Taunton Police Department

  • Agency: Taunton Police Department
  • Address: 23 Summer St, Taunton, 02780 MA
  • Chief: John Reardon (Acting Chief)
Phone: 508-824-7522

Taunton Police Department is located at 23 Summer St, Taunton, 02780 MA. The Acting Chief of the department is John Reardon. The Taunton Police Department phone number is 508-824-7522.

Taunton Police Department News

Taunton Police Department Media Release November 5, 2018 The Taunton Police Department is aware of a social media post that is circulating today regarding threats at Taunton High School. This post has been determined to be inaccurate. On November 1, the Taunton School Department was made aware that a Taunton High School student had made a threat toward other students on the evening of October 31. Upon learning of alleged threats, the Taunton School Department and the Taunton Police Department immediately launched an investigation. As a result of the investigation, the juvenile student who made the alleged threats was quickly arrested at his home on Thursday afternoon and charged with making threats toward other students. The juvenile did not attend school that day and was taken into custody without incident. The parents of the students who were threatened were contacted and advised of the investigation, and it was determined that there was no immediate threat to any students. The safety of all students is the top priority of the Taunton School Department and the Taunton Police Department. Any other questions regarding this arrest should be directed to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.

Message from the Taunton Police Department On October 28th, 2018 there was a large grey photo album turned in at Taunton Police Headquarters containing several family photos. It is not damaged, contains several photos and we believed may have been lost or misplaced by a member of our community. The Taunton Police Department would like to reunite this photo album with the proper owner. We need the help of our social media community. We have included a picture of the album and one of the first photos that appear in the album. Please share this post so we can get the picture circulated in an effort to identify someone from the picture or a family member and return the photo album.

DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday October 27th 2019 10:00 a.m to 2 p.m. Taunton Police Department-23 Summer Street Bring in expired/unused prescription medication time to clean out the medicine cabinets. National Take-Back Day is a safe convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. * The last Take-Back Day brought in almost 1 million pounds of unused or expired prescription medication. This is the largest amount collected since the program began in 2010. https://takebackday.dea.gov/ https://youtu.be/4O17ihuRIUM https://youtu.be/FY1Jd1gyZ00

COMMUNTIY HELP NEEDED VOTING IS NOW OPEN Help the Taunton Police Department earn one of eight 2018 AFTERMATH K9 grants totaling $16,500! Voting is easy – Go to Instagram page, follow @AftermathK9Grant, find the daily K9 Grant post, like and write in Taunton MA Police K9 Unit in the comments to earn an additional vote. Rally your friends, family, and community to support the Taunton Police Department K9 unit and those lovable four-legged officers! Individuals may vote once daily on Instagram. Voting has been extended to November 5th. Please vote responsibly. Votes will be tallied after the voting period ends and the winning K9 units will be announced on November 7, 2018. So be sure to spread the word, share this post and vote daily to help our department win a grant!

Chief Edward Walsh and members of the Taunton Police Department would like to send a special thanks to the Taunton Gladiators Football Team. Gladiators owner William Shivers and Dawn Ryan invited members of the Taunton Police Department and the families of Patrolman John Munise and Patrolman Christopher DeForitis to join them on the field tonight. The opening ceremony included a release of pink balloons in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and blue balloons to pay tribute to Patrolman Munise and Patrolman DeForitis. The Taunton Gladiators are playing the Worcester Fury for the Eastern Football League Championship.

Taunton Police are investigating the theft of a 2017 Peace Sports Moped. Moped was stolen from Trucchi's on Tremont Street sometime between 3:00pm and 6:00pm this evening. Anyone with information regarding the this theft is encouraged to call the Taunton Police Department 508-824-7522.

