Arlington Police Department Selected as One of Four New Agencies in U.S. to Become Mental Health Learning Site

Arlington Police Department
Frederick Ryan, Chief of Police
112 Mystic St.
Arlington, MA 02474

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Arlington Police Department Selected as One of Four New Agencies in U.S. to Become Mental Health Learning Site

ARLINGTON — Chief Frederick Ryan is pleased to announce that the Arlington Police Department has been selected as one of four new Law Enforcement Mental Health Learning Sites in the U.S., and will serve as an example of how police can improve relations with those suffering from mental illnesses.

As a Law Enforcement Mental Health Learning Site, the Arlington Police Department will provide resources for state and local law enforcement agencies that are developing or enhancing a Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC), such as a crisis intervention team, co-response team, mobile crisis team, case management approach, or tailored approach, to more effectively respond to people with mental illnesses.

Arlington Police will also be available to answer questions from the field, host site visits, and work with Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center staff to develop materials for practitioners and community partners.

The CSG Justice Center chose the Arlington Police Department to be one of four new nationwide learning sites given the success of the Arlington Jail Diversion Program and Arlington Opiate Outreach Initiative (AOOI). In an effort to expand the knowledge base for law enforcement agencies interested in starting or enhancing a PMHC program, the CSG Justice Center, with assistance from a team of national experts and the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, now has 10 police departments acting as national law enforcement mental health learning sites.

“It is an honor to be one of 10 agencies in the country recognized by the CSG Justice Center as a resource for our law enforcement partners and mental health agencies looking to expand their services,” Chief Ryan said. “We have seen our approach in Arlington work successfully, and hope to help other cities and towns achieve the same results.”

Through the AOOI, which was implemented in June of 2015 and blends police work and community engagement to assist those suffering from addiction and mental illness, Arlington Police have expanded access to Naloxone (nasal Narcan) to people in the community. Additionally, the department’s mental health clinician, who has taken on the role of AOOI coordinator, holds regular meetings with residents to provide services, resources and treatment options that help empower families to get their loved ones the help they need to recover. The AOOI has made such an impact in Arlington that it has been implemented by police departments, cities and towns throughout the U.S.

First launched in November 2010, the Jail Diversion Program works to prevent people with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders from entering the criminal justice system. Having its own in-house mental health clinician has allowed the Arlington Police Department to connect residents with treatment and services, prevent unnecessary trips to emergency departments and has shortened the length of time officers spend at mental health calls for service.

Due to both the Arlington Opiate Outreach Initiative and the Jail Diversion Program, Arlington Police officers have undergone numerous training sessions that have prepared the department for its learning site status. Areas of specialized instruction include mental health first aid, autism, substance abuse, hoarding, veteran services, domestic violence, elder abuse, Narcan and crisis de-escalation.

The three other newly selected CSG sites include the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio and the Tucson Police Department in Arizona.

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Bridgewater Police Arrest Juvenile after Threatening Social Media Post

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Bridgewater Police Department
Christopher Delmonte, Chief of Police
220 Pleasant St.
Bridgewater, MA 02324

For Immediate Release

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Bridgewater Police Arrest Juvenile after Threatening Social Media Post

BRIDGEWATER — Chief Christopher D. Delmonte reports that the Bridgewater Police Department arrested a juvenile who allegedly made threats on social media to commit acts of violence.

As a result of an investigation by Bridgewater Police, a JUVENILE MALE, AGE 17, OF BRIDGEWATER was arrested and charged with:

  • Making Terroristic Threats
  • Disturbing a School or other Assembly
  • Larceny of a Motor Vehicle

Earlier today, several people reported to Bridgewater Police that they observed a message on Snapchat allegedly posted by the juvenile suspect. The message read “Florida part 2,” referencing to the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida that occurred on Wednesday. The post also showed a photo of a person holding what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol.

During the course of the investigation, Bridgewater Police also recovered a stolen motor vehicle that is believed to be connected to the suspect.

The investigation led police to the suspect, who was arrested without incident this afternoon.

The suspect is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday at Brockton Juvenile Court.

The incident remains under investigation by Bridgewater Police Department Detectives along with Bridgewater and Raynham School Resource Officers.

If anyone has any information about this incident, they are asked to call Bridgewater Police at 508-697-6118.

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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GLTS Students Build Home in Lawrence to Sharpen Their Technical Skills

Greater Lawrence Technical School
Superintendent John Lavoie
57 River Rd, Andover,
MA 01810

For Immediate Release

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

GLTS Students Build Home in Lawrence to Sharpen Their Technical Skills

ANDOVER —  Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to announce that nearly 100 GLTS students are busy constructing a house as part of the school’s building program.

Carpentry, electrical and plumbing students are currently on site at 47 Norris St. in Lawrence making progress on the construction of a two-story wood frame home.

