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  • 14 Feb 2016 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Brian Benson 
    Daily News Staff 

    Posted Feb. 12, 2016 at 7:12 AM 

    When Patrick Irr joined Natick Police Department’s auxiliary police in the 1970s, he had a simple goal in mind.
    “I just wanted to help out people,” said Irr, who lives in Medway. "I thought this was good way of doing it.”
    About four decades later, Irr is a captain in the organization and still enjoys helping others. He said he is among about 15 auxiliary officers who perform a variety of tasks including assisting at large events like the Boston Marathon, patrolling public buildings and parks and helping out during storms. Members also undergo training, he said.
    The all-volunteer organization is for the first time participating in a town fundraising program tied to the Boston Marathon. Medway’s Samantha McLaughlin is running the Boston Marathon through the program under which runners must raise $4,000 to support one of several local organizations.
    Police Chief James Hicks said auxiliary officers perform a critical role supporting police.
    “They’re that hidden gem that no one knows about,” Hicks said.
    Hicks said serving in the auxiliary unit is a way for people to gain experience with an eye toward becoming a police officer in the future. But, some auxiliary officers simply want to serve the community and have no aspirations for becoming a police officer, Hicks said.
    Auxiliary officers also help out on short notice, such as with the funeral for Michael McDaniel Jr, a Natick DPW worker killed in the line of duty in 2014.
    Even as a volunteer organization, “if we need them for something, they always happen to be there,” Hicks said.
    During storms, the auxiliary force will assist police by responding to some relatively minor calls such as broken down cars, allowing police officers to devote time to more serious incidents, Irr said.
    Irr said the money raised from McLaughlin’s Boston Marathon participation will help the group pay for equipment and other expenses. While some expenses can be covered through the police department budget and grants, Hicks and Irr said additional money is needed.
    McLaughlin said this will be her first time running a marathon.
    She said the auxiliary police organization is close to her heart since her husband, Paul, is a Medway police officer. He responded in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, while McLaughlin was home with four kids, including a newborn.
    “Being on the police side, you see what families go through,” McLaughlin said. “Anything can happen anywhere.”
    Samantha McLaughlin's Boston Marathon participation will help the Natick Police Department's auxiliary police pay for equipment and other expenses. Daily News and Wicked Local Staff Photo/Marshall Wolff
    McLaughlin said she heard about the town Boston Marathon program and, upon learning that the auxiliary police were one of the beneficiaries, knew she had found the correct organization.
    McLaughlin said she gets up at 4:30 a.m. three days a week to do roughly seven-mile runs and tackles longer runs on weekends.
    Hicks said the department and its auxiliary force appreciates what McLaughlin is doing.
    The chief said he wants to “thank Samantha for making this effort and supporting this group. I think this group is deserved of this.”
    To support McLaughlin’s fundraising effort, visit
    Brian Benson can be reached at 508-626-3964 or Follow him on Twitter @bbensonmwdn.

  • 05 Sep 2015 11:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Posted Aug. 30, 2015 at 9:01 AM 

    Christopher Lippi was unanimously appointed Monday night by the Topsfield Board of Selectmen to the position of auxiliary police officer/prisoner watch for a term commencing August 25 and ending Dec. 31, 2015.
    Lippi, who grew up in Andover, has a BS in criminal justice from Endicott College with a minor in political science, and he has some extensive pubic safety experience on his resume.
    A native of Andover, Lippi completed the reserve officer course given last January by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, and he has been accepted to the police academy in September as a self-sponsored candidate.
    “I really appreciate this opportunity. I’ve been looking forward to getting into law enforcement for a long time and I’m happy to be working in the town of Topsfield,” Lippi told the selectmen.

    Topsfield Police Chief Evan Haglund welcomes newly appointed auxilliary police officer Christopher Lippi at Monday night's Board of Selectmen meeting. Wicked Local Photo / Kathryn O'Brien

  • 03 May 2015 11:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Mike Plaisance | The Republican 

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    on April 29, 2015 at 11:45 AM 

    HOLYOKE -- The running of the Boston Marathon owed part of its success to the Holyoke Auxiliary Police Division.

    The volunteer division had 27 of its members there April 20 to help with crowd control and other duties working with the Massachusetts State Police, said Ronald A. Dietrich, chief of the auxiliary force.

