Randolph Police Department Announces Three Promotions

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that three members of the Randolph Police Department were promoted during a ceremony last night.

Anthony Marag was promoted from the rank of Lieutenant to Commander of Investigative Services; Penny Cirino was promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant; and Daniel Zaiter was promoted to the rank of Sergeant after serving as a Patrolman.

A ceremony recognizing the promotions was held Monday night, July 15, at the Randolph Town Council meeting. All three were sworn in by Judge Serge Georges of Boston Municipal Court. Each of the officers were also given an official citation from the Massachusetts State House congratulating them on their accomplishments. The citation was presented by state Sen. Walter Timilty.

“Last night was a special one for three of our officers and their loved ones,” Chief Pace said. “Commander Marag, Lt. Cirino and Sgt. Zaiter have each distinguished themselves as hardworking individuals who uphold the best of what the Randolph Police Department represents. I wish them all the best in this next step in their respective careers.”

Commander Anthony Marag

Commander Marag has been a member of the Randolph Police Department for 23 years.

He is a two-time Dana Award recipient and was a co-founder of the South Shore Street Crimes Task Force.

He held the rank of Lieutenant for five years. Prior to that he was a Detective Sgt. for six years and a Patrolman for eight years.

In his time with the department, he also served as the town’s first School Resource Officer and was a D.A.R.E. Officer for RPD.

Lt. Penny Cirino

Lt. Cirino has been a police officer for 21 years and a Sergeant for the Randolph Police for the past seven years.

For the past 12 years, Lt. Cirino has been a member of the Randolph Police accident reconstruction team.

For the past 10 years, she has served as one of the department’s firearms instructors and is responsible for making sure that officers are up to date and qualified with their firearms certifications.

Lt. Cirino is a member of the department’s Rape Aggression Defense Program (R.A.D.) where female residents are taught how to defend themselves from an attack. She also recently began working as a member of the Randolph Police Academy as a Staff Instructor.

Sgt. Daniel Zaiter

Sgt. Zaiter has been with the Randolph Police Department for 10 years after graduating from the Boston Police Academy in 2009.

He has been a mountain bike officer for the department for the past eight years.

He also was recently named as a member of the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (MetroLEC).

Prior to his career in law enforcement he served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from from 1997 to 2000.

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Randolph Police Respond to Barricaded Subject Incident Overnight

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department responded to a incident involving a barricaded subject overnight.

There were no injuries reported and the incident ended peacefully with the subject surrendering to police.

At approximately 9:50 p.m. Monday, July 8, Randolph Police responded to a home on Paine Road for a report of a man with a gun making threats to harm others.

Upon arrival, Randolph Police were able to confirm that a 60-year-old Randolph man was inside of the house with a gun. A woman was also inside of the house with him. The man refused to come out of the home and officers set up a perimeter around the home. Out of an abundance of caution, the MetroLEC SWAT team was called to respond to the scene.

After a lengthy negotiation with the man, he surrendered to police without further incident shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday. The man was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

The incident remains under active investigation by the Randolph Police Department and charges will likely be brought against the man.

A handgun was retrieved and seized as evidence inside of the home.

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Randolph Police Provide Important Information About July 3 Parade and Fireworks Show

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace would like to provide important information about town’s annual Night Before the Fourth parade and fireworks event that will take place tomorrow.

“This is an event we look forward to all year, where everyone in town comes together to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday and enjoy the parade and fireworks,” Chief Pace said. “Randolph typically sees a large influx of visitors to the town and we ask that everyone please follow the appropriate parking and traffic rules so that the event can run as smoothly as possible. We hope to see a big crowd tomorrow night and we wish everyone a fun and safe holiday.”

Parade

The parade begins at 7 p.m. and will start at the Boston Higashi School, 800 North Main St., and will travel south down North Main Street. The parade ends at the intersection of North Main Street and Memorial Parkway.

North Main Street, from Oak Street to Crawford Square, and Memorial Parkway will be closed to traffic beginning at 6 p.m. and will not re-open until approximately 11 p.m.

There will be no on-street parking along the parade route beginning at 3 p.m. Those parked along the parade route will be towed after that time.

Chief Pace recommends that those driving to the parade find legal, on-street parking away from the parade route. Parked vehicles should not block private driveways, be on private land without permission of the home/business owner or block access to emergency vehicles or the motoring public. Please be respectful to other’s property. As always, parking violators will be subject to towing.

Fireworks

The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. They will be launched from the rear of Randolph High School, 70 Memorial Parkway.

To keep people safe, there will be a restricted safety zone around the launch site which will be marked with caution tape. Pedestrians and vehicles will not have access to this area.

