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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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Pittsfield Police Shut Down Shooting Range

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.

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Pittsfield Officer Jango Receives Protective Vest

Pittsfield Police Department's K9 Jango has received his bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc.

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VFW Post 448 Donates 10K To 'Operation Copsicle'

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.

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Pittsfield Police Dog to Receive Protective Vest

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.

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Officer Derby Looks to Buy Ice Cream Truck For Pittsfield PD

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.

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Pittsfield Councilors: The City Can't Afford Police Walking Beats

More than 600 residents believe the police should implement walking beats. But the City Council says it can't afford to pay for them right now.

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Pittsfield Bids Farewell to Veteran Police Officer

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.

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Hinds Asks State to Fund Design for New Pittsfield Police Station

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.

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Pittsfield Police Department Implements 'Park and Walk' Initiative

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.

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Tyer Officially Appoints Wynn As Pittsfield's Chief of Police

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.

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