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									                                                                  directing and motivating an otherwise disorganized
    COLONEL’S MESSAGE                                             community. Yet, this is not a story just about the State
                                                                  Police or Springfield Police or just about the skills or
                                                                  contributions of returning veterans (though that is a key
                      April 2013                                  component). This is a story about a partnership that is
                                                                  more than just a catchy word at a press conference or
                                                                  something written within a grant application. Deputy
                                                                  Police Chief Barbieri is responsible for several districts in
                                                                  the City of Springfield, including the North End where C3
                                                                  operates. Several years ago, when Trooper Mike Cutone
                                                                  began venturing into the North End in pursuit of “the
                                                                  ground truth” (Mike’s words), Deputy Chief John Barbieri
                                                                  could, at any time, have contacted the State Police to ask
                                                                  that Mike stay out of the North End. John could have said
                                                                  that this area is the jurisdiction of the Springfield Police
                                                                  Department and that troopers from B-3 (Springfield) have
                                                                  more than enough to keep themselves occupied. He
                                                                  would have been right on all counts. However, Deputy
                                                                  Chief John Barbieri and his Commissioner Bill Fitchet
                                                                  are not that type of law enforcement leaders. John is
                                                                  confident, intelligent and self-assured. He is respected by
                                                                  the members of the Springfield Police Department and by
                                                                  the residents of the North End who have a serious stake
Honored By the Business Community                                 in the outcome of C3 Policing. This project has worked
                                                                  because the State Troopers and Springfield Police Officers
Business West is a journal supported by the business              recognize that neither department has all the answers.
community in the four western counties of Massachusetts.          The C3 concept also works because of buy-in from the
Last month, Business West held their annual 2013                  neighborhood. How novel: two police departments, the
Difference Makers awards dinner at the Log Cabin Banquet          state police and a major city department, collaborating on
House in Holyoke. This year’s ceremony was unique in that         a project concerned only with an outcome that benefits a
two members of the Massachusetts State Police, Trooper            community. Sometime this Spring, CBS 60 Minutes will
Michael Cutone and Trooper Thomas Sarrouf, along with             air a profile of the Springfield C3 Policing project giving
Springfield Police Department Deputy Chief John Barbieri          national exposure to the accomplishments of this highly
received “Difference Maker” awards in recognition of their        successful police-community partnership.
work as members of the Springfield C3 Policing Project. I
am not shy about my pride in what these officers and the          A Commitment to Managerial &
rest of the C3 Policing Team -- Lieutenant Mike Domnarski,
Trooper Stephen Gregorczyk, Trooper Keith Armstrong,
                                                                  Leadership Development
Trooper Luis Rodriguez and Trooper Jeffrey Gordon have
accomplished in Springfield. Working in partnership                         One of the long term goals that I have consistently
with Deputy Chief Barbieri and his dedicated Springfield          stressed is a sustained commitment to management
Police Officers, the C3 Policing program has, in many             training and leadership development through external
ways, redefined police-community relations in one of the          educational opportunities. Our promotional process
Commonwealth’s largest urban areas. Most important,               is focused on measuring achievement, but that should
their collective efforts have made the North End of               never be confused with developing critical thinking
Springfield a better place for families to live and raise their   skills or shaping our future leaders. Being effective often
children.                                                         means stepping outside the walls of the State Police to
                                                                  gain outside insights and to seek other perspectives. I
        One of the many compelling facets of the C3               presented this mandate to Lieutenant Colonel Sharon
Policing story is the Green Beret Special Forces background       Costine last summer. The progress Lt. Colonel Costine and
of Trooper Sarrouf and Trooper Cutone. These troopers             her Division of Standards and Training staff have made in
provide experience and extraordinary skills at organizing,        just eight months has far exceeded my expectations.

