RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to report that three Randolph Police officers were sworn in today after graduating from the police academy last week.
Officers Vincent Burton, Joao Santos and Vincent Saengsombat were sworn in at a ceremony today at Randolph Town Hall by Interim Town Clerk Cheryl Sass.
The three officers graduated from the Cambridge Police/Northeastern University police academy on Friday, Sept. 20. The three officers, who were among 28 graduates, represented the inaugural graduating class for the Cambridge Police/Northeastern University police academy.
“We are glad to be adding these three officers to our ranks and I congratulate each of them for successfully graduating from the academy,” Chief Pace said. “I would also like to specifically congratulate Officer Santos, who was the academy graduate with the highest academic ranking.”
All three officers are Randolph residents.
Officer Burton holds bachelors degree from Stonehill College in criminology and has previously worked as a Randolph Police dispatcher.
Officer Santos was a Randolph Auxiliary Officer for four years and was a Bristol County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Officer for five years. Officer Santos received the police academy award for highest academic ranking.
Officer Saengsombat is a U.S. Air Force veteran who served as a field specialist. He also has a background working in the security field.
“Congratulations to our town’s newest police officers,” Town Manager Brian Howard said. “I wish for them to have safe and long careers as they take this next step in their respective journeys.”
Joanne Batson Gave Officer Stephen Morse her 8-Year Sobriety Medallion Today
RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace announces that veteran Randolph Police Officer Stephen Morse had a surprise encounter today with a woman he helped eight years ago who was in the throes of addiction.
Joanne Batson credits Officer Morse with helping her turn her life around from being addicted to alcohol and opioids. On Wednesday, she personally thanked Officer Morse by giving him the eight-year sobriety medallion she recently received.
In November 2010, Randolph Police were called to a local pharmacy for a well-being check about a woman who appeared to be intoxicated inside the store with her young daughter.
Upon arrival, Officer Morse spoke to Joanne Batson who was drunk standing in line at the store. Once they stepped outside to talk, Officer Morse asked Batson if she had someone who was sober who could help take care of her daughter.
Batson called her aunt and Officer Morse gave her and her then-2-year-old daughter a ride to her aunt’s house in Randolph.
On the way there, Officer Morse spoke to Batson about needing to be there for her daughter and how important it was for her to make changes in her life.
Officer Morse dropped the mother and daughter off at the relative’s home and made sure they were both safe.
Even though as a mandated reporter, Officer Morse was required to file a 51A with the Department of Children and Families later that evening, eight years later Joanne credits the encounter she had with Officer Morse and her decision to seek treatment shortly thereafter with changing her life and allowing her today to be a mother to her children.
“I was in a really bad place. I was close to losing custody of my daughter,” said Batson, age 35, of Randolph. “His gesture of kindness and his compassion towards me really changed my life and it set me on the path toward pursuing treatment. I did long-term treatment for seven months and I’ve been clean ever since. He chose not to arrest me and took me to my aunt’s house with my daughter. He spoke to me a lot on the ride there and he was just being kind and not being mean to me and saying how much my daughter needed me and if I kept going the way I was going I wasn’t going to be around for her.”
According to Batson, after years of pondering it, on Wednesday, she finally gathered the courage to seek out and re-introduce herself to Officer Morse for the first time since that day in 2010. A call was made to the Randolph Police station to have Officer Morse come to the Randolph Intergenerational Community Center. Batson works there as a Member Experience Coordinator.
When they met, they spoke and hugged and Batson gave Officer Morse her eight-year sobriety medallion.
“It was something I thought of doing probably since I celebrated my first year of sobriety,” Batson said. “Each year I wanted to do it, but I haven’t had the guts to do it. But it was something that I really wanted him to know. Police officers deal with a lot of flak, especially these days, and I wanted him to know that he changed this one person’s life. He gave my daughter the mother she deserves and I can’t say how grateful I am for him and the kindness he showed me.”
Now, Batson’s daughter is 10, and she also has a 7-year-old son. She has worked for the Community Center for the past two years.
“It’s going really great. I work with a lot of the youth at the Community Center and I get to share my story with them so that they don’t end up where I was,” Batson said.
For Officer Morse, a 25-year veteran of the department, being able to see Batson again was one of the highlights of his career.
“Anytime you get to meet someone you’ve helped over the years is really a special experience,” Officer Morse said. “It was quite a surprise to see her after all this time and I’m very glad she was able to achieve sobriety and is doing well with her daughter and son.”
