Randolph Police Department Recognizes Service of Auxiliary Officers

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag and the Randolph Police Department would like to recognize the Randolph Auxiliary Police Department and its officers for their dedication to the Town of Randolph and its residents as the unit is disbanded.

The RAPD was originally established in 1941 and has provided valuable volunteer assistance to the Randolph Police Department for many years. At its start, auxiliary officers assisted with patrolling town properties, traffic control at religious facilities across town, and crowd and traffic control at events such as the Memorial Day and Independence Day parades.

The Auxiliary Police became its own department in 1975, and has been led by four chiefs: Chief George Lacroix, Chief Robert A. Rocheleau, Chief Anthony L. Buonopane and Chief Francis V. Robles, Sr.

The RAPD was later incorporated into the Randolph Police Department in 2012. As the town grew, auxiliary officers took on more duties assisting with traffic control across town, providing support at community events and assisting with major incidents. The unit also acquired three distinctively marked police cruisers, and created a motorcycle squad. Officers received ongoing training through the Massachusetts Police Training Committee (MPTC), formerly the Criminal Justice Police Academy.

The RAPD has been recognized with two awards, by former Gov. Mitt Romney in recognition of the department’s commitment to volunteerism, and by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), both given in conjunction with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The RAPD often served as a stepping stone for those looking to begin a career in law enforcement, and many auxiliary officers throughout the years moved into full-time law enforcement roles at the Randolph Police Department and other agencies statewide and nationally.

“The RAPD was always willing to volunteer and lend support at events and activities throughout town, and many of those events would not have been possible without their contributions,” Chief Marag said. “The RAPD has been a valuable resource for the department for several decades, and I would like to thank Chief Robles and his officers, as well as all of RAPD’s past chiefs and officers, for their deep dedication to peace, justice and safety in our town. Randolph’s auxiliary officers have demonstrated a passion for giving back and serving the community, and their service is greatly appreciated.”

The RAPD was discontinued in January due to the working hour mandates and training requirements established by the Municipal Police Training Committee as a result of 2020’s Police Reform Act.

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Randolph Police Department Shares Safety Tips Ahead of Weekend’s Major Winter Storm

Parking Ban in Effect 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Monday

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag and the Randolph Police Department would like to share the following Parking Ban information and safety precautions ahead of this weekend’s major winter storm.

A Parking Ban has been issued for the Town of Randolph. Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 until 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, there will be no parking allowed on any public way, sidewalk or town property adjacent to a public way or sidewalk. Any vehicle in violation of the Parking Ban will be subject to a ticket and will be towed for interfering with snow removal.

Residents should plan to stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible, for much of the weekend. Travel will likely be hazardous and plow and sand/salt trucks will need time and space to operate.

At this time, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Blizzard Warning for much of eastern Massachusetts beginning at midnight, Saturday, Jan. 29. The NWS issues Blizzard Warnings for expected frequent wind gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph accompanied by falling and/or blowing snow, which frequently reduces visibility to less than 1/4 mile for three hours or more. The warning indicates that whiteout conditions are possible and people should not travel.

The most recent forecast indicates that snow accumulations of 15 to 19 inches are possible, with wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour. Travel conditions are expected to be extremely difficult to impossible. Considerable blowing and drifting snow along with near whiteout conditions are possible at times, and strong winds could cause tree and property damage or power outages in some areas.

Residents are reminded that the forecast can change quickly and at any point and are urged to closely monitor the local forecast throughout the weekend.

Considerations Ahead of a Winter Storm

  • Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full so you can leave right away in an emergency and to prevent the fuel line from freezing.
  • Keep handy a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat, water-resistant boots, and extra blankets and warm clothing for each member of the household.
  • Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications and medical supplies. Keep it nearby.
  • Prepare for possible power outages
  • Be sure you have ample heating fuel. If you have alternative heating sources, such as fireplaces, wood- or coal-burning stoves, or space heaters, be sure they are clean and in working order. Review generator safety and never run a generator in an enclosed space.
  • Make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working correctly and that the outside vent is clear of leaves and debris. During or after the storm, make sure it is cleared of snow.

Precautions for During a Winter Storm

  • Stay indoors and wear warm clothes. Layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than a bulky sweater. If you feel too warm, remove layers to avoid sweating; if you feel chilled, add layers.
  • Bring your companion animals inside before the storm begins. Move other animals to sheltered areas with a supply of non-frozen water. 
  • Check on relatives, neighbors, and friends, particularly if they are elderly or if they live alone.
  • If you must drive during winter weather conditions, make sure all fluid levels are full and ensure that the lights, heater and windshield wipers are in proper working condition. 
  • Don’t leave the house without the following: A fully charged cellphone, car charger and an emergency supplies kit in your car. Ensure your kit includes additional layers of clothing and non-perishable food.
  • If your car gets stuck during a storm, stay in the vehicle. If you leave your vehicle, you will become disoriented quickly in wind-driven snow and cold.

