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Updated information from the Granby Police Department
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On Tuesday June 16th the Granby Police Department hosted the annual S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) picnic at Dufresne Park. Entertainment was provided by the Berkshire Hills Music Academy from South Hadley. Thank you to everyone that helped make the day a success.
The Granby Police and Fire Department were challenged to complete the “Push-Up Challenge” on behalf of 10 year old Luke Bradley from South Hadley. Luke has been battling leukemia and is an inspiration to all us. CRUSH IT LUKE!!! #lukestronger
Click on our Department’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Granby-Police-Department-MA/1520163171580195 to view the video.
At approximately 9am the Granby Fire and Police Departments were dispatched to the area of Lyman St and Rte. 202 for a possible chemical exposure. Once on scene, additional information was obtained that pointed to a possible chemical reaction taking place inside the greenhouse at Dickinson’s Farm. The fire department identified the area of the reaction and notified the regional hazardous materials team. A Level II Hazardous Materials Response was provided, bringing specialized equipment and hazmat technicians from throughout Western MA. The hazmat technicians rendered the chemicals safe and removed them from the greenhouse. One farm employee was transported to the hospital for observation and was released with no injuries. Upon investigation, the chemical reaction occurred when materials used to clean greenhouse irrigation lines accidentally mixed. The public was not at risk during or after this incident and the business will resume normal operations tomorrow.
The Granby Police Department announced today that officers will be out in full force over the next few weeks in a continued effort to increase seat belt use, in support of the Spring 2015, Click It or Ticket Mobilization. The increased patrols have been funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s, Highway Safety Division, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The focus of the increased patrols is to combine extra traffic enforcement, provide public information, and community outreach to reduce motor vehicle-related fatalities, injuries and economic loss. As the Summer Season approaches, the Granby Police Department would like to wish everyone a safe and happy summer and remind everyone to celebrate responsibly.
On April 14, 2015 the Granby Police Department was notified that three of our officers would be receiving Save Awards from the Western Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services Committee, Inc. The officers, Patrolman Jason Richard, Patrolman Ryan Senecal and Patrolman Jeff Lawson, are being recognized for their part in a medical call in which they and ambulance personnel responded and helped resuscitate a resident in need. Great job!
The Granby Police Department is excited to announce the department was awarded an Edward J. Byrne Memorial assistance grant in amount of $29,181. The grant will be used to purchase a new computer server and computers.
The Granby Police Department will join the 191 eligible Massachusetts law enforcement agencies in the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay. mobilization to crack down on motorists who text while driving. The campaign, which combines traditional and innovative enforcement strategies, is funded by a federal grant administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS/HSD) from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). The mobilization begins April 10, 2015 and continues through May 1, 2015.
“Driving and texting is illegal and irresponsible. People who break our state’s texting law will be stopped and fined. If you drive and text, you will pay,”
Texting while driving was outlawed in Massachusetts effective September 30, 2010. Adult drivers who write, send, or read electronic messages or browse the Internet while driving face a $100 fine for a first offense – even if the vehicle is stopped in traffic. Juvenile operators are entirely prohibited from using mobile phones and other electronic devices while driving, including to make phone calls. The fine for a juvenile first offense is $100 and includes a 60 day license suspension and required completion of a driver attitudinal course.
These costly violations underscore the danger inherent in the use of electronic devices while driving. Nationally in 2013, there were 3,154 people killed and an estimated 424,000 people injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
“Texting and driving requires motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving. It creates the proverbial ‘perfect storm’ for a crash, and no one has the right to put another person’s life at risk like that.”
The Granby Police Department was recently awarded a $4984.00 grant to combat underage drinking. The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS/HSD) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is providing $505,000 in funding to 71 Massachusetts communities on a competitive basis with awards ranging from $4,200 to $15,000.
Funds support compliance checks for minors in bars, restaurants and retail locations; reverse stings and “Cops in Shops” programs; “shoulder tap” solicitations; surveillance patrols; and party patrols. Through a combination of these techniques, departments analyze and crack down on minors who seek to circumvent the law and people and businesses that enable them. Over the past three years, activities under this grant have resulted in 485 youth citations and 340 arrests. Citations were also issued to 413 adults, and 352 adult arrests were made across the Commonwealth.
Although it’s illegal in all 50 States for youth under age 21 to buy or drink alcohol, NHTSA reports that nationally in 2012, 28 percent of the underage drivers who were killed in crashes had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 or higher.
“Teens and parents need to be reminded that underage drinking is not a game. It’s deadly serious,” “Parents need to know that hosting a party where alcohol is served to minors is illegal and extremely dangerous for young people and the entire community. Parents should also know they will face all legal liabilities.”
Progress has been made in Massachusetts over the last several years. Violations for underage drinking decreased 41.5% from 2007 to 2011 and arrests of drivers under 18 for operating under the influence decreased 45.4% from 2006 to 2010.
“Despite this hopeful trend, more work needs to be done to further reduce underage drinking and driving. The Granby police department, in partnership with EOPSS/HSD and NHTSA recognizes that traffic crashes are preventable and is committed to using this grant to reduce the number of motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries in Granby because any loss of life or injury on our roadways is one too many.
The Granby Police Department is now excepting applications for the 2015 DARE Basketball and Soccer Camps. The 2015 DARE Basketball Camp will run Monday July 6th - Friday July 10th (for grades 6-10) and Monday July 13th - Friday July 17th (Grades 3-6) Camp sessions run 9 am to 3 pm for session 1. NOTE: Session 2 camp hours have been reduced, Session 2 will now run from 830 am to 1230 pm daily. 6th Graders may attend either session. Those 6th grade players who attend Session 1 can also attend Session 2 on a space available basis.
The 2015 DARE Soccer Camp will be held July 20st - July 24th and is available to student’s grades 3 -10 (grades as of 9/15). The camp will run from 8:30 to 12:30 daily and is available to all area youth.
For more information you can contact Officer James White by email email@example.com or at the police station 413-467-2162. Applications for the camp are available at the police station, or at the police department’s website www.granbypd.org , under downloads, on the homepage of the website. Grades are as of September 2015. Camp fee is $50 (Discounts for multiple family members.) No child will be denied enrollment due to financial hardship.
On February 20, 2015 at approximately 06:22am, Granby Public Safety Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a male and female on the side of the road, near 17 Pleasant St., with an unknown concern. A second 911 call came in reporting that there was an accident involving a van and a pedestrian. Granby Police and Ambulance Personnel were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, officers found an elderly female victim lying in a snowbank being supported by a male party, later identified as the operator of the van. Ambulance and Police Personnel attended to the victim and she was transported to Baystate Medical Center with apparent life threatening injuries. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family members. The accident is under investigation by Sergeant Gary Poehler and Officer Wayne Mark of the Granby Police Department, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the District Attorney’s Office, and the State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Section.