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Suspect Sought in Two Separate Indecent Assaults on Women

The following press release is from the City of Cambridge Police Department. – Tim

suspect_cpdCAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 20, 2014 – The Cambridge Police Department is seeking the cooperation of its residents in identifying a suspect who potentially matches the description provided in two indecent assaults that took place within the last week.

At approximately 11:34 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, the Cambridge Police responded to a report of a female who was indecently assaulted by a male at the intersection of Cambridge Street and Ellsworth Avenue. The suspect, described as a dark skinned male approximately 18-25 years old wearing a bright red t-shirt with dark shorts, was riding a bicycle and had a black backpack. He approached the female and indecently grabbed her from behind. He fled and the victim then contacted the police. Police units conducted a thorough search of the area, but the suspect has not been located at this time. The bike was taken into custody for evidence and a sketch of the suspect (see left) has been released.

Cambridge Police believe the Cambridge Street/Ellsworth Avenue indecent assault is possibly related to a similar incident that occurred at approximately 11 p.m. on June 14 at Harvard Street. A female was walking down Harvard Street near the intersection of Inman Street when two males on bicycles approached her and one indecently grabbed her from behind. The suspect was described as a male, approximately 18-25 years old with dark curly hair, a light colored t-shirt and dark shorts. Both males fled down Harvard Street toward Harvard Square. Police units thoroughly searched the area, but the suspects were not located.

The investigation into these incidents is ongoing. As always, we urge residents, particularly women, who may be walking alone at night, to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings. For your safety, you should try to remain on well-lit routes and avoid wearing headphones or ear buds. Keep your cell phone readily available, but avoid distracting phone calls. If you suspect you are being followed, head for a store or building that you know to be open. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable about someone near you, head for a populated area and call 911 immediately. Additionally, street safety tips are available online at http://www.cambridgema.gov/cpd/communityresources/CrimePrevention/streetsafety.aspx.

Anyone with information about these incidents or the identification of the possible suspects are asked to contact the Cambridge Police at 617-349-3300. Those wishing to share information anonymously may call our Anonymous Crime Tip Hotline at 617-349-3359 or text anonymous tips to 847411. Begin your text with TIP650 and then type your message.

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MassDOT announce High School Video Contest to promote “Safe Streets. Smart Trips.” Initiative

MassDOT Secretary and CEO, Richard A. Davey announced a statewide high school video contest to promote the Safe Streets. Smart Trips. initiative at an event on Thursday, May 15h at Somerville High School. The initiative is a multiagency and multidisciplinary effort within the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Awareness and Enforcement Program, and part of the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan to promote safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors within the Commonwealth.

MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard Davey announces "Safe Streets. Smart Trips." Video Contest

MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard Davey announces “Safe Streets. Smart Trips.” Video Contest on Thursday, May 15.

The video contest is open to all high school students across the Commonwealth. Contest rules and guidelines will be sent to high school principals and can also be found here.  A grand prize and runner-up winner will be chosen in October, 2014 and their contributions will be premiered at MassDOT’s annual active transportation conference, Moving Together. The grand prize winner will receive an iPad, a $300 cash prize, and a prize packet of sponsor prizes, while the runner-up winner will receive an iPad and a prize packet of sponsor prizes.

The contest is designed to raise awareness of each traveler’s behavior within the transportation system. In order to prevent accidents on our roadways, drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians must exercise care and caution for one another. The contest will also draw on the benefits of healthy and active transportation options.

For more information about the 2014 Moving Together healthy transportation conference, please visit this link.

2014 Fire Hydrant Flushing

The following announcement is from The Cambridge Water and Fire Departments. – Tim

THE CAMBRIDGE WATER AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS WILL BE CONDUCTING ANNUAL FIRE HYDRANT MAINTENANCE AND FLOW TESTS BETWEEN APRIL 28 AND JUNE 20, 2014

Maintenance and testing will be conducted between the hours of 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Hydrant testing is performed to ensure operability and to identify and repair those hydrants requiring maintenance. In addition to hydrant testing, crews will be performing water main flushing. Approximately 25 hydrants will be tested in each area, each day.

Hydrant testing may disturb the sediment that naturally occurs in the water piping system. Water from your faucets and toilet may appear rust colored from this disturbance. Rust discoloration may last for several hours after the tests have been completed. Discolored water does not usually present a health hazard, however; the Water Department recommends that anyone who has doubts about the rust colored water should not drink it. You may wish to store tap water or two-gallon containers in your refrigerator for the day of the test.

