Category Archives: Police Department

SB Press Release on MPD

Board of Selectmen
Gustave H. Murby, Chair
Osler L. Peterson, Clerk
Eileen M. Murphy, Member
TOWN OF MEDFIELD
Office of the
BOARD OF SELECTMEN
TOWN HOUSE, 459 MAIN STREET
MEDFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS 02052-0315
(508) 906-3012 (phone)
(508) 359-6182 (fax)
Kristine Trierweiler
Town Administrator
Nicholas Milano
Assistant Town Administrator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Kristine Trierweiler
ktrierweiler@medfield.net
Board of Selectmen Statement Regarding Medfield Police Department
In recent weeks, there has been public discussion surrounding the Medfield Police Department and
concerns about the level of staffing. While the Town is unable to share confidential personnel information
due to laws governing employee privacy, there are some facts that the Town can share in order to provide
important and accurate context to the situation.
Since March, there has been an ongoing Internal Affairs investigation into allegations of serious misconduct
by multiple Medfield Police Officers. These allegations include officers intentionally sleeping on duty for
several hours (at times exceeding five hours of a regularly scheduled eight-hour shift) on a regular basis.
When Chief Guerette became aware of these allegations, the Town engaged an independent investigator to
conduct a thorough investigation. Two Medfield Police Officers were immediately placed on paid
administrative leave and currently remain on leave. A number of police personnel resigned following the
initiation of this investigation.
While the investigation is ongoing, it has already revealed a consistent pattern of officer inactivity during the
midnight shift. This inactivity has been revealed to be conduct of intentionally sleeping on duty or
concealing themselves in or around the station for the purposes of intentionally avoiding active patrols.
The union calls this “reactive policing” and is condoning this behavior. The Town and the Chief believe in
the value of proactive policing. Patrolling our streets, protecting our homes, stopping drunk drivers, and
preventing local businesses from being broken into overnight is the standard of safety that Medfield
residents deserve. The actions of the union make it clear that they do not share our values of proactive
policing.
Medfield Police Officers are expected to perform their duties regardless of which shift they work. However,
the union believes that it is a “change in working conditions” for the midnight shift to be expected to
actively patrol during the
and the residents of Medfield should expect that all of our police officers are engaged in active patrols
during all shifts.
One of the core principles of the Medfield Police Department is our commitment to proactive community
policing. Long, consistent periods of inactivity do not meet the standard of service that the Chief requires
and that the citizens of Medfield deserve.
The Town would also like to address the public discussion regarding perceived forced overtime issues and
vacancies within the Police Department. Police departments must maintain certain levels of staffing for
each shift in order to ensure they are meeting their communities’ public safety needs. As a result, vacancies
in shifts must be filled. In accordance with Medfield Police Department procedures, officers are first
offered the overtime on a voluntary basis. If all officers refuse the overtime opportunity, the Police Chief is
then forced to order an officer to cover the shift. Since beginning the narrative that officers should be
allowed to sleep on the midnight shift, the union has engaged in a concerted pattern of refusing voluntary
overtime to “create” a force. Payroll records show that Medfield police officers have worked less overtime
shifts in Fiscal Year 2022 than in any of the preceding six fiscal years. This demonstrates that the Union’s
narrative about overworked officers under Chief Guerette’s tenure is clearly false and an attempt to distract
the public from the gross misconduct of certain officers.
We are committed to providing the quality and level of service that the citizens of Medfield deserve from
their Police Department. We will take the necessary steps to ensure that actions by individual officers do not
jeopardize that quality and level of service. overnight hours. The Medfield Police Department is funded by our tax dollars

PARKING BAN

Police Department

Posted on: January 28, 2022

Emergency Parking Ban

Due to the significant snow storm, there will be an emergency parking ban effective Friday, January 28 from 11 pm through Sunday, January 30 at 11 pm.

Public Safety personnel honored with Life Saving Medals

L-R: Sgt. Conor Ashe, Off. Wayne Sallale, Off. William Bento, FF/EMTP Matthew Reinemann, FF/EMTP William DeKing, Susan Harman, Chief William Carrico

At the Select Board meeting last night Police Chief Michelle Guerette respectfully requested and the Select Board bestowed the distinguished Life Saving Medal to the following named Fire and Police personnel for their superior performance at a Motor Vehicle Collision on May 18, 2021:

Fire Captain Michael Harman (presented posthumously to his widow Susan)

FF/EMTP Matthew Reinemann

FF/EMTP William DeKing

Sergeant Conor Ashe

Officer Wayne Sallale

Officer William Bento

Chief William Carrico

A motorcyclist in a collision with a vehicle on South Street is alive today only because of the emergency medical treatment provided by these stellar Medfield Fire Department and Medfield Police Department employees, whose training, professionalism, and character operated to allow them to save a life in the most dire of circumstances.

Chief Michelle Guerette

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Email today from Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler, also sharing the Eversource storm update –

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Chief Carrico is closely monitoring the storm as Emergency Management Director. We have staffed additional public safety personnel including the DPW through Monday. 


8/22 8:30am Eversource Hurricane Henri Update

Good morning,

As of 8:30 a.m., the company does not have storm-related outages on its Massachusetts system. Eversource has crews staged throughout its service area Sunday morning in preparation for any damage caused by the high winds and heavy rain of Hurricane Henri.

The storm has changed track several times in its approach to New England and is now tracking further to the east, which could increase wind impacts in Eastern Massachusetts. Eversource is prepared to shift resources as necessary to respond to hardest-hit areas. Rainfall of 2 to 5 inches is predicted for Western Massachusetts, with up to 1½ inches forecasted for eastern areas. Peak wind gusts could reach 70 mph on the South Shore, Cape Cod and Islands; 55 mph in Boston and other areas of Eastern Massachusetts; and 45 mph in Western Massachusetts. Winds are expected to peak Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in eastern areas, and between 3 p.m. and midnight in western areas.