There will be no parking allowed in either Randolph High School parking lot. Additionally, the Randolph High School football field and baseball diamond will not be accessible for fireworks viewing.

There will be several portable restrooms available for public use located at the intersection of Memorial Parkway and McNeil Way (Randolph High School pool-side lot).

Spectators are also advised that additional uniformed Randolph Police officers and auxiliary officers will be stationed along the parade route, concentrating on the downtown area. Should anyone need assistance from the Randolph Police Department, feel free to approach one of these officers as they will be more than willing to assist.

Routine patrols and calls for service will continue as normal and if needed, please contact the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212 for assistance.

Chief Pace asks that you DO NOT call 911 to report illegal fireworks use or noise/loud party complaints. Please utilize the business line for these reports as it is imperative that that 911 lines remain open for true emergencies.

Anyone with further questions is welcomed to call the Randolph Police business line at 781-963-1212.

The Randolph Police Department wishes everyone and their loved ones a safe and happy Independence Day!

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Randolph Police Commander David Avery Retiring After 32 Years

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 1, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Commander David Avery Retiring After 32 Years

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace announces the upcoming retirement of Commander David Avery after 32 years with the Randolph Police Department.

Commander Avery, a Randolph native, started his career in law enforcement as a patrolman for the Randolph Police in 1987. He is set to retire on Friday, July 5.

He was a patrolman for 10 years before being promoted to Duty Detective in 1997. In 2005, he was promoted to Detective Sergeant and in 2015 he was named a Detective Lieutenant. In 2016, he was promoted to be the Commander of Investigations for the department.

“Commander Avery is a consummate professional who always put the citizens of Randolph and the victims of crimes first and foremost,” Chief Pace said. “David is a personal friend, a valued colleague and one of the most dedicated people to the profession of policing that I have ever worked with. His passion for his job and the town of Randolph should be commended and he was truly an asset to our department throughout his career.”

Throughout his career, Commander Avery prided himself on looking out for those who were most vulnerable and in need of help. As the department’s Court Prosecutor, he worked to advocate for victims. As the Domestic Violence Officer for RPD, he was heavily invested in victims’ rights advocacy, especially those of women and children.

“I am truly going to miss all of the people that I have had the pleasure to work with throughout my career, including my fellow officers and the people who call Randolph home,” Commander Avery said. “My goal was to try to make a positive impact in someone’s life each and every day and I believe I was able to uphold that principal in my 32 years as a police officer. In retirement I will always be thinking about my brothers and sisters in blue and I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way, particularly Chief Pace for providing me with such great opportunities throughout my career.”

In addition to his advocacy roles in the department, Commander Avery was also involved in the department’s Pink Patch Program and Autism Awareness Patch Program.

Last week, the Randolph Police Department held a retirement party for Commander Avery at LaScala Restaurant that was attended by dozens of family members, friends and fellow officers.

Commander Avery has been a member of the Randolph Police honor guard for 20 years and has delayed retirement by one week in order to march in the town’s Night Before the 4th Parade one last time.

In retirement, Commander Avery is looking forward to spending more time with his family, including his 1-month-old granddaughter.

He will also be looking for new opportunities for work in the field of advocacy and helping others in need.

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Randolph Police Remind Residents that Use of Fireworks in Massachusetts is Illegal

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 1, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Remind Residents that Use of Fireworks in Massachusetts is Illegal

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace would like to remind Randolph residents as the Fourth of July approaches that the use of fireworks is illegal in the state of Massachusetts.

It is illegal to use, possess, or sell fireworks of any kind in Massachusetts, including Class C fireworks, which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane fireworks.” Class C fireworks include sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and more. Residents are also prohibited from purchasing fireworks elsewhere and transporting them into the state.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, during the month surrounding the Fourth of July, approximately 280 people nationwide go to the emergency room seeking treatment for injuries caused by fireworks every day.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks are also the cause of 18,500 fires on average each year.

This does not mean residents cannot enjoy fireworks displays over the course of the summer. However, Chief Pace recommends that residents only attend celebrations put on by a licensed professional to ensure safety.

Residents should also remember to:

  • Watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.
  • Call 911 if anyone gets injured by fireworks.
  • Set a positive example for children by not using illegal fireworks. If kids see adults using them, they may not realize the dangers and could be encouraged to pick up matches or lighters.
  • Be careful around even the smallest fireworks. Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees and could easily cause severe burns and injuries.

Anyone who has questions about fireworks or fireworks safety should contact the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police Department Receives Donation of 130 Bicycle Helmets

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Department Receives Donation of 130 Bicycle Helmets

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department has received a donation of 130 bicycle helmets from the law firm Breakstone, White & Gluck for the fourth straight year.

