Pittsfield Police Department

Pittsfield Police Department This is the official page of the Pittsfield (MA) Police Department. Please do not report criminal activity here. Go to www.pittsfieldpd.org and use the Report a Crime button.

The Pittsfield Police Department is a progressive, professional, contemporary law enforcement agency that is dedicated to our core missions of protecting lives and property. We work in cooperation with a wide range of constituencies to achieve this goal. The men and women of the Pittsfield Police Department have made a commitment to provide professional comprehensive policing in partnership with all our citizens. As we police and serve our community, we pledge to uphold the standards set forth in our vision, mission and value statements. Welcome to the Official page of the Pittsfield Massachusetts Police Department. We hope that through this page, our Official website (www.pittsfieldpd.org), and our Official Twitter account (@PittsfieldPD) we can enhance our public information outreach, create channels for two way dialog between the department and the community, and to embrace the Department’s belief of community involvement. Please note that this page is not always monitored, and time sensitive information should be directed to our department's non-emergency request for police number at 413-448-9700 IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY, DIAL 9-1-1. The Pittsfield Police Department reserves the right to block any Facebook user and remove any comments that are inappropriate or offensive; including, but not limited to: • Advertisements of any kind. • Profane language or content. • Content that promotes, fosters, or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation. • Explicit or implied sexual content. • Conduct implying, promoting, or encouraging illegal activity. • Information that might compromise the safety or security of the public. • Any other post that, by its nature or content, is argumentative, harassing, or disruptive. • Contain links to inappropriate websites. The Pittsfield Police will remove any posts or ban any users who violate the above rules or impede our ability to communicate with the public in an emergency. Users and posts may be restored once the emergency has been mitigated. If you have questions or concerns about this page, please contact our department Public Information Officer Lieutenant Gary Traversa at 413-448-9700 ext. 412.

Mission: The mission of the Pittsfield Police Department is to work in partnership with the community, to protect life and property, and enhance the quality of life in our city.

07/13/2020

****For Immediate Release****

Subject: Shooting Incidents

Authored By: Lieutenant John Soules

Authorized By: Chief Michael Wynn

Released At: 13 July 2020 10:58 AM

On Sunday 7/12/2020 shortly after 9:00pm members of the Pittsfield Police Department (PPD) responded to two separate ShotSpotter Activations. The first incident occurred in the parking lot of the Berkshire Peak apartment complex at 341 West Street and the second occurred minutes later near the intersection of Columbus Avenue and South John Street.

Shell casings were discovered at both locations and early indications are that the incidents are related. At this time it is believed that at least two individuals were shooting at one another at each location. No injuries have been reported.

Anyone who wishes to provide information regarding this case is asked to contact the PPD detective bureau at 413-448-9705 or Detective Bertelli-Hunt at 413-448-9700 x532. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).

07/10/2020

***Located***

The Pittsfield Police Department is asking for assistance in locating 13 year old Elijah Adams. If you have any information on Elijah's whereabouts, please contact the Pittsfield Police Department at 413-448-9700. #pittsfieldmissing

07/08/2020

***Update Ms. Cassidy has been located 7/9/20***

The Pittsfield Police Department is asking for assistance in locating 17 year old Cristina Cassidy, who was recently reported missing to the North Adams Police Department. Cristina resides in North Adams but may be in the Pittsfield area.

07/08/2020

****For Immediate Release****

Subject: Shooting Incident – Kent Avenue

Authored By: Lieutenant John Soules

Authorized By: Captain Michael Grady

Released At: 7 July 2020 9:42 PM

On Tuesday 7/7/2020 at approximately 1346 hours, members of the Pittsfield Police Department (PPD) responded to Kent Avenue in Pittsfield for a ShotSpotter activation. Callers also phoned 911 to report a shooting and said that a woman had been shot. Cooperating witnesses helped to identify the suspect vehicle as a maroon Chrysler van. That fact was later corroborated by video surveillance footage.

Officers encountered a female victim on the south side of the street across from 14 Kent Avenue. She was identified as a 43 year old Pittsfield resident and she had sustained apparent gunshot wounds. Shell casings were also discovered in the area.

Officers located the suspect vehicle a short distance from the scene of the shooting. The vehicle was towed from the scene and will be processed for evidence. Persons of interest have been identified and charges against them will likely be forthcoming. This investigation remains ongoing and additional details may be released at a later date. The victim’s wounds are not believed to be life-threatening at this time.

Anyone who wishes to provide information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Losaw at 413-448-9700 x572. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).

Sorry for the very late notice. Due to several crew members being off for the Holiday, or already on vacation, there wil...
07/03/2020

Sorry for the very late notice. Due to several crew members being off for the Holiday, or already on vacation, there will be no new episode of "On Patrol With the PPD" this morning. We apologize. Please enjoy your holiday weekend.

07/01/2020
City Hall - City of Pittsfield

City Hall - City of Pittsfield

***UPDATE (2:36 p.m.) - Hubbard Avenue underpass has reopened to thru traffic, one lane only. Please use caution. ***

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Please be advised that the Hubbard Avenue underpass (by Downing Industrial Park) is now closed to thru traffic in both directions for emergency repair work.

