Somerville Police Department
220 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(In Union Square)
East Substation: 81 Broadway
West Substation: 1114 Broadway

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Season for Holiday Scams

Protect Yourself Against Online Scams

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SOMERVILLE, MA-- With everyone starting their holiday shopping for their family, it's definitely the best time for shoppers to be more vigilant of scams. Criminals know that sometimes shopping online is the best way to steal unsuspecting shoppers of their money and personal information. These criminals can be very creative and their efforts to obtain your money and personal information can result in devastating outcomes for families. Don't become a victim.

The FBI Office of Public Affairs states that "if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is." Online Shopping Scams are happening more frequently especially around the holidays. Scheming companies may offer brand name items for extremely low prices or promise gift cards as an incentive to buy the items. Other sites might offer products at a great price, but the products being sold are not the same as advertised.
Stay away from un-trusted sites or ads as well as phishing e-mails and third-party merchants. In addition, do not open unsolicited emails and never click on any links in those e-mails.

But, what are phishing e-mails?
These emails will typically direct you to visit a website where they ask you to update your personal information, like password, credit card, social security, or bank account numbers. These phishing e-mails may claim to be the legitimate companies you deal with on a regular basis, so be very careful.
I. Stay away from those emails that suggest you change your password via an email link.
II. Do not update any information in the email.
III. Make sure you place those unwanted emails into your Spam folder and Block the Sender


If you find yourself receiving items purchased from third-party marketplaces, be vigilant. This may mean it was possibly purchased using a stolen credit card number or stolen rewards points and then shipped to you. If believe you have been victimized, contact your financial institution immediately upon suspecting or discovering a fraudulent activity. Request your bank contacts the financial institution where the fraudulent transfer was sent. Next, contact your local police and finally, file a complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov, regardless of how much you've lost. Make sure you provide all relevant information in your complaint.

 

Mindfulness Based Resiliency Training

The Somerville Police Department will start their Mindfulness Based Resiliency Training November 17 & 18, 2016. 

The role and nature of policing is often stressful, whether the stress is brought on by witnessed trauma or organizational stress it can affect our wellbeing. We know that long-term chronic stress has biological and psychological consequences that reduce our capacity to process new information and make effective decisions. Research has shown us that although external factors play a role, stress is actually a perceived, internal process.

 

The Military implemented a pilot study called M-Fit (Mindfulness Based Mind Fitness Training.) The goal of the program was to improve operational effectiveness and build soldiers resilience to the stressors of deployment. Since this study, there have been a number of studies that confirm the benefits of mindfulness in increasing situational awareness, mental agility and adaptability. 

 

We have planned a training session that will provide an overview and introduction to Mindfulness Based practices that we hope will improve our resiliency and health as well as organizational health and performance. As reported in the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, "the wellness and safety of law enforcement officers is critical not only to themselves, their colleagues, and their agencies but also to public safety." Dr. Laurence Miller a member of task force pointed out the importance of taking care of an officer's most important resource, their brains. Below you can view a brief overview of both presentations. 

 

Goerling2Lt. Richard Goerling, Hillsboro Police Department, Hillsboro Oregon - Richard is a nationally recognized speaker on Mindfulness in Police work, speaking on the Warrior Ethos and Mindfulness training. Lt. Goerling will present the science behind Mindfulness, use case examples to demonstrate relevance to law enforcement connecting it to performance and then provide a mini immersion in mindfulness based practice. 

 

JaniceJanice McCarthy COPPS (Care of Police Suicide Survivors) - Janice is the spouse of an officer who died by suicide. She will discuss the real risk of Officer Suicide and the importance of proactively addressing stress prevention strategies. 

 

McQuestion Award 2016

SOMERVILLE, MA-- It is with great pleasure that we annouce this year's McQuestion Award Recipients. On Saturday, November 12, 2016, Officer Tyler Sousa was awarded for his involvement in the incident de-escalation and disarming of a mentally disturbed man with a box cutter at Home Depot. 

Officers Alan Monaco and Robert Hartsgrove were also awarded for their involvement in the de-escalation and disarming of a mentally disturbed woman with a knife. 

Christine Bork, who was also awarded the Beyond the Call of Duty Award this June is also this year's Alexander McQuestion Award recipient for her selfless act of kindness toward a homeless man at Assembly Row. 

Congratulations to these great Officers! Their training and caring hearts demonstrate our Department's commitment to our community. 

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(From the Left: Chief David Fallon, Officers Alan Monaco,

Tyler Sousa & Deputy Chief Stephen Carrabino)

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(From the Left: Deputy Chief Stephen Carrabino,

Officer Christine Bork, & Chief David Fallon)

 
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