                         Next month, Captain Christopher                              The International Association
                         Mason, Commander of the Cape                                 of Chiefs of Police and the
                         & Islands Detective Unit, will be                            Boston Police Department will
                         our first member in a number                                 be sponsoring the Women’s
                         of years enrolled at the National                            Leadership Institute (WLI) from
                         Academy (NA). The NA is a 10-                                April 22nd through the 26th in
                         week, in-residence management                                Boston. The WLI program is a five
                         and leadership development                                   and a half day, 46-hour course,
                         training experience at the FBI       focused on the unique challenges facing women leaders
                         Academy in Quantico, VA. Captain     in law enforcement. To develop current and future leaders,
Mason will be one of approximately 250 law enforcement        the curriculum focuses on enhancing the business,
leaders enrolled in the program from all 50 states and from   leadership, and personal effectiveness skills of female
20 nations around the world. The FBI NA experience is         leaders. Captain Jeanne Stewart, Detective Lieutenant
generally regarded as one of the three top law enforcement    Mary Richie, Lieutenants Deborah Simon, Lee Gullage,
management training programs in the country. To place         and Linda Marlowe as well as Sergeant Anna Brookes will
this opportunity into perspective, when an individual         be excellent representatives of the Massachusetts State
desires to be a chief of a major U.S. metropolitan police     Police in this unique and valuable program.
department, completion of one of these three programs is
generally a requisite for consideration.
                                                                                    During the week of April 29th
                                                                                    through May 3rd, fifty members
                          Captain Bruce Hiorns, the                                 of the Department in the rank
                          Executive Officer in Troop B,                             of Lieutenant through Detective
                          was recently accepted into                                Captain will be participating in the
                          the Master of Arts – Security                             FBI Law Enforcement Executive
                          Studies program at the Naval                              D evel o pm ent     A s s o c i a t i o n’s
                          Postgraduate School (NPS),          Command Institute Training Program. The focus of the
                          Center for Homeland Defense         Command Institute is to provide real life contemporary
                          and Security. After completing      and futuristic strategies and techniques for command
this 18-month program sponsored by the Department             level assignments. Command Institute students will be
of Homeland Security (DHS), Captain Hiorns will receive       engaged in such topics as preparing for command, leading
a Master’s Degree with a concentration in Homeland            a new command, leading change, organizational culture,
Defense and Security. As part of his studies, Captain         and succeeding as a police executive.
Hiorns will be exposed to world-class faculty from NPS and
will be required to complete a thesis on a topic relevant     We’re making an investment in the future of our greatest
to the needs of the Massachusetts State Police. Captain       asset – our members!
Hiorns will study with military leaders, DHS personnel, law
enforcement officers, fire services executives, and leaders   Colonel Timothy P. Alben
from the public health sector.                                Superintendent

Troopers Make Boy’s Dream Come True
In late February, Troopers assigned to the
 Troop “H” Community Action Team received
an unusual request from the Brigham’s and
Woman’s Hospital. A patient, fourteen-year-
old Christopher MacIver, requested to be
driven home to East Bridgewater in a State
Police Cruiser. On March 12, Christopher was
discharged and Troopers Jay Morris and Michael
Guerriero were able to make his wish come true.

Chris anxiously awaited the arrival of the
Troopers and told everyone that he was going
home in a State Police cruiser. Chris was given
several pieces of State Police memorabilia and
provided Trooper Guerriero and Trooper Morris
with a picture of a cruiser he had colored and
inscribed with “Thank you for this experience.”
The excitement could be seen in his face and
brought tears to everyone involved. Chris was
brought down to the awaiting cruisers and
rode home in the front seat of Trooper Morris’
new cruiser, operating the lights and siren like a
seasoned Trooper all the way home.

Although     these     were    extremely   sad
circumstances, this experience was rewarding to According to Christopher’s social worker at the
everyone involved. Most importantly, Chris enjoyed Brigham, Kristen DeVoe, “When Chris saw the state
the escort and his wish was granted.               police walking down the hall towards him all he could
                                                   say was ‘ wow...’ He had the biggest
                                                               smile on his face that I had seen in a long
                                                               time. He never stopped smiling from the
                                                               moment they came until the moment he
                                                               left to go ride home with them. I know
                                                               that this was a truly special experience for
                                                               him as it had been a dream of his to ride
                                                               in a police car one day.”

