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Ariel CollazoThis Beyond The Call Of Duty Award is based on Ariel's unyielding effort to identify a suspect who committed an armed robbery at Kay Jewelers on August 30, 2018.

At 2:27 p.m., a suspect walked in to Kay Jewelers disguised with a ball cap pulled low on his brow and dark sunglasses. He walked to over to a clerk, handed him a bag, and said, "Fill it." When the clerk did not immediately respond, because he didn't understand, The suspect pointed a .45 caliber handgun at him. After filling the bag with expensive jewelry, the clerk was ordered to the floor, after which, the suspect fled.

Multiple units responded to search the area, but the suspect was able to escape. The quality of the video from Kay's was not good. In most cases, the suspect would have gotten away with the robbery, but in this case, Ariel was assigned to Assembly Row (AR).

Ariel took it upon himself to contact the security manager on-duty at AR. This person assisted Ariel in tracking the suspect's movement through the AR Complex. Ariel was able to track the suspect back twenty minutes in time where he saw him enter T.J. Maxx. T.J. Maxx captured surveillance footage of the suspect without his disguise. In addition to back-tracking the suspect's movements, Ariel tracked him forward in time to his escape on the MBTA.

With the clear photo of the suspect, his route of escape on the MBTA, the distribution of our crime bulletin to regional partners, and the media putting out the photos of the suspect, it did not take long for a positive ID.

A warrant was served on the suspect where evidence of the robbery was recovered. Thanks to Ariel's dogged-work, and keen instincts, a dangerous individual will go back to serving the rest of his life behind bars. For this, Ariel is most deserving of the Department's Beyond The Call Of Duty Award. Great job, Ariel.

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Department of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) FY2018

 

Somerville Police Department – Application to U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) FY2018 Local Solicitation program

   

The City of Somerville is eligible for a direct award of $17,797 through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) FY2018 Local Solicitation from the Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The award was determined by a formula based on population and violent crime statistics. Eligibility for this grant was determined by Uniform Crime Report data that Somerville has submitted to the FBI. The grant may be used over a two-year period. In accordance with the grant requirements, the application must be made public and an opportunity to comment on the application must be provided to citizens and neighborhood or community-based organizations, to the extent applicable law and established procedure makes such an opportunity available.

   

Funding from the Byrne JAG grant can be used to provide additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems for criminal justice to local law enforcement agencies. Somerville Police Department has submitted an application requesting funding to support their Expansion of Somerville’s Participation in COBRA (Cops on Bikes for Regional Assistance) project. The full proposal can be viewed at the following locations throughout the City:

   

·      Somerville Police Department, 220 Washington Street, information desk

 

·      Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue, 311 desk in the lobby

 

·      Somerville Public Library (contact library staff for specific location at each branch)

 

  1. o  Central Branch, 79 Highland Avenue
  2. o  East Branch, 115 Broadway
  3. o  West Branch,  40 College Avenue

   

Any feedback or comments can be submitted to Dorothy Cassesso, Financial Analyst for Somerville Police Department, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Somerville Police at the National Law Enforcement Museum

GAMESpotlight on the Somerville Police Department

The SPD is nominated to participate as one of five police agencies across the country for the National Law Enforcement Museum Five Communities Exhibition in October 2018.

The National Law Enforcement Museum recognized the Somerville Police Department and the Center for Teen Empowerment as one of five communities who is working hard to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the people it serves. The museum will open its doors to the public October 2018 in Washington DC for this temporary exhibition featuring five communities across the nation.
Somerville has been invited to see the exhibition which opens in October 2018. The museum features educational programs and an insightful look on law enforcement topics from the past, present, and future. Attendees will have an opportunity to walk through time and glimpse through the changes in law enforcement. The five communities chosen for this exhibition include Charleston, Cleveland, Dallas, Oakland, and Somerville. The Somerville Police Department is deeply honored to have been chosen to participate in this temporary exhibition. This honor would not have been possible if not for the collaboration and strong relationship the SPD have with community partners like the Center for Teen Empowerment and so many others in the City of Somerville.
This summer the Somerville Police and the Center for Teen Empowerment have teamed up again for the Walking Dialogues. The Walking Dialogues allows the SPD and Somerville Youth to walk the streets of Somerville and have community members engaged in a productive dialogue with law enforcement.

 
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