Taunton Police Department and Taunton Fire Department on scene at 141 Washington Street for a reported gas leak. Gas has been turned off and emergency services are assessing the situation. Please avoid the area at this time.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month and throughout the year—people wear pink to honor survivors, remember those lost to the disease, and to support the progress we are making together to defeat breast cancer. Chief Edward Walsh has purchased and authorized the members of the Taunton Police Department to wear a pink highlighted version of a Taunton Police patch on their uniforms to show support to the members of our community that may have been affected by breast cancer. Below you can see Patrolman Brendan Canary and Patrolman Evan Lavigne displaying the new patch.

Taunton Police Department PUBLIC NOTIFICATION Please be aware that Enbridge / Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC is scheduled to preform maintenance work at its meter station site at 685 West Water Street, Taunton MA. This work will be begin Monday October 15th, 2018 and should be completed by Friday October 19th, 2018. This work will require intermittently releasing a small quantity of odorized natural gas. There may be odor and noise associated with this work. There is no cause for alarm and there will be no anticipated danger to persons or property in the area. Police and fire will be notified shortly before and at the conclusion of the release activity. Any non-emergency questions or concerns you can contact Enbridge Gas Control a the Dighton Operations Office 508-669-5471, the Westwood Operations Office 508-938-7700 or the 24 hour call line at 1-800-726-8383. In the event of any emergency always call 911 first.

October 12, 2018 Members of the Taunton Police Department, along with Superintendent John Cabral, Principal Kathleen DeCouta and her staff, held a High Five Friday event this morning at James L. Mulcahey Elementary School. This is a good example of the continued cooperative relationship that exists between the Taunton Police Department and the Taunton School Department. The common goal is for every student to have a safe and fun academic experience. Check out the pictures and decide who was having more fun, the students or officers.

Child Safety Seat Check Point Saturday October 13th 2018 f 9am to Noon at 90 Ingell St (DPW)

A Message from: Taunton Police Chief Edward Walsh On behalf of the entire Taunton Police Department it is with deep regret and sorrow that I notify you of the passing of retired Patrolman John Munise. Patrolman Munise was a 35-year veteran of the Taunton Police Department before retiring recently due to illness. His dedication to our department and his work with the community will never be forgotten. The loss will be felt by many. The members of the Taunton Police Department ask that you keep Patrolman John Munise and the Munise family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

With the permission of Mr. Powell and the Improving Taunton Moderator.

Chief Edward Walsh is representing the Taunton Police Department today at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Orlando. Today he is speaking at the Midsize Agency Division meeting. Make us proud Chief.

A Message from: Taunton Police Chief Edward Walsh On behalf of the entire Taunton Police Department it is with heartfelt sadness and sorrow that I report that Officer Christopher DeForitis died today following a brief illness. Officer DeForitis, age 46, was an 18-year veteran of the Taunton Police Department. His contributions to our department and his positive impact on the community and among his co-workers has been significant. He will be deeply missed by all. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the DeForitis family. They are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Lt. Eric P. Nichols, Sgt. William Henault and School Resource Officer Elizabeth Morrison were at Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School today working with the administration staff on safety and security procedures. The Taunton Police Department and Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School is committed to the safety of the students and continually work cooperatively to review, practice and improve security procedures in an effort to ensure the safety of all students and faculty. During our time at the school today, SRO Morrison took the “Lemon Challenge” as part of a fund raiser the students were having in the cafeteria. As you can see by her reaction in the picture, our School Resource Officers will do crazy things in an effort to make connections with the students they serve and protect. Good Job Officer Morrison.

9/29/2018 National Seat Check Saturday. TPD certified CPST (certified child passenger Safety Technicians) will hold a Safety Seat Checkpoint from 9am to Noon at 90 Ingell St (DPW). This even is rain or shine. Need a car seat installed? Do you want to make sure the car seat you installed is correct for your child? Installed correctly? Stop National Seat Check Saturday.

