Holbrook Police Assign New Community Outreach Officer

Holbrook Police Department
William J. Smith, Chief of Police
300 South Franklin St.
Holbrook, MA 02343

For Immediate Release

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

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

Holbrook Police Assign New Community Outreach Officer

HOLBROOK — Chief William Smith is pleased to announce that he has created a new Community Outreach Officer position for the Holbrook Police Department.

The new role will be held by Officer Michael Eshner. The position will help to strengthen the relationship between the department and the community as a whole.

“As a department we are always striving to better our relationship with the residents we serve,” Chief Smith said. “I chose Officer Eshner for this role because of his compassion and hard-working nature. I know he will serve as a great liaison between us and our community members and stakeholders.”

As part of his position, Officer Eshner will be in charge of creating a new community outreach program for the department. He is taking on the role part-time in addition to his regular duties as a police officer for the town.

 

Officer Eshner is currently working on several programs that will be rolled out at the beginning of next year, including the implementation of a new neighborhood watch.

The neighborhood watch will be partially based online and on mobile devices using NextDoor, a social network that connects people through the neighborhoods they live in.

Another initiative Officer Eshner will be taking on is working with the opioid abuse prevention and assistance group, Holbrook Cares. Beginning in January, Officer Eshner will be doing follow-up visits to the homes of people who have recently overdosed.

Accompanied by a clinician and recovery coach, the goal of the visits will be to encourage overdose victims to enter into a treatment program and offer them and their families helpful advice and information.

Officer Eshner is also planning on connecting with students and the elder communities in town to see how he can be of assistance.

“Right now I’m reaching out to other area police departments that have similar programs to see what I can take from them and apply to Holbrook,” Officer Eshner said. “The program will continue to grow out of what we already have planned. I would like to get it where we are involved in all facets of the community, so we can best serve our residents, business owners and townspeople on a more personal level.”

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Whitman Police to Host Active Shooter Response Training Course

Whitman Police Department
Scott D. Benton, Chief of Police
20 Essex St
Whitman, MA 02382

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

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

Whitman Police to Host Active Shooter Response Training Course

ALICE Training Instructor Certification to be Offered in Two-Day Course

WHITMAN — Police Chief Scott D. Benton announces that the Whitman Police Department will be hosting a two-day instructor course on ALICE active shooter response training.

WHEN

Thursday, Feb. 22 and Friday, Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE

Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, 600 Franklin St., Whitman

WHAT

The training will teach those who attend to become certified ALICE instructors. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.

The strategy can be implemented in a number of fields such as, law enforcement, education and higher education, hospitals, businesses and places of worship.

The course teaches proactive, options-based strategies that increase the chances of survival during a violent intruder or active shooter event. Those who attend the course can take the strategies they have learned back to their workplace or organization and instruct others on how to safely respond during such an event.

“This knowledge and training is invaluable as a way to bridge the gap between the time a violent event has begun and when police officers arrive on scene,” Chief Benton said. “When and where an active shooter event takes place is often unpredictable and can happen in the blink of an eye. But, you can be prepared and train your staff, students or group members with these proven lifesaving strategies.”

The cost of the course is $595 and is open to the public, including parents and residents. Those who would like to attend can register at alicetraining.com. For more information email info@alicetraining.com or contact the Whitman Police Department at 781-447-1212.

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Raynham Police Arrest Man with Multiple Guns in Stolen Vehicle

Raynham Police Department
Chief James Donovan
53 Orchard St.,
Raynham, MA 02767

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

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

Raynham Police Arrest Man with Multiple Guns in Stolen Vehicle

RAYNHAM — Chief James Donovan reports that the Raynham Police Department arrested a man Wednesday morning, who had multiple firearms in his possession inside a stolen vehicle.

KYLE DAMON, AGE 22, OF RAYNHAM was charged with:

  • Possession of a large capacity firearm
  • Carrying a firearm without a license (two counts)
  • Carrying a firearm while intoxicated
  • Receiving stolen property over $250 (three counts)
  • Carrying ammunition without a license
  • Warrant arrest (three counts)

On Wednesday, at approximately 4:46 a.m., Raynham Police received a report of a man who was possibly in a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the King Philip apartment complex.

Upon arrival, officers found a man, later identified as DAMON, sitting inside a Chevy Trailblazer that had been reported stolen on Monday, Dec. 11 out of Taunton.

Officers had reason to believe that DAMON may have had multiple stolen firearms in his possession and moved quickly to remove him from the vehicle and place him in handcuffs.

DAMON was highly intoxicated and received minor cuts and scrapes to his face when he was detained on the ground.

In searching DAMON, officers found a loaded Remington 1911 handgun inside a holster on his right hip. They also found a small folding knife tucked into his boot.

Inside the Trailblazer, officers located a fully locked and loaded AR-15 rifle in the front passenger’s seat, along with a large knife. Both items were within reaching distance of DAMON.

DAMON was placed under arrest. After complaining about chest pains, he was brought to Morton Hospital for evaluation. He will be arraigned after he is released from the hospital.

The guns were seized and the vehicle was recovered and towed to the police station for further investigation.

“This was a great job by our officers of quickly assessing the situation, especially not knowing how Mr. Damon would react when they came upon him,” Chief Donovan said. “Thankfully we were able to apprehend the suspect without incident and take two illegally possessed firearms off the streets.”

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

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East Bridgewater Fire Department Seeking Donations for Annual Toy Drive

East Bridgewater Fire Department
Timothy Harhen, Fire Chief
268 Bedford St.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

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

East Bridgewater Fire Department Seeking Donations for Annual Toy Drive

EAST BRIDGEWATER — Lt. Philip Woolf and the East Bridgewater Fire Department are seeking donations to their annual Toys for Tots toy drive this holiday season.

WHEN:

Toys are collected throughout the year. However, the deadline to ensure they are given out for the holidays is Sunday, Dec. 24.

WHERE:

  • Fire Department Headquarters, 268 Bedford St., open 24-hours-a-day.
  • East Bridgewater Town Hall, 175 Central St., in the lobby.
  • East Bridgewater Public Library, 32 Union St., main entrance.
  • Old Colony YMCA, 635 Plymouth St., gym lobby near child care center.

WHAT:

“This is my sixth year putting this all together and each year it’s amazing to see the fantastic support from the people of East Bridgewater and beyond,” Lt. Woolf said. “While we have already received several donations, there is a still a need and we would like to help as many families as possible this year to make sure no one goes without. So please, come by and drop off toys!”

Toys for boys and girls of all ages are being collected and will go directly to families in need in East Bridgewater. The items must be unwrapped when delivered.

Any monetary donations or checks can be dropped off at the Fire Department. The money will go directly toward buying more toys or gift cards. Checks can be made out to East Bridgewater Firefighters Local 2768.

If you cannot make a donation in time for the holidays, Lt. Woolf collects them throughout the year and uses them to give to families that suffer tragedies, such as house fires.

Each year about 100 families in town utilize the program during the holidays. For those who would like to receive toys, call the East Bridgewater Fire Department at 508-378-2271 and ask for Lt. Woolf.

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