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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

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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Burlington Police & Burlington Fire Department Host Community Safety Night


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

                                                             Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

BURLINGTON — Police Chief Michael Kent and Fire Chief Steven Yetman are pleased to announce that the Burlington Police and Fire Departments will be hosting Community Safety Night next week

“We invite residents of all ages to come out for a night of fun and good times,” Police Chief Kent said. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Fire Department and Chief Yetman to put on this great community event.”

WHEN:  Wednesday, August 8th, from 5-7:30 pm

WHERE: Wegmans parking lot, 53 3rd Ave.


  • Burlington Police Department
  • Burlington Fire Department
  • 3rd Avenue Burlington
  • Wegmans

WHAT:  The free event is open to adults and children of all ages. Those who attend can get up close views of police cruisers, fire trucks, ambulances and equipment used by the town’s first responders.

There will be K9 demonstrations and attendees can meet and speak with the police officers and firefighters who serve the Burlington community

Free hot dogs will be served and live music will be played, featuring dueling pianos.

“We hope to see a large turnout and I look forward to speaking with many of the residents that I have not had the opportunity to meet before,” Fire Chief Yetman said. “We have been looking forward to this event for months and it’s going to be a great summer night out.”


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Burlington Police Investigating after Pursuit of OUI Suspect Leads to Crash, Driver Refused to Stop for Police

BURLINGTON — The Burlington Police Department is investigating after a motorist refused to pull over during a traffic stop and led officers on a pursuit that resulted in a single vehicle crash.  Immediate Release-pursuit 7-16-18

At 2:05 a.m., a Burlington police officer observed a Nissan sport utility vehicle being operated erratically on Middlesex Turnpike with multiple taillights out. The driver was operating at a very low rate of speed and suddenly speeding up and swerving on the roadway. The officer suspected that the driver may be intoxicated. The driver got on the I-95 northbound ramp and proceeded to the highway, and the officer attempted to a make a traffic stop.

The driver refused to stop and drove away at a high rate of speed northbound on I-95, exiting at Exit 34/Winn Street. The driver then made a sudden U-turn and drove back up the wrong way toward a police cruiser, nearly striking the cruiser. The driver continued the wrong way up the ramp and began to drive the wrong way on I-95 before the vehicle jumped an on-ramp median and proceeding back north on I-95 northbound.

The driver attempted to exit the highway again at Exit 35/Rt. 38 but lost control of the vehicle and rolled it over, crashing at the bottom of the highway ramp near the Rt. 38 rotary.

The driver was ejected from the vehicle. He was taken to Lahey Hospital and Medial Center with serious injuries. He has been identified as a 24-year-old male from Uganda, however multiple forms of conflicting identification were found at the scene and in the vehicle, so police have not positively identified the driver at this time.

Several miniature bottles of alcohol were found ejected from the vehicle at the crash site, and alcohol is believed to have been a significant factor.

The pursuit reached speeds of approximately 90 mph and lasted for about two minutes. The pursuit was monitored by a Burlington Police Department lieutenant.

This incident is under investigation by the Burlington Police Department.


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Burlington Police Seek Residents’ Support in Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent and the Burlington Police Department are pleased to announce that they are competing against the Burlington Fire Department in the Battle of the Badges blood drive, and hope residents will donate blood in support of the police department.

WHEN:     Thursday, July 12, from 1-6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Burlington Recreation Department building, Murray-Kelly Room, 61 Center St.


  • Burlington Police Department

  • Burlington Fire Department

  • Burlington Council on Aging

WHAT:  The Burlington Police and Fire Departments have challenged each other to a Battle of the Badges blood drive, with both departments vying to have the most pints of blood donated on their behalf.

This friendly competition will help offset the shortage of blood that typically occurs in the summer months.

“Blood donations save countless lives each year,” Chief Kent said. “The goal of our competition is to help people in need, and we hope residents will volunteer to support this important cause.”

Anyone can take part in the contest and give blood to help the departments reach their goal of 50 units of donated blood — one unit can save up to three lives. The donation process typically lasts less than an hour.

The department with the most pints donated will win a trophy and bragging rights, at least until next year’s competition comes around.

Call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit the Burlington Battle of the Badges link to schedule an appointment. Individuals looking to donate can streamline the donation experience by clicking here to complete the pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of their appointment.

If you are unable to give, you can still volunteer to support the drive and encourage others using your social media platforms.