The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, through the Highway Safety Division, has recently produced an important PSA about child safety seats. During the winter months, children in car seats are often buckled in wearing heavy gear. However, this could prove dangerous and increase the risk of injury in a crash because the seatbelt is not as close to the child. This PSA is designed to remind parents and caregivers to buckle their children in without heavy coats, and then put them on when they go outside.
Sometime in the beginning of January, a gravestone at the Rural Cemetery and the Plimpton Street Bridge were both vandalized. Both appear to be with a gold colored spray paint. On the Plimpton Bridge, it was signed "Golden Boy". The Walpole Police Department is seeking information pertaining to this incident, or anyone who may have knowledge of a person going by the nickname of "Golden Boy".
If anyone has any information please contact Detective Tim Sullivan at 508-668-1095. Tips may be made anonymously if preferred.
The survey that many of you completed in 2014 was published late in the year and reinforces the community's support of the police. Yes, there are areas we need to continue to work on and improve, but the vast majority (97%) felt the Walpole Police was responsive to their needs. When asked how well the WPD does in providing services to the community, 96% answered either excellent or good. The citizens provided us with an overwhelming response, with over 3,000 surveys returned. View the complete survey by clicking on the link below.
>> Walpole Police Department: Citizen Survey <<
Combating the Abuse of Heroin, Prescription Painkillers and Illicit Substances. This document establishes a strategy for the Walpole Police Department in its mission to suppress drug distribution & abuse. Copies have been distributed to all police personnel, and the Walpole Police Department openly shares its strategy with the public in a spirit of candor, and because we would not be effective without the partnership of our fellow citizens.
The Town of Walpole is not immune from the opioid addiction epidemic. Between 2011 and 2013 the town has averaged 14 overdoses within each calendar year and has unfortunately experienced 12 fatal overdoses, with the vast majority of these deaths being attributed to opiate addiction. In the first eight months of 2014, the town has witnessed 8 overdoses, 7 administrations of Naloxone, with one reported fatality. It is clearly evident that opioid pain relievers are the most widely misused or abused controlled prescription drugs in the Walpole area and have historically provided a gateway to heroin use, which is a cheaper and more easily obtained substance.
Of the fatal overdoses occurring in Walpole over the past five years, the age has spanned from 20 years old to the mid-forties, indicating that education of our youth is critical in avoiding initiation to opiates. Through sound policy and strategies within the Town of Walpole, the Walpole Police Department believes we can diminish drug abuse and overdose occurrences with collaborative efforts supported by the community.
Therefore, we present this Strategic Drug Plan, which can be viewed in it's entirety by clicking here: >> Walpole Police Department: Strategic Drug Plan <<
The plan will remain on the Walpole Police Department website, in the "Programs & Initiatives" section. In addition, as part of this plan a number of initiatives have been made available to the public through a variety of different resources:
Walpole Coalition for Alcohol and Drugs: The Walpole Police Department is significantly involved with the Walpole Coalition for Alcohol and Drugs, which is a key group of community stakeholders whose goal is to prevent or delay initiation to substances and helps reduce addiction. Citizens of all ages are encouraged to view the coalition's site and follow on Facebook at www.drugfreewalpole.com
Substance Abuse Services: Once a person suffering from a substance abuse has admitted that he or she is addicted and needs help, the department can assist in finding a treatment facility. The on-line tool for locating drug treatment programs provided by the Department of Public Health can be found at www.helpline-online.com
Educational Materials: Education materials on opioid overdose prevention are available for free from the Massachusetts Health & Human Services and the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse at www.maclearinghouse.com
Communicating & Assisting Our Community: The Walpole Police Department uses a variety of forums to exchange information with the community we serve; the most common being the departments website located at www.walpolepd.com and FaceBook Page
Report a Tip or Tell Us About Someone Who Needs Help: Any tip or information can be sent to the department's e-mail by clicking HERE. Tips remain confidential and are forwarded to the appropriate detective for follow-up and independent police corroboration.
Drug Treatment: Citizens in need of information regarding drug treatment may find a comprehensive list of area drug treatment facilities with their addresses and phone numbers at the end of the Strategic Drug Plan, which once again can be found here: >> Walpole Police Department: Strategic Drug Plan <<
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.