                                                                  In the evening hours of March 18,
                                                                  Christopher died peacefully in his sleep.
                                                                  The members of the Massachusetts State
                                                                  Police who had the pleasure and honor
                                                                  of meeting Christopher will never forget

                                                                   Left: Troopers Guerriero (left) and Morris share a moment with

Making a Difference Can Have Many Meanings

A    s we all go through our busy and hectic work and
     home schedules, we sometimes need something
– a story or an experience -- to remind us what is truly
important in our lives. This is one of those stories.

Although under extremely sad circumstances,
Members of the Troop “H” Community Action Team
recently undertook a very important

Troopers Michael Guerriero and Jay
Morris granted a wish for Christopher
MacIver, a teenager with a terminal
heart defect. He simply wanted
to be brought home from the
hospital in a State Police cruiser.
Troopers Guerriero and Morris
arrived at Brigham and Woman’s
hospital cardiac care unit armed
with sweatshirts, t-shirts, and hats
purchased by the Troopers and COA
president Lieutenant Kevin Calnan.

While this may seem like a simple
request, this “ride home” was truly
an experience of a lifetime for
Christopher and his family. I cannot
think of two better Troopers to
make Christopher’s wish come true.
Both Troopers Guerriero and Morris
described granting this wish as, “By                       Christopher gives Trooper Guerriero a drawing of a MSP cruiser
far, the most rewarding experience for both of us over
the course of our careers.”

Colonel Alben describes this escort home as “A great
effort by everyone. An example of what our people
are made of. [This is] the kind of effort that sheds the
right light on the quality of our members.”

This may be the most important thing H Troop does
all year.


Major Tom Grenham

Cutting Edge Technology
By Detective Lieutenant Robin Fabry
Crime Scene Services

The newest and most sought after
technology for crime scene diagramming
has been acquired by the Massachusetts
State Police (MSP) and is located at the
Crime Scene Services Section in Sudbury.
A state-of-the-art three dimensional laser
is currently in use to assist our Department
in complex investigations. Crime Scene
Services has selected and trained nine
members as operators of the 3D scanner.
The Leica ScanStation C10 is both a high
resolution panoramic camera and a 3D
                                                                          Trooper Chris Donahue of CSSS-Boston
laser scanner combined into one unit. It is capable of
quickly producing a precisely measured and visually
stunning 3D representation of a crime scene.                  measurements of the original scene.   With this new
                                                              technology, new or additional measurements can be
Typical crime scene diagramming involves generating           extracted and any new viewpoint can be explored.
a two dimensional diagram. Certain items such as
weapons, blood spatter, bodies, and bullet casings            Use of the Leica scanner ensures no measurement
are carefully measured and their locations within             is missed even if the scene has long been released.
the crime scene are documented to depict the initial          It incorporates software which allows the viewer to
aftermath of a crime. These diagrams are a pivotal            navigate throughout the scene by zooming in and out
component of an investigation. Besides portraying             to scrutinize each detail and to observe the vantage
the physical facts, they can relate the sequence of           points of persons present at the crime scene.  A “fly-
                                                              through” as well as a “fly over” of the scene can even
events at a scene and aid in creating a mental picture        be generated leaving no angle undocumented.
of the scene for those not present. The Leica 3D
ScanStation C10 advances this documentation to                The ability to navigate the scene can be valuable for
new heights.                                                  prosecutors as well. The Leica 3D scanner is on its way
                                                              to quickly becoming an essential part of courtroom
The ScanStation documents the scene exactly                   presentations. With this new technology, a jury will
the way in which the first responder encountered              be able to visually observe compelling exhibits of the
it.   Everything within its field of view will be precisely   scene in 3D. Prosecutors will be able to place the jury
measured. The ScanStation is capable of measuring             directly “into” the crime scene; data from the Leica
any distance up to 900 feet and can be used both              ScanStation C10 is not someone’s interpretation of
                                                              the scene, it is the scene.
indoors and outdoors and in sunlight or total
darkness. This versatility makes it an ideal tool for
                                                              In the last year, the ScanStation C10 was deployed
documenting and archiving of complex crime scenes.            by our Department to approximately fifteen crime
With over 50,000 measurements taken per second,               scenes. It was used in the documentation of seven
Leica’s 3D laser scanner produces a “point cloud”             police involved shootings as well as reconstructions
image which looks like a photograph. As cases unfold          of a double homicide and a fatal fire. Additionally,
and time passes, new witnesses or leads may develop.          the Leica scanner was recently used after MSP CSSS
The “point cloud” gives investigators the ability to go       personnel assisted in the scene documentation of an
back to explore detailed images and review accurate           out-of-state missing child investigation.