Precautions for After a Winter Storm

  • Stay informed by receiving alerts, warnings and public safety information and pay attention to the information provided by local authorities. Residents can also listen to local area radio, NOAA Radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
  • Stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible. Give plow and sand/salt trucks the space they need to operate.
    • Remain cautious even once conditions have improved. Even if roadways have been cleared of snow following a storm, any water left on the roadways may freeze, resulting in a clear sheet of ice, also known as black ice. Black ice is patchy ice on roadways that cannot easily be seen.
  • Assist firefighters by clearing snow away from fire hydrants during and after the storm. Snow should be cleared 3-5 feet all around the hydrant so firefighters have enough room to connect a hose.

For additional winter storm safety information, visit NWS or the Red Cross. For any other questions on cold weather safety please visit weather.gov.

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Randolph Police to Charge Teen Driver Who Fled Traffic Stop Before Crashing

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag reports that the Randolph Police Department intends to issue a summons to a driver after she fled an attempted traffic stop and crashed into multiple vehicles and a wall.

A 19-YEAR-OLD FEMALE, OF EAST BRIDGEWATER, will be issued a summons on charges of:

  • Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Failure to Stop
  • Fleeing the Scene of a Property Damage Crash
  • Marked Lanes Violation
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol

At approximately 7:45 p.m., a Randolph Police officer attempted to stop a vehicle after observing it improperly pass another motorist and run a red light. The driver of the vehicle fled the attempted stop, and Randolph Police terminated the pursuit due to safety concerns shortly thereafter.

A short time later, officers located the vehicle after it had crashed into three other vehicles and a cement wall in the area of 980 N. Main St. The FEMALE suffered injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening and was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.

During their investigation, Randolph Police determined that the FEMALE also allegedly sideswiped another vehicle in traffic in Holbrook and failed to stop.

Alcohol was located inside the vehicle following the crash, and the driver and two female passengers will be charged with Minor in Possession of Alcohol.

 

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty. 

 

 

 

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A Statement from Randolph Police Chief Anthony Marag

RANDOLPH — The following is a statement from Chief Anthony Marag:

“On Oct. 6, the Randolph Police Department, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, conducted an evidence search on the property of 25 Mitchell St. The search was in relation to a missing persons case.

“The owner/residents of the address allowed the Randolph Police Department and the FBI to conduct a search on the property. They did not live there at the time this case originated and have no involvement in the investigation.

“No human or skeletal remains were found on the property.

“The investigation remains ongoing and no further information will be provided at this time.”

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Last of 24 Dogs Seized in Randolph Animal Cruelty Case Looking for Forever Home

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag and the Randolph Police Department report that the last of 24 dogs and puppies seized in an August animal cruelty case is currently up for adoption and in need of a new home.

Benjamin, a 2-year-old Pitbull-type dog, is currently up for adoption through the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Benjamin was one of four dogs and 20 puppies seized on Aug. 4 after the dogs were found to allegedly be living in severe unsanitary conditions without adequate access to food and water. A Randolph man was charged with 24 counts of animal cruelty in the case.

All of the dogs were taken in by the Animal Rescue League of Boston at their facility in Dedham.

Since then, all of the dogs and puppies have been adopted by loving families, with the exception of Benjamin.

“When Benjamin arrived at ARL, staff noted that while extremely friendly, the young dog lacked socialization, focus, and basic manners. He was excitable, jumpy, mouthy, and reactive to walking on a leash,” said ARL spokesman Mike DeFina. “Over the past two months, ARL’s behavioral staff and volunteers have worked extensively with Benjamin, and he has made tremendous strides maintaining focus and working on his manners.”

ARL is looking forward to finding Benjamin his new home and is committed to providing behavioral council and advice for his new family once he’s home. To see Benjamin’s profile and for information about adopting him click here.

“I’m so happy to see that almost all of the dogs in this case have been adopted and are in homes where they will receive the care and love they need,” Chief Marag said. “Hopefully Benjamin finds his forever home soon and we can a fully happy ending in this case.”

 

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Mental Health Clinician Ashley Sullivan Begins Work Supporting Randolph Police Department

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag is pleased to share that the Randolph Police Department’s new mental health clinician Ashley Sullivan has recently begun working in her new role.

Sullivan is a mental health clinician with Aspire Health Alliance and is assigned with the Randolph Police Department as its co-responder through the Jail Diversion Program. She began in this role last month.

