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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Randolph Police Provide Tips for Residents to Protect their Vehicles During National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag and the Randolph Police Department would like to advise residents to properly secure their vehicles to prevent break-ins and avoid being easy targets for thieves this season.

The summer season is most popular for vehicle thefts and break-ins, and July is recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month. According to the NHTSA, there were 721,885 motor vehicles stolen in the U.S. in 2019, one every 43.8 seconds. Only 56.1% of all stolen vehicles were recovered.

Additionally, the NHTSA warns that vehicle parts and valuable items left in vehicles are also targets for thieves. Parts that may be targeted include radios, wheel covers, doors, engines, transmissions, air bags and radios, as well as items such as GPS units, cellphones, iPads, laptops and purses.

“Summer is a common time of year for vehicle thefts and break-ins, so we are encouraging our residents to take a few moments to review the following tips to help protect their vehicles,” Chief Marag said. “Vehicles that are left unlocked or have valuables in plain sight are commons targets. Always remember to lock your doors, never leave valuables in your vehicle and never leave your vehicle while it is running.”

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

  • Take your keys. Don’t leave them in your vehicle.
  • Close all windows and lock all doors.
  • Never leave your vehicle while it is running.
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle. Anything stored inside your vehicle should be out of sight or in the trunk.
  • 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. Park in visible areas where your vehicle is not hidden by foliage or larger vehicles. 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 the police to report a 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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Randolph Police Department Reminds Residents that Fireworks are Illegal Statewide

RANDOLPH — With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, Chief Anthony Marag and the Randolph Police Department wish to remind residents that the recreational use of fireworks in Massachusetts is illegal.

According to the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal, fires started by fireworks increased by 180% in 2020 and complaints to local police departments increased significantly as well. This year, state and local law enforcement agencies will be ramping up their efforts to stop illegal firework use and sales in Massachusetts.

The possession, use and sale of fireworks without a professional license is against the law in Massachusetts, and punishable by confiscation, fine or imprisonment. Fines range from $100 to $1,000, and some violations could carry a one-year prison sentence.

In order to cut down on residents purchasing fireworks in other states and transporting them back to Massachusetts, members of the State Police will begin targeted patrols along state lines to enforce fireworks laws.

According to the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal, between 2011 and 2020, there were over 900 reported major fires and explosions involving illegal fireworks. During that time span, 32 people were treated at Massachusetts emergency rooms for severe burns or other injuries from fireworks.

Residents are encouraged to report any misuse of fireworks they notice in their community to the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212. In case of a firework-related or other emergency, always dial 911.

Additionally, the Randolph Police Department reminds residents to be aware of these key safety tips during Fourth of July celebrations:

  • Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Be mindful of pedestrians
  • Attend organized and permitted fireworks displays only
  • Remember: alcohol/drugs and fireworks do not mix
  • Keep pets indoors

The Randolph Police Department also urges residents to observe the following tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on getting home safely following Fourth of July celebrations:

  • Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, do not plan on driving
  • Designate a sober driver or use public transportation or a ride-share service to get home safely
  • Take keys away from individuals who are under the influence and are planning to drive. Alcohol and drugs can impair perception, judgment, motor skills and memory, which are critical for safe and responsible driving
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 911

For more information on fireworks, click here. For more on general summer safety tips, click here.

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Randolph Police Department Distributes Bicycle Helmets to Children, Thanks Local Law Firm for Donation

Chief Anthony Marag is pleased to share that the Randolph Police Department received dozens of bicycle helmets from law firm Breakstone, White & Gluck and distributed the donated helmets to local children over the weekend.

The Boston-based personal injury law firm donated the helmets as part of its Project KidSafe campaign to encourage safe cycling and prevent head injuries.

The helmets were given away to Randolph children ages 12 and younger at the police station on Saturday, June 26 as part of the department’s bicycle safety program. Approximately 90 helmets were given to kids.

“Breakstone, White & Gluck has donated dozens of helmets to us for several years, and we are grateful for their dedication to keeping kids safe,” Chief Marag said. “Wearing a helmet is a good practice for children as it provides them with a vital layer of protection that helps to ensure their safety while they ride their bicycles.”

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. Since 2013, the firm has donated 30,000 new bike helmets to children across Massachusetts.

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.

