Email this morning from the Superintendent and Police Chief to school families –
Dear Medfield Families,
The Medfield Police Department received a phone call this morning that referred to a possible violent act at Medfield High School. The Medfield Police responded immediately, assessed the situation, and determined it was a hoax. All of our students and staff are safe. Many area communities received the same “swatting call” this morning. The purpose of these phone calls is to disrupt the school day with threats of violence while tying up local law enforcement. The Medfield Police did not recommend a “lockdown” at Medfield High School based on the information from multiple area police departments that received this same swatting call earlier than Medfield.
The Medfield Police and Medfield Public Schools are always in constant communication and have a collaborative approach to ensure the safety and well-being of all students and staff. We remain committed to working together to provide a safe, secure, and comfortable learning environment for all students.
Posted onNovember 3, 2021|Comments Off on Public Safety personnel honored with Life Saving Medals
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.
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Email today from Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler, also sharing the Eversource storm update –
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
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.
Posted onMay 6, 2021|Comments Off on Missing Person – Elm Street area
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.
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.
Posted onJune 19, 2020|Comments Off on 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.
Local police recruits learning new lessons in era of reform
Local police recruits learning new lessons in era of reform
“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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