Category Archives: Police Department

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

Sgt. Ryan Maxfield

This tweet below from the Medfield Police Department about the appointment of Ryan Maxfield to be a Sergeant last night at the Select Board meeting. The family photo is missing his really cute older daughter, who I gave me a high five.
Eight candidates were also named to a list to be vetted for employment by the Medfield Police Department, at least two of whom grew up in town and one of whom is a firefighter.
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Congratulations to Officer Ryan Maxfield on his unanimous vote for appointment to the rank of Sergeant.

Community policing

MPD at a lemonade stand on Green Street this week –

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Email sent to the Town Administrator yesterday with the above photo –

This afternoon I was happily buying a refreshing glass of lemonade at Green St. when I noticed three Medfield Police patrol cars pulling up. Jokingly I asked the kids if they had a permit for their stand. Their faces were priceless!
Great community work by three of your finest officers!

Thank you MPD!
Rosalie Kelleher

 

Chief Guerette sworn in last night

Chief Michelle Guerette was hired and officially started work the day of the annual town meeting (ATM), however, last night at the Board of Selectmen meeting there was a ceremonial swearing in by Town Clerk, Carol Mayer, and the Chief also received a heart medal from her youngest child, Murphy, who also marched with the Chief in the town’s Memorial Day parade the day before.

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MPD at MSH tomorrow

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From Chief Guerette:

The Police Department will be conducting a multi-agency training event at the State Hospital grounds on Wednesday, May 22 from 8-3. Do not be alarmed at the increased police activity. If you would like to come to say hello, please remain outside of the designated training area for your safety

BoS 3/19/19 – 6PM for police chief

NB – police chief appointment discussions start at 6PM.

Materials are available her 20190319-agenda & materials and are also available from the town website https://www.town.medfield.net/663/Agenda-Packets

TOWN OF MEDFIELD POSTED: MEETING Lu 19 MAH I 5 P I: ll 1 POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 S;~fffe~ ~l'}~MENDED. -c ~, ,_:-'"" e1 !:'RK -'. ~ ! t.f! (! ·c,.• ,_ ~-. - • NOTICE Board of Selectmen Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Medfield Town House, Chenery Hall Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:00PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 6:00 PM Call to order Disclosure of Video Recording Moment of Appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world Police Chief Discussion and Appointment Discussion and deliberation on appointment of Police Chief, and whether or not to offer the position of Police Chief to one of the following candidates. Michelle Guerette John Wilhelmi Appointments 7:05 PM 7:30 PM Action Items Kingsbury Club, Sarah Tricot, Esq. Discussion of Solar Panel Ground Lease Annual Budget/Warrant Hearing Vote to open the 2019 Annual Town Meeting Warrant for inclusion of potential Operating Budget Override Vote to close the 2019 Annual Town Meeting Warrant at the conclusion of the meeting. Ongoing FY2020 Budget Review and Discussion Town Finance/Budget Discussion Discussion of Proposed Budget Cuts Discussion of COLA Vote to approve preliminary Town Budgets Discussion of Budget Policy Discussion of Cemetery Fee and Transfer Station Sticker Fees Increases Discussion Town Meeting Warrant Structure of Budget Articles Warrant Articles Pending Town Administrator Goals Town Administrator Update Selectmen Reports Informational MassDOT announces Medfield's Chapter 90 apportionment for FY20 $413,135 Selectmen Cordially invited to attend the Medfield Foundation's Volunteer Awards Reception March 31 Letter from Resident Jerry Cianciolo Letter from Sovereign Consulting Inc. regarding service station at 26 Spring Street, Phase V Remedy Status Report Received copy of COMCAST's policies and procedures Received Verizon Annual Billing Practice Documentation Con Com Information Packet Weston and Sampson letter regarding PIP Responses February 27, 2019 -, · .. -..,.-. -~· ·-' :·11 :.:0 :~ . •..". '~,-· rT; C; -11 -1 :r: rr, c.- '-·· t'...c; -·· :!f! c.: ;:Le'· "l"i ;:.::; "":":'7;: ft;(-_. t,:;r.- CJ1 -q---_- r.1 ;:;:. u F.;c - ::..: > +:::' (/) _I (./)20190319-agenda_Page_2

BoS meets tonight at MHS library

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Email from Kris –

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The meeting for tonight  is now at the Medfield High School Library due to the elevator issue at the Town Hall.

 

Kristine Trierweiler

Town Administrator
Town of Medfield