    Dietrich was joined by Maj. Maura A. Shea and 25 auxiliary officers. They left Holyoke the morning of the marathon at 5, he said.

    The last marathon participant completed the course by 6 p.m. in a wheelchair. Each officer was presented with a commemorative marathon 2015 lapel pin and a jacket by the Boston Athletic Association," Dietrich said.

    "The group returned to Holyoke at 2 p.m.," he said.

    The auxiliary police division has about 40 members. They are volunteers who wear uniforms, which they pay for themselves, are under the jurisdiction of the Police Department and help police with crowd and traffic control, such as at the St. Patrick's Parade and St. Patrick's Road Race, and with searches related to crimes and in other ways.

    Auxiliary officers don't have arrest powers, though they do carry service weapons while on duty and two marked cruisers are assigned to them, officials said.

  • 31 Jan 2015 11:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Note: Not Massachusetts but worth the read

    9:00 AM, Jan 22, 2015
    6:14 PM, Jan 22, 2015

    ROCKY RIVER, Ohio - An auxiliary police officer was fired on Wednesday after an internal investigation revealed he was making illegal traffic stops.

    According to Rocky River Police Chief Kelly Stillman, Auxiliary Officer Patrick Lange, who is also a teacher at Clearview, was assigned a police cruiser and was typically asked to patrol neighborhoods, businesses and perform holiday checks.

    However, the chief said he was caught on cruiser dash cameras illegally pulling over citizens.

    Chief Stillman said an auxiliary officer is not permitted to make traffic stops.

    It directly violates policy.

    "We brought him in for an internal investigation and he knew, he fully admitted what he did was wrong," Stillman said. "Just said he was trying to help people." 

    The majority of the traffic stops were for equipment violations such as a missing license plate or a headlight outage.

    There were no tickets or citations issued by Lange, only warnings or advisements.

    Between 12 and 15 traffic stops were made, Stillman said. 

    The Rocky River Police Department launched an investigation after viewing the traffic stops on cruiser dash cams. The completed investigation was sent to the city's prosecutor.

    There were no charges filed.

    "We found it and dealt with it swiftly. We don't want that type of behavior, we don't tolerate it," Stillman added.

    Lange received a letter of employment termination on Wednesday.

    Auxiliary police officers in Rocky River are unpaid, unarmed officers with similar police uniforms and are sworn in as auxiliary police.

  • 31 Jan 2015 11:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Note: Not Massachusetts But worth reading...

    Posted: Jan 31, 2015 2:37 PM EST

    Updated: Jan 31, 2015 2:37 PM EST

    PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - A former Paterson auxiliary police officer who fled the scene of a fatal crash involving a motorcyclist he and his partner were pursuing has been sentenced to five years in prison.

    The Record ( reports 33-year-old Juan Martinez will have to serve 18 months of the sentence imposed Friday before he becomes eligible for parole.

    Martinez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit official misconduct. The charge stemmed from an April 2012 crash that killed 31-year-old Randolph Waddy of Garfield.

    Authorities said Martinez and his partner pursued Waddy even though they weren't authorized to make traffic stops. Waddy lost control of his bike and crashed into a parked car.

    Authorities say the two officers didn't stop after the crash or notify superiors.

    The auxiliary police program was suspended after the crash.

    Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.),

  • 01 Jan 2015 10:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    By Andy McKeever
    iBerkshires Staff
    07:00PM / Tuesday, December 23, 2014

    PITTSFIELD, Mass. undefined After towing two of their vehicles, the owner of Sayers Auto Wrecking thought it was time the Auxiliary Police got a new vehicle.
    Henry "Hank" Sayers recently purchased a 2000 Crown Victoria at auction and is donating it to the Pittsfield Auxiliary Police. The City Council accepted the donation two weeks ago and the vehicle is awaiting pick up.
    "I knew they were short [a vehicle] and everybody has tight budgets. They don't have a lot to work with," Sayers said on Tuesday.
    Sayers knew a new car was needed after towing two of auxiliary vehicles. At auction, he found a series of former Connecticut police cars and purchased them all undefined selling some to a local taxi company and keeping one to donate to the police.
    "It has the whole police package," Sayers said of the car. "It is in fair condition. It runs good. It is one of the better riding ones."
    The vehicle has some life left in it. Sayers will ultimately see it come back to him in a few years, when he'll scrap it and make a few bucks. But for now, the city doesn't have to dip into its capital borrowing to purchase a new cruiser.
    The Auxiliary Police will use it for patrol, special events and emergencies. The vehicle needs a paint job and some "TLC" but should be fairly easy to get on the road.
    This is the second time Sayers has donated to the Auxiliary Police. About seven years ago, he passed on a vehicle that he had donated to the town of Lanesborough. Lanesborough's first K-9 unit car was donated by Sayers in a same fashion and when the town bought a new cruiser, it came back to Sayers, who offered it to Pittsfield.
    "They have one of ours already," Sayers said. 
    The City Council was grateful for the donation. Vice President Christopher Connell added that it could give the city the opportunity to use the old car as a "decoy," parked in places of high speeding.