Current MSP policy and protocol establish the uses
of the scanner. Investigators should feel assured
and confident that they now have access to the
newest technology to assist them in completing the
most thorough and professional investigations. The
acquisition of this type of equipment reinforces the
commitment of our Department to advance and grow
with changing times. Currently, approximately two-
hundred Leica ScanStations have been purchased by
law enforcement agencies in the United States. The
Massachusetts State Police can be proud to say they
are a member of that very small list!

                                      Above: CSSS in action
                                      Below: Leica Scan of State Police Framingham H-2
                                      Below Left: Exploded view of ScanStation C10

                Bus Crash on Soldiers Field Road Injures Students

On Saturday, February 2, 2013, a group of Philadelphia-  Gallagher and James Ackerley arrived at the scene and
area students and chaperones on a field trip to Harvard  immediately determined that the situation required
University arrived in Massachusetts. The Destined for    additional assistance. Patrol Supervisor Sergeant
a Dream Foundation, a nonprofit agency that helps        Damian Halfkenny responded and coordinated the
underprivileged youths, sponsored the trip. After the    rescue of the trapped and injured parties. The Boston
visit to Harvard, the group of approximately thirty-     Police Department, Transit Police Department,
five teenagers and chaperones boarded their coach        Harvard University Police Department, and Boston
bus for the long ride back to Philadelphia.              University Police Department all dispatched officers
                                                         to assist with the rescue efforts at the scene and with
At about 7:45pm, the State Police Communications traffic control on Soldiers Field Road and surrounding
Section started to receive 911 calls regarding a bus roadways. The Boston Fire Department and EMS
that had struck an overpass on Soldiers Field Road in deployed numerous units to assist with this mass
Brighton. Some of the calls were from students on casualty situation and transported the injured to area
the bus. They did not know what had happened -- all hospitals.
they knew was that the roof of the bus had collapsed.
                                                         The bus driver, a sixty-seven year old Philadelphia
State Police Brighton H-5 immediately dispatched all man, was summonsed into court for Negligent
of its patrols to the scene. Troopers John Dwyer, Steven Operation of a Motor Vehicle and several civil motor
                                                         vehicle charges.

                                                     Workers tend to
                                                     injured in aftermath
                                                     of crash

Watch Center Training

Massachusetts State Police personnel assigned
to the Commonwealth Fusion Center (CFC)
recently attended analyst training in Concord,
NH. The Foundations of Intelligence Analysis
Training (FIAT) course is conducted jointly by the
International Association of Law Enforcement
Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) and the Law
Enforcement Intelligence Unit (LEIU). The week
long training provided basic analytic training to
the two analysts, Courtney Reece and Mackenzie
Richardson, who serve as Watch Officers at the
CFC. Among the instructors was Lisa Palmieri, the
Department of Homeland Services Intelligence
Officer assigned to Massachusetts.

