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.
The Police Unions are opposing the mayor's plan to appoint acting Chief Michael Wynn permanently to the post.
Supervisory Union President Matt Hill and Patrolman's Union President Andrew Couture released a letter Thursday saying the unions would rather see the appointment be made through the civil service process and open to other candidates within the department.
The Police Department needs some $740,000 to cover a deficit in overtime.
This shouldn't have been much of a surprise to the City Council when it was brought before them on Tuesday because during the budget hearings last year, the chief told the councilors the line was woefully underfunded. Just two months into the fiscal year, the department had already gone through a third of the budgeted $600,000 for scheduled overtime and a quarter of the $40,000 special investigations line.
Mayor Linda Tyer is calling for an increase of nearly $1 million to boost staffing in the Police Department.
The mayor was joined by an array of elected officials, community leaders, and law enforcement Monday in a press conference addressing increased gun violence in the city. Tyer said the fiscal 2017 budget calls for a $936,000 increase to bring on a half-dozen new officers and new equipment.
So far in 2016, 35 police officers died in the line of duty.
Those 35 join the national total of more than 20,000 officers who died or were killed while doing their job. Last year, 128 officers "made the ultimate sacrifice."
A Pomeroy Avenue resident said he sees drug activity outside of his house often. He's called the police but nothing seems to happen, so he just stopped trying.
"I don't call up because it is a waste of time. We have a lot of drug activity and we call and nothing came of it," he said.
"They look up to us. We are role models for these kids. It is absolutely remarkable to witness these kids, who would probably never have talked to the police, now come up, hold your hand, hug you, high five you. The have a comfort level and awareness of who we are and that we are not the awful people they thought we were. We're not scary," Derby said.