    Henry 'Hank' Sayers is donating the 2000 Ford to the Pittsfield Police Department.

  • 14 Dec 2014 9:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    • By Jonathan Phelps
      Daily News Staff

      Posted Dec. 13, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

      FRAMINGHAM undefined Peggy Holland of Framingham decided to get some of her Christmas shopping done Saturday at the Framingham Auxiliary Police's annual holiday craft fair. 
      She said there was a great variety of products at good prices.
      "I think it is amazing they can find so many craftspeople," Holland said, who has gone to the fair for the past three years. "There is a lot."
      The main hallway and gym of the Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School was transformed into a shopping destination for the day with more than 200 vendors selling everything from jewelry to soaps and scarves. 
      Capt. Marc Spigel, of the auxiliary police, expected the event, in its 27th year, to draw 1,500 to 2,000 people.
      "We are very happy... and the customers who come to do their shopping are happy as well," he said. 
      Spigal said many vendors and customers come every year.
      "They look forward to it," he said. 
      The $2.50 admission goes to training, equipment and uniforms for the auxiliary police, Spigal said. The volunteer officers provide approximately 4,000 hours of community service to the town each year. 
      Roberta Kwiatkowski of Framingham has been a vendor at the fair for three years. She was selling decorative paintings, ornaments and candle holders. 
      "There has been a lot of people," she said of the turnout. 
      She said she's been painting for more than 20 years and enjoys selling her products at the fair.
      "It is an impressive fair. There is a lot of variety," Kwiatkowski said. 
      Members of the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Support also organized a blood drive.
      "People are here getting gifts so we thought, 'Why not give the gift of life?'" said group member Amanda Morrissette.
      She said the drive was very successful last year. 
      Holland said the fair can be exhausting. "You'll be worn out by the end," she said. 
      Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 508-626-4338 or Follow him on Twitter @JPhelps_MW.

  • 14 Oct 2014 7:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Matt Tota, Daily News Staff 

    BELLINGHAM, Mass. undefinedWearing a bulletproof vest and smoking a cigar, a drunken auxiliary police officer on Sunday pointed a handgun at a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver who had stopped to ask for directions, police said.

    The Milford Daily News reported that Bellingham police said Kevin Houlihan, 45, had a .24 blood-alcohol level, three-times the legal driving limit, when he ordered the delivery man to raise his hands and sit on the curb in the Bellwood Circle condominium complex.

    Police arrested Houlihan and confiscated his auxiliary police-issued .40-caliber Beretta pistol that he had tucked into his pants and another .380-caliber Ruger handgun inside his condo.

    Houlihan was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and possessing a firearm while intoxicated. His firearms license has been suspended pending a review.

    Bellingham police Lt. Kevin Ranieri said Houlihan has been told to resign from the auxiliary police force by its chief, Eugene Bartlett. Bartlett on Tuesday could not be reached for comment.

    According to the police affidavit filed in Milford District Court, the Domino’s delivery driver had trouble finding a condo in the Bellwood complex at about 8 p.m. Sunday and called out to Houlihan for directions.

    Houlihan, who had been sitting on his front porch, walked over to the car with a black handgun and had it pointed at the delivery driver, telling him to "put his hands up," police said.

    Houlihan then spoke into a walkie-talkie and said, "We got the guy," according to the affidavit.

    Police said Houlihan had a cigar in his mouth, an alcoholic drink in one hand and a bulletproof vest on underneath his sweatshirt.

    Houlihan told the man to sit on the curb because "police were on the way," the affidavit said. The Domino’s employee, police said, told Houlihan he was just delivering a pizza and showed the food and receipts in his car.

