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Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Contact: Jessica Sacco
Phone: 978-769-5193

Burlington Police Deploy New Mobile Command Vehicle
Left to Right Chief Mike Kent, Communication Director for The Cummings Foundation Joyce Vyriotes, & Vice President of Cummings Properties Greg Ahearn.

BURLINGTON -- Chief Michael Kent is pleased to announce that the Burlington Police Department's new Mobile Command Vehicle is now available and ready to be deployed in the community.

In 2014, the Burlington Police Department received $100,000 in funding through the Cummings Foundation's $100K for 100 Grant Program to acquire and equip a Mobile Command Vehicle.

"We are extremely grateful to the Cummings Foundation for selecting the Burlington Police Department as one of the recipients of this award," Chief Kent said. "This invaluable project will exponentially improve services for our residents."

The vehicle will not only be deployed in Burlington but will be available to neighboring communities when needed.

It will be used to supplement the department's Incident Command System -- which manages critical public safety situations -- to improve effectiveness and efficiency of operations.

During these incidents, the Mobile Command Vehicle retains all the strengths of the traditional command post, while providing unique advantages that are particular to mobile command, including:

• Mobility for rapid deployment, seamless command post-transition and rapid command post-relocation to the closest safe location in relation to the incident scene.

• The ability to improve communications and coordination between agencies through radio technology that allows agencies to speak with each other over their own frequencies.

• The capacity to advance the investigative operations through on scene technology by using the vehicle's operations to attain, analyze and rapidly disseminate information to police personnel. 

"Our new Mobile Command Vehicle is going to allow the department to expand and improve services while on patrol, at a crime scene or during an investigation," Captain Gregory Skehan said. "Not only that, but we will be able to provide assistance to our counterparts during critical incidents."

In 2014, the same year the Burlington Police Department received its grant, the Cummings Foundation provided 38 grants in Middlesex County, 25 in Essex County and 37 in Suffolk County. The Woburn and Wilmington police departments were also awarded $100,000 each for various endeavors.

“The $100K for 100 programs is geared toward supporting communities where the Cummings organization operates. We really want to give back and support those areas,“ said Joyce Vyriotes, Communications Director at Cummings Foundation. “We’re big fans of Burlington and of course, we’re so appreciative of the Burlington Police Department and all they do to keep the community safe.”

About the Cummings Foundation

The Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of 

Winchester, Mass. With assets exceeding $1 billion, it recently joined Barr Foundation and The Boston Foundation as one of the three largest foundations in New England. The foundation is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry for the $100K for 100 program's 2016 grant cycle. Visit for more information.

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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 the 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 be 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:

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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 is 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