Police Department Report Surfaces

September 2, 2017
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By Sue Ellen Woodcock

Not only did Mayor Brian Arrigo get the nod to look outside the city for the next police chief, he also shared a report that he says only came to light a month ago.

The report includes several areas of interest for the years 2014 and 2015. The following information was taken from the report. For the full report go to www.revere.org/2015PDReport in the Mayor’s Office department link.

  • The Revere Police Department has 97 sworn members and 19 civilian members. In addition to the chief there are three captains, 13 lieutenants, 17 sergeants, and 63 members of patrol.
  • “While it is often desirable to promote from within, Revere has experienced a fair amount of turbulence over the past several years and the ability to bring in an outside leader with a different set of experiences could benefit the department in the future.
  • “The department appears to be top heavy with 33 supervisors and 63 patrol level members.”
  • It was widely acknowledged that the organizational chart was outdated and incorrect and no attempt was made to provide the correct chart.
  • “Certainly a police department is a paramilitary organization, however the intensity of this approach and its outward appearance should be evaluated as it does not appear to be well accepted.
  • A point of dissension in the department was the active involvement of the chief as a SWAT member.
  • The command staff appears to lack cohesion, and there is a fair amount of distrust within the command staff and from patrol to command staff.
  • What is in place and dubbed “community policing” is really just community relations.
  • There is little connection with the business or neighborhood associations.
  • The leadership culture is very militaristic.
  • The department upon approach looks like a military base (military vehicles)
  • Customer service does not appear to be a value.
  • drensber

    When I lived in Revere 4 or 5 years ago, I remember reporting some suspicious behavior in the alley behind Bianchi’s and the baseball field next to it. The person who answered the phone at the RPD spent most of the time arguing with me about whether there was actually a baseball field there.

    Despite this antagonistic relationship with the community that they’re supposed to serve, the deplorable, dirty “old-guard” of “Italians” and “Irish” (a.k.a. “white people”) in Revere continue to support this under the guise of “authoritarianism is good for public safety”.

  • Frank G. DeAngelo

    There used to be a baseball field on Winthrop Ave. I’m sure both the filed near Bianchi’s and Winthrop Ave will one day be the site of appartment buildings. Remember you heard it here first. I wonder if they will call it McMackin Appartments.

  • Frank G. DeAngelo

    I should know this but what exactly is community policing? I have had both good and bad experiances with the RPD. I try not to judge an entire department based on a few bad experiances. The two or three times I called them they responded before I even put the phone down.

  • drensber

    If you don’t see my “point” about what’s wrong with a police department that interfaces with the public that it’s supposed to serve in the way that I described, then you’re likely part of the deplorable problem.

  • Frank G. DeAngelo

    First of all I resent you saying I am part of the problem. I have had both positive and negative experiences with the RPD but far more positive. The reason I didn’t understand your point is that you did a poor job of expressing yourself. Are you calling Italian Americans dirty old guard? You sound like a real peach.

  • drensber

    A police department should never respond with hostility when one of the people who they are supposed to serve calls with a sincere report of suspicious activity. By blowing off my concern and implicitly apologizing for them (which is what you did when you changed the subject), you ARE part of the problem.

    Dirty old white people who are trying to maintain absolute control of the municipal government and police department, despite demographics that have drastically during the past 30 years are also part of the problem. In Revere, these people often refer to themselves as “Italian” or “Irish” just to play the “oppressed ethnicity” card, despite the fact that most of them are 3rd or 4th generation by now.

    This refusal to evolve by old people trying to maintain absolute control their “turf” is the main reason that Revere continues to languish while most of the Boston area is flourishing in a way that it hasn’t for more than a century.