The annual project is made possible through a partnership with the Greater Lawrence Revolving Loan Fund, which since 1973 has provided GLTS the necessary upfront money to purchase lots and acquire building materials.

Following completion of the project, the home sells for market value and profits are used to purchase a piece of land for the following year.

“What’s beneficial about this project is that it gives our students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the real world,” Superintendent Lavoie said. “By the time they graduate, they have experience in the field that they can use in their post secondary education or career.”

During the chilly morning hours of Jan. 29, one group of carpentry students were laying plywood on the roof, while others stayed on the ground building a wall that would be used to install the home’s electrical panel.

“When we first started building everything, it was my first time out working on a house,” said junior carpentry student Reymi Vargas, of Lawrence. “It was cool experiencing everything behind the scenes.”

“My favorite part of this project so far was lifting up the rafters and attaching them to the house,” added junior carpentry student Adelina Vargas, of Lawrence. “We had to use harnesses to be pulled up to the appropriate height. It was a good experience.”

Inside the home, down in the basement, senior electrical students were rough wiring the home, installing temporary lights and running a wire to the sump pump. Once the windows are installed in a couple weeks, the pace of the electrical work will accelerate dramatically.

“This is a great experience for students,” electrical instructor Charlie Kennedy said. “They’re learning real world skills and how to work with different trades — it’s all part of the job and all things a contractor would do.”

On the second floor, junior plumbing students were focused on drilling a 2-inch hole a through the exterior wall plate that will be used to install a vent for the first floor bathroom fixtures.

Junior plumbing student Josh Small, of Methuen, said he’s enjoyed getting to put his technical skills to use over the last few months.

“You get to learn and make mistakes and better ourselves for going out on co-op,” he added.

In the coming months, additional students from the HVAC and Horticulture and Landscape programs will contribute to the project. Work first began in November and the home is expected to go on the market sometime this spring.

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Stoneham Fire Department, Senior Center and Board of Health Members to Hold Senior Safety Event

Stoneham Fire Department
Chief Matthew Grafton
25 Central Street
Stoneham, MA 02180-2044

For Immediate Release

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-533-9398
Email: john@jgpr.net

Stoneham Fire Department, Senior Center and Board of Health Members to Hold Senior Safety Event

STONEHAM – Members of the Stoneham Fire Department, Senior Center and Board of Health would like to invite seniors to attend one of two fire and fall prevention presentations that will be held next month through the National Fire Protection Association.

WHEN:

Tuesday, March 6 at 1 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:

March 6: Stoneham Public Library, 431 Main St.

March 13: Stoneham Senior Center, 136 Elm St.

WHAT:

Lt. Charlie Webber, the Stoneham Fire Department’s Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) Coordinator and Mary Zatta, outreach coordinator at the senior center, will lead a presentation on the NFPA’s Remembering When program. The fun event offers eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention safety tips that are explained through discussion, trivia, games and handouts.

“Our goal with this event is to provide valuable safety information to our senior population that will help them live safely in their homes for longer,” Fire Chief Matthew Grafton said. “The NFPA’s Remembering When Program is a great, interactive presentation that I’m confident community members will enjoy.”

Fire prevention tips will include information on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, planning and rehearsing an escape route, and adhering to smart cooking and heating practices.

Fall prevention tips will include information on physical activity, keeping walking areas (pathways and stairs) well lit and clear, and wearing the proper footwear.

“As we get older, the risk of injury from a fire or fall greatly increases, which is why the Remembering When presentation is great way to learn some effective tips to stay safe,” Stoneham Health Agent John Fralick. “We encourage seniors and their family members to attend.”

Additionally, before and after the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for a friendly home visit. Representatives from the Stoneham Fire Department, Board of Health and the Council on Aging will arrange to come to a resident’s home to ensure everything is in safe, working order.

All aspects of a senior’s home will be checked, including making sure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are in working order, stair railings are secure, water heaters and refrigerators have the correct settings, combustibles are stored away from heat sources, outlets are not overloaded and more.

Those who need a new smoke or CO detector will be able to obtain one through the fire department. Additionally, seniors with disabilities, medical conditions or who live alone are eligible to receive a free lock box, which can be installed outside their home and utilized by family members or first responders during an emergency situation where quick access into the house is needed.

“These home visits are a fantastic free way for seniors to ensure that there are not any hazards in their home that could be putting them in unknown danger,” said Maureen Canova, director of the senior center. “They are also a great opportunity to meet officials in town and establish a contact in the event that an emergency occurs.”

Complimentary coffee and doughnuts will be provided during the Remembering When presentation.

Residents who want to sign up for a home visit, but cannot make one of the presentations in March can do so by calling the senior center at 781-438-1157. Families who have concerns for a senior family member living alone, and who think they may benefit from a home visit, are also encouraged to call.

The Remembering When presentation and senior home visits are made possible through the Stoneham Fire Department’s Senior SAFE grant.

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