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 Department Reminds Residents of Upcoming Hands-Free Law for Drivers

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace and the Randolph Police Department would like to remind residents of the upcoming hands-free law for drivers.

On Feb. 23, An Act Requiring the Hands-Free Use of Mobile Telephones While Driving will go into effect prohibiting drivers from using cellphones and other hand-held devices while operating a vehicle. There will be a grace period through March 31 in which drivers will get a warning for their first violation rather than a fine.

The law states that no motor vehicle operator may use electronic devices while driving unless the technology is being used hands-free. Operators found to be texting, dialing phone numbers or using a phone with their hands in any capacity while driving will be fined.

Operators are permitted to use hands-free technology including Bluetooth, “single tap or swipe” to activate or deactivate hands-free mode, navigation technology mounted to the car’s dash and phone use in emergency situations. Drivers may use their phones if they are stationary and not in an active traffic lane.

The penalty for drivers who are found guilty of violating the hands-free law is a $100 fine for a first offense, a $250 fine for a second offense and a $500 fine for a third or subsequent offense. Operators who commit a second or subsequent offense are also required to complete an educational program focused on distracted driving prevention. A third or subsequent violation will count as a surchargeable incident which can affect the driver’s insurance rates.

The act also includes a requirement that law enforcement agencies report data on violations. The data collected by law enforcement will be available to the public.

The law does not apply to first responders who are on duty and driving emergency service vehicles.

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Randolph Police to Hold Alzheimer’s Awareness Fundraiser Starting This Week

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department is planning a fundraising campaign to raise money for Alzheimer’s awareness starting this week.

As part of the Alzheimer’s Awareness Campaign, the department will be partnering with the Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to sell special purple shoulder patches with the Alzheimer’s ribbon on them.

Patches will go on sale starting Thursday, Jan. 2. A total of 300 special patches are available for sale, and the fundraiser will last until the supply runs out.

The cost of the patches is $10 each.

“The Randolph Police Department is honored to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Our hope is that with this donation, we can assist those in need of vital services and strengthen patient care for those fighting this disease,” Chief Pace said. “We hope that we can positively represent members of our community, and their families, who are battling this disease.”

Randolph Police will be donating funds from the campaign to the Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Randolph Police have had great success in the past with the Pink Patch Project and the Autism Awareness Project, and they encourage residents to participate in this latest fundraiser as well.

To purchase a purple patch as part of the Alzheimer’s Awareness Campaign, visit the Randolph Police Station at 41 South Main St., or send a check for $10 to:

Randolph Police Department

Attn: Det. Kevin Gilbert
Alzheimer’s Awareness Campaign
41 South Main Street
Randolph MA, 02368

According to the Alzheimer’s Association:

  • 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s
  • More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia
  • In 2019, Alzheimer’s care will cost the United States approximately $290 billion
  • Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s

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Man Allegedly Involved in Randolph Shooting Turns Himself in to Court

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the man who allegedly shot another man at a gas station over the weekend turned himself in at Quincy District Court today.

TRAEQUON DUNCAN, AGE 23, OF DORCHESTER was charged with:

  • Assault to Murder
  • Assault and Battery with a Firearm
  • Attempted Assault and Battery with a Firearm
  • Carrying a Firearm Without a License
  • Discharging a Firearm Within 500 Feet of a Dwelling

DUNCAN was arraigned Thursday afternoon at Quincy District Court and was ordered held without bail.

At approximately 1:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Randolph Police responded to the Mobile Gas Station at 1245 North Main St. for a report of a shooting.

Through the subsequent investigation, police determined that DUNCAN had entered the gas station and had an altercation with another man inside. DUNCAN then exited the gas station and seconds later he allegedly fired three shots into the building, striking the other man.

The victim was transported by to an area hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries.

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, Randolph Police executed an early morning search warrant at DUNCAN’S Dorchester home on Stratton Street, with the assistance of the Boston Police SWAT unit, but were unable to locate him.

Chief Pace would like to thank the Boston Police Department Gang Unit, Boston Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Boston Police SWAT unit and the Massachusetts State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit for their assistance with this investigation.

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Randolph Police Investigating Early Morning Shooting

 

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting that left a man with serious injuries. 

The Randolph Police Department responded to the Mobile Gas Station at 1245 North Main St. at 1:14 a.m. today for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police learned after an initial investigation that a man who appears to be in his mid to late 20s wearing a light blue baseball cap, grey Nike sweatshirt with the slogan “Just Do It,” jeans and white sneakers with black laces, had entered the gas station and had an altercation with another man inside. The suspect then exited the gas station and seconds later fired three gun shots into the building, striking the other man.

The victim was transported by to an area hospital with injuries that are believed to be serious, but not life threatening. 

