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Wayland Police and Domestic Violence Services Network offer Resist self-defense course

The Wayland Police Department in collaboration with the Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN) had offered a “RESIST” self-defense class for adults. The class had filled up in less than 24 hours!!
The goal of the course is to learn how to escape from an attacker by using instinct-based skills/moves.
Last evening, those in the course participated in simulation exercises where they were “attacked”, and using the learned moves escaped from their attackers.
This part of the course is extremely intense and empowering for those in the class.

One Wayland business fails tobacco compliance check

On Thursday March 23, the Wayland Police Department conducted tobacco compliance checks of local businesses that sell tobacco products. An underage youth was sent into the establishments with instructions to attempt to purchase tobacco without showing any identification.

One, of the thirteen establishments checked, sold a tobacco product to the underage youth. Wayland Mobil, 315 Commonwealth Road, will be referred to the Wayland Board of Health for enforcement action.

The Wayland Police Department regularly conducts compliance checks at local businesses in an effort to reduce the underage consumption of alcohol or tobacco products.

Police seek information from public on Windy Hill Burglary

Wayland Town Crier 3/9/17: $100K worth of jewelry, electronics stolen in Wayland burglary. Police say at least one burglar stole more than $100,000 worth of jewelry and electronics from a Windy Hill Lane home on Tuesday. There are no suspects, Police Chief Robert Irving said on Thursday.

Police Press Release: On Tuesday, March 7th, at 12:41pm, Wayland Police responded to a residential burglary on Windy Hill Lane.  Upon arrival, officers checked the house and surrounding area but could not locate the intruder.  It is believed the burglar(s) may have been scared off by the return of the home owner.  Several items were removed from the home, including jewelry and electronics.  This case is under investigation by detectives and they ask anyone that may have any information to contact them at 508-358-4721.  In particular, detectives are interested in any sightings, between 8:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M., of suspicious persons or vehicles in the Windy Hill Lane area or the conservation and aqueduct area in close proximity to the burglarized house.  Evidence indicates that three-wheeled suitcases were taken from the residence and may have been used to hold other more valuable items.

Police ask homeowners to secure their homes when they leave, set their burglar alarms if they have one and to immediately report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.  If an unknown person knocks on your door and asks for directions or provides other excuses for them being there, it is possible that they are checking to see if someone is home before breaking in.  This type of activity should immediately be reported to the police so we can attempt to identify the individuals.  Vehicle descriptions and license plate numbers aid the police in investigating and identifying suspicious individuals.  As jewelry is often the target of residential burglars, it is suggested that homeowners hide their jewelry or store it in a safe place. If a resident comes home and discovers that their home has been broken into, they should exit the home and contact the police so a thorough check of the house can be made by officers.

Wayland Police announce appointment of new officer

Chief Robert Irving is pleased to announce the appointment of Kenneth E. Davis II as a police officer with the Wayland Police Department.   Officer Davis was selected for this position in July of 2016.

Officer Davis graduated from the M. P.T.C. Reading Regional Police Academy’s 26 Recruit Course on February 16.

Officer Davis graduated from Nashoba Regional High School in 2007.  He joined the United States Army in August of 2007 and served for five years in the field of intelligence collection, including tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq.  While on active duty, Officer Davis received a number of awards and commendations, including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.  At the conclusion of his active duty, Officer Davis enlisted in the U. S. Army Reserves and is based out of Fort Devens.

Prior to joining the Wayland Police Department, Officer Davis was a deputy sheriff with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department and was responsible for prisoner transportation throughout Massachusetts.

A swearing-in ceremony will take place at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting this evening, when Officer Davis will take the Oath of Office from Wayland’s Town Clerk, Beth Klein.

The hiring of Officer Davis brings the overall strength of the department to its authorized level of twenty-three.

Wayland Police Department announces Wayland Silver Alert Program

The Wayland Police Department in conjunction with the Wayland Council on Aging and various assisted living facilities in Wayland, has developed the Wayland Silver Alert Program in order to help improve the response time when a person with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, or other severe cognitive impairment is reported missing.

The Silver Alert Program is part of Wayland’s efforts to implement the Massachusetts’ Silver Alert Community Response System on a local level.  The Massachusetts Silver Alert Law outlines a set of procedures and communications protocols among state and local public safety and human service agencies in order to identify people with dementia who have wandered or become lost and return them safely to their homes.

Over sixty (60%) percent of people with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder will wander. Any family that is directly affected by dementia should consider registering for Silver Alert. Very few families expect a family member to go missing until it happens for the first time. Approximately six in ten dementia victims will wander at least once, health-care statistics show, and the numbers are growing worldwide, fueled primarily by Alzheimer’s disease. If not found within 24 hours, up to half of wandering seniors with dementia suffer serious injury or death.

The program involves working with people who have a family member at risk of wandering in order to collect information and a recent photograph that can help the police identify and locate the person. Collecting this confidential information before an incident occurs enables the police department to begin search procedures immediately, as collection of data after the person has already gone missing can delay an effective search for an hour or more, increasing the chances that the wanderer will be in danger.

There is no age requirement to be entered into this program. Residents who have a loved one with a serious cognitive impairment are encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Jamie D. Berger ( at 508-358-4721 for more information

The press release is available as a PDF online here.

Wayland Police Chief Robert Irving to retire in September

Wayland Town Crier 2/8/17: Wayland Police Chief Robert Irving to retire in September. When Police Chief Robert Irving came to Wayland in 2001, he thought he would only serve the town for a decade. Then, Irving decided he wanted to remain in town 15 years. Now, the 60-year-old chief is preparing to retire in September, at which point he will have led the police department for about 16 years.

Reminder from Police Chief about False Alarm Bylaw

Chief Robert Irving would like to remind all residential and business alarm owners in Wayland of Bylaw 83-2 in the Town of Wayland Code concerning false alarms.  The bylaw establishes the assessment of fines for excessive false alarms in a calendar year.  There is a $25.00 fine for the fourth false alarm and $50.00 fine for the fifth and $100 fine for each subsequent false alarm.

In 2016 Wayland Police Officers responded to 654 false alarms.  The department has seen a steady increase in false alarm calls since 2013.   Many of these alarms are repeat malfunctions at businesses or private residences.  False alarms strain the resources of the department and create unnecessary risk to officers and the public as a response is initiated.  All malfunctioning alarm systems should be repaired as soon as possible to avoid recurring responses from the police department.  Family members and employees should be trained on the operation of the alarm system.

Beginning January 1, 2017 false alarm calls will again be tracked by specific address. Fines will be assessed in accordance with the bylaw beginning with the fourth false alarm.  A copy of the Town of Wayland bylaw concerning false alarms may be obtained by contacting the police department.