The Police Department is looking for a new place for firearm training.
The city has closed the shooting range on Utility Drive, off Holmes Road, following a challenge to the zoning laws. A group of residents in the area has been trying to get the range closed, citing safety and nuisance factors, and lodged a formal complaint saying the use of that property violated the city's zoning.
The Police Department's efforts to purchase an ice cream truck took a significant step forward on Tuesday with a $10,000 donation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 448.
"This Copsicle operation the Police Department has established and trying to get funding for this truck is a very worthwhile cause. That's why the membership voted to contribute $10,000 toward this operation," VFW Commander Arnie Perras said.
Jango's vest is sponsored by fundraiser hosted by Heather McKibben of HeatherFest in Norton, Mass., and will be embroidered with the sentiment "Donated by HeatherFest in memory of Bill McKibben." Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks.
Officer Darren Derby is looking to buy an ice cream truck.
Two years ago Derby had read about Boston Police owning an ice cream which they used to reach out to the children in the community. He saw St. Louis convert an old ambulance into a truck to do the same.
The highly decorated officer received numerous honors including the Terry Donnelly Police Officer of the Year in 1998 and received an Honorable Service Unit Citation for supporting the U.S. Secret Service when First Lady Michelle Obama visited the city in 2013.
State Sen. Adam Hinds is asking the state to help in designing a new city police station.
A capital bond bill is currently making its way through the Legislative process and Hinds has filed an amendment for $4 million to design the new station. The city has been eying a police station for years- including hiring a consultant to perform a feasibility study was conducted to identify possible locations and craft a conceptual outline of what the building would require.
Known as the "park and walk" initiative, officers on the day, evening, and midnight shifts are all expected to attempt one 15-minute walk, said Police Chief Michael Wynn. As of Nov. 26, officers registered a total of 293 park and walk details throughout the city.
Mayor Linda Tyer is looking to remove the word "acting" from Police Chief Michael Wynn's title.
The mayor is asking the City Council to as chief, a role he has been serving for a decade under an acting provision. Wynn had been promoted to administrative captain in 2007, essentially managing the department. In 2009, he was appointed "acting chief of police" and has served in that role since.
Mayor Linda Tyer is poised to appoint a more permanent police chief, ending nearly a decade of uncertainty about the position.
The city has had "acting" police and fire chiefs for years. Current Police Chief Michael Wynn was appointed to serve in an "acting" capacity in 2009 - Wynn had been serving the role as "captain in charge" since 2007 - and Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski appointed "acting" in 2010, both under former Mayor James Ruberto.
It is not often police blare the sirens and children from all over the neighborhood come running toward them.
But that is exactly what Officers Darren Derby, Sean Klink, and John Bassi have created inside the city borders. It also helped that the three were traveling in an ice cream truck.
The blue lights started flashing, and a voice came over the cruiser's PA calling for backup.
And the three officers started laughing, as they stood outside of the vehicle. Because inside the vehicle, a group of city teens was having a good time.
The most frequent complaint the Police Department receives is regarding traffic.
Whether it is speeding on roads or intersections or crosswalks, Sgt. Marc Maddalena said the city's driving behaviors have been getting worse - especially when it comes to distracted driving. But, the Police Department's response could only have been to tell patrol officers to see what they can do when they get a chance.
Lee Bank has joined in the support for the deployment of a gunshot detection system.
Lee Bank is donating $5,000 toward the ShotSpotter contract. The technology is eyed to be installed this year and is used to detect and pinpoint the sound of gunshot, letting officers know on the spot when a weapon is fired on city streets.
The Police Department is suspending its residency requirement for the next Civil Service exam to boost its list of eligible candidates.
The department has been ramping up its hiring of new officers after the City Council authorized a $1 million boost in funding in the budget. Last month the department put another 10 officers on the roads and had seven in the pipeline. But, even more hiring is taking place.
When the bomb went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013 many people were injured but immediately, the scene was inaccessible for EMS.
Boston Police officers were carrying tourniquets and gauze to stop excessive bleeding for those injured, which upped the survival rate while the scene was being secured.
Ten new officers have finished field training and will be out on the road next week.
The city has been trying to build up the Police Department and spent this last year aggressively hiring. Ten officers had been put through the police academy and through field training, concluding on Friday, and there are another seven in the pipeline.
The state has denied a waiver to allow Michael Wynn to be appointed as chief of Police.
Wynn has been serving as chief in acting capacity since 2009, being appointed to the position by former Mayor James Ruberto. Earlier this year, Mayor Linda Tyer sought a waiver from the Civil Service requirements to make Wynn the chief on a more permanent basis.
Residents should be aware that employees from the fundraising company, TCI America Inc, will be contacting businesses and residents soliciting for donations. At no time will any officers or members of the Pittsfield Police Department be contacting residents asking for donations.
Seven new public safety officers were sworn in on Tuesday to the "most noble professions" in a promotional celebration at City Hall
It was the first time such a public event had been held, at least as far as Police Chief Michael Wynn knew.
The academy provides an opportunity for individuals to learn more about how police officers work, as well as gain a better understanding of department operations by familiarizing residents with our community-policing philosophy, internal policies, and the guiding principles of law and ethical conduct governing the delivery of police services within our community.