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New Officers Join The Somerville Police

On Friday, Edna DaCosta and Thomas Lambert graduated from the Methuen Police Academy at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. Congratulations to Edna and Thomas!




BTCOD February 2018

SOMERVILLE, MA----February 7, 2018. This Beyond the Call of Duty Award is based on a recommendation from Marybeth Pero, who wanted to thank Officer Brian Pavao for his assistance on January 7.

On Sunday, January 07, 2018, Marybeth Pero's 9-year-old daughter, Jyanna, ran over to Officer Pavao to ask him directions to Cambridge Hospital. Officer Pavao, who was working a detail at the corner of Webster Avenue and Newton Street, walked over to where Jyanna pointed to Mrs. Pero gasping for air.

According to Jyanna, Mrs. Pero was having an asthma attack and was unable to communicate with the officer. Marybeth struggled to breathe and unable to call 9-1-1 sought immediate help. Without hesitation, Officer Pavao told Mrs. Pero and her daughter that he'd drive her directly to the hospital. With sirens on, Officer Pavao rushed them to the Emergency Room. At the ER, doctors informed Mrs. Pero that her oxygen was so low and her blood pressure was so high they needed to start treatment right away. Officer Pavao stayed with Jyanna as ER staff worked on Mrs. Pero's treatment. After Mrs. Pero's breathing returned to normal, she asked for the Officers name and thanked him. Mrs. Pero did not forget the Officer who saved her life, she wrote to the Somerville Police's Facebook page detailing her encounter with Officer Pavao. She wanted the SPD Command Staff to know of the Officer's impact on her and Jyanna. Mrs. Pero informed us today that due to the negativity surrounding law enforcement Jyanna had nervously approached the officer for help that day. However, after Officer Pavao's actions to save her mother, Jyanna now has a different view.

Great job Brian, for going above and beyond the call of duty, and thank you, Marybeth and Jyanna, for making sure that this story did not go untold.

Also, today is Brian's Birthday. Happy Birthday Brian!


Policy on Surveillance Technology


  City of Somerville, Massachusetts 

Contact:Denise Taylor,, 617-625-6600 ext. 210


Kacey Brister,, 617-625-6600 ext. 2620


October 4, 2017




Executive order balances privacy and civil liberty protections with police investigative and public safety needs;


Requires new approval, operational, and public notification protocols


SOMERVILLE–As surveillance technology proliferates nationally, the City of Somerville has joined 19 U.S. cities and two states working with the ACLU to protect individual rights while preserving public safety. On Oct. 4, with the full support of the Somerville Police Department, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone signed the Executive Policy on Surveillance Technology, which is believed to be the first such policy implemented in the Commonwealth



The new policy creates greater transparency and controls on potentially invasive technologies such as surveillance cameras. It goes into effect immediately and includes new approval, operational, and public notification and meeting requirements on the purchase and implementation of surveillance technology, with exceptions made for emergency police investigative or public safety needs.


Technology is changing fast, and it’s our responsibility to be sure our policies keep up, but we faced a real challenge here. New surveillance tools can be critical to effective police work. Meanwhile, privacy and civil liberty protections are critical to a free democracy. That’s why this policy introduces checks and balances designed to keep the public safe from crime as well as from privacy and rights violations,” said Mayor Curtatone. I want to thank the ACLU of Massachusetts, community members, and the examples set by our fellow cities for helping us develop an informed policy that best serves the public interest.”


Going forward, a multi-step process will now be required before new surveillance technology may be  purchased and deployed in the city. After the Board of Aldermen has approved any necessary appropriations or grants, this new process requires Mayoral approval and public notification plans that includopportunity for public meetings. In addition to various oversight requirements, the policy states that operational protocols describing how the department's use of the equipment will be regulated to protect privacy, anonymity, and limit the risk of potential abuse” as well as how and when data will be collected and retained and who will have access to any data captured” must also be transparent and pre- approved.


To ensure criminal investigations and public safety actions are not impeded, an exception allows the Somerville Police Department to use surveillance equipment on a temporary basis subject to a series of requirement and approvals, such as in the case of a lawfully issued search warrant.


Introducing greater transparency and engagement around the tools we use to protect public safety fits right in with our community policing goals. When we build trust and confidence in our force and our methods, we strengthen the community connections that ultimately help us keep Somerville safe,said Chief of Police David Fallon. “The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission understands this, which is why surveillance transparency is one of the steps required of police departments seeking full accreditation, as the SPD is.”


As other cities have done, the Somerville policy seeks to be future-proofvia requirements that will apply broadly to all emerging surveillance technology. However, specific steps regarding video surveillance—the only surveillance technology currently in use in Somervillewill follow. The SPD will be posting their policies and procedures for use and operation of all video surveillance technology as well as an inventory of all camera locations in the citySPD has noted that there is no evidence that identifying the location of cameras leads to more crime, but rather, it can be a deterrent.


  "Kudos to Mayor Curtatone for taking leadership on this critically important issue. Far too often, police departments across Massachusetts and the country obtain invasive, costly surveillance equipment in the dark, without any meaningful transparency or oversight. This executive policy charts against that trend, requiring public transparency and engagement, thoughtful deliberation, and approval by a democraticallelecteofficial before the Somerville police can acquire surveillance technology like drones and cell phone tracking devices,” said Kade Crockford, Technology for Liberty Program Director, of the ACLU of Massachusetts. Pursuant to this policy, we look forward to working with the people of Somerville to ensure new technologies don't get out ahead of our rights and encourage other municipalities in Massachusetts to adopt their own strong policies to that effect."


Read the Mayor's Executive Policy on Surveillance Technology 


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