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.
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.