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App tip from citizen leads to heroin arrest

Heroin Seized

Today, during a midday multi jurisdictional narcotics operation led by the Peabody Police Narcotics Unit, in conjunction with the Lynnfield P.D. K-9 Unit and the Ipswich P.D/D.E.A. Task Force Officer a search warrant was executed at a Peabody residence – 14 Collins Street #18. Officers seized approx 15 grams of Heroin and $3,500 in cash from the dwelling.

The Peabody Police Narcotics Unit conducted a several month long investigation involving area surveillance and other covert techniques. The investigation stemmed from numerous anonymous tips received via MyPD, an anonymous tip reporting venue available through the Peabody Police Website or may be downloaded as a smart phone app.  Peabody Police Chief Thomas Griffin would like to extend his gratitude to the community for their cooperation and assistance that has been offered to his officers. Community outreach and building relationships are imperative in maintaining a safe environment for our residents, said Chief Griffin.

Massachusetts communities, including states across the country, are experiencing a sharp increase in heroin overdoses and opioid addiction. Numerous states are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. The overdoses are triggered by the purity and ingredients street level dealers are peddling to their “customers”. Many police departments have adopted policies involving training their officers to utilize the drug Narcan, an opioid antagonist that is used for the complete or partial reversal of opioid depression, including respiratory depression. It is also used for diagnosis of suspected or known acute opioid overdose.

The Peabody Police Department is currently in the process of adopting the use of Narcan.



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Peabody Police Update iPhone Android App



Peabody Police Department announces latest version of their MyPD app with new features and  updated design.

Public will benefit from new app options and ways to connect to the police department.

Peabody, Massachusetts, October 30, 2014 – Peabody Police today announced the launch of Version 3 of their app, My Police Department or MyPD for short. The free MyPD app allows citizens to download an app for their Android or iPhone and easily connect with the police department right from their device.

A few thousand people have already downloaded the app to connect with the Peabody Police. The app previously had around 22 features and has now boosted the available options to over 30. It has improved many of the older options and completely overhauled the app’s design and user interface.

“The Public can get important updates from us as push notifications” said Deputy Chief Martin Cohan. “We can send the notifications through twitter or our dashboard and the user doesn’t need an account or to worry about missing an important tweet.  With the prior version almost any tweets got sent as an alert, with our new version we will send only more important tweets as alerts.  We encourage users to opt in to messages if they want to be informed quickly of updates.”

Crime and safety issues are also important for citizens to know about. The app includes resources and links on a number of topics; such as, victim resources, domestic violence, press releases, missing children, and many more.  There are also four background screens to swipe through and can be updated with pictures or wanted persons, missing people, or announcements.

Sending in tips about crimes or other quality of life issues is another way citizens can use the Peabody Police MyPD app.  It allows the user to either attach their contact information or send it anonymously.  Photos and GPS locations of incidents can also be attached from either the phones gallery or live camera.  Peabody receive between 10-20 messages a month from the public.

While the app links to or integrate with some social media, police say it is not another social network. There are no ads on the app and no account is necessary to use MyPD.

“We have been using social media like facebook and twitter for quite a few years now.” Said Deputy Cohan. “The MyPD app is not meant to replace those or be another social network. It is a tool for citizens to keep on their phones so when they need a phone number, to send a crime tip, or want to research something they have it readily available in an easy to use app.”

While the app is not a social media platform, it does have some social aspects to it and has added an interesting feature where users can “unlock” badges the more they use the app and interact with the police department.  “Basically the app user can climb in rank and unlock new badges” Said the WiredBlue and MyPD app founder Peter Olson. “We added this because many popular private sector apps do something similar and we thought why not try it with a public safety app.  We believe this is a first for a law enforcement app and moving forward we will continue to work with our partner agencies to build on it to provide users the best experience possible.”

The app also now lets users share some basic anonymous data about their age, gender, or how they found out about the app. This is optional and if shared will help the department to better understand who is using the app, how they found it, and if they live or work in the city.

MyPD is free for residents, contains no advertising, and users do not need to share personal information or set up an account to use the app.  Any information sharing is optional.

Citizens looking to connect with the Peabody Police should search for “MyPD” in their app store. Once the app is downloaded and the agency chosen it will always open to the Peabody Police Department and its resources. If you have feedback about the app you can send it under the app’s Feedback form, choose the topic of “App suggestions”.

For additional information about the My Police Department app users can visit: or  You can download the app in your app store by searching “MyPD”

Beverly Police and Salem Police are also providing the MyPD app platform to their citizens.

Sending Crime Tips

Submitting Crime Tips or Information to the Police

There are a number of ways to send crime tips into the Peabody Police department.  Tips can be sent about anything suspicious, or nuisance and criminal activity.

