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Posted By Winchester Police on January 24th, 2017

A Message from the Winchester Police Department Distributed by: John Guilfoil Public Relations JGPR.net | 617-993-0003 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 *Joint Press Release* Winchester Police Arrest Massage Therapist on Multiple Counts of Indecent Assault and Battery Police Asking Any Other Potential Victims to Come Forward Alexander Osher   WINCHESTER – Winchester Chief […]

 

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Business and Residence Database

Posted By Winchester Police on May 31st, 2017

The Winchester Police Department is currently updating its business/residence database. The information you provide will be used as contact information in case of an emergency (alarm, fire, break-in, etc.) during or after business hours. This form can be scanned and faxed or emailed to Chief Dispatcher Keith Wallenstein at kwallenstein@winchesterpd.org. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Business / Residence Database form

Important Springtime Information for All Winchester Families – Press Release

Posted By Winchester Police on May 16th, 2017

WINCHESTER — With the days lasting longer and springtime activities revving up, the Winchester Police Department and the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community would like to share some helpful information for families and students.

We are now less than a month and a half away from the end of the school year, and with the longer days and nicer weather, it is our sincere hope that Winchester youth will take advantage of the many resources available. It is a proven fact that organized sports and structured activities reduce risky behavior, and Winchester has terrific programs available.

Families can play an active role in keeping their children safe by setting expectations early and having pre-prom and pre-graduation talks. Encourage your children to have fun, but know their plans and itineraries. Know where they will be at all times and make sure there will be adult supervision and that you have contact numbers for the adults in charge.

Whether it’s prom night or a weekend away for mom and dad, make sure your children understand not only your rules, but the law as well. Make sure they knew that you, as the homeowner, can be criminally charged for underage drinking parties or other activities that occur at your home.

This weekend is the annual En Ka Fair, which youths see as a rite of passage. Our best advice, as always, is to make sure your kids have the knowledge and resources to stay safe. Do your kids have a curfew? How are they getting home? What time are they being picked up? Who will they be hanging out with? Have a plan, and execute it.

The Winchester High School graduation will take place on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Manchester Field at 4 p.m.

Students, please remember:

* Don’t feel pressured to drink or use drugs. The penalty for a person under 21 years old who possesses alcohol can face a number of sanctions, including criminal prosecution and/or loss of their driver’s license. It is also against the law for minors to possess, buy, sell, or use marijuana.

* Never get in a car with anyone who has been drinking or is under the influence of drugs.

* Respect yourself and others. Know your boundaries and don’t hesitate to call 911 if you or someone you know is a threat to their own safety or the safety of others.

Parents and guardians can help their students celebrate appropriately:

* Know your teenagers’ plans. Find out where your student is going, who they’re with and what they’ll be doing. Make sure all parties are supervised and that you and the responsible adults share the same expectations about party behavior. Offer to drive your teenager to and from parties.

* Set firm guidelines and expectations for post-ceremony celebrations. Establish a reasonable curfew and check-in periodically. Include consequences for breaking the rules in your discussion.

* If you’re hosting the party, provide non-alcoholic beverages and do not tolerate alcohol or drugs on your property. Keep alcohol at home in a locked cabinet. Under the Social Host Law, parents can be criminally and civilly liable if they allow underage drinking to occur in their homes.

* Keep an eye out for students bringing in backpacks or large purses and unsealed drink bottles, which could be used to conceal alcohol. Put guests’ belongings in a room and watch out for those who may be going into their bags to retrieve alcohol or drugs that could have slipped past you at the door.

* Party crashers should be turned away, as the greater the number of guests at your residence, the harder it will be to maintain a controlled environment.

* At the same time, if an invited guest arrives intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, be prepared to call the person’s parents and/or the police. Alert adults to your rules before the celebration so they are aware of the consequences if their teen becomes a problem.

Above all else, the Winchester Police Department is a resource to you, and we exist to help you. If a celebration gets out of hand, or unwanted guests refuse to leave, or you just have concerns, call 911. It is better to work with us at the onset.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the Winchester Police Department at 781-729-1214 or School Resource Officer Sgt. Dan Perenick at 781-721-7020 ext. 4111 for more information or assistance at any time.

Have a safe and happy springtime!

 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003<tel:617-993-0003>
Email: john@jgpr.net

Medication Take Back Program

Posted By Winchester Police on April 25th, 2017

The Medication Take Back program, sponsored by the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community, the Winchester Police Department and the US Drug Enforcement Administration will take place on Saturday April 29th from 9 AM-1 PM just outside the gates of the Transfer Station.  Please turn in any unused or expired medications and prescriptions from your homes on this date.  Needles will also be collected at this time.  Please bring needles either in a Sharp’s container or any sealed, hard sided plastic container.

The event is free of charge.

Please keep in mind that the Winchester Police Department has two kiosks in our front lobby in case people can not make it to the event.

