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Cambridge Police to Host Community Meetings

Get to know your local police sergeants at two community meetings.

Get to know your local police sergeants at two community meetings. Image via Instagram @CambridgePolice.

The Cambridge Police Department has announced two community meetings to discuss crime and safety concerns with neighbors. The first meeting will take place next Monday, October 21 at 7:00pm at the Peabody School in North Cambridge (70 Rindge Ave.). The second meeting is scheduled for the following evening, Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30pm at the King Open School in East Cambridge* (850 Cambridge St.).

Each meeting will be hosted by a CPD sergeant assigned to the neighborhood, so you’ll be speaking with the people who walk the beat on your street. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Dan Riviello, the CPD’s Director of Communication, at 617-349-3237 or email him at pio@cambridgepolice.org.

*Longtime Cantabrigians are well aware that “East Cambridge starts at the tracks,” and the King School is technically in the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood.

Stabbing on Hurley St., Police Seeking Information

Early this morning, Cambridge Police responded to a reported stabbing on Hurley St. near Sciarappa St. This incident appears to have occurred between two acquaintances who were involved in an argument. The victim was transported to a hospital with what the police are calling serious injuries, and a suspect has been arrested and charged. If you or anyone you know has any information on this crime, please contact the Cambridge Police Department at 617-349-3300. You can always report tips anonymously by phone, text, or email.

MIT Police Officer Shot

Tonight, a member of the MIT campus police force was shot on Vassar St. A short time ago, Middlesex Acting District Attorney Michael Pelgro and Cambridge Police Chief Robert Haas announced that the officer suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and despite the efforts of emergency responders, the officer was pronounced deceased at a local hospital.

On a day that began with our community coming together to mourn the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, it’s deeply saddening to learn of another senseless act of violence. The thoughts and prayers of the MIT and Cambridge communities are with the fallen officer and the officer’s family and friends.

An investigation is underway, and I implore anyone with information on the shooting to contact the Cambridge Police Department at 617-349-3300. You can also send anonymous tips to the CPD by phone at 617-349-3359 or by text at 847411 (for text tips, be sure to begin your message with “Tip650″). You can find the Department’s anonymous e-mail form here.

Community Meeting Recap

Last night I hosted a community meeting at the Cambridge Police Station to discuss the recent rash of armed robberies that have occurred in Cambridge and have been concentrated in the East Cambridge and Wellington-Harrington neighborhoods. The meeting was packed with at least one hundred residents, and was well attended by Cambridge Police officers and administrators, including Police Commissioner Robert Haas.

The best news that we have learned is that there have been no new incidents since the incidents that occurred over a 2-3 day span last week. Police believe that a total of five robberies in Cambridge are linked to each other, but that similar robberies have also occurred in other communities in the Boston area. While the police stressed that it is important for residents to remain alert and on guard, they believe that the pattern is moving out of Cambridge and into the surrounding area.

Even if the threat of robbery has declined, police still advised residents to familiarize themselves with what they should do if they are robbed. The most important thing is to comply completely, especially if the assailants are armed. Belongings can be replaced but your life cannot be. Do not chase after the robber when they leave.

Someone who is robbed should seek help immediately and call 911 with the closest available phone. If the police do not arrive right away, do not be alarmed and stay where you are. The first priority of responding officers will be to search the area in which you were robbed. Once a search has been conducted, police will respond to your location.

While police are currently reluctant to release specifics about their investigation, they have said that they have a number of leads that they are investigating. They do not believe the suspects are Cambridge residents and have said that the suspects have been changing the vehicle that they use as a getaway.

In order to prevent additional robberies, the Cambridge Police have heavily stepped up police presence in neighborhoods where robberies have occured. A number of plain-clothes detectives are also patrolling the neighborhoods and are on the lookout for suspicious persons.

The city and the Police Department are taking this crime spree extremely seriously and are doing everything possible to prevent future incidents from occurring and to bring the perpetrators of last week’s crimes to justice. If you believe that you have information that may aid police in their investigation of these crimes, please call 617-349-3300 or send a text to TIP411 (847411) and begin your message with “TIP650″ (no quotation marks).

Recent Robbery Spree

As many of you may know, there has been a string of armed robberies in Cambridge in recent days, with some of the robberies occurring in East Cambridge. East Cambridge is known as a safe, relatively quiet neighborhood, and to see crimes like these happen here is especially disturbing.

