Watertown Police Complete Interactive, Scenario-Based Training with Support of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office

Middlesex Sheriff’s Officer Ryan Abrams and Watertown Police Sergeant Tom Dicker stand outside the MSO’s Mobile Training Center. Photo courtesy of Watertown Police Department

The following announcement was provided by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office:

Watertown Police Chief Justin Hanrahan and Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian have announced that 43 Watertown police officers recently completed interactive, scenario-based training facilitated by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO). Training was completed between April 22-26 in Watertown utilizing the MSO’s Mobile Training Center (MTC). During the training, officers were put through a series of video-based scenarios that replicated situations they may need to respond to on any shift. This included traffic stops and incidents in which individuals were in mental health crisis. These scenarios allowed officers to focus on the effective use of communication and de-escalation skills, with Watertown PD training staff able to provide immediate feedback.

Watertown Police Seek Information About Missing Woman

Bogalech Gedore

The Watertown Police Department announced it is seeking information from the public on the whereabouts of 34 year-old Bogalech Gedore. Bogalech came from the United Arab Emirates eight months ago to serve as a nanny for a family in Watertown. She was last seen by the family on the evening of Friday, May 10th. Bogalech does not speak English well and she is not known to have friends or family in the area. If you have any information that could be helpful, please contact the Watertown Police Department at 617-972-6500.

Fallen Fire Chief’s Legacy Remembered at Unveiling of Memorial Flagpole

Photo by Charlie BreitroseA crowd gathered at Fire Station 3 to remember former Fire Chief Mario Orangio on Monday. The flagpole was dedicated in his memory. Family, friends, and colleagues gathered around the Fire Station on Orchard Street Monday morning to remember a former Fire Chief who left a lasting legacy not just on the Watertown Fire Department, but fire departments across the state. Mario Orangio was the youngest fire chief in Watertown history when he was appointed in 2004 at the age of 37. He helped improve the EMS and ambulance service provided by the Watertown Fire Department, and saw the introduction of ALS (Advanced Life Support) service in his final year as chief, in 2017.

Police Log: Man Caught Taking Items from Nike, Resident Reports Scam Email

The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Police Department. May 1, 12 p.m.: The manager at Nike reported that a man came into the store with a Target shopping bag and placed a shoe box in and left without paying. A pair of Jordan low sneakers worth $115 was taken. May 2, 6 p.m.: A man came into Nike and took a Tech Fleece sweatshirt priced at $140 and a pair of sneakers worth $75. May 2, 8 p.m.: A woman was seen going into Target and took $295 worth of merchandise, including clothing and cosmetics.

Watertown Police to be Removed from Civil Service, Use Body Cams & Vehicle Cams

Some major changes will be coming to the Watertown Police Department in the near future, including taking patrol officers out of the Civil Service System, and officers will wear body cameras and have cameras on their vehicles. City Manager George Proakis told the City Council about the changes during his Fiscal Year 2025 City Budget presentation on April 30. The move out of Civil Service is intended to help the Police Department recruit and hire more easily, he said, and studies of other departments have shown that body cams have led to fewer citizen complaints, higher rates of prosecution and other benefits. Civil Service

The Civil Service rules apply to hiring, promotions, and the disciplinary appeal process. The first part has become more and more difficult for the Police Department, said Proakis, who added that he has not seen the same thing for the Watertown Fire Department, which is also in Civil Service.

Watertown Police Sting Nabs Nearly a Dozen Suspected Shoplifters

More than a dozen Watertown Police officers blanketed Arsenal Yards and the Watertown Mall Wednesday afternoon. They blended in, wearing street clothes, so they could approach shoplifters without attracting attention and place them under arrest. The sting nabbed 11 people in about six hours. The Watertown Police Department worked with retailers, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, and the Suburban Middlesex County Drug Task Force, to catch as many shoplifters as possible, and to send a message to others, said Watertown Police Chief Justin Hanrahan. “During the operation, undercover officers and loss prevention personnel from Target, Best Buy, Nike, Home Depot, and Ulta were strategically deployed across various retail establishments identified as high-risk locations for shoplifting.

Firefighters Extinguish 2 Alarm Fire in East End, the 2nd Blaze of the Day

Courtesy of Watertown Fire DepartmentFirefighters put out a two-alarm fire at a home on Melendy Avenue. A two-alarm fire damages a two-family home in East Watertown on Wednesday afternoon. The Watertown Fire Department received call for a smoke in a house on Melendy Avenue at 1:20 p.m. on April 24, said Watertown Fire Chief Ryan Nicholson. “Upon arrival companies found smoke showing from several windows from one of the units in a side by side two family. The residents of the involved unit were not home at the time,” Nicholson said.

Police Log: Shoplifter Caught with Items from Multiple Stores, Electric Bike Stolen

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department. April 12, 12:30 p.m.: A woman was seen rolling a shopping cart through Carter’s and filled it with children’s clothing before leaving without paying. The woman’s identity was determined, and the 33-year-old Boston woman was summoned to Waltham District Court on a charge of larceny under $1,200. April 12: A resident received a call from someone claiming to be a representative of National Grid, and told the resident that she owed $900 and if she did not pay her electricity would be shut off. The person told the resident to buy three $300 gift cards from either Target or Walmart.