Massachusetts Environmental Police

  • Agency: Massachusetts Environmental Police
  • Address: 251 Causeway S, Suite 101, Boston, 2114 MA
  • Chief:
Phone: 800-632-8075
Fax: (617) 626-1670

Massachusetts Environmental Police is located at 251 Causeway S, Suite 101, Boston, 2114 MA. The Massachusetts Environmental Police phone number is 800-632-8075.

Massachusetts Environmental Police News

We are proud to join first responders across Red Sox Nation for the Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, First Responder #NoShaveNovember campaign. Officers from the Massachusetts Environmental Police participating in #NoShaveNovember will each be donating $100.00 to Home Base to further support their mission to heal the invisible wounds for Veterans, Service Members, and their Family Members. To learn more or support our mission, visit https://because.massgeneral.org/fundraiser/1742752.

- Be safe, be seen - Blaze orange, also referred to as hunter orange, is an important necessity for anyone who is outdoors in the woods during hunting seasons. While hunters are required to wear blaze orange during certain seasons, all outdoor users in and around the woods should wear blaze orange clothing as a precaution. To view a short video on the effectiveness of blaze/hunter orange or to learn more about outdoor recreation safety, please visit https://www.mass.gov/outdoor-recreation-safety-tips.

There is space available in this evening's Off-Highway Vehicle Safety Course in Oxford. For more information or to enroll, please visit:

The owner of a Lawrence auto repair shop has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in connection with illegally dumping over two thousand gallons of hazardous waste oil into the Lawrence sewer system, which discharges into the Merrimack River. Andres Pichardo, age 52, of Lawrence, pleaded guilty Thursday in Essex Superior Court to three felony counts of disposing of hazardous waste in a manner that could endanger human health or the environment, and without a license from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). These charges stem from an investigation by the Massachusetts Environmental Crimes Strike Force...the Strike Force is comprised of prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Office, Environmental Police Detectives, and investigators, attorneys and engineers from MassDEP who investigate and prosecute crimes that harm or threaten the state’s water, air, or land and that pose a significant threat to human health.

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While conducting a fish dealer inspection today in the City of New Bedford, Officers from the Massachusetts Environmental Police discovered a dealer to be in possession of a live Black Sea Bass out of season and 43 undersized live Tautog. The fish were alleged to have been delivered by two separate fishermen over the course of two days. Dealer records provided the names of both fishermen. While investigating the violation, one of the fishermen arrived at the dealer to sell additional live Tautog. Officers inspected the catch and found him to be in possession of 3 Tautog under the legal size limit of 16-inches. All Parties involved were issued civil citations for the violations. The undersized live fish were liberated into the waters of Buzzards Bay.

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, a Massachusetts Environmental Police Officer conducted a commercial permit inspection aboard a scallop vessel in New Bedford. The vessel was found to be permitted federally but did not possess a valid commercial permit to land scallops in Massachusetts. The Officer then requested the Captain display his catch of scallops to ensure compliance of the federally permitted possession limits. The Captain presented the Officer with the vessel’s allowable catch of 600-pounds; however, further inspection of the vessel located an additional 150-pounds of scallops concealed within a beverage cooler. The catch was seized and the vessel Captain was subsequently arrested for failure to display fish/catch upon demand. During the arrest process he was also found to be in possession of Oxycontin without a prescription. (MEP file photo)

On Saturday October 13, 2018, Massachusetts Environmental Police responded to a report of an alligator at the Comic-Con Event in Framingham. Upon arrival, the officer located an individual in possession of an alligator that was approximately five-feet in length, as well as a five-foot Burmese python and two rose haired tarantulas. The animals were found to be in poor condition and were subsequently seized and turned over to a permitted entity that is qualified in the proper care of reptiles. The individual was arrested on an unrelated warrant and will also be criminally summosed for the illegal importation and possession of the alligator at Framingham District Court; this remains an active investigation. Thank you to Framingham Police Department for their assistance throughout the booking process and to the reptile experts for their continued care and rehabilitation of these animals throughout the investigation.

On Monday, October 1, 2018, a case that began in April of 2017 in Warwick culminated in Orange District Court. On Friday, April 28, 2017, an individual within 500 feet of a dwelling discharged a shotgun from a roadway and killed a turkey. The individual was not permitted to be in possession of a firearm. The subsequent investigation yielded the following charges: unlawful killing of a turkey, discharge of a firearm within 150 feet of a roadway, discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, possession of an untagged turkey, carrying a firearm on a public way, possession of a firearm without a valid FID/LTC, and possession of ammunition without a valid FID/LTC. The individual was found guilty of multiple charges, subject to monetary fines, and loss of hunting license. Forfeiture of the firearm is pending.

