11/5/13 - Lt. Kevin McDonough and Sgt. Mike Benedetti are pictured here negotiating with a man holed up in his home with a knife. Lieutenant
McDonough negotiated with the man through an open window for over an
hour and a half. Eventually, Lt. McDonough was able to persuade the man
that he should “see someone” for his own good. A peaceful outcome was
At the last minute, the man panicked, reached for a
knife, and a struggle ensued. Lt. Kelly and Sgt. Benedetti jumped in to
assist Lt. McDonough. Lt. Kelly was cut and the man was subdued with a
TASER. In the end, the man went by ambulance for evaluation. We won't
tell you his name or even name the neighborhood for obvious reasons.
Lt. Kelly's wound was minor. He is fine. In spite of the fact that the
man grabbed a knife at the last minute, he was subdued without a shot
being fired. We handle calls all the time where people are struggling
with issues. It's a side the public seldom sees or hears about.
Lieutenants McDonough and Kelly and Sgt. Benedetti have received
commendations for this incident, for their courage and composure.
Crime Prevention Center:
10/30/13 How to avoid becoming the victim of a lottery scam
Little Things Can Send a BIG Message....
In crime prevention, little things can mean a lot. Take, for example you car's cigarette lighter or power outlet. It may not look like much to you, but it can send an important signal to thieves. Some criminals look at the dashboards of cars. If they see the cigarette lighter is missing or the cover is open on the power outlet, they figure there is at least a possibility that it has been taken out to accommodate a battery charger or power adapter for an electronic device. They're willing to take a chance that the device is not far away - maybe stored in the glove box or center console. So, when they don't see a cigarette lighter in a car, some thieves will break the passenger side window, and search your car, hoping to find some valuables inside. If you don't have anything, the criminal will just move on, looking for another opportunity. But he - or she - has left behind a mess of broken and shattered glass for you to clean up, and a colossal headache until you get the car repaired. Don't give criminals an opportunity. Whether or not you have anything, keep that cigarette lighter just where it belongs and the cover closed on those accessory outlets when you leave your car. If you do, you're much less likely to encounter an unwelcome surprise when you return.
-This tip brought to you from the NPD Crime Prevention Unit-