Chief Pace commended Officer Morse for his compassion.
“As police officers it’s not everyday that someone takes the time to say ‘thank you’ and we don’t expect any thanks,” Chief Pace said. “But when I heard about Ms. Batson thanking Officer Morse, it’s one of the many things that makes you enjoy getting up and go to work in the morning.”
Town Manager Brian Howard echoed Chief Pace’s sentiments saying, “What a great role model Officer Morse is. He did his job and he did it with compassion. It’s also fantastic to see where Ms. Batson is today and that she is helping people through her job at the Community Center. I am glad that they got to connect after all these years.”
Batson says she wants to continue to pay it forward by helping people who may be in a similar situation she was in eight years ago.
“If I can get sober anybody can,” she said. “I was in a really bad way for a really long time. There’s always hope and it’s never too late. If anyone is struggling and they need someone to talk to they can always reach out and talk to me or come by the Community Center and I would be glad to talk. And I owe Officer Morse for my ability to do that.”
RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department has charged a man who allegedly fled from officers and led them on a pursuit early Tuesday morning.
A man, tentatively identified as MANUEL VIDAL, AGE 45, OF BRENTWOOD, NEW YORK, was charged with:
Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Crash with Property Damage
The man’s identity remains a part of the active investigation. He will likely be facing further charges from Randolph Police and other communities where he is alleged to have led officers on separate chases overnight.
At 1:48 a.m. today, a Randolph Police officer was on North Main Street when he observed the driver of a black 2020 Toyota Corolla run through a red light at Crawford Square onto South Main Street (Route 28). The driver, later identified as VIDAL, drove up onto the sidewalk and continued down South Main Street. The vehicle did not have a rear license plate.
The officer attempted to pull VIDAL over, but he continued down the road toward Avon swerving across the road. The officer notified Avon Police that the vehicle was heading into their town travelling at speeds of around 30-40 miles per hour.
Once in Avon, there were now four cruisers behind VIDAL, all with their lights on and sirens sounding. VIDAL showed no signs of being aware of the police presence around him and did not stop or slow down.
With the road clear ahead of them, the Randolph Police officer that initiated the pursuit drove in front of VIDAL’S vehicle while driving down West Main Street in Avon. The officer slowed down in front of VIDAL as they approached Harrison Boulevard in an attempt to get him to stop before the intersection.
The officer was able to get VIDAL to stop his vehicle prior to the intersection and as officers approached his vehicle on foot, he sped off, striking the Randolph Police cruiser in front of him. The vehicle sustained minor damage and the officer was uninjured.
VIDAL fled at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour into Brockton down North Main Street. The officers followed VIDAL from a safe distance as he drove through Brockton and eventually into West Bridgewater.
Concerned for the safety of the public, Randolph Police terminated the pursuit in West Bridgewater and notified area law enforcement agencies about the incident and provided a description of the vehicle.
Approximately one hour later, after allegedly leading officers on subsequent pursuits through Easton, Brockton, East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater, VIDAL was stopped in the area of 740 North Main St. in West Bridgewater where he was taken into custody and transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton.
The incident remains under investigation by Randolph Police and other departments. VIDAL will be issued a summons to appear in court for the charges he faces out of Randolph.
VIDAL has a history with police, including a history of fleeing from police in other states.
These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.
RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department and Randolph Police Patrolmen’s Union Local 18 donated over $3,000 to two local autism charities on Friday, Aug. 23.
Beginning in April, the Randolph Police Department sold autism awareness patches in order to raise money for the New England chapter of Autism Speaks and the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Randolph.
In total, 312 patches were sold, raising $3,120. Of that money, $2,620 was donated on Friday to the May Center, 41 Pacella Park Drive, in a presentation at the school. The ceremony also included a visit from Massachusetts State Senator Walter Timilty. The remaining $500 was sent in a check to Autism Speaks.
“We were thrilled to be able to donate to these worthwhile endeavors and it was really great to see the smiling faces of the children at the May Center,” Chief Pace said. “Every little bit helps when it comes to improving the lives of those with autism and I am proud of our officers and everyone who contributed to the cause.”
The initiative was spearheaded by Randolph Police Officers Kevin Gilbert and Matt Rodman. The project was sponsored by the Randolph Police Patrolmen’s Union Local 18, which used funds raised during their first annual golf tournament last year to purchase the autism awareness patches.
“We want to thank everyone who bought the patches and helped to raise money for these great organizations,” Officer Gilbert said.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.