Photos: Littleton Police Department Youth Academy Gives Kids Real World Look at Officer Training

Littleton Police

Littleton Police Department
Matthew J. Pinard, Chief of Police
500 Great Road,
Littleton, MA 01460

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Littleton Police Department Youth Academy Gives Kids Real World Look at Officer Training

LITTLETON — Chief Matthew J. Pinard is pleased to announce that the Littleton Police Department hosted its annual Student Police Academy last week.

The Student Police Academy is a week-long program for kids in grades six through eight, featuring an in-depth and interactive look at the roles and responsibilities of police officers.

Littleton’s academy, which graduated its seventh class on July 13, includes an extensive set of demonstrations and lessons from all corners of law enforcement and public safety.

Detective John Janakos oversaw this year’s academy, along with Reserve Officer Ashley Pinard, and led junior cadets through lessons on traffic and criminal laws, crime scene processing, investigative tactics and special operations.

The academy also mimicked the physical rigor of a true police academy, with Detective Patrick O’Donoghue and Officer Jesse Bowen serving as drill instructors for their respective platoons.

The two platoons of six cadets each visited with the Littleton Fire Department, where they learned about the tasks firefighters are charged with every day. Cadets also observed demonstrations by the Northeast Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council’s SWAT team and the NEMLEC Motor Unit. The Massachusetts State Police Air Wing made a special visit, landing on the field behind Littleton Police headquarters.

“Just about every member of our department played a role in giving our junior cadets a great experience last week, and I’m extremely proud of their work to continue supporting this program,” Chief Pinard said. “Our youth academy lets kids participate in everything that real police officers experience at a six-month academy in just five days.”

The academy was launched in 2012 by Chief Matthew Pinard, who was a Sergeant at the time, and Detective Sgt. Pablo Fernandez.


Bedford Police Warn of Scam Involving Fraudulent FDA Warning Letters 

Bedford Police Department
John J. Bryfonski, Chief of Police
55 Constitution Drive
Bedford, NH 03110

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Bedford Police Warn of Scam Involving Fraudulent FDA Warning Letters 

BEDFORD, N.H. — Chief John J. Bryfonski and the Bedford Police Department would like to alert residents to a growing scam in which criminals target people who have tried to purchase medicines online or over the phone.

In a warning released Friday, July 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has become aware of a scheme in which consumers receive fraudulent warning letters from the FDA instead of the drug products they ordered online or by phone.

The letters, which appear to come from the FDA and/or the Federal Trade Commission, claim the FDA has determined the recipient has committed a drug law violation based on an inspection of their drug shipment and their social media accounts. The letters also threaten recipients with a continued investigation and possible criminal charges. While the FDA does use letters to ensure compliance, those letters are not regularly sent to consumers themselves.

Any consumers who believe they may have received a fake warning letter should email with as much information as possible about the letter and its packaging, including sending photos or scanned documents to help aid in the FDA’s ongoing investigation of the scam.

Bedford residents are also asked to notify Bedford Police if they receive such a letter. The Bedford Police Department has not yet received any reports regarding this scam.

In addition to being the target of scams like these, consumers who buy medicines from illegal online pharmacies may be putting their health at risk. The products purchased from illegal online pharmacies, while marketed as authentic, may be counterfeit, contaminated, expired or otherwise unsafe. Consumers using illegal online pharmacies also run the risk of having their financial data exposed to cyber criminals.

“Residents should take extreme care when purchasing medications online, and ensure that they’re only ever obtaining medicine from legitimate sources,” Chief Bryfonski said. “I hope everyone will take caution, both when purchasing their medication and when evaluating the legitimacy of official-looking correspondence.”

To learn more, residents are encouraged to seek out the FDA’s BeSafeRx campaign, which educates consumers and health care professionals about the health risks of buying prescription medicine through fake online pharmacies and to help current and potential online pharmacy consumers to make informed purchasing decisions. The FDA also provides extensive information about making safe online purchases, which you can access by clicking here.


Burlington Police Investigating after Pursuit of OUI Suspect Leads to Crash


Burlington Police Department
Michael R. Kent
Chief of Police
45 Center Street
Burlington, MA 01803

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 16, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Burlington Police Investigating after Pursuit of OUI Suspect Leads to Crash

Driver Refused to Stop for Police

BURLINGTON — The Burlington Police Department is investigating after a motorist refused to pull over during a traffic stop and led officers on a pursuit that resulted in a single vehicle crash.

At 2:05 a.m., a Burlington police officer observed a Nissan sport utility vehicle being operated erratically on Middlesex Turnpike with multiple taillights out. The driver was operating at a very low rate of speed and suddenly speeding up and swerving on the roadway. The officer suspected that the driver may be intoxicated. The driver got on the I-95 northbound ramp and proceeded to the highway, and the officer attempted to a make a traffic stop.

The driver refused to stop and drove away at a high rate of speed northbound on I-95, exiting at Exit 34/Winn Street. The driver then made a sudden U-turn and drove back up the wrong way toward a police cruiser, nearly striking the cruiser. The driver continued the wrong way up the ramp and began to drive the wrong way on I-95 before the vehicle jumped an on-ramp median and proceeding back north on I-95 northbound.

The driver attempted to exit the highway again at Exit 35/Rt. 38 but lost control of the vehicle and rolled it over, crashing at the bottom of the highway ramp near the Rt. 38 rotary.

The driver was ejected from the vehicle. He was taken to Lahey Hospital and Medial Center with serious injuries. He has been identified as a 24-year-old male from Uganda, however multiple forms of conflicting identification were found at the scene and in the vehicle, so police have not positively identified the driver at this time.

Several miniature bottles of alcohol were found ejected from the vehicle at the crash site, and alcohol is believed to have been a significant factor.

The pursuit reached speeds of approximately 90 mph and lasted for about two minutes. The pursuit was monitored by a Burlington Police Department lieutenant.

This incident is under investigation by the Burlington Police Department.


*FOUND* Ipswich Police Confirm Man Missing from The Crane Estate Found Safe

Ipswich Police Patch

Ipswich Police Department
Paul A. Nikas, Chief of Police
15 Elm St.
Ipswich, MA 01938

For Immediate Release

Friday, July 13, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003


Ipswich Police Confirm Man Missing from The Crane Estate Found Safe

IPSWICH — Chief Paul A. Nikas and the Ipswich Police Department wish to thank the several regional and statewide agencies that provided mutual aid today after a man went missing from a group of men walking on the property of The Crane Estate.

The man, a 35-year-old Beverly resident, was found safely. He had walked from Ipswich to his home in Beverly.

The man had last been seen at approximately 4:30 a.m. Friday. He was walking on the property with a group of friends when they lost sight of him. The men searched for him before calling police at approximately 7 a.m.

Ipswich Police searched the area and used all-terrain vehicles to assist them. A helicopter from the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing also assisted in the search. The Ipswich Police Department also activated K-9 units from Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council member agencies before the search was called off when the man was found safe shortly after noontime.