    When another delivery driver from Domino’s arrived at the complex, Houlihan seemed to realize he had made a mistake, saying there had been "a lot of recent break-ins in the area" and he needed to "watch the neighborhood," police said.

    Houlihan was arraigned on Monday and held on $1,000 bail. He’s due back in court on Nov. 20.

    Bellingham Auxiliary Police officers are unpaid volunteers and work as a separate entity, Ranieri said. They mostly help with traffic enforcement and patrol.

    The requirements to join the auxiliary police are that a person must be 21 years or older and have lived in Bellingham for at least a year.

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  • 24 Aug 2014 7:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    PHOTO COURTESY OF GEORGE ANDRADE JR. Auxiliary police officers, from left, Daniel Newton, George Andrade Jr. and Raymond Meleski, were among those who served on the Summer Bike and Beat Patrol this year.

    MIDDLEBORO undefined Police Chief Bruce Gates received a budget supplement this year to expand his force with a Summer Bike and Beat Patrol, employing members of the axiliary police unit to fill the duty roster for the summer weeks beginning on May 4. The special patrol ends tomorrow. Auxiliary Officers work throughout the year on a voluntary basis. They perform such duties as walking beats and covering parades and any special event that requires extra police details for the town. Some members of the unit serve with the hope of landing a job in Middleboro or with another department.

    Retired fire captain George Andrade, a members of the patrol, said the main duties were for the officers to be in the downtown area either on foot or on mountain bikes, which would allow them to cover the surrounding streets coming into town. They were also assisting regular officers during the busy times in all parts of the town. Their shifts were in four-hour increments, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m, and 2-6 p.m,, and one officer was assigned a 40-hour shift, Monday through Friday.

    "It was very much community policing," Andrade said "He wanted us to be visible, to meet and talk with the people and to get to know them with a personal touch, and for them to get to know the officers too.

    "The unit as a whole would like to thank Chief Gates for considerating the auxiliary officers, and for showing the appreciation he has for our unit," he said.

    The officers who were assigned the summer patrol were George Andrade Jr., Stephen Bliss, Douglas Blanchette, Bryan Derochea, Charles Lemieux, Raymond Meleski, Daniel Newton (40-hour shifts) Andrew Sederquist, Robert Stephanian and Zachary Trocki.

  • 10 Aug 2014 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, Framingham residents Qaiss Farazi and Nicholas Caruso graduated from the Academy. Wednesday, they were sworn in as Framingham’s newest police officers by Town Clerk Valerie Mulvey, in a ceremony at Nevins Halls inside the Memorial Building.

    2 Framingham Residents Sworn In As Town's Newest Police Officers

    L to R - Officer Caruso, Chief Ferguson, Officer Farazi 

    Before attending the academy, Officer Farazi worked as an accountant for State Street Corporation.

    “We look for commitment from our officers,” said Framingham Police Chief Ken Ferguson. “Officer Farazi went above and beyond commitment during his training at the academy. During his time at the academy, his mom passed away.He could have quit.”

    Because he finished and graduated from the academy, “I admire his commitment,” said the Chief. “His mother was his strongest supporter when he was in the Academy. Our hearts and sympathy go out to Officer Farazi and his family. His girlfriend pinned him after he was sworn in.

    Prior to attending the Reading Police Academy, Officer Caruso was a member of the Framingham Auxiliary Police. In 2013, he was hired as a campus police officer for Mass College of Art in Boston. He comes to the Framingham Police Department with a Bachelor of science and Masters of science in criminal justice. He was pinned by his father with his mother looking on.

    After both officers were sworn in Framingham’s newest Selectman Cheryl Tully Stoll thanked the two Framingham residents for their commitment and recognized them for their choice in careers.

    “We realize how special you are as individuals, that you decided this as your career. We know this is not a job, it is so much more than that. And while the badge is important, the man behind the badge is even more important,” said Stoll. “You have selected a career that few people have the courage to select. You are going in with your eyes open, knowing that you have huge responsibility.”

    Stoll told the two “You have to live up to the public’s trust. You are what stands between us as citizens and things that can harm us. You are truly the first responders for any incident in this community.”

    “You are willingly doing this and willingly dedicating your life to a profession that is extremely honorable,” said Stoll.

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