PUBLIC INFORMATION NOTIFICATION The Taunton Police Department utilizes the Plymouth Bristol Emergency Alert System (CodeRed) to send critical communications to the public during emergencies. In addition to social media, the CodeRed system allows the police department to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas throughout the city. Today, at 6:00pm, the Taunton Police Department, in cooperation with the Taunton State Hospital, will send a drill message notifying residents, near the Taunton State Hospital, of the system. In the event of an actual emergency at the Taunton State Hospital, or any other area of the city, residents, that may be affected, will receive a telephone call notifying them of important information about the emergency. The system will only call a landline in the home or business unless you voluntarily enroll additional phone numbers like cell, TDD/TTY devices or email may be entered as well. We have included a screen shot of the informational brochure that explains the system and helpful instructions on how to enroll. Copies of the enrollment for are available at Taunton Police Headquarters or go to: https://www.pcsdma.org/codered.html Chief Edward Walsh and the members of the Taunton Police Department are committed to the safety of our community through information sharing and engagement.

You may have noticed a large trailer parked in front of Taunton Police Headquarters this week. Chief Edward Walsh has authorized the Taunton Police Department to be a host site for an anthropometric study conducted by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and Anthrotech, of Yellow Springs Ohio. This is a study of body measurements and size to better design police equipment and cruisers for the future. The study is affiliated with the International Association of Chiefs of Police where Chief Walsh is the Regional Chair, Midsize Agencies Division, Northeast North America. This is something that is voluntary for police officers; however the Chief and our Officers felt it was very important to participate. How does it work? Officers that participate go through a series of body measurements with full uniform and duty gear and then again with shorts and t-shirt. Additionally, the officers have their head, hands, feet and full body scanned recording a 3D image for the study. As a result of our participation and the application of science resulting from this study, we believe the future equipment and safety for police officers can continually evolve.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, Sept. 18 2018 Taunton Police Department Alerts Residents to Potential Flooding Today TAUNTON -- Chief Edward Walsh seeks to alert residents about the remnants of Hurricane Florence, expected to strike to the region Tuesday that could cause heavy rainfall and flooding. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a hazardous weather outlook for most of southern New England, including Bristol County. A flash flood watch will be in effect from 5 a.m. Tuesday to 2 a.m. Wednesday in parts of the state. The rain is expected to begin early Tuesday and the heaviest rainfall is predicted during the afternoon, with the potential for thunderstorms. The storm should taper off by Wednesday morning, according to the NWS. Chief Walsh would like to offer the following tips to help Taunton residents prepare for the storm: • Clear any storm drains of debris. • Ensure downspouts are pitched away from your home. • If prone to getting water in your house make sure your sump pump is working properly. • Be sure to have working batteries for flashlights and battery-powered lanterns to use in the event of a power outage. If you must use candles, keep them away from anything flammable and do not leave them unattended. • Keep cell phones charged. • Stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible. • Stay away from any downed power lines. • Check in on elderly or disabled neighbors. For all emergencies such as gas emergencies and downed wires, call 911. For outages and non-emergencies call Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant for electric at 508-824-3111 and Columbia Gas for gas service at 1-800-525-8222. A message from the Taunton Police Department and John Guilfoil Public Relations LLC Benjamin Paulin Phone: 781-428-3299 Email: ben@jgpr.net

The Taunton Police Department attended the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony today at John Shea Apartments. Many came out to remember and to pay tribute to the victims of the 9/11 tragedy, and to show the strength and unity of our community and the United States of America. Among the victims remembered were Peter A. Gay, a Taunton native, and Neilie Casey, the wife of a Taunton man, who perished in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Special thanks were given to Irene Fernandes, who started and has continued the event for seventeen years. Great job Irene!!

September 11, 2018 In honor of the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center’s twin towers, the Pentagon and the plane crash in Pennsylvania, Chief Edward Walsh and the members of the Taunton Police Department request that you take a moment today to remember the first responders, victims and all affected on that day. On this day, the members of the Taunton Police Department are reminded how honored and thankful we are to continually serve our great community. In a way to honor those we lost, we challenge everyone to practice random acts of kindness as a way to promote the spirit of “Unity” in our community. God Bless the United States of America.

Saturday September 8th 2018 from 9am to Noon Car Seat Safety Check Point 90 Ingell St Rain or Shine