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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-791-7627
Email: john@jgpr.net

 

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Eight Arrested in Burlington Police Department Prostitution Sweep

BURLINGTON -- Police Chief Michael R. Kent reports that the Burlington Police Department arrested seven men and one women during a prostitution sweep on Friday evening.

The Burlington police Detective Unit conducted a reverse sting to target “johns” on Friday, in an effort to drive prostitution away from Burlington. A female police officer posted ads on a website known for hosting classified ads offering sex for a fee. 

"In conducting these operations, the Burlington Police Department is seeking to send a loud, clear message to those who want to engage in prostitution and would bring women here for the same purpose: Do not bring your business to Burlington," Chief Kent said. "There is no room for this kind of elicit activity in our community."

While the sting operation was intended to target customers, in the course of monitoring the sting advertisement, Burlington detectives observed a female advertising sex from another Burlington Hotel. Detectives contacted her, made an appointment, and arrested her after an agreement was made to purchase sex.

Additionally, seven men attempted to purchase sex from the undercover female officer, and they were arrested. The eight suspects were charged with Sexual Conduct for a Fee. They are:

• RONALD AMOLING, AGE 51, OF GARDNER 

• MOHSEN BEHNAM, AGE 33,, OF WORCESTER

• NICHOLAS BITTNER, AGE 44, OF WOBURN 

• BRENDAN McELHINEY, AGE 28, OF LUNENBERG

• DANIEL MORNEAULT, AGE 23, OF TEWKSBURY

• RAJESH PATEL, AGE 46, OF BURLINGTON

• THOMAS SHEA, AGE 51, OF UXBRIDGE

• DIMITRIA CHAKALIS-HALEY, AGE 56, of STONEHAM, was the women who allegedly posted an ad offering sex for a fee in a different Burlington hotel.

"Prostitution is anything but a so-called victimless crime," said Burlington Police Detective Sergeant Timothy McDonough, who led the sting. "Human trafficking is a serious issue that involves the exploitation of women and children, and their tormentors use these same classified ads websites to do business. By targeting these methods, we want both parties to think twice before coming to Burlington."

The eight individuals arrested will be arraigned tomorrow in Woburn District Court. 

Click here for the individual booking photos.

For PDF version: Eight Arrested in BPD Prostitution Sweep.

 


 

For Immediate Release

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-791-7627

Burlington and Woburn Police Bring in Renowned Risk Management Expert for Training Session This Week

33-Year Law Enforcement Veteran Gordon Graham Will Discuss Risk Management, Ethical Decision Making, and More

BURLINGTON -- Burlington Police Chief Michael R. Kent and Woburn Police Chief Robert J. Ferullo Jr., are pleased to report that their departments have teamed up this week to bring a nationally-renowned expert to Massachusetts for a day of training on risk management, ethics, crisis management, and other vital law enforcement issues.

Chiefs Kent and Ferrllo wanted to bring in a top trainer and expert to talk about some of the issues facing law enforcement in this day and age. The cost of the training was split evenly between the two departments and the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center donated its auditorium for the day, to fit all of the officers who will be in attendance. The chiefs express their continued gratitude to Lahey, which has always been generous in the lending of its spaces and facilities for police training.

"As police officers, we can't wait until after something goes wrong to take action," Chief Kent said. "We need to be proactive, and we need to plan ahead for how to deal with crises before they happen."

Chief Ferullo added: "If we are only focused on damage control after a major event or a crisis, we are doing a disservice to our community. Programs like this allow police departments to prevent mistakes and problems through the proper planning and risk management."

Specific topics of the full-day training session will include:

• What is “Real” Risk Management?

The phrase "risk management” gets thrown around quite a bit, but what is "real" risk management?  It is more than the safety stuff.  It is more than the insurance stuff.  And it is more than the ergonomics stuff.  Everything you do in your organization involves a level of risk.  In this brief program, Gordon will explain how to recognize the real risks you face and give you some thoughts on how to prioritize these risks. Finally, he will show you how to mobilize (act) to do something about the real risks you face in your organization.  This class is one hour in length.

• 5 Concurrent Themes for Success

Your job is getting more and more complex. In fact, the more complex it gets, the more you need a systematic approach to getting things done right. This block, "The Five Concurrent Themes for Success," is essential for everyone in the workplace, regardless of position, job description or type of organization. In this program, Mr. Graham shows you how the discipline of Risk Management, coupled with an understanding of systems and complemented with Customer Service, Accountability and Integrity, can all work together to better assure that things get done right. It is chuck full of information,and coupled with Gordon's insight and humor is a must see for all of your personnel. This program also makes a dynamic keynote address for any and all conventions and other important gatherings. This class runs two hours.

• Why Things Go Right - Why Things Go Wrong

Most of what the good people in your organization do, they are doing right.  When things don’t go right there is the potential for nasty consequences. In this brief program, Gordon will show you what the potential consequences are–and what are the causational factors most often responsible for these consequences.  He will then give you some proven strategies and tactics to address these problems–including a full understanding of the risk/frequency matrix and where it is essential to focus your initial and ongoing training efforts.  This class runs two hours.

• Ethical Decision Making

An overview on the decision making process. Many people have never been taught how to make a decision and what needs to be considered in the decision making process. In this presentation a ten-step process, "GRIDM (Graham’s Rules for Improving Decision Making)," is covered to demonstrate a technique to make better, ethical decisions.  This class is two hours in length. 

Gordon Graham is a 33 year veteran of California Law Enforcement. His education as a Risk Manager and experience as a practicing Attorney, coupled with his extensive background in law enforcement, have allowed him to rapidly become recognized as a leading professional speaker in both private and public sector organizations with multiple areas of expertise. For more information, visit http://www.gordongraham.com/

For a PDF version click here: BPD & WPD Training Session


For Immediate Release

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-791-7627

Burlington Police Charge Second Suspect in Connection with October Home Invasion

BURLINGTON — Police Chief Michael R. Kent is pleased to report that a second suspect has been charged in connection with an October home invasion.

Burlington Police Booking Photo

Burlington Police Booking Photo

THOMAS J. MAHAN, AGE 20, OF HAVERHILL was arrested at his home today by Burlington Police Detectives with the assistance of Haverhill Police.

MAHAN is charged with:

  • Home Invasion (Four Counts)
  • Assault with Intent to Commit Armed Robbery (Four Counts)
  • Conspiracy

MAHAN was expected to be arraigned this afternoon in Woburn District Court. The case remains under investigation by Burlington Police. 

Obtain PDF Version Here: BPD Charge 2nd Suspect in Home Invasion



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.

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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