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-Tautog Inspections Find Over Limit and Undersized Catch- 9/25/18: Inspection of commercial tautog fishermen at a dealer resulted in a total of 51 fish in possession (40 fish limit) with 29 of the fish measuring less than the legal limit of 16 inches. The fisherman was summonsed and all fish were returned live to the water. 9/27/18: Officers checked two people fishing for tautog, both parties refused to display their catch. 13 fish were eventually located, all of which were under the legal size of 16 inches. The majority of the fish were four-to-six inches too small. Both parties were subsequently arrested and their gear was seized. The individuals were charged with failing to display catch, possession of undersized tautog, over the limit of tautog, and no license. 9/28/18: While underway off of New Bedford, Officers boarded a vessel commercially fishing for tautog. The inspection resulted in a total of 34 tautog, 23 of which measured less than the legal limit of 16 inches. The fisherman was cited and all fish were returned to the water.

In Massachusetts there are animals that you are able to possess as pets, some of these animals may require a permit while others may be prohibited. If you are unable to care for a pet please do not release the animal outside, especially with cold weather approaching; this is cruel to the animal and detrimental to the native habitat. Contact a wildlife professional who can properly care for the animal. Massachusetts has strict pet laws. These laws are to protect both you and the animal from harm. For more information regarding wildlife as pets, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/guides/wildlife-as-pets. *This bearded dragon was recovered by officers yesterday after it was found roaming through backyards in Longmeadow.

Massachusetts Environmental Police assets are currently underway providing security for the USS Constitution. MEP Patrol Boat Thomas is serving as the patrol command vessel for the evolution.

It has been an exceptionally difficult week here at MEP, especially for our K9 officers, as we announce that another K9 has stood their final watch. At 1300 today, after five loyal years of service, K9 Brie’s watch ended. K9 Brie was diagnosed with lung cancer in January but continued to serve the Commonwealth proudly alongside her partner, Lt. Hennessey.

Boating safety courses being offered in Hingham and Wrentham. For more information or to enroll, click below.

Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers participated in the Annual Somerville Veterans Cruise where over 100 veterans enjoyed a day of camaraderie and support on Boston Harbor. The Annual Veterans Cruise is sponsored by the Winter Hill Yacht Club.

As fascinating as black bears are, on occasion they can cause problems for people. With the increasing number of bears found in many areas of Massachusetts, it is important for residents to brush up on their bear knowledge. Learn how to avoid conflicts by making sure your property and neighborhood are not attracting black bears. For more information, visit: https://www.mass.gov/black-bears-in-massachusetts

It is with great sadness we announce that at 1301 this afternoon K9 Rocco’s watch ended after a brief illness. K9 Rocco served the Commonwealth diligently alongside his partner, Officer Raimer, for several years.

Massachusetts Environmental Police continue to assist with the response in Lawrence.

Happy 5th Birthday to K-9 Jett!

Annually, on September 11, members of the Massachusetts Environmental Police Honor Guard participate in the Commonwealth’s 9/11 Remembrance Services held at the State House. Honor Guard Officers conduct a somber flag raising and lowering ceremony prior to the reading of the victims names; Officers also present colors preceding the Annual 9/11 Commemoration Observance & Madeline Amy Sweeney Award For Civilian Bravery Presentation. Madeline Amy Sweeney was the wife of a Massachusetts Environmental Police Sergeant and served as a flight attendant with American Airlines for 14 years. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Amy Sweeney had taken a shift aboard American Airlines Flight 11 - the first plane that was hijacked and flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. As the terrorists hijacked the American Airlines flight, Amy Sweeney had the courage and bravery to contact the airline’s ground services crew to convey critical information about the five hijackers and their fatal actions on the plane that morning. Because of Amy’s heroism and brave spirit, the Commonwealth created the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery, which is presented annually on September 11. Recipients of this Award demonstrate exceptional bravery, without regard for personal safety, in an effort to save the life or lives of another or others in actual imminent danger.

On Monday, September 10, 2018, Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers from the Inland West Bureau and personnel from the Western District of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife responded to the report of a moose in Adams. Due to the location of the moose, Environmental Police Officers specially trained in the chemical immobilization of animals were also on scene. With the assistance of MassWildlife, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Adams Animal Control Officer, Highway, and Fire Departments, the moose was successfully immobilized. The moose, a young bull weighing approximately 700 pounds, was subsequently transported to an undisclosed rural location where it was monitored until it fully recovered from the effects of the immobilization agent.