The Boston-based personal injury law firm donated the helmets as part of their Project KidSafe campaign to encourage safe cycling and prevent head injuries.

Randolph Police will distribute the helmets to kids as part of its bicycle safety program.

“We want to once again give our sincere thanks for the generosity of the people at Breakstone, White & Gluck,” Chief Pace said. “Bicycle safety starts with wearing a helmet and because of their donation we are able to provide dozens of kids with helmets in Randolph.”

The Project KidSafe campaign was started by the law firm in 2013 as a way to reduce injuries and encourage children to wear helmets as soon as they start riding. Over five years, the lawyers have now donated more than 20,000 bicycle helmets to children in Massachusetts.

“At Breakstone, White & Gluck, we believe every child should be able to safely ride their bicycle while wearing a helmet,” Attorney David W. White said. “Each year we donate hundreds of brand-new helmets to police departments throughout the region that they then give out to children in their community. It was our pleasure to once again donate over 100 helmets to the Randolph Police Department.”

Massachusetts law requires children who are 16 years old and younger to wear bicycle helmets when they ride.

The Randolph Police Department encourages all cyclists to wear helmets no matter their age.

To learn more about Project KidSafe, visit www.bwglaw.com/bikes.

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*UPDATED* Randolph Police Clear from Hotel After No Threat Found

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 17, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Clear from Hotel After No Threat Found

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating after a man staying at the Comfort Inn made threats regarding a “biological hazard” Friday afternoon.

The scene was cleared at approximately 2 p.m. after no threats were found.

A man has been detained by Randolph Police and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation.

At approximately noon, Randolph Police responded to the Comfort Inn, 1374 North Main St., for a report of a hotel guest that was refusing to leave his room after his stay had expired. The man made threats to a hotel employee about having a “biological hazard” inside of his room and made threats to harm himself.

The man was quickly located in a corridor near his hotel room and was detained by Randolph Police without incident.

Out of an abundance of caution, the hotel was evacuated and the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad was called in to investigate.

The incident remains under investigation by Randolph Police.

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Randolph Police Investigating Threats Made by Guest at Hotel

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 17, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Investigating Threats Made by Guest at Hotel

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating after a man staying at the Comfort Inn made threats regarding a “biological hazard” Friday afternoon.

A man has been detained by Randolph Police and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation.

At approximately noon, Randolph Police responded to the Comfort Inn, 1374 North Main St., for a report of a hotel guest that was refusing to leave his room after his stay had expired. The man made threats to a hotel employee about having a “biological hazard” inside of his room and made threats to harm himself.

The man was quickly located in a corridor near his hotel room and was detained by Randolph Police without incident.

Out of an abundance of caution, the hotel has been evacuated and the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad has been called in to investigate.

At this time, there is no reason to believe that the man’s threats were credible. The incident remains under active investigation.

Further information will be provided when it becomes available.

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Randolph Police Officers Honored with Award for Lifesaving Efforts

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Monday, May 6, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Officers Honored with Award for Lifesaving Efforts

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that three Randolph Police officers were honored today for their efforts in helping to save the life of a suicidal man last December, using the newly implemented Text-to-911 program.

Detective Kristen Gagnon, Officer Richard Lucey and Officer Scott Sherman received the Robert P. Dana Distinguished Service Award for Law Enforcement at a ceremony at Quincy District Court to celebrate Law Day today. The award was presented by Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, Randolph Police Officer and Dispatcher Scott Sherman received a text via the newly implemented Text-to-911 program from a 23-year-old man who was threatening to kill himself.

Detective Kristen Gagnon and Officer Richard Lucey responded to a home on Highland Avenue where the text was sent from. The officers located the man inside of his bedroom closet having hanged himself with a shirt.

The officers quickly pulled the man out of the closet and began to render aid to him while calling for an ambulance. The man was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he survived his injuries.

Law Day is an annual celebration throughout courthouses in Massachusetts which recognizes the role and importance of law in the state and society.

The awards ceremony was held at Quincy District Court with several local politicians and members of law enforcement in attendance. Sen. Edward Markey was the keynote speaker.

The Dana Award is named for Metropolitan Police Officer Robert Dana, who was shot and killed by a suspect during a traffic stop in Milton in 1984. Other police departments that received the Dana Award this year were the Holbrook Police, Cohasset Police and Weymouth Police.

“I want to commend our officers for their efforts in being able utilize a technology that was new to the department and used it to effectively saved this man’s life,” Chief Pace said. “The Dana Award is an incredibly high honor and I am glad our officers were recognized for their lifesaving actions that day.”

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