The Committee on Public Health and Safety approved taking up a petition to fill the vacant resource officer position at Reid Middle School and began the conversation about police presence in the schools.
The app "pings" when someone carrying an identifying Bluetooth beacon gets within 80 feet and it brings up information about the individual that public safety or medical personnel may need in an emergency or other situation.
The day after authorities apprehended an escaped inmate after a three-day search, many residents tuned into the radio and heard the voices of the sheriff and officers who made the arrest telling their side of the story.
The difference, however, the program was hosted by Police Chief Michael Wynn. It was the first episode of On Patrol with PPD, a brand new show on WTBR, hosted by the Police Department.
The new police outreach center on Columbus Avenue is now open.
The center or substation dubbed the Community Outreach Post (COP), is aimed to bring the police more closely in line with the community in the west side neighborhoods.
In November, officers were sent to Cherry Street for a call of suspicious activity.
The officers received information about a potential vehicle but nothing was immediately in the area. Officer John Virgilio kept it in mind and later in the day he saw it. The officer tracked it down and with Officers Edward Pezze, Michael Lupisella, Michael Silver, and Matthew Killeen. There were four individuals from Springfield in the vehicle, one had an arrest warrant, and search of the car found a firearm
Since 1791 some 23,721 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in America, according to Police Chief Michael Wynn.
Five of those were killed in Pittsfield - Capt. Michael Leonard, in 1898; Jailer James Fuller, 1901; Secret Service Operative William Craig, 1902; Officer Leo Sullivan, 1956; and Officer Timothy Shepard, 1988. In honor of National Police Week, the Pittsfield Police Department took time on Wednesday in remembrance of those five, officers throughout the nation, and
Police Chief Michael Wynn briefed the council's Public Health and Safety Committee on Monday on the effectiveness of the gunshot detection system, saying it has improved response time, investigations, and revealed a number of shootings officer wouldn't have known about at all.
Following a homicide in the fall, residents of the westside came together calling for more to be done for public safety.
One of those ideas was to open a police substation in the neighborhood. To help answer questions of funding it, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Carolyn Valli offered space in their Columbus Avenue building for it. Now, three months later, they're looking for volunteers to staff it.
The creation of a reimagined Police Advisory Board will now go before the full City Council.
The council's ordinance and rules subcommittee hashed out the details of the new board at Monday's meeting and voted a positive recommendation for adoption.
Seven members of the Police Department were recognized for earning promotions.
Michael Grady and Matthew Kirchner were promoted to captain; Thomas Dawley, Glen Decker, and John Soules were promoted to lieutenant, and James Parise and Ryan Williams were promoted to sergeant.
As the job of a police officer becomes "more dangerous and thankless each and every day," Igor Greenwald "belittled" the good work officers do, so says the police unions.
Greenwald has been behind an effort to create a Police Oversight Committee and at a recent subcommittee shared shorties and brought others to testify about negative interactions with police. Greenwald contends there is a "a whole basket of bad apples" in the Police Department and an oversight committee to handle complaints o
Neighbors had concerns with the Utility Drive shooting range regarding safety and noise. They raised concerns over zoning and the proximity to the homes with children. The Police Department issued an order to halt the live fire training, though police will still use it for other types of training.