  • Frank G. DeAngelo

    You are just like a regressive liberal friend of mine. You take what I say, twist it then get the biggest paint brush you can find and paint me as a bigot and as someone that supports poor performance by the police. Given that you can read, go back and see what I said. Where does it say I condoned poor behavior by the RPD. I stated that I have had both good and bad experiences with the RPD but mostly good. That is a fact. Meet me at RPD head quarters and we can pull the records of all the times I called and I’ll honestly tell you whether a particular incident was a positive or negative experience. Not to mention some of the positive things that the RPD has done for youth groups that I am associated with. I thank you to keep your ethnic slurs to yourself. I work with people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds and none of that crap you are spewing comes to the office place. BTW I am also part Hispanic and most likely darker that you anyway.

  • drensber

    The old guard of Revere have a long and deplorable history of defending their police officers’ bad behavior. In the 80s, many of them were caught on camera looting a local store while on duty. The dirty old white people of Revere stood by them. Slightly different versions of the same story have been repeated many times in the years since.

    The attitude seems to be “Well, they may be thugs and bullies, but they’re _our_ thugs and bullies and we support them”.

  • Frank G. DeAngelo

    You are obviously a racist and a bitter better person. I notice a common thread among people like you. You put words is other people’s mouth, you go off labeling people in a negative way if they don’t agree with you. You take all arguments to extreme absurdities. Just because someone is of a certain racial background doesn’t mean that they approve of poor policing. The mayor is working very hard to improve the RPD. Once again, given you can read, and more and more I am doubting that, check the Revere papers and read the report that the mayor has shared with the people of our city concerning areas where the performance of the RPD can be improved. You won’t be happy unless I say, “gee whiz, your’e right, the RPD sucks.” Then I would be like you painting an entire group of people because of the actions of a few. BTW it wasn’t many officers involved in the CVS robbery. Once again taking things to extremes. This will be my last post because one cannot debate issues with people like you. I won’t be checking this forum so know yourself out publishing your racist garbage because I won’t be there to read it.

  • drensber

    I voted for Brian Arrigo before I moved from Revere and I wish him the best, as he seems competent and well intentioned.

    Realistically, though, he’s up against the mentality of people like you who want to ignore reality and don’t want things to change. The point of the CVS robbery example (and the numerous similar scandals since) wasn’t the number of officers involved, it was the fact that the community deplorably defended and apologized for their behavior, just as you are attempting to do here.

  • Frank G. DeAngelo

    Where did I say I approve of poor police behavior. If you can show me that I’ll send you a check for $50.00. If you can’t then send a check to the RPD charity fund that supports youth programs. I’m so glad you moved out because we don’t need unreasonable people like you that just shoot off their mouth spewing lies and racial epitaphs. Show me some proof of anyone that thought it was a good thing that some RPD officers robbed CVS. Now get your sorry A$$ down to Police HQ on Winthrop Ave and drop a $50 spot for Revere Youth programs. You insinuate that Revere is a racist community, since you moved out there is at least one less racist and the city is better for it. Now be honest and tell my how many times you have been arrested. Get a job. Your’e just like my friend that doesn’t work. You have too much time on your hands and you collect various entitlements then complain that this country stinks. Glad to know you are some other cities problem. Check out this link then ignore it because it support my point of view.
    http://www.reverejournal.com/2017/09/02/police-department-report-surfaces/

  • drensber

    Frank: Your link is the story we’re commenting on here. The report that it discusses says that the RPD isn’t very community oriented.

  • Frank G. DeAngelo

    Yes I know what the report says because I read it twice. I challenged you to donate $50 to the Revere Police Charity fund if you can show me where I said I approve of poor police behavior or that anyone in Revere thought it was a good thing that some RPD officers robbed CVS. The mayor is taking the report to heart and using it as a guideline to improve the RPD. I’ll bet you double or nothing that those RPD officers that were involved in the robbery are no longer on the force. In fact lets make it none of the officers that were on the force at that time are still on the job now. Interesting how you judge the officers of today by something that happened 30 or 40 years ago. Is that how you make financial decisions by looking at how the market did in 1980? If so I know some people that would like to sell you some Polaroid stock options. You have been talking the talk now walk the walk and put your money where your mouth is.

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