Release - December 17, 2002
Office of the Commissioner of Probation
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|December 17, 2002
Holland, Director of Communications
SUFFOLK COUNTY PROBATION OFFICERS TEAM UP
WITH BOSTON POLICE TO ENSURE PEACEFUL HOLIDAY
FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE
Officers from three local district courts recently teamed up with
the Boston Police Department’s Youth Violence Strike Force and fanned
out across parts of Suffolk County during a three-day warrant sweep,
dubbed “Silent Night.” “Silent Night” is an annual collaborative
effort which teams Probation Officers with Boston police officers
to apprehend the most violent of offenders on the streets of Boston.
offenders were taken into custody. At least one of the offenders
had a ten-page record chronicling various assault offenses.
“Because of this effort, there will be some women and children who
will have a more peaceful holiday. Our goal was to get these violent
offenders off the street. These are people who not only assault
their intimate partners, they also have records that indicate that
they have a history of violent and aggressive behavior toward others,”
said Bernie Fitzgerald, Chief Probation Officer of Dorchester District
Court, one of the district court probation departments that participated.
Officers from West Roxbury and Roxbury District Court Probation
Departments also participated in the sweep. The Probation squad
was coordinated by Fitzgerald, Dorchester District Probation Officer
Thomas Todd, West Roxbury District Chief Probation Officer Anthony
Owens, and Roxbury District Acting Chief Probation Officer Nilda
Rios. The Youth Violence Strike Force was led by Sgt. Kelley O’Connell,
Sgt. John Dabin and Lt. Kevin Foley, who serves as commander of
the special unit.
“Silent Night,” which traditionally is a one-day, early morning
sweep that targets domestic violence offenders with outstanding
warrants, was extended to three days. The Probation Officers and
police officers visited 60 addresses. The sweep concentrated on
Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.
Massachusetts Probation Service is a department of the Massachusetts
Trial Court. There are 12 Superior Court, 70 District Court and
12 Probate and Family Court probation offices throughout the Commonwealth.
Probation’s Juvenile Court system includes 11 divisions which represent
every county in the state. The Office of the Commissioner of Probation
(OCP) serves as the central administrative office for the state
Probation service and the Office of Community Corrections which
operates 23 Community Corrections Centers throughout the state.