In order to have a more diverse group within the police
department participating with the outreach activities in the neighborhoods, a
system of geographic responsibility has been established by Sgt. Greg Fawkes
under the direction of Chief Scott C. Rohmer. The officers involved are assigned
to each of the four neighborhoods (Neighborhood Officers). These officers are
primarily responsible for much of the outreach and problem-solving activities in
their neighborhood while continuing to answer calls to service throughout the
Town of Ashland.
A listing of Neighborhood Officers and their contact information
can be found below:
Acting Chief Stephen Doherty and the Ashland Police Department are very serious about
proactively preventing needless injuries or fatalities to children due to non
and or misuses of Child Passenger Safety Seats, Booster seats and or seat belts.
Chief Rohmer has made a substantial investment of manpower, time and recourses
to provide the citizens of Ashland and the area, as of May 2008, with two
Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians
certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The
Ashland Police Department also has two
recently certified and specialized Traffic Occupant
Protection Strategies Instructors. By building partnerships with parents and
caretakers we can and are making a difference.
Appointments to have your Child Passenger Safety Seats inspected and or
installed can be made by calling the business line of the Ashland Police
Department508 881-1212 and asking to make an appointment with our certified technician, Sgt. Ed Pomponio.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 2 to
14, due in large part to the nonuse or improper use of child seats and seat
belts. Thousands of children are needlessly injured or killed each year.
Working with parents and caretakers our goal here at the Ashland Police
Department is to ensure every child is properly secured and safe every trip,
By having your Child Passenger Safety Seat
properly installed according to the manufactures suggested recommendation you
can significantly reduce the risk of serious injury by (according to the
National Highway Safety Administration) “71 % for infants and 54% for toddlers.”
Are you and your child passengers properly restrained while driving?
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 3 to 14
in the United States, according to the Centers
for Disease Control (CDC). An average of 5 children age 14 and
younger were killed and 568 injured in motor vehicle crashes each day across
the United States in 2005. Even a sudden stop can seriously injure a child who
is not riding securely in the right type of child safety seat.
State and local police and others involved in child passenger safety (CPS) work
continuously to educate parents and caregivers on how to safely
transport children in motor vehicles. They are also ready to enforce the
Massachusetts CPS Law if necessary to protect children. In 2006 Massachusetts
drivers were issued 1,060 CPS Law violations for unrestrained children.
Tips for "best practices" when driving with children
Children should be in rear-facing infant seats from birth to 1 year AND until
they are more than 20 pounds.
Children 1 to 4 years and 20 to 40 pounds should ride in a forward-facing
Children who have outgrown a child safety seat, typically when they are over
40 pounds or5 years of age, should transition to a booster seat which
assists in the proper fit of a safety belt.
Children All children must be in a federally approved child passenger
restraint that is properly fastened and secured until they are 8 years old OR
over 57" tall.
Children 12 and younger should never sit in the front seat. The safest seating
position is in the back seat, away from air bags if possible.
Children 13 years of age or older should ride in the front seat, but should
position their seat as far back as possible from the air bag.
Always wear your lap and shoulder belt when driving -- it protects you in case
of a crash and it sets a good example for children.
Learn more by visiting the child passenger safety pages on the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration site at
Ashland Police Teaching
Positive Life Skills and Encouraging Police Student Interaction
G.R.E.A.T. stands for Gang
Resistance Education And Training Program. The training and program
implementation was funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice
Programs United States Department of Justice and provided at no cost to the
Police Department or the School System.
The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed
classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is
intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang
G.R.E.A.T. has developed partnerships with nationally recognized organizations,
such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the National Association of Police
Athletic Leagues. These partnerships encourage positive relationships among the
community, parents, schools, and law enforcement officers.
G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid
using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems.
The curriculum which is currently successfully implemented in over 1,400
community’s nation wide is a skills- based curriculum designed to produce
knowledge and attitudinal and behavioral changes through the use of facilitative
teaching, positive behaviors rehearsal, cooperative and interactive learning
techniques and extended teacher activities. The Curriculum has integrated
National Learning English Language Art Standards and National Health Standards
and is based on effective research practices.
Our goal at the Ashland Police Department is to prevent youth crime, violence,
and gang involvement while developing positive relationships among law
enforcement, families and our young people and to proactively protect Ashland
and to create a safer community. This program allows us to proactively fight
crime and safeguard our youth through positive interaction and education.
Because of our involvement with students we are starting to build relationships
that we hope will lead to reduced incidents of youth involvement of criminal
activity out on the streets and more positive interaction between us and the
“Our interaction with students has already been extremely constructive. We have
begun to introduce positive life skills that will help the students make good
decisions and healthy choices” stated Officers Tomaso and Pomponio Ashland
Police Department certified G.R.E.A.T. Instructors.
“The development of Ashland’s youth is extremely important to us here at the
Ashland Police Department. We are exceptionally excited to partner up with the
Ashland School System in going the extra mile to ensure that our youth are
equipped in every way to succeed” stated Chief Scott Rohmer.
Selectmen Arthur B. Shapiro and Selectmen Jon A. Fetherston have already served
as two of the program’s first classroom observers
The G.R.E.A.T. classes are open to community observation. If anyone is
interested in being a classroom observer please contact Mr. Carney the Principal
of the Ashland Middle School. The Police Department invites and encourages
parents, caretakers, community leaders and community members at large to get
Sergeant Ed Pomponio
The G.R.E.A.T. Program
"The goal of the G.R.E.A.T. Program is to
help youth develop positive life skills that will help them avoid gang
involvement and violent behavior. G.R.E.A.T. uses a community wide approach to
risk factors associated with youth involvement
in gang-related behaviors. The curricula were developed through the
collaborative efforts of experienced law enforcement officers and specialists in
criminology, sociology, psychology, education, health, and curriculum design and
are designed to reinforce each other. The three (3) different curricula are
intended for different audiences and are most effective when youth are exposed
to more than one of the curricula. The lessons included in each curriculum are
interactive and designed to allow students to practice positive behaviors that
will remain with them during the remainder of their development years."
To learn more please click on the G.R.E.A.T.
Program web site. Thank you.
Posted May 6, 2013, 9:07 PM by Officer Michael Vinciulla