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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Detective David Foster Promoted to Sergeant


Chief Scott P. Livingstone is pleased to announce that Detective David W. Foster of the Amherst Police Department was promoted to the rank of Sergeant effective August 11, 2014. Sergeant Foster was promoted after an extensive selection process which included a written examination and interviews with Chief Scott P. Livingstone and Town Manager John P. Musante.  This promotion will fill the position that was vacated with the retirement of Sergeant Charles Nelson.

 Sergeant Foster was appointed as a Patrol Officer with the Amherst Police Department on December 5, 1994.  He was assigned patrol duties until his reassignment to the Detective Bureau in September of 2000. As a Detective, Foster obtained extensive specialized training in criminal investigation, sexual assault and juvenile policing issues.  He was a Field Training Officer, Ropes Course Instructor and liaison to the Amherst Regional School System for the department.  In addition, Sergeant Foster is a member of the Search and Rescue Team, Crime Scene Unit and Sexual Assault Investigation Team.

 Foster received his diploma from Amherst High School in 1984.  He graduated in 1995 from the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Academy in Agawam, a member of the 23rd Municipal Police Officer Class.   Sergeant Foster received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Nichols College, Dudley, MA and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice
Studies from Western New England College, Springfield, MA. 

 

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Mobilization


The Amherst Police Department will be participating in the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's Highway Safety Division. Officers from the Amherst Police Department are joining other local law enforcement agencies and the Massachusetts State Police to crack down on drunk drivers across the Commonwealth. This mobilization will run from August 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014.  

According to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, in 2012 there were 349 motor vehicle-related fatalities in Massachusetts of which 35% of these deaths involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In fiscal year 2014, the Amherst Police Department criminally charged 105 persons with operating under the influence. “The Amherst Police Department is committed to this enforcement effort, if you are operating impaired, we will arrest you.  No exceptions.” said Chief Livingstone.   

The Amherst Police Department recommends the following tips:    

 

    • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;

    • If you’ve been drinking, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
    • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact law enforcement;
    • And remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get home safely.

 
Questions regarding this informational and enforcement initiative can be forwarded to Sergeant Todd Lang at 413-259-3000 or via email.    For additional information concerning the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Highway Safety Division please go to their website.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Day 4 @ the APD and UMPD Youth Adventure Academy

CBS 3 Coverage of the forensic dig.....

http://www.cbs3springfield.com/story/26107330/amherst-kids-learn-how-to-investigate-crime-scenes-during-camp

2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run

What:

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is part of a worldwide program to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics.  The Torch Run is not a race; it is a torch relay in which law enforcement officials carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope to opening ceremonies of Special Olympics Massachusetts tournaments.
        

Who: 

Special Olympics athletes are honored to have any member of a local, county, state, or federal law enforcement agency participate. Friends and family are also welcome to run but only members of law enforcement may carry the torch. The run will include cruisers, motorcycles, and support vehicles.

When:

Saturday, August 09, 2014– Please park at the UMASS campus, Lot 22 (located on University Dr. Take shuttle to Amherst PD (5:45PM – 6:45PM).  Registration opens at Amherst PD at 5:45 PM 3 mile run starts at 7:00 PM and will arrive at approximately 7:40 PM.  The Torch will enter the Athlete Village at 8:00PM.  Participants are encouraged to contribute at least $15, and each will receive an event t-shirt.

Where:

All Torch Runners will escort the Flame of Hope into the Saturday night dance – a Special Olympics weekend event staple!  Together, law enforcement will light the cauldron in celebration of the weekend-long August Tournament, which features softball, fishing, golf, cycling, and bocce. Volunteers welcome!

Contact:

John Evon, Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

413.858.0551 or john.evon@sdh.state.ma.us

 
Bob O’Connor, Amherst Police Department

- 413.259.3208 or O’ConnorR@amherstma.gov

 

 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Open and Gross Lewdness Arrest at Puffers Pond


 


On July 9, 2014 at approximately 12:30 PM, the Amherst Police responded to the area of Puffer’s Pond for the report of a man who was exposing himself. He was spotted by some young women who in turn called 911. The responding officers located the man on the south end of the pond. He was placed under arrest at the scene.

John S. Fitzgerald, Age 47

54 Pequot Road

Southampton, MA  01073

 

Charge:            Open and Gross Lewdness

Fitzgerald was held at the Hampshire County House of Corrections in lieu of $5000 cash bail. He is expected to be arraigned at the Eastern Hampshire District Court this morning. The matter remains under investigation.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

First Responder Recognition Award


 




Chief of Police Scott P. Livingstone is honored to announce that on June 18, 2014, Amherst Patrol Officers Felipe Feliciano, Matthew Frydryk and Joshua Harris were recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee, receiving their First Responder Recognition Award at a ceremony held at Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA.

 

In February 2014, Patrol Officers Frydryk, Feliciano and Harris performed CPR on a 48 year old male that was in cardiac arrest.  In doing so, they provided life saving measures to this community member in need.   The award ceremony recognized first responders from across the state for rendering first aid assistance.   Patrol Officer Frydryk has been with the Amherst Police Department since 2008, Patrol Officer Feliciano has been with the Amherst Police Department since 2004, and Patrol Officer Harris has been with the Amherst Police Department since 2010.  