We also suggest that the residents check their water before doing laundry because the discolored water may stain your clothes. If your laundry is stained, the Water Department will provide you with a wash additive to remove the stains.

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If you would like to know when the hydrants are being tested in your neighborhood, please review their schedule here. You can also follow the Cambridge Water Department on Twitter and Facebook, or call the Cambridge Fire Department at 617-349-4921 between 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM for daily test locations. If you have any questions on water quality, please call Mr. Ed Dowling, Laboratory Manager, Cambridge Water Department, (617) 349-4780.

Tim

Citizen Alert – Cambridge Police to Offer Free Self-Defense Courses for Women

The following is a citizen alert from the Cambridge Police Department (CPD). Starting May 15, the CPD will offer free Self-Defense courses to any woman Cambridge residents or women that work in the City of Cambridge – Tim

Cambridge, Mass., May 6, 2014 –To increase the safety of the general public, the Cambridge Police Department will be holding a series of self-defense classes in May and early June.

Beginning on Thursday, May 15, 2014, self-defense classes will be held on four consecutive weeks (the other dates are Sunday, May 25, Thursday, May 29 and Thursday, June 5) and are offered FREE to any female Cambridge residents or women that work in the City of Cambridge. The classes will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. at the Baldwin School Gymnasium located at 28 Sacramento Street in Cambridge.

Space is limited, and anyone interested should contact the Cambridge Police Department’s Community Relations Unit at 617-349-3236 for more information and to reserve their spot.
The Cambridge Police Department’s Self-Defense Program is a comprehensive course for women, which begins with information about awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, before progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training.

For more information, follow @CambridgePolice on Twitter, or access the department’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CambridgePolice.

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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.

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

Hurricane Preparedness

While there is still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the precise track that Hurricane Irene will take as it nears the East Coast, now is the best time for New Englanders to begin preparing for the possibility of severe weather. With the storm still roughly four days away, there is plenty of time to safely and thoroughly prepare using the tips below from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Think about the supplies you will need for a basic emergency kit. These will include:

  • Water: one gallon per person per day for three days is the recommended quantity.
  • Food: three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Radio: battery powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio for receiving weather alerts, along with extra batteries for both.
  • Flashlight: make sure to have extra batteries for the flashlight as well.
  • First Aid Kit: your first aid kit should include two pairs of latex or sterile gloves, sterile wound dressings, a cleansing agent and antibiotic towelettes, burn ointment, adhesive bandages, eye wash solution, a thermometer, any medication prescribed to you and your family members that you take every day, such as insulin, heart medicine, and inhalers, as well as any prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment. Tweezers and scissors may also be helpful to have on hand.
  • Whistle: to signal for help.
  • Sanitation: moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties.
  • Can opener
  • A map
  • Cell phone: extra batteries and a solar or inverter charger should also be considered.

Other items to consider:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and water for your pet
  • Cash and travelers checks
  • Important financial documents, insurance policies, passports and identification, immigration documents, and bank account records stored in a portable and waterproof container.
  • Emergency reference materials, such as a first aid manual
  • A sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and sturdy shoes
  • Chlorine bleach and a medicine dropper. Add 16 drops of bleach to a gallon of water to create a disinfectant.
  • Matches in a waterproof container.
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene products
  • Mess kits and paper towels
  • Paper and pencils
  • Books, games, puzzles, and other activities for children  

Should hurricane conditions be expected by the National Weather Service, prepare your home and property:

    • Take in bikes, lawn chairs, tables, and other items from yards and decks, as they could be picked up by strong gusts of wind.
    • Close all windows, doors, and storm shutters. If forecasts show that hurricane-force winds may strike the area, it is recommended that you cover windows with plywood.
    • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings and keep them closed as much as possible to keep air cold in case the power goes out.
    • Make sure your car has a full tank of gas.

    Please pay close attention to news and weather reports in the coming days. Staying informed is one of the best ways to be prepared and stay safe.

    Public Safety Committee Meeting

    Wednesday January 21, 2009 @ 6pm in the Sullivan Chamber (Cambridge City Hall).

    The Public Safety Committee will be having a public meeting to hear an update from the Police Commissioner on recent crime trends, and also to discuss the Hazard Mitigation Plan with the Commissioner of Public Works.

    Please join us and share your thoughts.

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