Statement of Randolph Police Chief William Pace Regarding Death of George Floyd and Actions of Minneapolis Police

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace and the men and women of the Randolph Police Department condemn the actions of the Minneapolis Police officers which resulted in the death of George Floyd last week.

“The role of a police officer at its very core is the preservation of life and the welfare of the community. The safety of all human beings is the number one priority with any and every person an officer interacts with daily, whether a victim, a witness or a suspect,” Chief Pace said. “The Randolph Police Department will always be committed to providing the best possible service to the community in a dignified and equitable fashion. Officers are trained to approach every situation with respect, compassion and fairness, and these are all traits that were not present in the treatment of George Floyd.”

Police departments and their officers across Massachusetts have thoroughly embraced the six pillars of the principles embodied in the final report of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and remain committed to professional conduct, democratic policing and procedural justice for all people. Massachusetts police officers, including those of the Randolph Police Department, are not trained to apply pressure to the neck or throat and to never place a suspect on their face.

Additionally, the Randolph Police Department is committed to meeting and maintaining the top standards of law enforcement through accreditation by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC). The department regularly reviews internal policies regarding use of force and its training on de-escalation techniques and fair and impartial policing. The reforms made over the years have promoted greater accountability and fulfilled training needs, resulting in a declining crime rate and no excessive force complaints in the last 10 years.

“George Floyd’s death was certainly preventable had the Minneapolis officers on scene maintained their professionalism and honored the oaths they swore when beginning their careers. It is our responsibility to hold responsible the officers who tarnish the reputation of this profession through unjust and unreasonable action or inaction,” Chief Pace said. “We know that the effectiveness of our profession can only be possible with the trust of the community in which we serve.”

As communities struggle with the emotions that arose from the injustice that occurred in Minneapolis and the wave of both peaceful and violent protests across the nation which followed, the Randolph Police Department denounces acts of violence but encourages community members to peacefully voice their opinion, as is their constitutional right.

In the coming days, Chief Pace will meet with community members and leaders to explain the department’s commitment to methods that keep Randolph safe while also guarding the constitutional protections of its people.

“I believe our officers have a great deal of community support in Randolph. We always value an open dialogue with members of our community on all matters, including how we can continue to evolve as a law enforcement organization,” Chief Pace said.

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Randolph Police Department Limiting Public Access to Police Station as Precaution Against Coronavirus

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department will be limiting access to the public at its police station as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus, and would like to assure residents that the level of service provided by the department will not change.

The Randolph Police Department will continue to respond to all emergencies. However, the department will be limiting access to the police station to outside visitors for non-emergency, walk-in business until further notice.

As always, please call 911 for any emergency.

Residents are asked to contact the police business line at 781-963-1212 for general non-emergency matters or questions. Contact methods for specific matters are outlined below:

  • Residents who would like to request a report can email [email protected]. Please provide your name, address, date of birth, phone number, email and the date and location of the incident. Fax requests can be sent to 781-961-0970.
  • Parking tickets can be paid online at parkingticketpayment.com/randolph or by phone at 866-980-5363. Payments can also be paid via mail with a check or money order. Mail the payment to Randolph Police Parking Clerk, 41 South Main St. The town hall drop-off box can also be used for check or money order payments.
  • Reports regarding bank, credit card or identity matters can be placed over the phone at 781-963-1212.
  • Lost or stolen items can be reported via a form on the department’s site and then faxed to 781-961-0968. Reports can also be made via phone at 781-963-1212.

“This proactive approach will limit the risk of coronavirus exposure to our personnel and is meant to enhance the practice of social distancing,” Chief Pace said. “We thank our community members for their continued cooperation.”

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Town of Randolph, Police and Fire Departments Warn Residents of Scam Spoofing Town Phone Numbers

RANDOLPH — Town Manager Brian Howard, Police Chief William Pace and Fire Chief Richard Donovan are warning residents about a telephone scam in which the caller is spoofing official town phone numbers.

The Randolph Police Department has received several reports today of residents receiving calls from the Town of Randolph asking them for personal information. This is a scam call. The Town of Randolph will never call asking for personal information such as bank account information or a social security number.

Residents have also reported receiving calls from phone numbers appearing on caller ID as the Randolph Fire Department and Randolph High School.

Town officials warn that residents should NEVER give personal information, social security numbers or credit card numbers to people who call their homes or cell phones unless you are entirely sure who is on the other end.

If someone calls to collect on a debt or is seeking personal information, remember that you can always hang up and call back a phone number you know is correct or look up the number yourself.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has several tips for residents looking to protect themselves from falling victim to a phone scam:

  • Let calls from unknown phone numbers go to voicemail. Do not answer.
  • If a caller claims to represent a company, like Google or Apple, hang up. Call the company, and verify if that individual was actually who they were claiming to be. Be sure to call the correct phone number by going to the organization’s website or looking at a recent bill from that organization.
  • Know that even “local” numbers on caller ID may not be from a local caller.
  • Never pay for a service with a gift card. Legitimate companies and organizations will not ask you to pay for any service with a gift card.
  • Report scam calls with the FCC Consumer Complaint Center by visiting consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us.
  • Report any money lost to a scam call to local police.
  • Check to see if your phone company has a service that will block robocalls.
  • Consider adding your telephone numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry www.donotcall.gov/. Law abiding telemarketers will not call phone numbers once they are added to the list.

