Annual Report

2016 Annual Report Pembroke Police Department

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen and the Citizens of Pembroke

I would like to begin the Pembroke Police 2016 Annual report as I do every year, by thanking the residents of Pembroke for their continued support of the men and women who honorably serve as members of the Pembroke Police Department.

"Police must secure the willing cooperation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public." Attributed to Sir Robert Peel, father of modern policing

Effective Community Policing is a common sense and practical idea that is accomplished when the Police and the Public together embrace the two basic elements of policing. First, the Police must be able to detect criminal activity and be vigilant on patrol to "Protect" residents from crimes and the fear of crimes while letting the Public know that they can call on their Officers for smaller issues and not just major crimes. Secondly, the Police must also "Serve" residents by being in-tune, involved and engaged with the law abiding citizens. Taking police officers out of cruisers and putting them in schools, on action committees, on bikes, ATV’s and even a boat has many potential benefits. First, Officers will engage with the majority of the residents of Pembroke and in a positive manner. Second, the relationship of trust between the public and police is expanded and enhanced creating a better level of cooperation. Third, through face to face communications, Officers will begin to find out what the real quality of the life issues are and with that knowledge they can act versus react to help solve or at least lessen some of those issues. Finally, achieving successes in problem solving, even in a small way, will empower both the police and the public to continue to use and expand this "new" model of police service. Positive contacts and positive policing are extremely beneficial to the health and well-being of our town and crucial for mental health and morale of our officers. Our annual records show another year of increased calls for emergency response with the majority our Officer’s time and efforts being directed towards handling 911 calls with little or no time left for preventative patrol. This is a result of chronic short staffing. Our present staffing level is the same as it was in the early 1990’s back when Pembroke was a much smaller town in population, traffic volume and calls for police service. Police staffing must be increased in order for our Town to develop and maintain that strong relationship of trust between the police and the public. This Town can no longer kick the "manpower can" down the road. I have asked to hire two fulltime patrol officers in the upcoming 2018 budget. Truth be told, the Town needs to hire four to five more police officers to run a healthy Police Department. But we will take one step at a time. I ask for your continued support and look forward to a safe and healthy 2017.

I would like to personally thank and publically recognize the caring and often heroic efforts that the men and women of the Pembroke Police bring to the public each and every day. "Protect & Serve"

I would also like to thank the men and women of our Fire Department, Department of Public Works, everyone at our Town Hall, Library, Council on Aging, Housing Authority, Schools, Board of Selectmen, and other associates, both paid and volunteer who help shoulder the load with "Pembroke’s Finest"

Chief Richard D Wall

2016 was a year of losses for the Pembroke Police Department.

In January, Sergeant William Hinchey retired from active duty after 44 years with the department. Sergeant Hinchey was hired as a fulltime Patrolman on December 31, 1974. Bill was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and was a 2013 George L. Hanna Medal of Valor Award recipient.

In 2016, Pembroke Police responded to 50 calls of persons overdosed on drugs. Our officers performed CPR and rescue breathing in over 15 cases and patrol officers assisted our dedicated and professional Paramedics of the Pembroke Fire Department in administering NARCAN in 23 cases where many lives were saved as a result. Heroin, Fentanyl and other Opioids use is at an epidemic level. We can attribute at least 8 lives lost to opioid overdoses in Pembroke last year and many, many more families were shattered by addictions. To address the Opioid issue, Pembroke Police has joined with other Plymouth County Police Departments and partnered with area hospitals, including Pembroke Hospital, clinics, recovery centers and support groups in Project Outreach. The program offers a bi-weekly drop in center to provide addicts and families support, counseling and treatment options. Pembroke Police and a treatment specialist do next day follow up home visits to victims of overdose to offer them immediate treatment. Plymouth Police piloted the program last year and have experienced an 80% success rate.

2016 was a year of gains for the Pembroke Police Department.

In January, Lieutenant Richard G MacDonald assumed his new role as Operations Lieutenant for the Department. Lt MacDonald is the Officer in Charge of Patrol, Traffic, Special/Auxiliary Officers and special events. Lt MacDonald will bring back our Citizen’s Police Academy in the spring of 2017.

In March, Officers Karl Gumpright and Officer David F Clauss Jr graduated from the MPTC Randolph Police Academy. Both Officers completed Field Training and were assigned regular patrol shifts in May.

In May, Sergeant Thomas Baragwanath and Sergeant Paul Joudrey assumed their new roles as shift commanders. These experienced patrol officers topped the 2015 Civil Service Sergeants examination. They bring new ideas, energy and commitment to our patrol force.

Also in May, Town Meeting voters approved funding an article for a SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER. While this article was proposed by the Police it was unanimously supported by the School Committee, the Board of Selectman and by Town meeting voters. The funding supported hiring an additional officer to attend the August Police Academy so that in January 2017 after winter break the selected SRO can begin fulltime duties between the High School and Middle School campuses.

Again in May, Eagle Scout Candidate Patrick Spring led a Prescription Drug Take Back day at the Council on Aging and collected over 100lbs of unwanted/unused drugs. Patrick also produced a RX Drug Take Back public service video that can be seen on our department website @

In June, Sergeant Ted Cain, Officer Brian Morgan, Officer Ryan Botto and Officer Gregory Burns (ret) received the MPTC CPR/First Responder Recognition Award presented at Bentley College by the State Advisory Committee and the Executive Office of Public Safety for their lifesaving actions in 2014.