In her new role, Sullivan is an essential component of the department’s newly established Support & Outreach Unit. She will assist officers and residents with resources and determining the appropriate levels of care and treatment. In addition, she will consult on departmental policy and procedures and assist with the development of new training for officers.

“Sometimes people don’t know where to turn for mental health resources, so a large part of my job is providing a map of what is out there and pointing them in the right direction,” Sullivan said. “We have been working on immediate interventions, long term projects and everything in between. When my position started a month ago, the whole department hit the ground running and we don’t plan on stopping. I am extremely excited at the progress we’ve made and all the things we’re looking forward to.”

Sullivan has worked with Aspire Health Alliance for over a year in Emergency Services and has done outreach work with To Write Love On Her Arms. She has clinical experience in a variety of settings including Samaritans, the Boston Public Schools and Gosnold, Inc.

Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in sociology and a focus on criminal justice from Suffolk University. She also holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling with a concentration in military and veterans psychology from William James College.

“In recent years, calls for service have increasingly involved a mental health or crisis component and it’s important for our officers to have the proper training, support and resources to not only ensure a safe outcome, but ensure that person in crisis gets the help that they need,” Chief Marag said. “Ashley is an instrumental addition to our Support & Outreach Unit as we work to improve our programming, training and procedures surrounding helping those in our community experiencing a mental health crisis.”

The Jail Diversion Program supports officers in recognizing, assessing and responding to people with behavioral health challenges. The co-responder clinician accompanies officers to relevant calls for service and assists in utilizing de-escalation techniques or providing victim assistance. While officers focus on maintaining a safe and secure scene, the clinician focuses on assessing the needs of those on scene. This helps increase the safety for both the person in crisis and the officer, in addition to diverting those with mental health challenges to resources or treatment rather than arrest.

Aspire Health Alliance is the local Emergency Services Provider for mental health and assists with the diversion process. The Emergency Services Program is able to provide immediate assessment and direction to appropriate services and programs.

Additionally through the Jail Diversion Program, 100% of officers will be trained in Mental Health First Aid and at least 20% of officers will have completed Crisis Intervention Training, which is part of the One Mind Campaign. The One Mind Campaign seeks to ensure successful interactions between police officers and persons with mental health disorders and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“It is important for our community members who are in crisis to have access to the appropriate services at the right time, and Ashley brings vital knowledge and experience to support the needs of our residents by connecting them with specialized care,” Town Manager Brian Howard said. “Ashley will be a tremendous asset to the department not only by collaborating with officers as they respond to calls, but also by providing perspective and expertise on training and procedures.”

Grant funding for this position was provided to the Randolph Police Department through the Jail/Arrest Diversion Co-Responder Grant Program of the Department of Mental Health, in partnership with Aspire Health Alliance.

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Missing woman recovered in Randolph

The Randolph Police Department and Norfolk District Attorney’s Office regret to inform you that 86-year old Marie Laure Depestre has been found dead.

The Randolph woman, who had issues with memory loss, was reported to have wandered away from her Decelle Drive home on Saturday afternoon. Searchers recovered her body at approximately 1 p.m. in a swampy area off Mazzeo Drive in Randolph, less than two miles from her home.

Randolph police thanked the Environmental Police, Massachusetts State Police, METRO-LEC, and the Plymouth Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the extensive search.

Although there were no obvious signs of foul play, the Medical Examiner has accepted the case for autopsy to confirm the cause and manner of Ms. Depestre’s death.

Although it did not lead to a positive outcome, law enforcement is grateful to members of the Boston media who disseminated information about Ms. Depestre being missing and in peril.

Randolph Police Department Arrests Three Men on Multiple Drug Trafficking, Firearms Charges Following Multi-Unit Investigation

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag reports that the Randolph Police Department has arrested three individuals in connection with a search warrant that was executed last week.

As a result of the investigation and subsequent search, the following arrests were made on Thursday, Aug. 26:

ROBERT BROWN, AGE 50, OF RANDOLPH, was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a Firearm Without a Permit – 2 Counts
  • Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm
  • Possession of Ammunition Without An FID Card
  • Possession of an Assault Weapon
  • Possession of a Large Capacity Magazine – 5 Counts
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm/Magazine – 4 Counts
  • Trafficking in Methamphetamine
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Substance (Crack Cocaine)
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Substance (Oxycodone)

LEONARD COLLINS, AGE 71, OF BROCKTON, was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a Firearm Without An FID Card
  • Possession of Ammunition Without An FID Card
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm Near a Minor

ROBERT BROWN, 29, OF RANDOLPH, was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a Firearm Without An FID Card
  • Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Substance (Cocaine)
  • Possession of Ammunition Without An FID Card – 2 Counts
  • Leaving a Firearm Within a Vehicle
  • Possession of a Large Capacity Magazine

At approximately 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, Randolph Police executed a search warrant at 44 High St. in Randolph after an ongoing Randolph Police Department narcotics trafficking investigation. Entry to the single-family residence was made by the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (MetroLEC) SWAT Team, and the search was executed by the Randolph Police Department Narcotics Unit with assistance from the Braintree, Weymouth and Massachusetts State Police Narcotics Units.

