Combating the Abuse of Heroin, Prescription Painkillers and Illicit Substances. This document establishes a strategy for the Walpole Police Department in its mission to suppress drug distribution & abuse. Copies have been distributed to all police personnel, and the Walpole Police Department openly shares its strategy with the public in a spirit of candor, and because we would not be effective without the partnership of our fellow citizens.
The Town of Walpole is not immune from the opioid addiction epidemic. Between 2011 and 2013 the town has averaged 14 overdoses within each calendar year and has unfortunately experienced 12 fatal overdoses, with the vast majority of these deaths being attributed to opiate addiction. In the first eight months of 2014, the town has witnessed 8 overdoses, 7 administrations of Naloxone, with one reported fatality. It is clearly evident that opioid pain relievers are the most widely misused or abused controlled prescription drugs in the Walpole area and have historically provided a gateway to heroin use, which is a cheaper and more easily obtained substance.
Of the fatal overdoses occurring in Walpole over the past five years, the age has spanned from 20 years old to the mid-forties, indicating that education of our youth is critical in avoiding initiation to opiates. Through sound policy and strategies within the Town of Walpole, the Walpole Police Department believes we can diminish drug abuse and overdose occurrences with collaborative efforts supported by the community.
Therefore, we present this Strategic Drug Plan, which can be viewed in it's entirety by clicking here: >> Walpole Police Department: Strategic Drug Plan <<
The plan will remain on the Walpole Police Department website, in the "Programs & Initiatives" section. In addition, as part of this plan a number of initiatives have been made available to the public through a variety of different resources:
Walpole Coalition for Alcohol and Drugs: The Walpole Police Department is significantly involved with the Walpole Coalition for Alcohol and Drugs, which is a key group of community stakeholders whose goal is to prevent or delay initiation to substances and helps reduce addiction. Citizens of all ages are encouraged to view the coalition's site and follow on Facebook at www.drugfreewalpole.com
Substance Abuse Services: Once a person suffering from a substance abuse has admitted that he or she is addicted and needs help, the department can assist in finding a treatment facility. The on-line tool for locating drug treatment programs provided by the Department of Public Health can be found at www.helpline-online.com
Educational Materials: Education materials on opioid overdose prevention are available for free from the Massachusetts Health & Human Services and the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse at www.maclearinghouse.com
Communicating & Assisting Our Community: The Walpole Police Department uses a variety of forums to exchange information with the community we serve; the most common being the departments website located at www.walpolepd.com and FaceBook Page
Report a Tip or Tell Us About Someone Who Needs Help: Any tip or information can be sent to the department's e-mail by clicking HERE. Tips remain confidential and are forwarded to the appropriate detective for follow-up and independent police corroboration.
Drug Treatment: Citizens in need of information regarding drug treatment may find a comprehensive list of area drug treatment facilities with their addresses and phone numbers at the end of the Strategic Drug Plan, which once again can be found here: >> Walpole Police Department: Strategic Drug Plan <<
On Wednesday, August 6th, the Town of Walpole gained its newest police officer as Officer Gaelen Beberman-Moore graduated with the 33rd MBTA Municipal Police Academy.
Starting Thursday, August 7th, Officer Beberman-Moore will begin a 12 week field training program under the guidance of our veteran training officers. Please join us in congratulating Officer Beberman-Moore (pictured with his family, Police Chief Richard Stillman, and Deputy Chief John Carmichael) on this accomplishment and welcoming him to the Walpole Police Department.
K-9 Rocky Finds Hidden Compartment with Cocaine in Walpole Yesterday. At approximately 4:30 p.m., Troopers Jay Vital and David Bouchard (81st RTT) conducted a traffic stop on Route 1 in Walpole. During the stop, Tpr. Vital observed several indicators of possible illegal narcotics activity. Tpr. Vital checked the operator and found that the operator had an active arrest warrant for Trafficking Cocaine; the operator was arrested.
Tpr. Vital then deployed K-9 Rocky for a narcotics sniff of the vehicle and Rocky alerted to the odor of narcotics at the vehicle's radio. Tpr. Vital checked this area further and discovered an aftermarket compartment built in behind the radio. Tpr. Vital opened the compartment and located approximately 76 grams of cocaine. Pictured here is K-9 Rocky and a photo of the compartment with the cocaine inside.
On April 23, 2014, the Massachusetts State 911 Department, along with the Secretary of Public Safety and Andrea Cabral, and other distinguished guests recognized several Massachusetts 9-1-1 emergency telecommunicators for their heroic and extraordinary efforts throughout 2013. In addition, a special recognition was given to Boston, Cambridge, and Watertown dispatchers for their vital role during the marathon bombings and its aftermath. All of the telecommunicators were honored for demonstrating professionalism, expertise, calm, and critical thinking skills necessary to complete the difficult tasks they face daily.
Jeffrey Abate (front row-third from the left): Walpole Police Department Dispatcher Abate was honored for his part in saving the life of 2-year-old girl. Her grandmother called to report that she was having a seizure and not breathing. The grandmother was extremely upset but Dispatcher Abate was able to put her at ease and focus her energy on getting the little girl breathing before rescuers arrived. Due to inclement weather, rescuers were delayed and Dispatcher Abate was the only connection the woman had for some time. Dispatcher Abate's ability to calm the frantic woman contributed to saving the girl's life.
Carly Moriarty (front row-second from the left): Walpole Police Department Dispatcher Moriarty was honored for her part in saving the life of an infant. The infant's aunt called to report that he was having a seizure and not breathing. She was frantic and said that the baby was turning blue. The woman was understandably overwrought but Ms. Moriarty calmly talked her though CPR. The procedure began to work and the baby began to regain color before rescuers arrived. An infant's life was on the line and Ms. Moriarty relied on her training to help keep the situation manageable.
The professionalism and composure exhibited by Jeff and Carly during these extremely difficult situations are a reflection upon their outstanding ability to serve our citizens. Both of these Communications Officers are truly an asset to Walpole and the Walpole Police Department.
The Walpole Police Department has partnered with GetCrashReports.com to offer citizens a quick and easy way to get copies of their motor vehicle crash reports. Operators involved in an accident in Walpole, where a Walpole Police Officer responded, will receive a card with the incident number of the accident. Using that number, and following the directions on the card, you will be able to obtain your report within 72 hours, via the internet.
Of course, if you are not that computer savvy, you can still pick up copies of your report the previous way, by filling out and submitting the request form found on the Forms Page.
This service is quicker, and easier for operators, while being more efficient and cost effective for the department. In addition, the department will receive all of the benefits of moving to a digital format for filing reports, including getting access to detailed accident data and diagrams.