Finally, we are piloting a new program this year and partnering with the Coalition for a Safer Community and the Jenk’s Senior Center and providing sealable plastic bags to our senior citizens in the community who can not get out to drop off their medications.  Bags will be distributed by the Jenks Center and collected by Sgt. Perenick and a second officer in a timely manner.  All inquiries should be directed to the Jenks Center at 781-721-7136.  The Jenks Center has the bags and a sign up list.

**The Police Department is not involved in signing people up or giving out bags**

Any further questions, please contact Sgt. Perenick

Winter Parking Ban

Posted By Winchester Police on December 6th, 2016

The Winter Parking Ban is an effect.  Vehicles parked on the street between 1:00 AM and 7:00 AM are subject to fines.  Any vehicles parked on the street during a snow emergency may be fined and towed.

For residents who live in or around the center of town, vehicles can be parked, overnight, in the Jenks lot and in the non metered spaces on Aberjona Drive.  Those vehicles MUST be moved prior to businesses opening in the morning.

#GOTDRUGS – Safe Disposal Day

Posted By Winchester Police on October 5th, 2016

Protect Yourself. Protect Others.
Safe Options for Medication and Needle Disposal

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Tent outside the Transfer Station
15 McKay Ave, Winchester

The Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community
#saferwinchester

Teen Technology Use – A WHS Class of 2019 & Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community Sponsored Event

Posted By Winchester Police on October 3rd, 2016

WHS Class of 2019 Joins the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community in sponsoring

DINNER & DISCUSSION

Teen Technology Use:

Screenagers

How much is too much?

Join us for dinner, viewing of the film “SCREENAGERS” and panel discussion on the impact technology-use has on teens and families.

WHEN: Thursday, October 13 6:00-8:30 PM

WHERE: WHS Dining Commons and Auditorium

WHO:  Parents and Teens *recommended grades 5 and up

DONATION: $15 – $20 at the door      Payable to: Class of 2019

 

RSVP: by October 6th to Amber Haines ahaines@winchesterps.org

Class Advisor & WHS Adjustment Counselor

Winchester PD undercover investigation leads to Fargo man’s guilty plea after luring a minor

Posted By Winchester Police on April 12th, 2016

From WDAY 6 News, Fargo North Dakota.

FARGO—A Fargo man pleaded guilty Monday, April 4, in Cass County District Court to a charge of luring a minor by computer.

James L. Thompson, who was 34 when he was charged last fall, admitted to using a messaging app to send a photo of his genitals to a police investigator posing as an 11-year-old girl.

According to court documents, the case began when the father of a girl in Winchester, Mass., contacted police about suspicious messages his daughter was getting.

A police investigator began communicating with Thompson using the girl’s phone, and Thompson unknowingly sent a photo of his genitals to the investigator in August 2014.

In return for the guilty plea other charges pending against Thompson are being dismissed.

A presentence investigation has been ordered for Thompson, who has been a registered offender against children since 2007.

JAMES THOMPSON

http://www.wday.com/news/north-dakota/4001582-fargo-man-pleads-guilty-luring-minor

http://www.inforum.com/news/3887826-police-fargo-man-used-social-messaging-app-send-explicit-photo-11-year-olds-phone

Winter Parking Ban – UPDATED

Posted By Winchester Police on December 6th, 2015

The Winter Parking Ban is an effect.  Vehicles parked on the street between 1:00 AM and 7:00 AM are subject to fines.  Any vehicles parked on the street during a snow emergency may be fined and towed.

For residents who live in or around the center of town, vehicles can be parked, overnight, in the Jenks lot and in the non metered spaces on Aberjona Drive.  Those vehicles MUST be moved prior to businesses opening in the morning.

Concerned that your child is smoking pot?

Posted By Winchester Police on November 3rd, 2015

Concerned that your child is smoking pot?
Worried that he or she might start? Think that
marijuana is safer than alcohol?

marijuana concern


Regardless of where you stand on legalization,

understand the documented risks marijuana poses to teenagers.

Please join the Coalition for a Safer Community on Monday, November 9,
2015 at 7 p.m. at the Griffin Museum of Photography for a presentation of the
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ Marijuana Talk Kit:
What You Need to Know to Talk With Your Kids About Marijuana.

We will discuss the new challenges families face with their teens
around the topic of marijuana:
• Marijuana facts that might surprise you
• Why marijuana is particularly risky for teens
• What you should – and shouldn’t say – when talking with your teen
• How to respond to your teen’s questions and arguments
• Resources to help
RSVP to Dot Butler at butlermaild@gmail.com so we can plan for seating.

Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community

Hidden in Plain Sight

Posted By Winchester Police on October 26th, 2015

A community drop-in program to raise awareness of substance abuse warnings.

Open to 21+

Hidden in Plain Sight

Do you know what’s in your teen’s room?

This interactive exhibit will open your eyes!

Learn how to identify risky behavior

Join us to explore the room, ask questions and be challenged.

Winchester Room, Town Hall

Tuesday, October 27 through Friday, November, 6

11/2 8 AM – 11 AM
11/3 7 PM – 9 PM
11/4 11 AM – 2 PM
11/5 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
11/6 8 AM – 10 AM

Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community

Photo credit: Akron Children’s Hospital