Collages Highlight Troops, Stations

By Major Anthony Thomas, Commanding Troop “D”

Trooper Emad (Ed) Zakhary is a member of the 76th        framed, each troop would receive a collage for display
Recruit Training Troop (RTT) and an eleven year          at their Troop Headquarters. A second collage would
member of the Department. Trooper Zakhary’s entire       be created and displayed alongside all troop displays
career has been in the Division of Field Services.       at General Headquarters in Framingham. Ultimately,
He was assigned to SP Norwell D-1 when I came            Trooper Zakhary not only created the graphic design
to learn of his versatile skill set in web design and    of the collages but also crafted the wood frames
graphics. Trooper Zakhary’s ideas have been utilized     and laminated them. The dimensions of the collages
in a number of Troop “D” projects that were visual       displayed throughout the Commonwealth are 36” by
presentations of professionalism and inspired esprit     25”. As of this writing, Trooper Zakhary is completing
de corps. The projects that he undertook through         the final collage for Troop “F.”
his own initiative in Troop “D” are reflective of our
current time, retrospective of our nostalgic past, andI salute Trooper Zakhary’s outstanding effort,
always an example of the Department’s excellence in   dedication, and commitment to creating troop
policing.                                             collages with illustrations that will be a lasting symbol
                                                      of the Department for past, current, and future
During the past year, Trooper Zakhary embarked on Troopers to view and reflect upon. The collages have
an ambitious project with the endorsement of then become a lasting historical symbol -- sure to inspire
Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Alben to visit each troop, all who crack the hatch at their respective barracks
photograph each barracks, and identify notable areas -- when they report to duty and start their shifts.
of patrol responsibility. These areas were then to be Tremendous initiative and great job, Ed!
depicted in circular icons under the names of each
barracks. Once completed in a graphic design and

    Collages constructed by Trooper Emad Zakhary, DHQ.

Unit Profile: Narcotics Section
T   he Massachusetts State Police
    Narcotics Section has a long
and proud history of working with
Federal Law Enforcement partners
investigating drug cases that reach
across state and international
boundaries. Ten members of the
Narcotics Section are currently assigned
as Task Force Officers with the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA)
and the Department of Homeland
Security (DHS).        These Troopers
work side-by-side with their federal
counterparts     during     undercover
and surveillance operations. Task
Force Officers frequently work long-
term investigations involving large-
                                                                          Above: Marijuana plants seized in Wayland
scale trafficking organizations. These
investigations have taken Narcotic Section members
across the United States and around the world to                Due in part to DEA funding, the Narcotics Section also
locations in South America, Europe, and Asia.                   coordinates the Domestic Cannabis Enforcement and
                                                                Suppression Program which eradicates marijuana-
The Narcotics Section’s partnership with the DEA and            grow locations across the Commonwealth. The
DHS has provided the Massachusetts State Police                 Massachusetts National Guard is an integral part of
(MSP) with a valuable source of additional training             this effort. The Guard provides aircraft, pilots, and
and funding. Task Force Troopers have received                  ground resources for the summertime eradication
highly specialized training in areas such as wiretap            operations. As part of this program, the Narcotics
investigations, money laundering investigations,                Section also works with MSP Detective Units to
undercover operations, and technical support.                   enforce laws regarding marijuana cultivation and
Additionally, as part of its collaboration with these           production. Much of this work is done in heavily
federal agencies, the MSP receives a percentage of              forested and swampy areas, often requiring hikes
all assets seized during task force investigations. In          into remote areas in the heat of the summer. The
2012, troopers from the Narcotics Section seized                Narcotics Section is grateful to all of its partners who
almost $4.5 million dollars in U.S. Currency – a share          support these enforcement and suppression efforts.
of which will be deposited directly into the MSP’s
Asset Forfeiture Account.                              Through its dedication to partnerships, the Narcotics
                                                       Section has helped raise the profile of the Department
                                                       among other state and federal agencies. With
                                                       unwavering commitment to hard work, the Narcotics
                                                       Section continues to be a valuable and productive
                                                       part of the law enforcement community.

