Swing by The Danvers High School next Saturday, June 18th between 9am-12pm for the Danvers Kiwanis Club Bike Rodeo and Car Seat Safety Check!
On March 15, 2016 at 12:37 pm, the Danvers Police were notified by a concerned citizen who reported a possible body floating in the Mill Pond. Arriving officers did discover the lifeless body of an unknown individual floating in the pond. Danvers detectives along with Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office arrived on scene to conduct the investigation. Danvers Firefighters, utilizing cold water rescue gear, were able to retrieve the victim from the pond. As of this time, this individual has not been identified and his remains have been sent to the Medical Examiner’s office to determine cause of death and to assist in the identification process. Danvers Chief of Police Patrick M. Ambrose stated “We have checked the description of this individual against our internal missing person reports and various other local police department’s files but we have found no matches. We are currently working with State Police detectives in broadening our search efforts to identify him. I am hopeful that we can quickly make the identification so we can get him back to his family. At this time, the cause of death is unknown and we will be awaiting the results from the Medical Examiner’s office.”
On Thursday, March 10, 2016, the Senate Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to take action on legislation that would increase the felony threshold amount contained in a number of the Commonwealth’s property crime statutes. Senate Bill 2156, an Act relative to larceny, seeks to increase the property value threshold of $250 to $1,500 in the state’s larceny, use of fraudulent credit card, receipt of stolen property and destruction of personal property statutes.
This dramatic increase allows for the theft or destruction of higher valued property with less consequence for the offender. Misdemeanor crimes result in a court summons; felonies result in arrests. If the felony threshold is raised to $1,500, a thief could steal $1,499 worth of goods from your home or business and officers would not be able to arrest them. This bill affects not only shoplifting from national retailers, but thefts from small businesses, residential and commercial burglaries, car breaks and vandalism. Danvers Police Chief Patrick Ambrose said, “With the current opioid epidemic, this is only going to encourage more thieveries throughout the community.” Passing this bill will bind the hands off law enforcement officers across the Commonwealth trying to combat organized retail crime, burglary crews, and addicts stealing to support their habit.
The Danvers Police Department strongly urges you to contact your local representatives and voice your opposition to this bill as currently written. The Retail Association of Massachusetts has created a form to facilitate contact with your representatives, which can be found here: http://retailersma.org/advocacy-action-center?vvsrc=%2fCampaigns%2f45055%2fRespond
The Danvers Police Department is inviting the public to apply for the Citizen’s Police Academy that begins on Tuesday April 5, 2016. The 10-week program runs from 6: 30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday through June 7, 2016.
The Citizen’s Police Academy offers citizens insights into how police officers perform their duties and how the department serves the community.
The instruction will cover different areas of police work such as patrol, firearms, criminal law, crime analysis, domestic violence and the legal process. Participants are versed on use of force and actually get to fire a handgun under the supervision of a firearms instructor.
Police officers, supervisors, and civilian instructors with particular expertise will present each topic. A ride along in a cruiser will give participants a chance to see what real-time patrol is like.
The academy is free to any interested citizen who resides or works in Danvers.
To apply, contact Sergeant Olivia Silva at 978-774-1213, ext. 134 or email email@example.com. Applications can also be picked up at the Danvers Police Station or downloaded here.
At the Board of Selectmen’s meeting last night, Town Manager Steve Bartha announced that Patrick M. Ambrose has been appointed the Chief of Police in Danvers. Ambrose has been serving as Acting Chief of Police since May 2015.
Chief Ambrose started his career with the Danvers Police Department in 1985 as a Reserve Officer and was appointed as a full time Officer in 1987.
He was promoted to Sergeant in 1999, Lieutenant in 2003 and had been a Captain since 2005.
Last night, Chief Ambrose had the opportunity to speak to the Town Manager, Board of Selectmen, and those in attendance, including numerous members of the Danvers Police Department. Ambrose said, “ I am truly honored to be appointed the Chief of Police for Danvers. I look forward to leading the men and woman of this agency in providing the Danvers community with the highest quality police services.”
A formal swearing in ceremony will be held later this month.