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Burlington Police & Schools Partner to Bring National School Safety Speakers to Teacher Development Day

BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent and Superintendent Eric Conti are pleased to share that the Burlington Police Department and Burlington Public Schools partnered earlier this week to hold a staff development day for educators featuring two nationally renowned school safety speakers.

School Safety Immediate Release 3-15-19

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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.

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Burlington Police Respond to Crash on Route 3A

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018
Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: ben@jgpr.net

BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent reports that the Burlington Police Department responded to a crash on Route 3A Sunday night where a sedan collided with a police cruiser.

At approximately 8:15 p.m., police responded to the area of 276 Cambridge St. (Route 3A) for a report of a crash.

Upon arrival, officers found that a 31-year-old Boston woman, driving a 2017 Nissan Altima, collided with a marked Burlington Police SUV being driven by a Burlington Police officer. The officer was on patrol in the area.

The sedan continued after the collision and went off the road and struck a commercial building. The building sustained damage and the town building inspector has been called to respond.

Both the driver and police officer were transported by ambulance to a local hospital. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The initial investigation indicates that the officer was travelling on the northbound side of Route 3A when the woman, who was travelling south, crossed over into the opposite lane of traffic and collided with the officer’s SUV.

The Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section has been called to the scene to conduct the investigation and the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Route 3A will be closed while the scene remains active. Drivers are asked to avoid the area and seek alternate routes. Burlington Police have set up detours to divert traffic from the area.

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