department of Public Works worked together to rescue several baby ducklings that had fallen into a storm drain.  The incident happened on June 30 near 80 William Street in the busy Wellesley Office Park. 

While a concerned mother duckling watched from a distance, each baby duckling was carefully removed from the storm drain and placed into a bucket.  Wellesley PD Animal Control Officer Sue Webb then took the baby ducklings, with mom following, to a nearby brook where the family was reunited.
The 2015 Savage Memorial 5K Road Race was held on Sunday, May 3 at Babson College in Wellesley.  Click on the link for the results.


LINK FOR 2015 SAVAGE RACE RESULTS
 
 
Once again, the 15th Annual Savage Memorial 5K Road Race will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015.  This is a 5K road race that starts and ends at Babson College, on a fairly flat course.  It's a great family event, with a fun run for children prior to the start of the 5K.  The application is now online for 2015.  
Do You Follow Us On Twitter?? This photo, of Officer Chris Cunningham and a dog named Cooper, is one of the many photos the Wellesley Police Department 'tweets' out on a live basis.  In this case, K9 Cooper had just been rescued by the Wellesley Fire Department after going through the ice on the Charles River.  Officer Cunningham dried Cooper off and started to warm him up after his unexpected swim in the icy river.  To see more of our photos (often as they happen) follow @WellesleyPolice on Twitter...stay informed of things going on in our community. 
PHOTO OF THE DAY:  FEBRUARY 24, 2015 Wellesley Police Officers and the Wellesley Fire Department responded to this traffic crash earlier this month on Route 9. No one was injured in the crash. 
Photo of the Day:  February 19, 2015  Officer Janet Popovski directing traffic during one of the many snowstorms this month.
Photo of the Day:  February 18, 2015  Officer John Kane on Central Street investigating a snow related crash last week.  
PHOTO OF THE DAY: February 17, 2015 Officer Mark D'Innocenzo and his amazing snow magnet cruiser on Westerly Road earlier this month.
Officer Amalfi is a 30 plus year veteran of the department, and a former United States Marine.  Officer Amalfi grew up in Wellesley, and worked at the Babson College Police Department prior to joining the Wellesley Police Department.  
Officer Amalfi is a senior member of the Honor Guard, having trained with the United States Marines in Washington, DC. Officer Amalfi is also a senior firearms instructor with the department, and has completed numerous firearms instructor courses with the FBI and most recently, the Sig Sauer Academy.. 
He has wife and two children, one of whom is also a police officer.

The Wellesley Police Department is investigating several overnight car burglaries in the Clovelly Road neighborhood.

 

Officers investigated five different reports of unlocked vehicles that were entered during the late evening and overnight hours today. In most cases, small amounts of cash and electronic items were removed. All of the vehicles that were involved were unlocked and were parked in the driveways to homes.

 

Please lock your doors when your vehicle is unattended and prevent this type of crime from happening to you! Report suspicious activity to the Wellesley Police Department by either calling 911 or 781-235-1212.   

January 9, 2015 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day across the United States.  This event is sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors Inc. and serves to recognize Law Enforcement in America.    

 

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