The suspect fled the scene in a 2007 Grey Honda Accord, and the vehicle was recovered later this morning, unoccupied, in Dorchester. 

Randolph Police are actively investigating this incident, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact them at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph/Holbrook Cheerleaders to Host “Back the Blue” Rally This Weekend

RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph/Holbrook Pop Warner Cheerleaders are holding a “Back the Blue” rally this coming weekend.

WHEN:

Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m.

WHERE:

The Randolph Intergenerational Community Center, 128 Pleasant St., Randolph.

WHAT:

As part of the rally, cheerleaders will be showing off special cheers for law enforcement officers and sharing information on supporting local police. 

This is the first time that the cheerleaders, who are a staple at football games in town, will be holding this type rally. It is being coordinated by the team’s head coach, Jenn Abramson.

“We are grateful for the support of the cheerleaders and encourage residents to attend the rally on Saturday,” Det. Kevin Gilbert said. “It will be a terrific opportunity for the community to meet us and learn more about what we do.”

The cheerleaders will also be supporting breast cancer awareness at this event.

The rally is free to attend. 

The Randolph/Holbrook Pop Warner Cheerleaders recently qualified for a national tournament at Walt Disney World in Florida, and donations can be made at the rally to help fund the trip. 

Members of the Randolph Police Department will also be on site to meet with members of the community. The rally comes after the RPD participated in the Pink Patch Project, where officers wore pink patches during the month of October to raise awareness as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This was the third year in a row Randolph police wore pink patches as part of the project. 

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Randolph Police and Fire Departments Offer Halloween Safety Tips

RANDOLPH – Police Chief William Pace and Fire Chief Richard Donovan would like to offer residents some important safety tips as Halloween approaches to ensure everyone celebrates safely and responsibly.

“As always, we want our residents to be able to safely enjoy their Halloween activities,” said Police Chief Pace. “We strongly recommend for those dressing up to consider adding visibility gear to their costumes so that drivers will have an easier time seeing them after dark.”

The Randolph Police and Fire Departments recommend that residents follow safety tips outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services:

Dressing Up

  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls. Consider adding reflective tape to kids’ costumes and bags to help drivers see them.
  • If temperatures are cold during trick-or-treating time, be sure to have your kids wear long sleeves and warm clothing under their costume.
  • If a child is wearing a mask instead of make-up, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly. Consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as a safer alternative to masks. Always test make-up in a small area of skin first and always remove make-up before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
  • When shopping for costume pieces, look for and purchase ones that are labeled as flame retardant.
  • Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he or she stumbles or trips.

Trick-or-Treating

  • Children under 12 should always be accompanied by an adult. Avoid trick-or-treating alone.
  • If your older children are going out without parental supervision, go over ground rules first and set a curfew. Have them travel in a group, with a cell phone and flashlight. Make sure children know how to call 911 if they have an emergency.
  • Pedestrian injuries are very common on Halloween. Remind kids to stay in a group. They should walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic. Crosswalks should be used whenever possible and children should always look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on. Never go into a home or car for a treat.
  • Examine all of your kids’ treats for choking hazards and tampering. Do not eat treats that have been opened, even partially. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Keeping Your Home Safe for Trick-or-Treaters

  • Make sure your home is well-lit inside and out and that there is a clear path to your front door.
  • Keep all decorations like cornstalks and hay away from heat sources and lit candles.
  • Use battery-operated tea lights instead of candles in jack-o-lanterns.
  • Remember to put matches and lighters away in a high, locked cabinet so children cannot access them or be tempted to relight jack-o-lanterns by themselves.

“Our main concern on Halloween night is to ensure the safety of those who partake in Halloween activities,” said Fire Chief Donovan. “We request that residents keep their homes safe for trick-or-treaters by providing a clear and visible path from your porch to the sidewalks.”

As always, any suspicious person or vehicle should immediately be reported to Randolph Police by dialing 911.

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Randolph Police Hold Successful Charity Golf Tournament

RANDOLPH — The Randolph Police Patrolmen’s Union Local 18 and the Randolph Police Association are pleased to announce that their second annual Charity Golf Tournament raised more than $8,000 last month.

The tournament was held on Sept. 15 at Easton Country Club, and had over 50 players.

Proceeds from the tournament will help fund various programs put on by the Randolph Police Association over the course of the next year.

In the past two years, the tournament has raised over $18,000 to benefit important community programs and events sponsored by the Randolph Police Association.

As part of the tournament, the foursome with the lowest score was presented with a trophy at the conclusion of the day. In addition, a closest to the pin challenge was featured on a par three hole, and a hole-in-one, putting contest and longest drive challenge was held on par five holes.

After a long day of golfing the players were treated to a dinner, catered by the staff at Easton Country Club.

Several raffle items and silent auctions were also available for bidding throughout the day.