Here are the facts about what has happened so far: since Monday, there have been a total of 6 incidents around the city. On Monday night (October 24th), a woman was robbed of her purse on Marney Street around 8:00 p.m. Half an hour later, a delivery driver was robbed on Thorndike Street.

On Tuesday morning, there were instances of two men being held up for their cell phones and money. These incidents occurred on Chatham and Hancock Streets.

On Tuesday night, there were two more robberies within minutes of each other. At 11:45, a man was approached from behind by two assailants near the intersection of Harvard and Dana Streets. He was robbed of his cell phone, laptop, and money. Eight minutes later, another man was approached by two assailants at the intersection of Cardinal Medeiros Avenue and Marney Street and was also robbed.

Each victim reported being robbed by two black men with a handgun. None of the victims were injured.

The Cambridge police have asked residents to be alert and aware of their surroundings when walking on the street, and to walk in pairs or groups if possible. If you are walking alone, do not wear headphones as they impair your ability to be alert and aware. If you feel that you are being followed, show that you are suspicious by turning to look at the person you believe to be following you. This shows that you are alert and will not be taken by surprise. If you are being followed by a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction.

Most importantly, if you are approached by a robber, DO NOT RESIST, especially if the robber is armed. Belongings can be replaced. Human life cannot. If you are robbed, try to remember details about the assailants, such as height, age, race, and any identifying marks, scars, or tattoos so that you may relay them to the police.

At this time, the Cambridge Police are actively following a number of leads on these incidents. CPD is developing a plan for increasing patrols in neighborhoods in which these robberies have occurred, and a team of detectives has been dedicated to these cases.

I am in the process of planning a community meeting to take place some time next week in order to relay information to residents and discuss the community and police response to these crimes. Please check back here for information about the time and date.

City of Cambridge Seeks Members for Police Review and Advisory Board

The City of Cambridge is seeking members for its civilian Police Review and Advisory board, which is responsible for providing a means for citizen participation in the review of the policies of the Cambridge Police Department and the investigation of complaints. Please see below for more information about the board and how to apply:

The City of Cambridge is seeking residents interested in serving as members of the Police Review & Advisory Board. The Board generally meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.

The Police Review & Advisory Board was established by City Ordinance in 1984 to:

• Provide for citizen participation in reviewing Police Department policies, practices, and procedures;
• Provide a prompt, impartial, and fair investigation of complaints brought by individuals against members of the Cambridge Police Department; and
• Develop programs and strategies to promote positive police/community relations and provide opportunities for expanded discussions, improved understanding, and innovative ways of resolving differences.

The Board consists of five civilians who are representative of the City’s racial, social, and economic composition. Board Members must: possess a reputation for fairness, integrity and responsibility; have demonstrated an active interest in public affairs and service; and be a resident of the City of Cambridge. For more information about the Board, see its web page at www.cambridgema.gov/prab.

Board Members serve as volunteers without compensation and assist in education and outreach to improve community confidence in city government in general, and to strengthen police/community relations.

A letter of interest with a brief résumé should be sent via e-mail, mail or fax by Friday, September 23, 2011 to:

Robert W. Healy, City Manager
City of Cambridge
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA  02139
Ph. 617-349-4300
Fax 617-349-4307
E-mail: citymanager@cambridgema.gov

Reminder: Community Meeting Tonight at Police Station

This is a friendly reminder that I will be hosting a community meeting along with the Cambridge Police tonight at the Healey Public Safety Building. There has been an increase in housebreaks in East Cambridge in recent weeks, and it is my hope that this meeting will serve to update residents on what is known and what is being done about the break-ins. Break-in prevention tips will also be discussed.

Please join us Tuesday, August 16th at 6 p.m. (tonight) in the first floor community room at the police station (125 6th Street).

For more information, please see this alert from the Cambridge Police.

Community Meeting to be Held to Discuss Increase in Housebreaks

In light of the recent uptick in housebreaks in the East Cambridge area, I will be hosting a community meeting along with the Cambridge Police at the Healey Public Safety Building to discuss tips for preventing break-ins and to update residents with the latest information from CPD.

Please join us on Tuesday, August 16th at 6 p.m. in the first floor community room at the police station (125 6th Street).

For more information, please see last week’s alert from the Cambridge Police.