                                        Evidence seized in narcotics Investigation

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              Spotlight On: Trooper Keith Ledin
By Major Anthony Thomas, Commanding Troop “D”
                                                         nervousness and furtive movements, Trooper Ledin
“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability developed probable cause to search the operator and the
to outgrow small ones.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson            motor vehicle. The resulting search recovered $4500.00
                                                         in U.S. currency from the operator and approximately
Trooper Keith E. Ledin’s work ethic is dominated by
                                                         500 grams of heroin from an electronically operated
perseverance, effort, and the indomitable spirit for
                                                         secret compartment hidden in the vehicle’s floor.
making a positive difference. Whether it is policing the
urban areas of Brockton, Taunton, and New Bedford
                                                         Urban violence is a destructive by-product of illegal
as a member of the Massachusetts State Police Troop
                                                         firearm and drug possession. Suppressing urban
“D” Community Action Team (CAT) or serving two
                                                         violence is a “Big Job” and requires unyielding
deployments in Iraq as a member of the United States
                                                         effort from law enforcement. Within the last few
Air Force, Trooper Ledin has embraced the “Big Jobs.”
                                                         months alone, Trooper Ledin’s dedication to hot-spot
                                                         city policing has directly led to the seizure of seven
Trooper Ledin is an eight-year
                                                                                firearms and a large quantity of
veteran of the Department and
                                                                                narcotics. In a four day period
has been a member of Troop
                                                                                during the last week of March,
“D” CAT for the past six years.
                                                                                Trooper Ledin made two more
Trooper Ledin’s urban policing,
                                                                                gun arrests in Brockton. While
particularly in Brockton,
                                                                                we cannot say with certainty
consistently demonstrates his
                                                                                that these seizures and arrests
outstanding patrol procedures,
                                                                                prevented violence or loss of
astute awareness, and keen
                                                                                life, we can confidently say the
instincts. Trooper Ledin has
                                                                                Commonwealth is much safer
arrested numerous narcotics and
                                                                                and the threat of violence to the
firearms traffickers and, as a
                                                                                public from these weapons and
result, has been responsible for
                                                                                drugs has been mitigated.
keeping dangerous drugs and
weapons off the streets.
                                                                                In recognition of Tpr. Ledin’s
                                                                                professionalism, dedication,
Over the past few months, Trooper
                                                                                and tireless work ethic, Trooper
Ledin seized four semi-automatic
                                                         Ledin is recognized in French and Electric Blue’s first
handguns during motor vehicle stops in Brockton.
                                                         “Spotlight On” series. Well done, Keith, and thanks.
Trooper Ledin’s follow-up inquiries regarding these
weapons led to a joint investigation between the State
Police Gang Unit and the Brockton Police Department.
As a result of this state and local law enforcement
partnership, three additional automatic handguns have
been removed from the streets of Brockton.

In February 2013, Trooper Ledin stopped a vehicle
in Brockton because it had a cracked windshield.
After speaking with the operator and observing his

S to p Te a m H o s ts A c ti ve S h o o te r tr a i n i n g

Since the 1999 school shootings in Columbine,
Colorado, the STOP Team has provided a training
entitled “Response to an Active Shooter Situation”
to over 12,000 Troopers, local, college/university,
military, and Federal police officers. This one incident
changed the way police officers deal with the
imminent threat of multiple casualties in a confined
area. Police officers are now taught to set up with
one, two, or three other officers and make entry. The
training emphasizes gaining and maintaining contact
with the suspect while keeping 360o security. Room
entry, negotiating stairways, cover/contact, and
officer rescue are some of the topics covered in the

Since October of 2012, the STOP Team has provided
training to Wentworth Institute, Emmanuel College,
Troop F patrols, Troops E, F, and H Supervisors, D
Troop CAT, and the Whitman, Hanson, Longmeadow,
East Longmeadow, Wilbraham, and Hampden Police
Departments. Due to the high demand for this
training since the incident at Sandy Hook, there are       Above: Safety Gear Used in Active Shooter Training
                                                           Below: the MSP STOP Team Conducts Training at a Local School
eight more departments that are scheduled from
now until June; more requests are taken daily.