To learn more about Project KidSafe, visit www.bwglaw.com/bikes.

 

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Randolph Police Department Investigating Shooting

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred Wednesday night.

At approximately 7:20 p.m., Randolph Police received multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired and that a person had been shot in the area of 8 Sunset Dr.

Upon arrival, police located a 25-year-old Randolph man suffering from two gunshot wounds to the leg. The man was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. He does not live where the shooting occurred.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the victim was targeted and that this was not a random act of violence.

The incident remains under active investigation and no additional information is available at this time. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police Department Announces Two Promotions

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag is pleased to announce the promotion of two members of the Randolph Police Department.

Lt. Daniel Zaiter and Sgt. Kinnon Ryan were each sworn into their new rank on Wednesday, June 9.

“Lt. Zaiter and Sgt. Ryan have been valued members of this department for many years with considerable experience in their previous roles and ranks,” Chief Marag said. “Congratulations to both on their promotions. I am confident that they will continue to serve the Randolph community with distinction.”

Lt. Daniel Zaiter

Lt. Zaiter is a 13-year veteran of the department. He became a patrolman with the department following his graduation from the 48th Boston Police Academy Class in 2009. He served as a patrolman from 2009-2019 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2019. Lt. Zaiter is also an operator of the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (Metro-LEC) SWAT team, a position he has held since 2019.

In his new role, Lt. Zaiter is the overnight commanding officer in the patrol division.

Lt. Zaiter previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantryman. He holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Curry College.

He is married to his wife, Jenna, and they have two children.

Sgt. Kinnon Ryan

Sgt. Ryan is also a 13-year veteran of the Randolph Police Department. He began his career with the MBTA Transit Police Department following his graduation from the MBTA Transit Police Academy’s 13th Municipal Police Officer’s Class in 2005.

Sgt. Ryan transferred to the Randolph Police Department in 2008. He was a patrolman until 2009 when he was appointed as detective, working in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation from 2009-2011. He returned to the Patrol Division in 2011 and was a patrolman and field training officer for the past 10 years.

In his new role, Sgt. Ryan is the overnight shift patrol supervisor.

Sgt. Ryan is also a firearms instructor and the department’s fitness coordinator. He is a long-standing operator of the Metro-LEC SWAT team, a role he has served in since 2009.

Sgt. Ryan is a pervious sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and was an explosive detection dog handler and trainer. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Babson College.

He is married to his wife, Sherry, and they have two children.

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Robert Emerson Sworn In As Newest Commander of the Randolph Police Department

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag is pleased to announce that Robert Emerson was sworn in recently as the newest commander for the Randolph Police Department.

Commander Emerson was sworn in by Town Clerk Cheryl Sass during a ceremony at Randolph Town Hall on Thursday, May 13 with his family present. He has served the citizens of Randolph since 1995, holding a variety of positions and ranks in the department.

“Over the years, Commander Emerson has made a tremendous impact on our department in many ways,” Chief Marag said. “He is a valued and respected leader, which is something that is extremely important for the commander position. He embraces a collaborative and unified approach to policing, and I know he will perform his new duties with the same level of professionalism and dedication that he has shown his entire career.”

Commander Emerson attended Randolph Public Schools and graduated from Randolph High School in 1987. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in sociology and legal studies, and received a master’s degree from Western New England College in criminal justice administration.

He joined the Randolph Police Department as a patrolman in 1995 and was promoted first to juvenile detective in 1999 and later to sergeant in 2002. Most recently, he was promoted to lieutenant in 2010.

He has also served as a D.A.R.E. officer, an instructor for the department in Use of Force, Defensive Tactics, and Firearms Training, and most recently was assigned as the Firearms Licensing Officer.

“Commander Emerson has had a long and successful career in law enforcement, and he not only embodies what it means to be a police officer but he also knows the Town of Randolph and its resident so well having lived here for so long,” Randolph Town Manager Brian Howard said. “I personally cannot think of a better person to rise through the ranks of our department, and we all wish him the very best as he moves into this new part of his career.”

To view a video of Commander Emerson being sworn in, visit the Randolph Police Facebook page here.

