Dartmouth Police Seeing Increased Success With Prescription Drug Take Back Program

Dartmouth Police Department
Brian P. Levesque, Chief of Police
249 Russells Mills Road
South Dartmouth, MA 02748

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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

Dartmouth Police Seeing Increased Success With Prescription Drug Take Back Program

DARTMOUTH — Chief Brian P. Levesque reports that the Dartmouth Police Department’s prescription drug take back program has seen increased success so far this year.

The department has collected and destroyed approximately 111 pounds of unused and unwanted prescription drugs this year. This time last year, the department had collected approximately 45 pounds.

“I am glad to see that the program has seen more than double the amount of unwanted drugs collected between this year and last year,” Chief Levesque said. “In Dartmouth, we are committed to providing an avenue for residents to safely dispose of unused medications throughout the year. If anyone wants to get rid of their old pills, they can do so at the station any time.”

To go along with Dartmouth’s success, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced that National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, held on April 28, was a record-setting day for the initiative.

The DEA’s 15th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day collected and destroyed close to one million pounds—nearly 475 tons— of potentially dangerous prescription drugs, making it the most successful event in DEA history.

The total amount of prescription drugs collected by the DEA since the fall of 2010 is now 9,964,714 pounds, or 4,982 tons.

Residents can drop off their prescription drugs at any time in the collection box located in the Dartmouth Police Department’s lobby.

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Photos: SEMLEC Search and Rescue Holds Successful Training Exercise in Dartmouth

South Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council

Search and Rescue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

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

Photos: SEMLEC Search and Rescue Holds Successful Training Exercise in Dartmouth

DARTMOUTH — The Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC) reports that members of its Search and Rescue unit held a successful training session at a Dartmouth nature preserve on Tuesday.

The training exercises took place on the property of the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust near Cornell Farm on Smith Neck Road.

The officers trained with SafetyNet tracking device technology. The personal devices, worn as bracelets, are meant to help locate missing people who are at-risk due to illness or disorders like dementia, epilepsy, autism and Down syndrome.

The officers separated into groups and successfully located multiple tracking bracelets that were hidden in the woods. Each bracelet had its own unique frequency that the officers followed with tracking beacons.

The groups then participated in mock searches where they located two officers who were each wearing one of the bracelets and hiding in separate locations in the woods.

“We have hundreds of residents throughout Plymouth and Bristol counties that wear these devices and every minute that goes by when an at-risk person is missing is crucial,” said Dartmouth Police patrolman Scott Affonce, who helped to lead the training session. “This training is a vital resource for our officers when active search operations are initiated and our unit is mobilized.”

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SEMLEC Search and Rescue Training to be Held at Dartmouth Nature Preserve

South Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council

Search and Rescue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

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

SEMLEC Search and Rescue Training to be Held at Dartmouth Nature Preserve

DARTMOUTH — The Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council reports that members of the Search and Rescue Unit will be training at a Dartmouth nature preserve on Tuesday.

The training exercises will take place on the property of the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust near Cornell Farm on Smith Neck Road. The training will go from late morning until mid-afternoon.

Residents and guests of the preserve should not be alarmed by the police presence.

The officers will be training with Safety Net and Project Livesaver tracking device technology. The devices are meant to help locate missing people who are at-risk, with illnesses and developmental disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Epilepsy, autism and down syndrome.

The officers will separate into groups of three or four and will each attempt to locate tracking bracelets that are hidden in the woods. Each bracelet has its own unique frequency that the officers will follow.

The group will then attempt to locate a person wearing one of the bracelets in the woods, in a mock search of a missing person.

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*MEDIA ADVISORY* Fairhaven Police to Participate in 7th Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive”

 

Fairhaven Police Department
Kevin W. Kobza, Sergeant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

For Immediate Release

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

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

*MEDIA ADVISORY*

Fairhaven Police to Participate in 7th Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive”

FAIRHAVEN — Fairhaven Police Sgt. Kevin Kobza would like to invite residents throughout the South Coast to participate in the seventh Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive” hosted by the non-profit group Safe Zones.

WHEN:

Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:

Walmart, 42 Fairhaven Commons Way, Fairhaven

WHAT:

The Fairhaven Police Department will once again be teaming up with the local anti-bullying group Safe Zones for their annual toy drive. They will be collecting toys, loading them onto school buses and distributing them to children throughout the South Coast this holiday season.

“We look forward to this event every year. Having so many people in the community come out and support this fantastic cause is really great to see,” Sgt. Kobza said. “No child should go without during the holidays and this is our way of making sure that doesn’t happen.”

Those who would like to participate can drop off new, unwrapped toys to the Fairhaven Walmart parking lot on Saturday. Toys for boys and girls of all age groups will be accepted. Please, no toys that simulate weapons, such as toy guns.

“Last year we filled seven school buses with hundreds of toys. It’s certainly a labor of love,” said Safe Zones Founder Jerry Pinto said. “We encourage everyone to come out and drop off toys. Every single one of them will help put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season.”

In addition to Fairhaven, toys will also be collected on Saturday at:

  • Target, 479 State Road, Dartmouth, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Acushnet Police Department, 64 Middle Road, Acushnet, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • New Bedford Police Headquarters, 871 Rockdale Ave., New Bedford, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Toys can also be donated at police stations in Fairhaven, Dartmouth, Acushnet and New Bedford until Dec. 24.

For more information or for a pickup of five or more items, email safezonekids@gmail.com.

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