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Pittsfield Police Chief Says Too Soon Assess Budget Cut Impact

Police Chief Michael Wynn told the Police Advisory and Review Board that it is still too soon to tell how the reduced budget will affect operations.

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Pittsfield Police Had Multiple Cases of COVID-19

The Pittsfield Police Department was hit hard by the novel coronavirus this spring, particularly the command staff.

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Pittsfield Police Advisory Board Reviewing Force Policies

The Police Advisory and Review Board held an emergency meeting Tuesday to go over the the current law enforcement landscape, current policies in the city, and possible changes for the future

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Pittsfield Councilors Start School Resource Officer Conversation

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.

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Pittsfield Public Safety Rolling Out App for Vulnerable Individuals

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.

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Police Advisory Board Advocates For New Police Station

The board members last week discussed their recent tour of the station and were in consensus that something needs to be done about the aging facility.

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Pittsfield Police Add Radio Show to Information, Transparency Efforts

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.

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Pittsfield, Habitat Cuts Ribbon on New Police Substation

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.

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Pittsfield Police Honors Good Work, Promotions, Retirements

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

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Pittsfield Honors Peace Officers Memorial Day

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

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Pittsfield Police Chief Wants to Expand Use of ShotSpotter

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.

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Volunteers Sought For New Pittsfield Police Substation

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.

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Pittsfield Police Hosting Expo on Law Enforcement Careers

The department is holding a recruitment expo on Tuesday at Taconic High School to answer questions and demonstrate equipment for those who may be thinking of entering the profession.

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Establishment of Police Advisory Board Heads to Pittsfield City Council

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.

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Pittsfield Police Recognize Promotions Of Seven Officers

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.

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Pittsfield Police Unions Respond to Allegations Made During Council Meeting

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

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Pittsfield Seeking New Location for Police Shooting Range

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.

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