                       From the Danube to the Charles
                          Slovakian K-9 Joins MSP

                                                                          Trooper Berlo and Mako (Photo by Sgt. Sean Murphy)

S    tate Police Dispatcher Leigha Genduso has
     worked for the Department for five years and is
currently assigned to GHQ. She has also been involved
                                                           work. The dogs need to be purebred and have the
                                                           right instincts to even be considered. The standards
                                                           to become a police K-9 are very high. At the time
in animal rescue for the last eleven years. She recently   of Dispatcher Genduso’s discovery of the German
received word from a rescure group in Georgia of an        Shepherd, no donated dogs had ever been accepted
unusual find: a male German Shepherd that needed           by the Department. All had been purchased from
a good home. The dog was reported to be in good            breeders at a cost to the MSP of as much as $8,500
physical condition, had a great disposition, and           per dog.
appeared to have had some extensive K-9 training.
                                                      This dog was proving to be different. He did
A check of the dog revealed a microchip that was exceptionally well in his evaluation and was then
linked back to a dog breeder in Slovakia. The breeder scheduled to have a physical to check for possible
acknowledged the dog was originally trained and health issues. The dog was given a clean bill of health
purchased for estate security and said he hoped the and was ready for the next step: assignment to a
dog would be placed in a good home. Using her Trooper in the State Police K-9 Section.
own funds, Dispatcher Genduso paid to have the dog
shipped to Massachusetts. It was quickly determined
that the dog was friendly and responsive to Eastern
European K-9 commands and might be a good
candidate as an MSP K-9. Soon after arriving, the
dog was set to be evaluated for possible State Police

Every year, a variety of people and organizations
contact the MSP K-9 Unit in an effort to donate dogs.
When donated dogs are offered to the Department,
almost all are determined to be unsuited for police                                            Mako at water safety training

Trooper Gary Berlo, assigned to K-9 East, came up
as a possible match for the donated dog. Trooper
Berlo had recently lost his last K-9 partner due to a
medical issue. K-9 Troopers develop a close bond to
the animals assigned to them and Trooper Berlo was
no different; the unexpected loss of his partner took
a heavy toll on him and he was reluctant to take on
another assignment.

But Trooper Berlo did just that in and since then has
been surprised over and over again by the dog’s
character. Trooper Berlo named his new partner
“Mako” in tribute to his encounter with a shark on a
recent fishing trip. The dog’s character and work ethic
has been something Trooper Berlo has never had in a
K-9. Mako has quickly integrated himself into Trooper
Berlo’s work life and home life and together the two of
them have done some great work. They have located
missing people and recently found a gun during a
search for an armed subject in Troop “D.” Under the
guidance of his experienced handler, K-9 Mako has         Dispatcher Genduso and two rescue dogs enjoy a walk on the
proven himself in the field and is expected to do so      North Shore
for many years to come!

To date, Dispatcher Genduso continues her efforts in
animal rescue with the knowledge and satisfaction
that her passion has made a rare contribution to
the Massachusetts State Police. This great story was
recently profiled in the Boston Herald and gave the
citizens of the Commonwealth an inside look at how
Dispatcher Genduso has made a positive contribution
to the organization.

Below: Narcotics Training in Worcester

                                                                          Mako strikes a pose (Photo by Sgt. Sean Murphy)

AFIS Modernization
In 1986, Massachusetts was one of the first states in        Generation Identification technology
the country to install and implement a state wide            being deployed by the Federal Bureau
automated fingerprint identification system called           of Investigation. This will include future
“Sherlock” which enabled law enforcement access              capability for national searches of ten
to automated fingerprint processing for criminal             prints, latent prints, palm prints, and mug shots.
identity and crime scene latent searching. Currently,        Also included will be the capability to perform rapid
the Massachusetts State Police Automated                     identity checks via FBI’s Repository of Individuals
Fingerprint Identification (AFIS) is used by state           of Special Concern (RISC), which includes wanted
and local law enforcement agencies to enter,                 persons, sex offenders, and terrorists.
store, compare and match fingerprint data. The
Massachusetts State Police Identification Section                   The new AFIS must be capable of supporting the
operates AFIS to process both civil and criminal                    anticipated future volume of AFIS search requests,
fingerprint       record                                                                        especially the growing
submissions as well                                                                             demand for state and
as latent investigative                                                                         national civil background
searches.                                                                                       checks. EOPSS,
                                                                                                the Massachusetts
The Massachusetts                                                                               State Police, and
Executive Office of                                                                             the Department
Public Safety (EOPSS)                                                                           of Criminal Justice
recently signed                                                                                 Information Services
a contract with                                                                                 are collaboratively
MorphoTrak, Inc. to                                                                             deploying a highly
modernize AFIS. The                                                                             efficient, accurate, and
modernized system                                                                               flexible system to meet
is expected to help                                                                             the increasing demands
investigators solve                                                                             for this service today and
more crimes -- and seek                                                                         for years to come. The
justice for more victims             Above: ID Technician Oliver Lewis at His AFIS Workstation  AFIS modernization is an
-- than prior capabilities allowed. The existing                    example of how the Commonwealth, in partnership
system is accurate and effective; the new system,                   with the Department, strives to provide its law
however, will expand its capabilities significantly.                enforcement agencies with cutting edge technology
                                                                    to protect citizens and maintain public safety.
With the modernization, which is scheduled for
deployment in the summer of 2013, AFIS will be
expanded to become a full biometric identity system
using the most advanced technology available. The
new system will include both finger and palm print
storage and searching and will include storages of
other biometric submissions such as mug shots,
tattoos, and iris data. The system will be flexible
and expandable providing the framework for future
biometric matching technologies.

