Featured Police & Fire

Police Seek to Identify Arson Suspects in the North End

The Boston Police Department is releasing the following images in an effort to identify the individuals pictured in relation to an arson incident which occurred in the area of 241 Hanover Street in the North End. Detectives are looking to identify a white hispanic male with multiple tattoos in his neck and shoulder area and Read More…

Police & Fire

Police Arrest “Fiddler on the Roof” Imitator in North End

BPDNews.com is reporting that police officers responded to an early morning call, around 1 a.m. on Sunday, September 4th at 10 Thacher Street in Boston’s North End. The resident who called said that he heard what sounded like two people trying to break in his apartment through the skylight. According to the tenant, the suspect Read More…

Police & Fire

Man Wielding Butcher Knives Arrested on Cooper Street

After a tense confrontation that fortunately avoided injury, Boston Police arrested a North End man wielding two large butcher knives on Cooper Street early Sunday morning. According to BPDNews.com, Steven Locolla, age 26, was yelling and threatening a group of people who had gathered in the street when police arrived around 3:00 a.m. The suspect was armed Read More…

Police & Fire

Three Arrested for Assaulting Police, Urinating, Throwing Beer and Lit Cigarettes From 4th Floor Fire Escape on Hanover Street

Boston Police are reporting on three arrests from a Hanover Street loud party disturbance Friday night where a suspects were seen urinating, throwing beer and lit cigarettes from a 4th floor fire escape at 226 Hanover Street. The police report is shown below. At about 12:48am, on Saturday, November 9, 2013, officers from District A-1 Read More…

Police & Fire

Another Beacon Hill Indecent Assault on Monday Night – Police Seek Public’s Assistance

Boston Police have released information about an indecent assault in Beacon Hill about 6:15pm on Monday, July 8, 2013. The incident comes after a series of similar assaults in June. BPD District A-1 is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect. The following report is posted on BPDNews.com: The victim reported she was walking Read More…

Meetings Police & Fire

28 Fleet St. Loud Party Host Tells Police That Her Mommy is an Attorney

Early on Sunday morning, Boston Police responded to a late night loud party call at the infamous 28 Fleet Street in the North End. The following account was released by Boston Police, District A-1. This address is one of the most reported loud party addresses as reported at the North End Public Safety meetings (Nov Read More…

Community Food & Drink Police & Fire

Letter from District A-1 Captain Tom Lee to the Residents of the North End

The following letter is from District A-1 Captain Tom Lee to the residents of the North End in response to the issues raised at the April 5, 2012 North End Public Safety Meeting (See Angry Residents Erupt in Chorus of Complaints About Lack of Police Presence). The letter is also posted on BPDNews.com. Dear North Read More…

Government Photos & Videos Police & Fire

BPDNews.com Shows Lighter Side With Comeback Video

BPDNews.com has always had a lighter tone than most other government websites, often poking fun at dumb criminals and themselves. Today, the official community news site from the Boston Police Department posts a humorous video regarding the recent hacking of its website. Over the last several days, the group “Anonymous” hacked the site to protest Read More…

Police & Fire

Boston Police Expand BPDNews.com Into “Virtual Community”

Boston Police Crusier With BPDNews.com LogoBPDNews.com has been expanded to incorporate the full menu of police tools open to the community. The new features include:

* Crimereports.com  – This crime-mapping tool allows community members to visit a user-friendly website and quickly access public safety information specific to the selected neighborhood. (Note: Click the “Crime” option on the menu at the top of this page to see this tool relevant to the North End/Waterfront.)

  * Citizenobserver
– This community e-alert system allows residents
    to sign up to receive texts and emails from their local district
    on important public safety information and alerts distributed by
    their district Community Service Officer.

  * Neighbors for Neighbors.com
– This is a local neighborhood-based
    social networking site for people to connect and organize around
    common interests. NorthEndWaterfront.com has a group on this site which you can join here.

  * Twitter – The BPD is one of the first police departments in the
    country to make use of the latest social media sensation, Twitter.
    Here community members can sign up to receive frequent tweets on
    important public safety information ranging from road closures to
    motor vehicle accidents and much more.

  * Text-A-Tip – The Boston Police is the first police department in
    the country to utilize text messaging to allow community members
    to send information anonymously to our CrimeStoppers Unit.

  * Call The Cops – This is the department’s weekly cable show where
    we strive to use that time to offer community members safety tips
    and a recap of weekly events. We also try to use this opportunity
    to personalize a specific unit within the department for people at
    home. In other words, we might do a “Meet the Harbor Patrol”
    segment or something on a K-9 officer – what it takes and how you
    become one, etc.

The new BPDNews is our effort to bring all of these groundbreaking Virtual Community initiatives together in one place. In the days and months ahead you will see changes to the site that will reflect our commitment to using technology to inform the citizens of Boston, to enhance communication at the District and neighborhood level and to extend our efforts to use new technology to promote and implement our mission of community policing.

*BPDNews.com– The Boston Police Department’s Virtual Community*