Police Chief Gary Gemme

...now browsing by tag

 
 

Thank you, Worcester Police Department!

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

editor’s note: I know more than a few good people who have been killed or horribly maimed by cars careening down Worcester streets. PLEASE! Remember what we all learned (or at least what I learned) in driver’s ed: PEDESTRIANS ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY.

Even if they are j-walking, even if they are drunk, even if they are homeless panhandlers, even if they are crawling along …

Anyways, we never ever give a big thumbs up to the Worcester Police Dept. We do today! Thank you, Chief Gemme! And shame on the idiots who are whining about the police stings – and asking where are they and how can we avoid them? These folks have no respect for the inner-city residents of Worcester! Or anyone, for that matter!

This press release from the City of Worcester:

Pedestrian Fatal Accidents Increase over Past Year

Worcester, MA (January 4, 2012) – The Worcester Police report that there have been 6 pedestrian fatalities over the past year, an increase from only 1 in 2010; however, there were 325 pedestrian accidents reported in 2011, a significant decline compared to 384 in 2010.

As a result of the increase in pedestrian fatalities, the Worcester Police Traffic Division increased law enforcement tactics by increasing a plain clothes crosswalk sting operation throughout the city. This operation is known as “Operation Safe Cross.”

This sting involves officers dressed in plain clothes that cross streets in congested areas within marked crosswalks. Meanwhile, marked police cruisers are staged nearby and observe driver behavior. These marked cruisers would then act when a violation is observed. There have been 1,427 crosswalk violations issued in 2011 compared to 769 in the previous year.

The Worcester Police will continue to expand on enforcing cross walk safety for the upcoming year by focusing attention on traditional law enforcement tactics and maintaining the sting operations.

The Worcester Police Department and Worcester’s provincialism

Monday, October 26th, 2009

By Rosalie Tirella

I got a chance to catch last week’s Worcester City Council meeting. Appalling! To see all our city councilors get up to kiss Police Chief Gary Gemme’s ass – after he throws out his “you- should-thank-God-for-the-WPD crime” report. For without us, Police Chief Gemme was telling the council (not so blatantly, of course) this place would be Dodge City!! This place would be overrun with crime and criminals!” (truth: Worcester has a lower crime rate than Hartford, Springield, etc because Woercester has more upper income folks/families living in our city limits than cities like Hartford or Springfield do. And rich people don’t commit the kinds of crimes poor/desperate people do. Springfiled, Hartford – even Providence – have many more poor people – poor neighborhoods – than we do. In fact, Hartford is one of the poorest cities in New England and one of the poorest in the USA!). Click to continue »

Fourth of July special, courtesy of the Worcester Police Department!

Monday, June 29th, 2009

By Rosalie Tirella

How sad this had to happen right before the Fourth of July:

About three or so days ago, a guy and a Worcester cop were infront of a Worcester pharmacy – the guy getting arrested. The guy gives some lip service to one of Worcester’s finest as he’s being arrested, and the Nazi – I mean Worcester Police Officer – would have none of the guy’s sass. So what did the cop do? He pounced on the guy and began whacking him in the balls! Again and again! And after he was finished, he swung his arm around several times – as if to say: Whew! That took a lot outa me! Gotta stretch the ol’ muscles!

“Happy Fourth of July, Worcester! 

- body blows and kisses from the WPD!” Click to continue »

The Worcester Police Dept. investigates itself

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

By Ronald O’Clair

I thought that you would be interested to know the outcome of the Worcester Police Department investigation into my complaint – an account was published in the February 13 – 26 issue of InCity Times.
As I knew before filing the complaint, the charges against both officers involved were declared “not sustained” and “unfounded” in the letter the Chief of Police sent me to inform me of the resolution of my “case.”
I had three witnesses, besides myself, and though they were not exactly stellar witnesses, they do hear and see well enough that they saw and heard what they did.

No matter how many indignant citizens complain to the WPD’s “Bureau of Professional Standards,” the result is the same, time after time: “unfounded” or “not sustained.”

That is why I think that the Chief is so reluctant to release the records that the public has a right to be informed about. He does not want to let the people see how one-sided the so-called investigations are being conducted so that the police department can retain what shreds of dignity it has left, which are not many if you ask me. …

It really is not very funny when an injustice happens to you at the hands of those who are sworn under oath of office to “serve and protect” your rights as a citizen of the City of Worcester.

It is not funny when you take the time to protest the injustice, only to have them white-wash the incident to make it appear that the officers acted responsibly and in a professional manner, when any fool can see that they did not, and do not practice these policies on a daily basis here in the inner-city around the P.I.P. shelter. Click to continue »