Somerville Police Department
220 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(In Union Square)
Emergency: Dial 9-1-1
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Published on Monday, 25 March 2013 19:08
Shortly after 10:30 a.m., Somerville Police responded to 60 Derby Street for a report of a breaking and entering in progress. Police officers arrived on the scene within one minute of receiving the call, and observed two suspects fleeing the area. Officers pursued on foot. After a brief struggle, the first suspect was quickly subdued and placed in custody. The second suspect was spotted by a responding detective in the area and pursued on foot to 15C Memorial Road.
Somerville Police assisted by State Police and Medford Police converged on the area and secured the perimeter. The nearby Healey School – a K-8 facility - and two day care centers were placed in external lock down, and City officials utilized Blackboard Connect mass notification systems to keep residents informed. As police began an evacuation of 15 Memorial Road, officers spotted a suspect hiding in an apartment. He was placed under arrest without incident. Two firearms which may be connected to this incident were recovered by police.
One officer was injured in apprehending the first suspect. Both suspects will be charged with Armed Home Invasion and other charges as the investigation develops. The identity of the suspects will be withheld until verified.
Published on Monday, 18 March 2013 15:47
BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD
is presented for outstanding dedication and effort for the month of March 2013 to
Robyn DeFranzo has been a dedicated and hard working member of the Somerville Police Department as an E-911 Operator for the last 16 years. Anyone who has worked in Dispatch understands that compassion and the ability to work under stress are both critical factors. Probably nothing better supports this contention then the actions of Ms. DeFranzo on the morning of February 5th, 2013 when Ms. DeFranzo received a call from an eight year old boy stating that he couldn’t wake his mom up and thought she had died. As the call was being transferred for medical dispatch, Robyn continued to monitor the call while simultaneously seeking to locate any nearby police units to respond and bring comfort to this little boy. During this time, Robyn kept the very young and scared boy calm, giving him direction to facilitate the emergency response and bringing compassion to a very unfortunate situation. This was a heart-wrenching incident which certainly struck an emotional chord with everyone involved. The display of compassion and kindness under the most stressful situations exemplifies the professionalism of Ms. DeFranzo and our 911 dispatchers. The actions taken by Ms. DeFranzo were beyond the call of duty and merit this special recognition.
Thomas Pasquarello, Chief of Police
Published on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 15:36
THE SOMERVILLE POLICE BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD
is presented for outstanding dedication and effort for the month of February 2013 to
For the last 28 years, Fred Hartsgrove has been responsible for the maintenance of the Somerville Police Department’s fleet. This in itself is a monumental challenge considering that police vehicles run 24/7 and the inventory is varied, including special operation vehicles, incident command vehicles, motorcycles, unmarked vehicles and cruisers. During the month of February, the state was struck with a blizzard of historic proportions, with nearly 30 inches of snow resulting in a declared State of Emergency. Storms of this magnitude take a toll on the police fleet, with windshield wipers, tires and headlights, among other parts being affected. To ensure that emergency vehicles were operational during this critical period, Fred remained on duty for the entire duration of the storm, from Friday through Sunday afternoon, and successfully managed to keep all our emergency vehicles operational. This is just one example of Fred’s dedication to the department and his contribution to public safety. Fred’s service merits recognition for his actions which consistently extend beyond the call of duty.
Thomas Pasquarello, Chief of Police