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Burlington Police Meet with Hotels to Improve Communication, Security
BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent reports that the Burlington Police Department conducted a successful training last week with multiple hotel managers in town to increase safety at their establishments.
Members of the Burlington Police Department, the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure and the International Lodging Safety and Security Association assembled at the conference center at Grand View Farm on Aug. 12 to discuss a variety of issues and to promote improved communication between the hotels and the police department.
Representatives from the Burlington Marriott, Candlewood Suites, Extended Stay America, Hyatt House and Sonesta ES Suites attended the two-hour training.
The meeting was scheduled prior to the homicide at a Burlington hotel on July 2. Police wanted to meet with hotel managers as part of their ongoing effort to improve communication between key stakeholders in town. (In the spring, police met all bank managers to go over safety procedures at the workplace).
“One of our priorities is to really increase communication with our businesses in town and provide them with workplace safety tips for every day practices, and if an emergency situation were ever to occur,” said Chief Kent. “We hope to make this an annual event.”
Burlington detectives discussed policies and procedures to best maintain safety for guests and staff, including:
- Info sharing
- Organized Retail Crime
- Drug and Narcotic issues
- Eviction and trespass issues
- Licensing issues
- Domestic Violence
- Workplace violence and safety
Hotel managers were encouraged to have officers conduct safety and security assessments of their properties. Police also offered to attend hotel staff meetings to discuss any issues or answer any questions that employees may have now or in the future.
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Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015
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Burlington Police Arrest Unlicensed Motorist After Pursuit
NOAH FRANTZ JOCELYN, AGE 19, OF BURLINGTON (Burlington Police Booking Photo)
BURLINGTON — Police Chief Michael Kent and Shift Commander Lt. Thomas Browne report that Burlington Police Department this evening arrested an unlicensed motorist after he refused to stop for police and led officers on a pursuit from Burlington to Billerica before the suspect allegedly bailed out of his moving vehicle in a parking lot.
As a result of the incident, NOAH FRANTZ JOCELYN, AGE 19, OF BURLINGTON was arrested and charged with:
· Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
· Failure to Stop for Police
· Motor Vehicle Operator Refusing to Identify Self for Police
· Operating a Motor Vehicle With a Suspended License
· Number Plate Violation (Concealment)
· Operating a Motor Vehicle With a Suspended Registration
· Uninsured Motor Vehicle
· Unregistered Motor Vehicle
· Resisting Arrest
· Failure to Stop
· Failure to Yield
· Marked Lanes Violations (Two)
· Number Plate Violation
A Burlington Police Traffic Officer, noting a missing front license plate, attempted to stop a green 1993 Honda Accord at the intersection of Winn and Cambridge streets at 6:30 p.m. The driver refused to stop and drove up Cambridge Street into Billerica. Burlington Police pursued him down a side street before he came out on Boston Road and struck a curb near a convenience store. The driver, identified as JOCELYN then bailed out of the still moving car.
Officer Bernie Schipelliti, who is also the department’s traffic safety officer, was able to maneuver his police cruiser into position and stop the car before anyone was hurt. The cruiser sustained minor damage.
Other officers chased the suspect on foot, catching him behind the convenience store building.
“Neither the suspect nor the vehicle in question had any business being on the road this evening,” Lt. Browne said. “This was a very dangerous situation, in which we allege that the suspect showed reckless disregard for innocent civilians by jumping out of a moving vehicle in a fruitless attempt to elude police.”
Added Chief Kent: “Officer Schipelliti did an excellent job this evening, moving his cruiser into position to prevent it from striking any innocent civilians.”
Billerica Police assisted at the scene as well.
was ordered held on $540 cash bail and will be arraigned Wednesday in Woburn District Court.
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The Burlington Police Department would like to warn citizens to be aware of two phone scams that have res
urfaced in the area. The perpetrators use the internet and social media websites to research for potential targets.
The first is known as the "Grandparent Scam," in which fraudsters are impersonating as a grandchild in distress and begging for cash. Typically a grandparent receives a phone call or an e-mail from a "grandchild." If it is a phone call, it's usually late at night or early in the morning when most people are not thinking clearly. Usually the person claims to be in a foreign country and has been arrested, involved in an accident or mugged and needs money as soon as possible. The caller does not want his parents notified. Sometimes, instead of the "grandchild" making the phone call, the criminal pretends to be an arresting officer, a lawyer, or a doctor from a hospital. The anxious grandparent is then instructed to send money via Western Union or Money Gram. Once the transfer is made, the grandparent often receives another call requesting more money. Wiring money is like sending cash. Once the money is gone, you can't trace it or get it back. Financial losses in these cases can be substantial and usually cost the victim several thousands of dollars.
If you receive a call where someone is contacting you for money, you could resist the pressure to act quickly and try to contact the grandchild or another family member to determine whether or not the call is legitimate. Never write money based on a request over the phone or in an e-mail.
The second is known as the "IRS Scam," in which a person, including recent immigrants, receives a call from a person claiming to be from the IRS. The caller tells the victim they owe taxes and must paying using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver's license. The caller may know the last four digits of the victim's social security number and make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling. Often, a second call is made claiming to be the police, and caller ID again supports their claim. If the caller claims to be a Burlington Police Officer, ask for their last name and call 781-272-1212 to verify the authenticity of the call.
The IRS usually contacts people by mail-not by phone-about unpaid taxes and the IRS won't ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The agency won't ask for a credit card number over the phone. If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, hand up and the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with payment questions. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by e-mail, texting or any social media.
The Burlington Police recommend that you never give a caller personal information, including your bank account, credit card, social security or driver's license number. Western Union transfer forms specifically warn senders not to send money for an unconfirmed emergency related to a grandchild or other family member. Money Gram also has a fraud warning on transfer forms and says it can put holds on transfers that raise red flags. Additionally, limit your personal information, such as vacation plans, on shared and social media sites.
If you believe you may be a potential victim or have been victimized, call the Burlington Police at 781-272-1212. To report an online crime visit: www.IC3.gov.
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Burlington Police Seek Help in Identifying Medallion from 1975 Cold Case:
Burlington Police recently sought assistance from The Poughkeepsie Journal, in Poughkeepsie, NY in order to identify a Medallion found in 1975 Homicide Case. This case has yet to be solved and are seeking any assistance in identifying the medallion.
If you have any information please contact Lt. Glen Mills via phone: 781-272-1212 address: Burlington Police Department Attn: Lt. Glen Mills 45 Center St. Burlington, MA 01803 or Fax: 781-270-1920.
You can view the article online: The Poughkeepsie Journal
You can view the Press Release: Unsolved 1975 Homicide
In 2014, the Burlington Police Department was awarded a Cummings Foundation “$100K for 100” communities grant to design, build, and deploy a Mobile Command Unit (MCU) to be utilized for large scale preplanned events and during critical public safety incidents that arise in the community. This vehicle (MCU), currently being manufactured, will greatly assist the Burlington Police Department and its partnering agencies in managing such crises and events in which public safety is at issue so that the best possible outcomes may be achieved.