Missing Person – Elm Street area

Missing Person

Town of Medfield , Emergency Alerts

  • Sent 05/06/2021 13:44 EDT

The Medfield Police Department is currently looking for Evan Lautz, a 23 year old resident. He is described as a white male, brown hair, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing jeans, gray boots and a gray Northface jacket, in the area of Elm Street in Medfield. If located, please contact the Medfield Police Department at 508-359-2315.

Thank you.

MMA on reopening schools and police reform

I attended an on-line Massachusetts Municipal Association program on reopening schools and police reforms. The Massachusetts Municipal Association has now made the program available to hear, so I am sharing the link to do so, as I found it instructive.

Good Morning,

Thank you for attending last week’s MSA webinar covering reopening schools and police reform legislation. To view a recording of the webinar, please follow this link: https://www.mma.org/select-boards-discuss-school-reopening-police-reform-legislation/

Additionally, if you have not already done so, please take a few moments to complete this brief evaluation so that we can continue to develop content and trainings that are beneficial to you.

Best,

Isabelle Nichols

Member Services Coordinator 

Will Bento in TV 25 story on police academy at FSU

Medfield resident William Bento is featured in the Boston25News.com story below.  Will is enrolled in the police academy at the Fitchburg State University, and is on a list to become an officer in the Medfield Police Department.  Look carefully and you can see the MPD patch on his shoulder in this news story.

The Medfield Bento’s are a police family, as Will’s sister, Michelle Manganello, is an officer in the MPD, serving as the town’s School Resource Officer, and Will father, David Bento, is a Lieutenant on the Sherborn Police Department.

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Local police recruits learning new lessons in era of reform

Local police recruits learning new lessons in era of reform

 

FITCHBURG, Mass. — Just as police departments across the state are experiencing reform right now, so are the police academies, where future officers are learning what it takes.

Boston 25 News has been closely following recruits for months, and spent the day at the Fitchburg State Police Academy, to see how educators there are dealing with the civil unrest head-on.

The recruits recently got candid lessons from current officers on protecting and serving the community, including Harvard, Massachusetts Police Chief Edward Denmark.

“There have been times where I’ve used force in my past and a lot of that was anger,” Chief Denmark told the recruits. “I got so wrapped up in what my task was in that moment, as opposed to what my purpose was in the bigger picture.”

 

The recruits are also dissecting mistakes officers around the country have made in hopes of avoiding similar situations. For example, recruits had to write a two-page essay on what the four officers did wrong in the George Floyd incident.

“When we spend 15 weeks here, you do what you’re told here when you’re told to do it and nothing more. I think it can be challenging to get out on the street and confront a veteran officer, but those are the skills that we are learning here to be able to step up and make those tough decisions,” Medfield Police recruit William Bento told Boston 25 News reporter Wale Aliyu.

 

Fitchburg State University Police Academy has a model of training and educating the recruits simultaneously, which they say is the first in the country.

“Research has shown that educated officers have less ‘use of force’ incidents, they have less deadly force incidents, they are better problem solvers,” academy director Lisa Lane McCarty said. “To their credit, this is not a great time to be going through a police academy. And they have these faces on that say ‘they will be the change,’” she added.

 

 

In the five-year program, the 21 recruits will get a criminal justice bachelors, a master’s degree, a police certification, and first-hand lessons on the ethics and nuances of policing.

 

“They need to understand the limitations of some of the things that we have tried or even some of the things people are suggesting now,” Chief Denmark said. “How is a certification going to change the way someone feels in their heart and their mind? It’s not going to. It may help to make sure we have the right education. But at two in the morning when a fight starts in the middle of the street that doesn’t matter.”

 

Four of the recruits already have jobs waiting for them. Benjamin Torrence will be joining the short-staffed Haverhill Police Department, and says as an officer of Color, he feels the pressure to bridge the gap.

 

“I do feel the pressure, but I know I’m not alone,” Torrence said. “I’m excited, my fellow recruits are excited, to get out on the street to make a difference.”

With calls to defund, and dismantle entire departments, these recruits know their goal is to provide change, one interaction at a time.

 

“We want to be able to change peoples’ perspective if they have a negative outlook on this job,” Bento said.

 

“This is all fear-driven,” said Chief Denmark. “This is cops fearing people which causes them to have heightened fear and feel they need to use force. And communities of color don’t trust the cops based on the history of this country. This goes far beyond policing so they’re afraid.”

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Chief Guerette’s statement

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An appreciation of our town employees

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An appreciation for a job well done

I have been thinking this morning about the Town of Medfield employees who provide we residents with the services that allow our lives to continue with as much semblance of normalcy as possible at all times, but most especially in these truly unsettling circumstances we are currently experiencing. Our water goes on, public safety continues to serve us, the Transfer Station even added Sunday openings, and all the town government systems continue to function, if behind a digital curtain, all so that we residents can continue our lives.

The town employees are providing essential services, so while they likely share the same unease that envelopes us all, they continue to work their jobs.  I wanted to publicly share with the Town of Medfield employees my sincere appreciation for their efforts  and to thank them.

I am extremely appreciative of what all the town employees are doing now, working under difficult circumstances – I want to let them all know just how much this one resident, one who tries hard to observe closely the functioning of the town government so as to understand it as well as possible, truly appreciates what our team of town employees are accomplishing for we residents.

Extra OUI enforcement

From the Medfield Police Department –

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Public Safety Announcement.

MPD will have additional officers scheduled New Year’s Eve for OUI enforcement. Please drink responsibly and enjoy the evening safely.

Happy New Year