Monday, June 23, 2014

June 22, 2014 Stabbing


PRESS RELEASE

 
 

On June 22, 2014 at approximately 11:15PM, several officers responded to a residence at the Boulders apartment complex located on East Hadley Road. The resident, a 24 year old male, reported that he had been stabbed earlier in the evening. Responding officers did find the victim bleeding and suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen. The victim was transported to Baystate Medical Center where he is currently being treated. The injury is not believed to be life threatening.

Investigators believe that the injury occurred at a different apartment complex in Amherst, but he victim is being uncooperative with the police at this time. Anyone who may have witnessed the altercations is asked to contact the Amherst Police Department.

Amherst Police detective bureau, 413-259-3015.

 

June 22, 2014 Assault and Battery


PRESS RELEASE

 
On June 22, 2014 at approximately 7:30PM, several Amherst Police Officers responded to the area of Kellogg Avenue for a disturbance. Officers located a victim unconscious in the roadway. He is a 51 year old Amherst man who was subsequently transported by Amherst Fire Department personnel to Baystate Medical Center. He was found to have significant head injuries and remains at Baystate in stable condition.

The ensuing investigation led to the identification of a suspect, Julian Munn. It was found that Munn and the victim had argued earlier in the evening leading to this altercation. Witnesses saw Munn strike the victim several times causing the victim’s head to strike a curb.

Munn was arrested at the scene and is being held at the Hampshire County House of Correction in lieu of $1000 cash bail. He is expected to be arraigned this morning at he Eastern Hampshire District Court.

Julian L. Munn, Age 47

503 Worthington Street

Springfield, MA  01105

Charge:               Assault & Battery/Serious Bodily Injury

 

The matter remains under investigation.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Put a Dent in Identity Theft Free Community Shred Event


The Amherst TRIAD/"Seniors and Law Enforcement Together" (SALT) Council, in partnership with the Amherst Police Department, Office of District Attorney David E. Sullivan, Hampshire County Sheriff's Office, Pro-Shred, Inc. and PeoplesBank are sponsoring a "Community Shred Event" to be held on Saturday, June 21st, 2014 from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., IN THE PARKING LOT of PEOPLESBANK, 56 AMITY STREET, AMHERST, MA.  This three (3) hour event will be open to all Hampshire County community members,  Participation is limited to residential shredding only and not open to businesses.

Consumer fraud and identity theft are on the rise.  As older adults are often the target victims of identity theft, the partners in this project want to raise awareness and promote prevention.  We hope that the "Community Shred Event" will provide the community with a responsible way to dispose of sensitive documents.  You are welcome to bring as many boxes of documents as you would like.  Documents such as old bills, credit card information, cancelled checks or any materials that may have your identifying information can be shredded.  All documents will be shredded on site.

PROSHRED, Inc. of Wilbraham is donating their services.  They are a document destruction company solely dedicated to on-site paper shredding, the most secure, convenient and cost-effective method for destroying and recycling confidential documents and materials.

Please join us in putting a dent in identity theft!  For further information you can contact Chris Geffin at the Northwestern District Attorney's Office, 413-586-9225 or Captain Jennifer Gundersen at the Amherst Police Department 413-259-3012.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bridge St. Train Crash


On May 21, 2014 at approximately 12:49PM, several officers from the Amherst Police Department responded to the intersection of Pine Street and Bridge Street for a reported motor vehicle accident. The accident involved a motor vehicle and a train. The motor vehicle was occupied by three people, and it was a freight style train.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle was travelling north across the railroad tracks when it was struck by the train. Investigators observed that warnings signals and bells were sounding upon their arrival.

No one was injured as a result of this collision.

Names and specifics are not being released at this time as the matter still remains under investigation.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Click It or Ticket Mobilization


During the month of May, the Amherst Police Department will be teaming up with Massachusetts State Police and more than 133 local police departments state-wide to crack-down on motorists who are not buckling up.   Amherst will be taking part in the national Click It Or Ticket (CIOT) seat belt enforcement mobilization which is federally funded through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division.

 “Memorial Day traditionally kicks off the busy summer driving season,” said Amherst Police Chief Scott P. Livingstone. “Safety belts and properly installed child safety seats are your best defense against drunk, aggressive and distracted drivers, as well as your own mistakes.”  Beginning May 19 through June 1, 2014, law enforcement officials will be out in full force looking for safety belt violators.

 In Massachusetts in 2012, an estimated 50 lives could have been saved if everyone wore their seat belts. Statistics also show that passenger vehicle occupants are buckling up more during the day, but not enough at night.  While Massachusetts data is still being compiled, nationally, nighttime drivers are less likely to buckle up compared to daytime drivers. In 2012, 10,480 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes at night (6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.).  Of those killed in nighttime crashes, 55 percent were not wearing seat belts (compared to 41 percent of occupants killed during daytime hours of 6:00 a.m. to 5:59 p.m.).

As part of the day or night CIOT kickoff, at 6:00 p.m. on May 19th, state and local police departments including Amherst will join law enforcement agencies across the East Coast in mobilizing the CIOT “Border to Border” Operation which aims to provide increased seat belt enforcement at State Borders, sending a ‘zero tolerance’ message to the public: driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what state, no matter what time.

 “Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater,” said Chief Livingstone.  “Buckling up is not optional; it’s the difference between life and death in a crash.  That’s why we’re out enforcing the law.  Click It Or Ticket, every time, day or night.”

 In Amherst in 2013, 81 persons were issued motor vehicle violations for not having on a seatbelt. 

 
For more information, please this website.