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Randolph Police Actively Responding to Shooting This Morning at Rosemont Square Apartments

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag reports that the Randolph Police Department is actively investigating a shooting that took place this morning at the Rosemont Square Apartments on High Street.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, Randolph Police received a call regarding shots fired in the area of the Rosemont Square apartment complex. Upon arrival, police located three individuals in the area they believed to be involved in the incident.

One of those individuals was in possession of a firearm and was placed in custody. No other suspects were located and no victims were found.

Police are currently searching for the remaining suspect.

There is not believed to be any danger to the public at this time.

The Rosemont Square Apartments is located less than a mile from the Randolph Community Middle School, and out of an abundance of caution the school was placed on lockdown as students were arriving this morning. As of 9:45 a.m. the lockdown was lifted, and minutes later the shelter-in-place for the surrounding area was lifted as well.

The Braintree and Avon Police Departments assisted in the search, as did the Mass State Police.

This is an active investigation and additional information will be released as it becomes available. Anyone with information on the incident should contact the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212 or visit the department’s website for the tip411 system.

 

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Randolph Police Recognize Department’s 911 Dispatchers During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag wishes to recognize the department’s public safety dispatchers during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

During the week of April 11-17, public safety agencies take time to reflect on the critical role telecommunications professionals play in supporting first responders. The week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, honors the thousands of men and women across the country who respond to emergency calls, dispatch first responders and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to residents.

The department’s Emergency Telecommunicator professionals are specially trained and handle thousands of calls for service every year. One month of intensive classroom and practical training is generally required to become a dispatcher, and dispatchers complete additional professional development training each year.

While their work is done outside of the view of the public, they are an essential resource for first responders and the public alike and serve as the first point of contact for members of the public seeking help in an emergency.

Randolph Police dispatchers — Matthew Fitzgerald, Greg Ander, Ray Saragian and Gillian Haley — receive 911 emergency and non-emergency calls, answering approximately 50,000 calls and coordinating approximately 22,000 police responses per year.

“We would not be able to do our jobs without the remarkable work of our dispatchers who gather and relay crucial information to the officers out in the community,” Chief Marag said. “This past year has presented many challenges to the public safety community, and our dispatch team has adapted and continued to provide a high level of service to our residents amid the everchanging protocols and restrictions affecting the dispatch center during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

About APCO International
APCO International is the world’s oldest and largest organization of public safety communications professionals and supports the largest U.S. membership base of any public safety association. It sponsors National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week each year.

It serves the needs of public safety communications practitioners worldwide — and the public welfare – by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach.

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Randolph and Whitman Police Departments Among Several Agencies Helping to Escort Whitman Toddler to Hospital for Surgery

WHITMAN — Randolph Police Chief Anthony Marag and Whitman Police Chief Timothy Hanlon are pleased to share that several local police departments took part in a special escort yesterday for a Whitman toddler who is set to undergo open-heart surgery.

Departments from seven neighboring communities came together Wednesday, April 14, to escort Nathaniel Rodman, who is affectionately known as “Nate the Great,” to Boston Children’s Hospital along with members of the boy’s family. 

Rodman was born with multiple heart and kidney defects that have required several surgeries, including his first open-heart surgery when he was only 5 weeks old. The departments came together for Rodman and his family, which includes Matthew Rodman, who has served as a Randolph Police officer for more than seven years. 

In addition to officers from Randolph and Whitman, members of the Quincy, Weymouth, Stoughton, Canton and Braintree police departments all took part in the early-morning escort Wednesday. Last week, officers had a badge made for Rodman to signify him becoming an honorary police officer.

“The escort was a way to recognize Nathanial for the tremendous courage he has shown during his life, and as a way to take the family’s mind off everything for a few minutes before they entered the hospital to begin this latest procedure,” said Randolph Police Det. Kevin Gilbert. “We have done escorts like this before and it is always easy to find officers willing to participate. We truly have an amazing network of passionate officers in this region.”

Several of the officers who participated in Wednesday’s escort were police academy classmates of Matthew Rodman, making the event all the more personal for many of them. 

The Whitman Police Department played a key role in assisting with traffic control and providing advice on the best routes to approach and leave the house for the escort.

“This entire event was a group effort between Randolph Police, Whitman Police and the surrounding agencies, and it shows that we are always willing to help a family in need,” Det. Gilbert said. “Nathaniel is a fighter, and we are confident that he will come out of this surgery in amazing shape.”

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