Update: Randolph Police Chief William Pace Releases Aug. 25 Police Radio Audio

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace and the Randolph Police Department are today releasing the complete police radio transmission recordings from 8 p.m. Aug. 25 to midnight, redacted only to remove the address of a domestic violence victim who is referred to on the tapes.  Chief Pace and the Department are also releasing the 911 tapes relating to the Aug. 25 accident, with the same redactions.

As the department has reported, at approximately 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, the Randolph Police and Fire Departments responded to the area of North Main Street and Grove Street for a report of a pedestrian crash involving a police cruiser and a 29-year-old Randolph man. The victim was struck by the cruiser of an officer who was heading to a domestic violence call, with his lights and siren activated. The officer immediately stopped, radioed for an ambulance and rendered aid to the pedestrian before the Randolph Fire Department arrived to transport him to a Boston hospital.

“We are reviewing the facts and circumstances of this crash, with an outside agency taking the lead in the investigation and independent consultants also reviewing the matter holistically.  The safety of the public is our top priority.  If there is anything we can do differently to prevent a pedestrian accident in the future, especially an accident involving a police cruiser, we will do so,”  Chief Pace said.  “On behalf of the entire Randolph Police Department, I wish to apologize to Christopher Divens for the injuries he has suffered as the result of the crash, and I apologize to his family for what they are going through during this difficult time. I have spoken with the family and have offered to meet with the family.

“I wish to reiterate, for the record, that every piece of information we have indicates that this was an accident. I am deeply troubled by some of the messages I have read on social media and some reports I have read in the media, especially in today’s Boston Globe column.  While we cannot provide information on an ongoing investigation, we can release public records to provide transparency about our operations.  With the release of these records, we seek to reassure the public that there is nothing in the record to suggest that this is anything other than a horrible accident.”

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Generally, the Police Department does not use the names of parties involved in incidents in press releases. In this case, Christopher Divens has publicly identified himself to the media, has provided interviews, has released his name and has released photographs of the incident that were in his possession. 

 

Statement of Randolph Police Chief William Pace Regarding Crash Involving Pedestrian and Police Cruiser

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace issues the following statement regarding last week’s incident involving a crash between a pedestrian and Randolph Police cruiser.

“As we have previously reported, at approximately 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, the Randolph Police and Fire Departments responded to the area of North Main Street and Grove Street for a report of a pedestrian crash involving a police cruiser and a 29-year-old Randolph man.

“The first thing I want to express is my sincere empathy to the victim and his family. I have reached out and have spoken with the victim’s family. As the investigation into this matter is still open and being conducted by an outside agency, I am extremely limited in what I can say at this time.”

“The victim was struck by the cruiser of an officer who was en route to a domestic violence call, with his lights and siren activated. The officer immediately stopped and rendered aid to the pedestrian before the Randolph Fire Department arrived to transport him to a Boston hospital. As is standard procedure during a crash involving a police cruiser, we referred the investigation to an outside agency, the Quincy Police Department. I have placed the officer on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Quincy is performing a reconstruction of the incident and an investigation which will include reviewing Randolph Police Department policies and procedures and determining the speed of the cruiser at the time of the crash.

“At this time, I cannot comment about specific details of the crash investigation, however I would like to address some questions and confusion expressed by members of the community to the media and on social media.

“I am aware that the victim had been involved in a motor vehicle crash earlier that evening. An audio recording has been posted online of an interaction between the victim and a police officer during aftermath of the original crash. This recording is of a different police officer, and there was a disagreement about towing the vehicle from the scene. However, the vehicle could not be safely driven due to the crash, was unregistered and uninsured and the driver was unlicensed, so the vehicle had to be towed by law.

“The officer whose cruiser struck the victim was responding to a domestic incident from the police station. Our preliminary reports indicate that the officer did not know who the person he struck was until he was briefed by other officers later.

“We have absolutely no information at this time to indicate that this was anything other than a deeply unfortunate accident.

“The Randolph Police Department is committed to a thorough finding of fact in this matter. In addition to referring the crash investigation to the Quincy Police Department, our department will retain an independent outside professional to conduct a thorough administrative review of the original crash, the pedestrian crash and all communications and dispatch procedures before, during and after both incidents. We are committed to preventing all manner of crashes and accidents involving pedestrians.

“We will make the results of the investigation public, to the extent that the law allows.”

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