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Burlington Police Arrest and Charge Man Who Assaulted Officer with a Knife

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, Aug. 26, 2020
Contact: Melissa Proulx
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: melissa@jgpr.net
Burlington Police Arrest and Charge Man Who Assaulted Officer with a Knife
BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent reports that a Roxbury man was arrested after an alleged altercation with officers who were responding to a report of an unwanted subject at a local hotel earlier this month.

ASHTON ROSS, 34 OF ROXBURY, was charged with:

Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
Resisting Arrest
Disorderly Conduct

On Thursday, Aug. 13 at approximately 8:15 p.m., the Burlington Police responded to a local hotel to help remove a disruptive patron. When officers requested that the subject, later identified as ROSS, leave the building, he declined. Shortly after that, it was determined that 
ROSS has an existing warrant out of Boston for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. When officers attempted to take ROSS into custody, an altercation ensued in which ROSS allegedly drew a knife striking one officer with the knife, which cut his uniform shirt and ballistic vest. The officer was evaluated at a local hospital as a precaution, but was not injured.

ROSS fled the scene and was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit.

ROSS was arraigned on Aug. 14. Judge David Frank ordered the defendant held on $1,000 bail on this case and his bail was revoked on his open case. ROSS is scheduled to appear in the Woburn District Court for a pre-trial hearing on Sept. 17.

“Incidents like this highlight the bravery and dedication our officers show in the face of unpredictable risk,” Chief Kent said. “I’m grateful the officer was not injured and thank all who responded for their commitment to protect our community.”

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.


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Statement from Chief Kent on the killing of George Floyd

BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent and the men and women of the Burlington Police Department condemn the actions of the Minneapolis Police officers which resulted in the death of George Floyd last week, and believe they should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

“Police officers everywhere take an oath to protect each and every member of their community,” Chief Kent said. “The actions we saw unfold in Minneapolis last week are a stain on the profession of law enforcement.”

The Burlington Police Department believes in treating all people fairly and with dignity, whether they are calling for help, accused of a crime or just encountered in their day-to-day lives by police officers in the community. During an arrest or apprehension of a suspect, officers are trained only to use the amount of force necessary to ensure safety for the suspect, the officers and civilians in the area. Officers also undergo regular training on de-escalation techniques, diversity and inclusion, fair and impartial policing and procedural justice and police legitimacy. 

“The mission statement of the Burlington Police Department clearly states that our officers will work with all citizens of the community to create a safe and secure environment with an emphasis on equality, fairness, integrity and professionalism,” Chief Kent said. “We stand with law enforcement officers in the state, across the nation and around the world who choose to uphold this same commitment to protect and serve all citizens equally and without prejudice.”

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Late Night Shooting at Regan Park

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net
Burlington Police Investigating Weekend Shooting Incident not Believed to be Random
BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent reports that the Burlington Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurred over the holiday weekend.

On Saturday, May 23 at approximately 2 a.m., Burlington Police were notified of a non-fatal shooting that had occurred sometime after midnight. The victim was treated at an area hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Through the initial investigation, officers learned that the shooting had occurred at Regan Park on Sumpter Road. Officers and detectives responded to the park and processed the scene for evidence.

Burlington Police are actively investigating this incident and do not believe that the incident was random. The department has increased patrols in the area with uniformed and plainclothes officers out of an abundance of caution.

Chief Kent would like to thank Burlington residents for their cooperation during the initial investigation. Anyone who may have information regarding the incident is asked to contact Burlington detectives at 781-272-1212.


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Burlington Police Department Receives $3,000 Grant for Click It or Ticket Campaign

BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent is pleased to announce that the Burlington Police Department has been awarded a grant to take part in a Click It or Ticket Campaign this spring.

