HPD & HFD Media Conference: October 29, 2012
by Paul Saulnier 10/29/12
Break-ins and specialized training dominate the last two weeks' events for the HPD and HFD.
Chief John Moore was first to give an overview. The police department was busy responding to an ever increasing number of break-ins, both to vehicles and homes. Chief Moore said that Woods Crossing has been especially hard hit, many break-ins occurring at night with residents at home. He urges people to call right away when anything out of the ordinary occurs. HPD has received calls up to a week after someone encountered a person looking in a window or claiming to be at the wrong address. Don't wait! And lock the car at night (see Sergeant Denman's advice (http://www.hollistonreporter.com/article/7426/Motor-Vehicle-House-Breaking-Entering-Alert.html).
A "sting" was conducted at local establishments selling alcohol using a young adult. All the businesses asked for positive identification and passed the test. Congrats all...
Police requalified on the use of firearms and Officer Andy "Dead Eye" MacGray earned first place in the tactical shooting competition in New Hampshire.
Another "Coffee with a Cop" is scheduled for Saturday, November 17th in the Town Hall from 9-11AM, and the traditional Senior Center Holiday Lunch, sponsored by the Holliston Police Association will be held on December 3, 2012.
Chief Michael Cassidy reported that the fire department responded to 23 fire incidents and 28 EMS incidents over the last two weeks. A low wire on Lowland Street was snagged by a box truck, snapping a pole, breaking open a transformer, and leaving several businesses without power for several hours. The Chief has been after NStar for some time to raise the wire. But Noooooo.
Chief Cassidy attended a conference in Waltham entitled Brain Trauma and the Athlete, a subject in the news lately. He said that there were five incidents of brain trauma at the high school last week, a fairly average week. He hastened to point out that not all events occur on the field. Sometimes they happen at home to an athlete and are counted if that athlete cannot practice or play as a result. But practice and game strategies have changed as the problem of brain trauma has become prominent in the public eye.
The Chief also made a presentation to preschool children on life safety (without scaring the dickens out of them).
While at Lowes on Saturday in search of mirror glue (you name it, there's a glue for it), I overheard the teller telling a customer that all the generators were sold. So, for you novice generator owners looking forward to your first midnight start, Chief Cassidy offers the following safety tips:
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