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Friday, June 21, 2013

Boston Strong Law Enforcement Challenge

Officers from Wrentham Police will be Competing in the Workout Marathon!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Breaking and Entering Call Leads to an Arrest for Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana

A Breaking and Entering Call Leads to an Arrest for Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana

On June 13th, 2013, Detective Sergeant James Barrett and Detective Barry McGrath are investigating the illegal cultivation of marijuana on Dedham Street in Wrentham.

The investigation began when Sgt. Jeffrey Smith, Officer Jon Coliflores and Officer Derick Cassidy responded to an apartment that had been the victim of a break.  After making the determination that the downstairs apartment had been victimized, officers went to the upstairs apartment to find the door had been kicked in while no one was home.

Sgt. Smith and officers entered the apartment to investigate the break and were overcome with the smell of fresh marijuana.  During their sweep of the home, Officers discovered a high tech green house inside the master bedroom containing potted marijuana plants.  The renter was later taken into custody by Officer Cassidy.

Officers secured the scene and contacted Detective Sergeant Barrett who responded to the scene to assist Detective McGrath.  Detective Sergeant Barrett obtained a search warrant for the apartment and seized evidence of unlawful cultivation of marijuana.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Pedestrian Crosswalk Enforcement Initiative

Wrentham Police Obtain Grant to Target Town Center Pedestrian Crosswalk Enforcement

The Wrentham Police Department was awarded a $3000 Pedestrian/Bicycle Grant by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) for 2013.  This traffic enforcement grant will focus on Wrentham Center, particularly crosswalk enforcement, as well as bicycle safety along the Pan-Mass Challenge route.

The Pan Mass Challenge is a 192 mile bicycle ride to raise money for cancer research and travels through Wrentham.  Officers will stage in areas of concern and cite motorists who violate traffic laws, such as passing at a safe distance, failing to yield to oncoming bicyclist, waiting for safe opportunity to overtake bicycle, etc.

There are nineteen crosswalks in the center area, eight of which cross South Street.  South Street’s speed limit reduces from 40mph to 25 mph northbound and 40mph to 20 mph southbound. Due to this sharp speed zone reduction, vehicles rarely slow to appropriate speeds making it difficult, if not impossible, for vehicles to stop for pedestrians in time.

The Wrentham Police intend to conduct targeted enforcement of speed and pedestrian crossings violations primarily in the center of Town. Crosswalk law enforcement decoys will also be used and serve as a more focused tactic to the pedestrian crosswalk problem. 

This enforcement will occur throughout the spring and summer, mainly during the months of June, July, and August.  The goal of this enforcement is to see more compliance with motorists stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks and better bicycle/motor vehicle safety.