The approximately $3,000 grant was awarded to the Burlington Police Department by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) to fund additional seat belt enforcement patrols this May and June.  Press Release – Click it or Ticket


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Early 2019 RAD and RAD for Seniors Classes

Our 2019 RAD Women’s Self-Defense Course is being offered from Tuesday April 16th through Tuesday May 14th (5 Nights) from 6 to 9 p.m. – this program is FREE but we ask students to attend all 5 nights.  Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/iCdEnroYxAIb8IP33

We are also offering a FREE RAD for Seniors Safety and Self-Defense class for Men + Women aged 60 and over. RAD for Seniors is a 15 hour long program to be offered over 10 sessions. Classes will run for 5 weeks on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.mThe course will start on Tuesday March 26, 2019. The last class will be on Thursday April 26, 2019. If you are interested in this program please contact Officer Lyn Reynolds 781-505-4958 or email lreynolds@bpd.org to sign up. All classes will be held at the Burlington Council on Aging.

We offer personal safety and self-defense classes for women, seniors, men, and children. We teach the RAD programs for each group of adults and Radkids for children. You can find out more about these programs at http://www.rad-systems.com and http://www.radkids.org

Upcoming RAD classes are announced on our Twitter account @burlingtonpd and Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/burlingtonpd You can also sign up to be notified of upcoming RAD classes here: https://goo.gl/62u6z

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Burlington Police Department’s AmeriCorps Team Honored at P.A.A.R.I Ceremony

PAARI with Chief

P.A.A.R.I AmeriCorps Recovery Coach Jackie Tayabji, Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent and AmeriCorps Program Coordinator Margie Taylor (Courtesy Photo)

BOSTON — P.A.A.R.I Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade and Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent are pleased to announce that the department and its AmeriCorps service members were honored for their distinguished service to the Burlington community.

Recovery Coach Jackie Tayabji, Program Coordinator Margie Taylor, Chief Kent, Capt. Greg Skehan and Officer Robert Aloisi were presented with the P.A.A.R.I AmeriCorps Excellence Award yesterday at the graduation ceremony for the first group of AmeriCorps members embedded with eastern Massachusetts police departments to support their opioid recovery efforts.

“All our law enforcement host sites are worthy of recognition, but through their commitment to service and their community, the Burlington Police Department and its P.A.A.R.I AmeriCorps team went above and beyond to ensure that their program made a lasting difference,” Hunter McDade said. “The entire department bought into the program’s goals and supported Jackie and Margie’s efforts, which paved the way to make a significant and sustainable impact.”

Through hands-on engagement with members of the communities they serve, the first class of AmeriCorps members have been able to work with more than 4,000 individuals who have been directly impacted by the disease of addiction.

Burlington’s AmeriCorps team alone served over 1,300 people, helping to direct those individuals into treatment and recovery. As a result of their success, Burlington’s program will expand into a regional effort with the help of a Cummings Foundation grant.

“We’re so proud of what this program accomplished in its inaugural year,” Chief Kent said. “The work that our P.A.A.R.I team did will have a meaningful, lifesaving impact on thousands of people in our community, and I’m grateful for everyone in our community who contributed to making their work so successful.”

About AmeriCorps:

AmeriCorps is a civil society program that engages adults in public service work with a goal of helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. Members commit to full-time or part-time positions offered by a network of nonprofit community organizations and public agencies to fulfill assignments in the fields of education, public safety, healthcare, and environmental protection. There are more than 75,000 Americans in service each year.

About P.A.A.R.I.:

The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to help law enforcement agencies establish pre-arrest programs that create immediate and stigma-free entry points to treatment and recovery programs. P.A.A.R.I. works across sectors to provide training, coaching, and support; program models, policies and procedures, and templates; seed grants; connections to over 300 vetted treatment centers; a network of like-minded law enforcement agencies; a unified voice with media and legislators; and capacity building through AmeriCorps. P.A.A.R.I. is free to join and open to any law enforcement agency that believes in treatment over arrest and views addiction as a disease not a crime. Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has launched more than 320 law enforcement programs in 31 states, distributed 10,000 4mg doses of life-saving nasal naloxone, and helped over 12,000 people into treatment.