Also in June, Eagle Scout Candidate Jacob Gallinger chose the renovation of the Police Station lobby as his Eagle Project. Jacob provided the paint, new picture frame, a custom "PPD" welcome mat, several well organized painting crews and a lot of elbow grease to make our lobby a clean and welcome place. Jacob completed the project in October.

In August, Officer Colby Tyler was selected to attend a six month comprehensive Police Training at the Municipal Police Training Academy in Randolph with an anticipated January 2017 graduation date. Officer Tyler has been a Permanent Intermittent Officer for the past two years and has already completed his Field Training Program and worked regular scheduled patrol shifts and outside details.

Also in August, full and part time police officers took part in a two day ACTIVE SHOOTER training at the Pembroke High School Campus. The training also included 12 new tactical vests and helmets purchased through a $50,000 State initiative sponsored by Representative Josh Cutler and Senator Vin DeMacedo. In addition to the training the Pembroke Fire Department instructed officers on the proper use of newly issued combat Quick-Clot and Tourniquets that were also made available by this bill.

Pembroke Police has seven officers assigned to the South Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC). Officers train and deploy on a Tactical Swat Team, a Search and Rescue Team and a Motorcycle Operations Unit. Pembroke also has officers continuing to work with the District Attorney’s Office "Safety First" domestic violence program and the District Attorney’s Community Based Juvenile Justice Program.

Pembroke Police Detectives continue to work with members of the Old Colony Anti-Crime Police Task Force (OCPAC) as a combined resource of area departments in response to drug trafficking and the crimes that result from drugs. The opiate drug problem in Pembroke has reached a crisis level. While Pembroke Police Detectives and the Old Colony Anti-Crime Police Task Force have worked diligently to make arrests and get drugs off our streets we still need to better educate and prepare our children. Have that talk with your kids now. Get involved with Pembroke Titans Against Drugs (PTAD)

At home you can inventory your medicine cabinet and safely get rid of any unused or unwanted prescription medications by depositing them in the green RX DROP BOX in the police station lobby. In 2016 residents deposited another 400+ pounds of unwanted medication to be safely destroyed.

During the past year the Pembroke Police answered 14,567 calls incidents/calls for service, and increase of over 2,500 from last year. There were 1,271 offenses submitted to the State and Federal incident based tracking system with 270 of those being felonies. The Pembroke Police conducted 945 investigations of crime or other incidents. As a result, the Pembroke Police made 279 adult arrests and there were an additional 55 adults placed in Protective Custody in 2016. Our records indicate that alcohol and drugs was a contributing factor in the majority of arrests with 46 of the above arrests being for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs. In addition to charges filed during arrests Pembroke Police submitted an additional 257 criminal complaint applications to the Courts. There were also 4 juvenile arrests. The Pembroke Police processed and/or served 116 Abuse Protection and Harassment Orders. In 2016 the Pembroke Police responded to 458 motor vehicle crashes with 320 accidents requiring a police issued accident report and finally, in 2016 the Pembroke Police issued 1109 motor vehicle citations.

The Pembroke Police respond to calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since crime and emergencies don’t take time off to sleep, neither do we. It takes a lot of dedicated men and women to cover patrol shifts, investigations, training and special events for the Town of Pembroke. Proudly, here is your Department.

Chief Richard D Wall

Lieutenant David F Clauss Sr.                                         Lieutenant Richard G MacDonald

Sergeant David F Hurley                                                 Detective Sergeant Edward A Cain

Sergeant Wendy A LaPierre                                            Sergeant Jonathan R Simmons

Sergeant Thomas J Baragwanath                                  Sergeant Paul H Joudrey

Officer Laureen M Picariello                                           Officer James P Lanzillotta

Officer Stephen J Kirby                                                  Officer Christopher B Wyman

Officer Christopher M Horkan                                        Officer Michael J Horvath

Detective James M Burns                                              Officer Sean P Ready

Officer Brian C Morgan                                                  Officer Ryan J Botto

Officer Christopher L Moore                                          Officer Michael G Ramsey

Officer William W Marsh III                                            Officer Anthony M Anderson

Officer Kevin R Doyle                                                    Officer Mark A DiGravio

Officer William A Brennan                                             Officer Karl R Gumpright

Officer David F Clauss Jr                                              Recruit Colby M Tyler

Administrative Staff

Linda Flannery – Assistant to the Chief                        Kathryn Tierney – Secretary

Permanent Intermittent

Charles J Pierce                                                            Adam F Barrows

Thomas F Simon                                                          Mary E Simmons

Specials – Retired

Michael T Ohrenberger                                                 Edward J Flannery 

Robert H Morgan                                                          Richard C Tenore

Joseph G McCann                                                       Willard J Boulter Jr

Gregory J Burns                                                           William F Hinchey

Specials – Auxiliary

Douglas Bailey                                                             Frank Nogueira

James Boulter                                                             Willard J Boulter III

Robert Lane                                                                 James Madden

Alan Waletkus                                                             Arthur Short

Mark Shubert                                                              Robert Morrisette

Brian Cain                                                                   Michael McCarthy

John Edmonston                                                         Justin Turvey

Roy Simon