Bedford Police Honor Officers and Staff at Annual Awards Ceremony

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno is pleased to announce that the Bedford Police Department recognized several of its officers and staff at its awards ceremony late last month.

On Thursday, June 28, the department honored numerous individuals for their actions that resulted in lives being saved, suspects being apprehended and an enhanced presence by Bedford Police in the community.

“Modern policing carries a wide-ranging set of responsibilities, and I’m proud of all of our officers for their commitment to fulfilling those duties and responding to unpredictable circumstances,” Chief Bongiorno said. “Each of these individuals went above and beyond the call of duty, and I’m grateful for their continued service on behalf of the Bedford community.”

Keeping the Peace: Avoid Anger on the Road

Commentary by Lt. Det. Scott Jones of the Bedford Police Department

When my daughter first learned to drive on the streets of Arlington, Cambridge, and Somerville she slowly started to lament the sights of bicyclists also traveling on the road. As a recreational bicyclist herself, she initially harbored no animosity toward bicyclists. But as an inexperienced driver it became different story. She nervously attempted to navigate around the cyclists- oftentimes cursing their very existence. She also would like to see them relegated to the bike paths. It is not uncommon for motorists to call the police about a pack of cyclists taking up a lane on Carlisle Road in Bedford on a pleasant Saturday morning or conversely a bicyclist complaining of their treatment by motorists. In the past our community has experienced egregious and hostile acts by motorists and bicyclist alike.

It is natural to assume that when you bring various users together to negotiate our roadways there are bound to be some misunderstandings, tension, and even some conflict — with motorists usually holding the upper hand.

Bedford Police Searching for Stolen Motor Vehicle Suspect

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno reports that the Bedford Police Department is searching for a man who allegedly broke into an auto repair shop and stole a van last night.

At approximately 11:46 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, Bedford Police were dispatched to Riggio’s Auto Repair, 180 The Great Road, for a report that a van had been driven out of the building, crashing through a garage bay door.

Bedford Police Warn Residents Against Using Illegal Fireworks

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department wish to remind residents that fireworks are prohibited in the state of Massachusetts and can cause serious damage if handled improperly.

It is illegal to use, possess or sell fireworks of any kind in Massachusetts, including Class C fireworks, which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane fireworks.”

Bedford Police Remind Residents to Avoid Driving Impaired During July 4 Holiday

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Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department wish to remind residents of the dangers of impaired driving ahead of the July 4 holiday, which is traditionally among the deadliest times of the year on American roadways.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more deaths due to drunk driving crashes around the Fourth of July holiday — between the evening of July 2 and the morning of July 6 — than at any other time throughout the year.

Communities for Restorative Justice Forum at Concord District Court

By Julie McCay Turner

District Attorney Marian T. Ryan, the Hon. John C. Cratsley (Ret.), State Senator James Eldridge, State Rep Sean Garbally, and Frederick Ryan, Chief of Police for Arlington, Massachusetts spoke to a gathering of Chiefs of Police and Community For Restorative Justice board members in a courtroom at Concord District Court on Friday afternoon, June 22.

Chief Robert Bongiorno and Detective Scott Jones represented the Bedford Police,and Bedford resident Margot Fleischman is the president of the Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) board.

Bedford Police Provide Safety Tips, Remind Residents about Dangers of Leaving Children and Pets in Hot Cars

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

With temperatures approaching 100 degrees on Monday, Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department remind residents of the dangers of leaving a child, a pet or anyone else in a hot car.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 42 children died from vehicular heatstroke in 2017 — a 63 percent increase from 2015.

Heatstroke is classified as when a person’s core body temperature rises to 104 degrees Fahrenheit; a temperature of 107 degrees can result in irreversible organ damage or death. Young children’s bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, thus putting them at higher risk.

Bedford Police and Middlesex DA Investigating Fatal Crash

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Police Chief Robert Bongiorno and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan report that one person has died following a head-on collision on the Middlesex Turnpike this morning.

At 8:49 a.m., Saturday, June 16, Bedford Police and Fire were dispatched to a report of a crash in the area of 155 Middlesex Turnpike, near the intersection with Oak Park Drive. Upon arrival, first responders attempted to provide lifesaving aid to one of the drivers involved in the crash, who was later pronounced dead.

Bedford Police Department Employees Honored for Lifesaving Work

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Chief Robert Bongiorno is proud to announce that five members of the Bedford Police Department were honored this past weekend for their heroic actions that saved the life of a Bedford police officer last year.

Emergency Communications Officer Jeffrey Vinciulla, Detective Gary Martin, and Officers Robert Abajian, Stephen Waite, and Timothy Pike received the Irish American Police Officers Association of Massachusetts Lifesaving Award at an event on Saturday evening at the Malden Irish American Club. During a police department basketball game in March 2017, Officer Jeffrey French suddenly collapsed from a heart attack. The five other employees immediately ran to his aid and rendered life-saving first aid and emergency medical care to him until paramedics could arrive.

Officer French not only made a full recovery, but he came back to work and was present on Saturday to watch his brothers receive their award.

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