A group of domestic violence victims
ushered in a safe and peaceful 2006 thanks to a warrant
sweep conducted by Probation Officers which resulted
in the arrest of 25 domestic violence offenders during
Six Boston Municipal Court Probation
Officers and one Assistant Chief from the Dorchester
Division joined forces with the Boston Police Department’s
Family Justice Center Detectives and the Department’s
Youth Violence Strike Force for a two-day sweep dubbed
Operation Silent Night. For the first time in the operation’s
history, Silent Night was put into effect citywide.
Quincy, Brockton, and Brookline police departments
all assisted in the effort.
Operation Silent Night targeted more
than 90 absconded offenders. Of the 90, 49 had probation
warrant violations from the Dorchester Division of
the BMC. Operation Silent Night is the brainchild of
Probation Officer Thomas Todd of the Dorchester Division
and has been in place for the past five years. Since
it was established, Operation Silent Night has resulted
in the arrest of 115 domestic violence offenders. Operation
Silent Night is an annual warrant sweep which takes
place generally between Thanksgiving and the Christmas
“We decided to do this because
of the increase in domestic violence during the holidays.
Domestic violence during this time of year can be attributed
to the stress of financial obligations and emotional
issues that arise during the holiday season. Family
members and former partners often try to rekindle and
mend broken relationships which may lead to creating
more problems,” Todd said.
Most of the offenders apprehended had
probation violations and had been charged with violent
crimes, including assault and battery and assault with
a dangerous weapon. For the first time since Operation
Silent Night was conducted, five women were arrested
on domestic violence charges.