If residents have any questions or feel that they have been victimized, they are encouraged to call Randolph Police at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Crime Rate Drops 10% Over Past Year, Down 36% in Past Decade

RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace and Town Manager Brian Howard are pleased to share that Randolph’s 2019 crime statistics show a third consecutive annual decrease in the town’s crime rate.

According to the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) statistics submitted by the Town of Randolph, the total number of reported crimes dropped from 1,237 in 2018 to 1,105 in 2019, a 10% decrease.

The total number of violent crimes dropped 10% from 2018 to 2019. Aggravated assaults were down over 10% and motor vehicle thefts remained at 33 reported incidents. Crimes against property were down from 740 incidents in 2018 to 639 incidents in 2019. Part B crimes such as disorderly conduct or quality of life offenses decreased by 17% in 2019.

The statistics also show a 36% decrease in reported crimes in Randolph over the past decade.

“I am very pleased with the recent crime statistics, which are proof that the work the men and women of the Randolph Police Department do everyday pays off,” Town Manager Howard said.

“The safety of the community is our number one priority,” Chief Pace said. “Even with crime statistics showing a downward trend, our department’s call volume continues to increase and diversify each year. To respond to this, we have trained an officer in commercial motor vehicle enforcement and there are plans to focus on other quality of life concerns in the coming year, including increased traffic enforcement, pedestrian safety and drunk and drugged driving patrols. I am proud that our department has been successful not only in reducing crime, but has made service enhancements as well.”

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Randolph Police Donates Refurbished Trailer to High School Blue Devils Marching Band

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, Aug. 16, 2019

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

Randolph Police Donates Refurbished Trailer to High School Blue Devils Marching Band

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department recently donated a refurbished police equipment transport trailer to the Randolph High School Blue Devils Marching Band.

The trailer, previously used to transport police equipment, was no longer being used by the department. With the help of the Randolph Department of Public Works and two local businesses, the trailer was restored inside and out and donated to the band. The trailer was donated and refurbished earlier this summer and was put in use by the band this week.

On Thursday, the marching band brought the trailer to the police department and town hall and performed part of their new 2019 field show for Chief Pace, Town Manager Brian Howard and a representative from public works to show their appreciation for the donation.

“We’re happy to be able to support the Blue Devils Marching Band and hope this trailer will serve them well for years to come,” Chief Pace said. “Projects like this are excellent representations of the community policing initiatives our department is proud to take on.”

The trailer will be used by the band to transport equipment to area field show competitions. For several weekends each fall, the Blue Devils Marching Band, under the direction of Adam Shekleton, participates in competitions at other area high schools as part of the New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA).

Each weekend during the field show season, the band transports equipment and props for approximately 70 students. Before the Randolph Police Department’s trailer donation, the band would rent a truck every weekend through the music booster program to transport its equipment.

“We’re thankful to Chief Pace and the Randolph Police Department for thinking of us with this donation,” Shekleton said. “It’s great to have a trailer of our own so we can more effectively transport our equipment from competition to competition.”

Chief Pace would like to thank the Randolph Department of Public Works, L&W Auto Body in Randolph and Mark’s Signs Plus in Randolph for their work restoring, painting and adding decals to the trailer.

“The donated and refurbished trailer is another example of the positive collaboration between the Randolph Police Department, the Randolph Public Schools, DPW and local businesses,” said Town Manager Brian Howard. “We’re so pleased with how it turned out and can’t wait to see it on the road.”

Click here for video of the band’s visit to the Police Department.

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Randolph Police Remind Residents to Lock Their Car Doors at Night During National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 11, 2019

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

 

Randolph Police Remind Residents to Lock Their Car Doors at Night During National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

RANDOLPH – Chief William Pace and the Randolph Police Department would like to remind residents this month to properly secure their vehicles to prevent theft and avoid being an easy target for thieves.

July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than three-quarters of a million vehicles were stolen in the United States in 2017. The value of these stolen vehicles is nearly $6 billion.

“Many vehicle break-ins are smash-and-grab type of crimes,” Chief Pace said. “The vehicles most likely to be broken into are ones where thieves can see things of value they can quickly and easily take. Removing or hiding your valuables makes your vehicle much less attractive to thieves.”

The NHTSA and Randolph Police remind vehicle owners to use common sense when parking and exiting your vehicle.

  • Take your key, don’t leave it in your vehicle.
  • Close all windows and lock all doors.
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle, and if you do, make sure they are out of sight.
  • Never leave credit cards/debit cards, cash or your wallet or purse inside of your vehicle overnight.
  • Park in well-lit areas or preferably inside a garage, if possible. Install lights with motion sensors near where you park your vehicle.
  • Get in the routine of double-checking that your vehicle is locked and secure each night around 9 p.m. This is known as the 9 p.m. Routine.

If your vehicle has been stolen or broken into, follow these steps:

  • Call 911 to report a vehicle theft or break-in.  A copy of the police report and/or a case number will be needed to provide to your insurance company.
  • You may be asked to provide the license plate number, make, model and color of the car, the VIN number and any identifying characteristics.
  • Contact your insurance company to file a claim within 24 hours of when you discovered your vehicle was stolen or broken into.
  • If you find your vehicle before authorities, contact the police immediately and then your insurance company.

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