As a result of the search warrant, trafficking weight of methamphetamine, oxycodone pills, powder cocaine and a significant amount of crack cocaine packaged for sale were seized from within the residence.

Four illegally possessed firearms were also located during the execution of the search warrant, including an AR-15 style assault rifle and a .40 caliber Glock pistol. Multiple high-capacity magazines and ammunition were located with the assault rifle. A Charter Arms .38 Special revolver was also located during the search. The final firearm located was a .40 Caliber Smith & Wesson loaded with a high-capacity magazine. Additional magazines and ammunition were located during the search.

A large amount of money was seized during the execution of the search warrant as well, totaling $147,098 in U.S. currency.

All three men were arraigned in Quincy District Court on Aug. 26.

“These arrests were the result of a lengthy investigation by the Randolph Police and our partners in local law enforcement and the State Police, and we thank them for their high level of professionalism and dedication throughout the investigation,” Chief Marag said. “Thanks to this collective effort we were able to take a large amount of drugs and weapons off of our streets.”

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Randolph Police Department to Implement New Text Messaging Solution for Feedback on Police-Citizen Interactions

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department will soon implement a new community engagement and feedback solution.

Starting Aug. 23, some residents will be contacted via text message to provide feedback after an interaction with the Randolph Police Department. The new service, called CueHit, uses text messaging to contact some 911 callers and others who have recently reported or been involved in non-life-threatening incidents.

The Randolph Police Department will be the first police department in New England using CueHit.

Text messages are sent hours or days after the interaction to those whose number is recorded as part of a call for service or in an officer’s report. The text will ask the individual to complete a short survey about their experience with the department. It will also allow residents to provide their own comments and feedback after receiving public safety service.

The program will provide the department insight into areas where they can improve the service they provide to the community, as well as help share positive feedback with officers.

“We’re excited to implement this new service as an additional and convenient way for community members to provide us with feedback after an interaction with our officers,” Chief Marag said. “We want to know how we are doing and residents’ responses will both allow us to provide positive feedback to officers and know how we can improve.”

Not everyone will receive a survey and residents who do not want to participate can simply not respond. As with all texts, residents may reply with “STOP” and that will opt them out of all future text surveys from the department.

A phone number and QR codes will also soon be made available to residents who would like to take a survey and provide feedback without receiving a text message.

These surveys should not be used to report any type of emergency or crime. As always, call 911 in an emergency.

An informational video about the service, provided by CueHit, can be viewed here.

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Melissa Greener Sworn In As First Female Commander at the Randolph Police Department

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag is pleased to announce that Melissa Greener has been sworn in as the newest commander at the Randolph Police Department, and the first female commander in the department’s history.

Commander Greener was sworn in to her new rank on Monday, July 19. This is her third time making department history as she was also the first female sergeant and the first female lieutenant.

She is a veteran of the department having worked in nearly every area since graduating from the Weymouth Police Academy in 2005. She began her career as a patrol officer and was promoted to detective in 2007, sergeant in 2012 and lieutenant in 2014. She was most recently assigned as detective lieutenant.

Commander Greener has assisted in writing policy, creating operational plans and helping with community outreach during her years with the department. She has been the department’s police prosecutor, has served as the department’s grant writer and has been the accreditation manager for the department’s last three assessments.

She is one of the founding members of the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program, as well as the Senior Outreach Unit where she created the TAGS (Tracking All Grandparents and Special needs) Program which provides ID bracelets for seniors in case of a medical emergency or other situation. She is also a long-time member of the Randolph Police Honor Guard.

“Commander Greener has a distinguished career and is a proven leader who is forward-thinking and determined,” Chief Marag said. “She has strong ties to the community and has been dedicated to serving the citizens of Randolph. I look forward to seeing what she will bring to her new role, and congratulate her on this accomplishment.”

In her new role, Commander Greener will be overseeing police reform efforts, body-worn cameras and the department’s new mental health clinician.

Commander Greener holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Stonehill College and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Curry College. She is also a certified EMT.

A video of Commander Greener’s swearing in ceremony can be viewed here.

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