The new system will also be able to use the Next

The Way It Was
By Editorial Staff, Former Massachusetts State
Troopers Association
Editor’s Note: This column is the first of a regular series of columns
to be submitted by the FMSTA.

If you were lucky enough to be selected for training
at the State Police Academy in the late 1950s or
early 1960s, you were embarking on a career that
required you to work 112 hours per week and live in
the barracks. Lucky? We thought so and we could
not wait to return to the barracks on what was known
as the “first day back.” True, for some of the time on
your shift you were sleeping during the night hours,
but everyone was subject to being rousted awake
and sent out to answer a call if necessary. The system
required as few as thirteen or fourteen men in Troops
B and C and nineteen or twenty in Troops A, D, and
E. Troop F did not actually exist until the mid 1960’s.
Prior to that, Logan Airport was a Troop A substation.
Troops A, D, and E had around the clock patrols, i.e.
8A-4P, 4P-12M and 12M-8A. The rest worked 8A-4P,
1P-2A or 3A, and 10A-2:30P. Being woken up and sent
out was most common in Troops B and C. Personnel
were assigned to four evenly staffed lines with one
line on a day off, another returning to work, the third
on their “middle day” and the last line on their final (or
SDO) day. The system was called “one day off in four”
and was supposedly an improvement on the former usually driven by the Station Commander, a Corporal,
system of “one day off in ten.”                            or the Senior Trooper. “Boots” only had access to the
                                                           unmarked cruiser when they were allowed to wash
Each barracks was commanded by a Sergeant with it on their first day back. Motorcycles were used in
help from one or two Corporals. Three meals per good weather on a Trooper’s SDO day when he had a
day were served by a civilian cook (usually a woman four hour patrol. Without a radio or windshield they
from the local community) and one or two mess were more used for a “play day” than police work.
boys who were wards of the Commonwealth under Motorcycles were comfortable in the warmer weather
the supervision of the Department of Youth Services because they were air conditioned; cruisers were not.
(DYS). Bedrooms on the second deck were shared
by two troopers who, hopefully, were on different The summer and winter uniforms looked the same
lines. Some rooms (usually in Troop A) had bunk because they were the same. Summer uniforms with
beds because of the additional personnel and a metal slacks, a short sleeve shirt, and the campaign hat
locker or two to supplement the two closets in each were added in 1967. The firearm was changed from
bedroom. Uniforms and equipment were kept in the a Smith and Wesson .38 with a six inch barrel to the
closets when on time off. Civilian attire was worn to same caliber with a four inch barrel. The duty belt was
and from the duty station and transportation was upgraded to include an open, quick draw holster with
either by private vehicle or public transportation.        a leather ammunition holder. The cross-strap and tie
                                                           were eliminated from the summer uniform.
Most barracks had four or five cruisers and two or three
motorcycles for patrol. One cruiser was unmarked and (To be continued in May edition)


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