Online from your computer

If you have a crime tip or issue now or in the future you can use this anonymous and secure web form to send it in.  There are a number of topics to choose from. Examples: Drugs, Speeding, Schools, Neighborhood Concerns, etc..

The web form is available from our website, facebook page, and this direct link –

iPhone or Android phone or tablet

The same exact topics are available to you quickly from your smartphone.  Just download our police app, called My Police Department aka MyPD.  Once you choose our agency you click “Submit a Tip” and choose your topic.  You can also add a photo or GPS to the tip if you wish.

Search MyPD in your app store

How our crime tips work

crime-tips-MyPD (1)We use a 3rd party to handle the tip submissions.  This lets you send things anonymously and securely.  The data is secured through standard SSL from the app and web and since we don’t directly control either of them (logs, servers, etc) we do not receive your IP address or related information.  However you can share your information with us, which is good for us if we have follow up questions or you want us to know who is sending in the information.  It is up to you what to share with us.

It does help us if you can include as much information as possible.  The form is really quick and simple to use which is easy for you but please include details that help us understand exactly what we should know.  The who, what, when, where, and why of the issue.









Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Posted 3 hours, 41 minutes ago – National Weather Service

Severe Thunderstorm Watch 386 is in effect until 9:00 pm EDT For the following locations Ma.

Massachusetts counties included are Essex Franklin Hampden Hampshire Middlesex Worcester.

There are also expected thunderstorms between now and Friday evening.

Recommended actions Excerpted from

storm warningBefore: To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
More about what to do before thunderstorm and lightning.

During: Avoid contact with corded phones and devices including those plugged into electric for recharging. Cordless and wireless phones not connected to wall outlets are OK to use.
Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

What is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch?


This is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. A severe thunderstorm by definition is a thunderstorm that produces one inch hail or larger in diameter and/or winds equal or exceed 58 miles an hour. The size of the watch can vary depending on the weather situation. They are usually issued for a duration of 4 to 8 hours. They are normally issued well in advance of the actual occurrence of severe weather. During the watch, people should review severe thunderstorm safety rules and be prepared to move a place of safety if threatening weather approaches.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is issued by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Prior to the issuance of a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, SPC will usually contact the affected local National Weather Service Forecast Office (NWFO) and they will discuss what their current thinking is on the weather situation. Afterwards, SPC will issue a preliminary Severe Thunderstorm Watch and then the affected NWFO will then adjust the watch (adding or eliminating counties/parishes) and then issue it to the public by way of a Watch Redefining Statement. During the watch, the NWFO will keep the public informed on what is happening in the watch area and also let the public know when the watch has expired or been cancelled.


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Blizzard Warning

A Blizzard Warning has been issued for eastern mass coastline including Peabody until event clears.

A Blizzard Warning has been issued for eastern Massachusetts coastline including Peabody until event clears. Take all necessary precautions. Stay indoors if at all possible. Dress accordingly if going outdoors. Visibility will be greatly reduced limiting what you can see and whom can see you.

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snow parking ban Jan 1

The Director of DPS has declared a parking ban on all city streets effective 9:00 PM today due to weather event.

The Director of DPS has declared a parking ban on all city streets effective 9:00 PM today due to expected weather related event. Vehicles parking on the public ways are subjected to ticketing and/or towing at owners expense. All vehicles must be removed from the roadways at/before 9:00 PM this evening and continuing until rescinded.

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Scammers sending out fake Target emails

Scammers now adding to Target breach issue. Do not reply to email inquiries re personal data.

If you’ve been following the news this holiday season, you’ve probably heard that Target shoppers may have been affected by the recent data breach. Target notified their customers of the breach via email.

target-2013Unfortunately, scammers follow the news, too. Scam artists may send out phony “Target” emails pretending to help, but they actually want to trick you into giving them your personal information. And they are skilled at making the emails look real. If you get an email that says it’s from Target, here’s what to look out for to make sure you don’t get scammed.

*If any email asks for your personal or financial information, it’s most likely a scam. Say the email asks for your credit card number to check whether your card was compromised by the breach. What do you do? Don’t reply. No legitimate business will ask for your personal information through unsecure methods like email.

*If there are links in the email, don’t click on them, even if they seem legit at first glance. Scammers can easily create links and sites that look like the real deal, but can install viruses to your device or direct you to spoof sites that exist to steal your information. Hovering over a link can reveal a deliberately misspelled web address, or a completely different destination. Your best bet is to type the URL directly into your browser.

During the holidays, scammers may send emails promising a free gift card, a new tablet or computer, or even a seasonal job in exchange for your financial information. Even though these offers may sound tempting, delete the message and keep your information to yourself.

Here is some more info on protecting yourself

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Drunken Driving Patrols and Checkpoints

Peabody Police, Massachusetts State Police and other local police agencies will be using a federal grant to add extra patrols and checkpoints looking for drunken drivers.  Read more on Patch