Sponsor Support

More than 30 individuals and businesses from the community came together to support the tournament through either sponsorships or donation of raffle items.

“The support for this tournament has been tremendous over the past two years,” said Officer Kevin Gilbert, who helped to organize the event. “We look forward to continuing to sponsor our great community programs and on behalf of myself, Officer Matthew Rodman and everyone else at the Randolph Police Department, we greatly appreciate all of the support from those played and donated.”

“Thank you to all of volunteers who came out the day of the event,” Officer Rodman added. “Without them, it wouldn’t have been possible.” 

Sponsors of the tournament include the following:

Platinum Sponsors

Seth Mann Second Home

Shaw’s Market (Manager Lee Bissonette)

Prime Motor Group (Officer Harold Moy)

Comfort Inn Randolph

Holiday Inn Brockton/Boston

Gold Sponsors

Mary Woloschuk

Golfer’s Warehouse

Silver Badge Sponsors

The Gilbert Family

The Rodman Family

Hole Sponsors

Bank of Canton

Brush Hill Tours

Randolph Lodge of Elks #2130

State Senator Walter F. Timilty

State Representative Bruce Ayers

Barbati and Davies Chiropractic

TNT Automotive

Goalie Crease Clinic

Mark’s Signs Plus

South Shore Dynamos Hockey Club

L and W Autobody

Raffle Items/Donors

Shoveltown Brewery

Towne and Country Florist

Dayanna Sutherland (5.11/Work and Gear)

Maryann Rodman

Robyn Rhinehart

Jenn Abramson

Todd A. Sandler Realtor

Randolph Automotive

Special Thanks

John Sylvia of Bridgewater Trophy

Benjamin Paulin of John Guilfoil Public Relations

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Randolph Police Investigating Suspicious Driver

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating after a suspicious man in a van allegedly approached school children and offered them candy. The department is asking the parents of any child who saw the suspicious van to come forward.

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Randolph Police officers received a report of a suspicious brown van that had stopped on South Man Street near Sam’s Gas & Auto Repair. The driver stopped in traffic and allegedly held out his arm with two lollipops in his hand, offering them to a group of children nearby.

The citizen who reported the incident yelled to the children not to take the candy, and the driver left the area. The children also left the area.

The reporting party provided a complete license plate number to police and officers were able to identify, locate and question the driver, however the investigation remains on going.

Chief Pace is asking the parents of any school-age children who may have been approached by this suspicious driver to please come forward and contact the Randolph Police Department. The reporting party indicated that the child she saw approached by the van driver was between 7-9 years old.

“We are actively investigating this incident to determined exactly what transpired,” Chief Pace said. “We are asking parents to please have a discussion with your children, and please come forward if your child saw or heard anything or was approached by this suspicious driver.”

Further Resources:

The National Crime Prevention Council recommends several tips on talking to children about strangers:

  • Explain to your child that a stranger is anyone who your family doesn’t know well. It is common for children to think that “bad strangers” look scary, which is not only untrue, but dangerous for children to think this way. Tell your child that no one can tell if strangers are nice or not nice just by looking at them, and they should be careful around all people they don’t know.
  • Don’t make it seem like all strangers are bad. Teach your child about safe strangers and adults they can trust — police officers, firefighters, teachers, principals and librarians. Also show your child places they can go if they need help, such as local stores, restaurants and the homes of family friends in your neighborhood.
  • Teach your child to be wary of potentially dangerous situations and the warning signs of suspicious behavior, like when an adult asks them to disobey their parents or do something without their permission, asks them to keep a secret, asks children for help, or makes them feel uncomfortable in any way.
  • Talk to your children about how they should handle potentially dangerous situations. You can use the “No, Go, Yell, Tell,” saying, which teaches children to say no, run away, yell as loud as they can, and tell a trusted adult what happened right away if they feel threatened by a stranger.

In addition to teaching children how to recognize and handle dangerous situations and strangers, there are other things that parents can do to help their children stay safe:

  • Know where your children are at all times. Make it a rule that children must ask permission or check in with you before going anywhere. Give your children both your work and cell phone numbers so they can reach you at all times.
  • Point out safe places. Show your children safe places to play, safe roads and paths to take and safe places to go if there’s trouble.
  • Teach children to trust their instincts. Explain that if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable, they should get away as fast as they can and tell an adult. Tell them that sometimes adults they know may make them feel uncomfortable, and they should still get away and tell another adult what happened. Reassure your child that you will always help them when they need it.
  • Teach your children to be assertive. Make sure they know that it’s okay to say no to an adult and to run away from adults in dangerous situations.
  • Encourage your children to play with others. There is safety in numbers.

For more resources and information about talking to your children about strangers, visit the National Crime Prevention Council website.

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