Learning About the Bedford Police Department ~ Part III of IV

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles about the Bedford Police Department – its philosophy, values, personnel, partnership, and plans – and how they fit into the current national conversation.  Click this link to read Part I, or this link to read Part II.

The Bedford Police Department likes to say it’s value-driven. As Chief Robert Bongiorno puts it, “We respond to good people who are having a bad day. We are here to serve.”

Conversations with a range of Police Department personnel – all Bedford High School graduates — indicate that they all walk the walk.

Learning About the Bedford Police Department ~ Part II of IV

Bedford police don’t profess to be experts on social problems.

But they are first responders, which often necessitates strong connections with those experts – individuals and agencies.

“It boils down to partnerships,” said Police Chief Robert Bongiorno. “Partnerships build trust, through these programs.”

After 34 Years of Service, School Crossing Guard Cathy Young Retires

There are a lot of questions looming about how the Bedford school scene will look 12 weeks from now. Will the classrooms be full? How about the buses and athletic fields? Marching band? Choruses? Field trips?

The landscape is uncertain – except for one significant change: Cathy Young, school crossing guard since 1986, has decided to retire.

Bedford Paramedic Charlie Dias Graduates from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy

Bedford Fire Chief David Grunes congratulated Dias and Class 282, “Firefighter Charlie Dias completed an intense nine-week training program in fire behavior, firefighting equipment and control methods, hazardous materials, vehicle extrication, and additional job-specific topics. His academy class was especially challenging as it began at the end of February just as the pandemic gained traction in Massachusetts.

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Article 26 at Bedford’s Annual Town Meeting (beginning March 23, 2020) proposes to authorize the Selectmen to acquire a parcel of land for a new fire station.

Selectmen Set Warrant Article for New Fire Station to be Voted at Annual Town Meeting

In finalizing and approving the 2020 Annual Town Meeting Warrant on Monday, February 10, Bedford’s Selectmen voted unanimously to recommend funding a bond authorization to acquire land for the construction of a new fire station at 175 The Great Road. Monday night’s vote by the Selectmen is the first of three phases in building the new fire station: land acquisition, design, and construction.

The proposed new station would be located at 175 The Great Road, with an appropriation for land acquisition of $7,600,000. The property, privately owned, was selected after more than five years of site evaluation, with consideration of emergency response time; programmatic needs (both current and future); research into the availability of parcels, site needs and constraints; and final review by the Town’s real estate and eminent domain attorney.

Boston MedFlight Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Boston MedFlight was founded in 1985 as an air medical transport service by, and continues to partner with, a consortium of Boston teaching hospitals, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center.

Since its inception, Boston MedFlight has grown from one helicopter operating from a single base in downtown Boston to a comprehensive critical care transport system operating air and ground vehicles from bases in Lawrence, Mansfield, Plymouth, and its Bedford headquarters.

Police Increase Patrols at Bedford Shopping Areas to Deter Holiday Crime

With the 2019 holiday season underway, Chief Robert Bongiorno reports that the Bedford Police Department’s annual Operation P.A.C.E. (Pro-Active Community Enforcement) has begun, bringing increased marked police cruisers and a mix of uniformed and plainclothes officers to the town’s retail plazas in an effort to prevent crime and deter shoplifting.

Prevent Holiday Package Theft ~ Tips from the Bedford Police

With the holiday shopping season officially here, Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department wish to remind residents of several precautions they can take when ordering items online to help prevent their gifts from falling into the wrong hands.

“Package theft is a crime that spikes a great deal around the holidays, and it is important for residents to be extra cautious when scheduling their online orders,” Chief Bongiorno said. “They should remember to set up a hold with package carriers if they plan on leaving town, and always require a signature whenever possible.”

Bedford Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips

Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department would like to offer residents some important safety tips as Halloween approaches to ensure everyone celebrates safely and responsibly.

Bedford Police Announce Promotion, New Assignments

Chief Robert Bongiorno is pleased to announce a promotion and new assignments for three members of the Bedford Police Department. Craig Naylor was promoted from the rank of Officer to Sergeant; Sgt. Rich Vitale was assigned as the new Detective Sergeant; and Officer Jeffrey French was assigned as the new Campus Resource Officer at Middlesex Community College.