The Walpole Police Department has partnered with GetCrashReports.com to offer citizens a quick and easy way to get copies of their motor vehicle crash reports. Operators involved in an accident in Walpole, where a Walpole Police Officer responded, will receive a card with the incident number of the accident. Using that number, and following the directions on the card, you will be able to obtain your report within 72 hours, via the internet.
Of course, if you are not that computer savvy, you can still pick up copies of your report the previous way, by filling out and submitting the request form found on the Forms Page.
This service is quicker, and easier for operators, while being more efficient and cost effective for the department. In addition, the department will receive all of the benefits of moving to a digital format for filing reports, including getting access to detailed accident data and diagrams.
Last month, a Citizen Survey was sent out to half of Walpole's residents. Residents were asked to watch for the survey being mailed out with the town census. Since then, we have received more than 800 surveys back, which is fantastic.
This month, the second round of surveys are being mailed out to the other half of town. Again, we are asking residents to keep an eye open for the surveys that will arrive inside the town census. If you are one of the people who received your survey last month, and filled it out, thank you. If you didn't have a chance to send the survey in, there is still time for you to fill it out.
While the results of the survey will take time to analyze, we have received many comments from residents. Many of the comments are positive (I think the men and women of the PD do a good job), some of the comments are less positive (I don't see a police presence in neighborhoods, don't just come when needed). Many of the comments are constructive (need traffic enforcement downtown), but ALL of the comments are valued and respected by the department.
Please see below for a description of the Citizen Survey Program, and once again, watch the mail for your town census.
The first Rape Aggression Defense class of 2014 has just been announced. This popular program is taught entirely by members of the Walpole Police Department, and includes both classroom instruction, and hands-on practical exercises. You can read all about the class, and the new dates on the RAD page. Just click HERE.
On June 15, 2013, at approximately 8:40pm a lone gunman entered Dunkin Donuts located at 506 High Plain St. in Walpole.
The suspect jumped the counter before going to the drive thru cash register. He then punched in an order opening the draw. While there he encountered a victim employee and pointed the gun at him and stated he was sorry. The suspect then fled out the rear door in an unknown direction.
The suspect is described as a black male, "caramel color skin", 5'9", thin, 150lbs, wearing an oversized black hooded sweatshirt with no words or markings, black ski mask covering the lower portion of his face, black gloves, blue or gray jeans, black sneakers and carrying a black semi-automatic handgun in his right hand.
Isaiah Murphy, 23 (shown below), was arrested this week in connection with a string of armed robberies at Dunkin' Donuts shops. Murphy, a former employee, was arraigned on Wednesday, charged with two (2) of the robberies in Canton, and held on $200,000 bail.
As a result of an ongoing investigation, the Walpole Police Detective Division will be seeking a warrant for Murphy in connection with a similar robbery at the High Plain St. Dunkin' Donuts in June.
Mrs. Galvin's 3rd grade class at Boyden Elementary School decided to plant a garden this week at the South Walpole Square. The "Garden of Hope", as it is known, is in remembrance of the attacks of 9/11. The students were kind enough to invite members of the Walpole Police Department along, and the officers were immediately put to work with landscaping duties.
Below, Officer John Thayer digs a hole for some shrubbery while a couple of students decide what should be planted.
Unfortunately, our officers don't make very good gardeners, however, it was an opportunity for them to work closely with the kids, and it was a great day for the students and officers alike. After all the planting was over, Officer Hart (below) fielded a barrage of questions from the students, who asked "every question imaginable".
We would like to thank the Boyden Elementary School, Mrs. Galvin and her students for their invitation and for their work on the garden.