Members of the Pittsfield Police Department are investigating a reported armed robbery that occurred on Friday 6/26/2020...
06/29/2020

Members of the Pittsfield Police Department are investigating a reported armed robbery that occurred on Friday 6/26/2020. At approximately 11:00pm that night a masked man entered the XtraMart convenience store located at 420 Merrill Road in Pittsfield. He brandished a gun and demanded cash. The victim described the suspect as possibly being a six foot tall Hispanic male. He was wearing a full ski mask, green hoody, black pants, and black sneakers with white accents. A surveillance photo is included with this post. The quality is not optimal but we hope to release clearer images soon. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Matos at 413-448-9700 x576. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-448-9706 or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411). Please refrain from comments in the post.

Additionally, we would ask that store employees throughout Pittsfield pay special attention to individuals who appear to be loitering around their businesses. Some robbery and larceny suspects have been to known to “hang out” at a target location waiting for the opportune time to commit their crime.

06/26/2020
Pittsfield Community Television

Pittsfield Community Television

Originating from PCTV Studios. This is Mayor Tyer's latest update on important events in the City of Pittsfield.

Today we pause to remember fallen officer Leo T. Sullivan, who gave the last full measure on this day in 1956. Police Of...
06/18/2020
Police Officer Leo T. Sullivan

Today we pause to remember fallen officer Leo T. Sullivan, who gave the last full measure on this day in 1956.

Police Officer Leo Sullivan suffered a fatal heart attack while dealing with a drunk man at the Berkshire Restaurant at 141-143 West Street.

Officer Sullivan was off duty at the time and had called for backup to take the man to jail when he suffered the heart attack.

Officer Sullivan had served with the Pittsfield Police Department for 29 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Rest easy Sir. We have the watch.

https://www.odmp.org/officer/16608-police-officer-leo-t-sullivan

Our condolences to our fellow Western MA PD. This is a tough loss for them and their community.
06/17/2020

Our condolences to our fellow Western MA PD. This is a tough loss for them and their community.

Tonight our hearts are hurting. We all are grieving as we’ve lost a member of our family today. Officer Angela Santiago passed away due to an off duty motorcycle crash In Connecticut. She was a member of our blue family, the Chicopee Police Department family. Angela has been a Police Officer for six years and was currently assigned as the school resource officer at Chicopee High School. We wish to offer our prayers and condolences to her family and let them know that we will always be there for them and we will never forget Angela. May you rest in peace.

06/14/2020

****For Immediate Release****



Subject: Shooting Incident and Arrest

Authored By: Lieutenant John Soules

Authorized By: Chief Michael Wynn

Released At: 13 June 2020 4:11 PM


On Friday 6/12/2020 at approximately 12:11 in the afternoon, officers with the Pittsfield Police Department (PPD) responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the area of 150 Francis Avenue. Witnesses in the area also contacted police. Upon their arrival, officers discovered evidence of a shooting. A loaded firearm was also recovered shortly after the shots were fired.

The preliminary investigation showed that at least two parties were most likely firing at one another. While processing the scene, investigating officers learned that a 26 year old Pittsfield man had arrived at Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) with gunshot wounds.

Shortly after the incident officers located 27 year old Dane Kessler and placed him under arrest for his involvement in the shooting. At that time, Kessler indicated that he had been shot in the leg, and officers subsequently transported him to BMC for treatment. The wounds to Kessler and the other man are not believed to be life threatening.

Kessler is charged with Carrying a Firearm without a License, Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Dwelling, and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm). This investigation is ongoing, and anyone who wishes to provide information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Bassett at 413-448-9700 x529. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).

06/14/2020

Pittsfield Police Department
Media Release


****For Immediate Release****

Subject: Oak Hill Apartment incident

Authored By: Lieutenant Roccabruna

Authorized By: Chief Michael Wynn


On June 12, at approximately 3:02 am, a 56 year old Pittsfield resident of the Oak Hill Apartments called Pittsfield Police Dispatch and stated that police officers needed to protect his neighbors from him. He continued to say that he didn’t have long to live, he had a weapon and was going to use it.

Officers arrived to find the male resident sitting on a park bench just off the parking lot. He showed a hand gun and told officers not to come any closer or he would shoot. Officers took cover behind cars and attempted to talk the male into putting the gun down. He was offered a ride to Berkshire Medical Center to speak with crisis counselors.

Officers made several attempts to talk the male into putting the gun down but those attempts were answered with more threats from the male that he was going to shoot the officers. With no other way to safely end the situation the decision was made to use less lethal bean bag rounds fired from a shotgun to persuade the male to put down the gun.

The resident was hit in both arms and the side of his torso with four bean bag rounds. He dropped the gun and was placed in handcuffs. The gun turned out to be a BB gun. He was transported to BMC where he was treated for superficial wounds and spoke with crisis counselors. After his release from BMC, he was transported to the Pittsfield Police Station where he was booked under the charge of disorderly conduct.

06/14/2020
Cheshire Police Department

LETR Berkshire SOMA Special Olympics Massachusetts We couldn't take the Cruiser Convoy to Harvard this year, so today, we did it by County. This is the socially distanced Berkshire Cruiser Convoy in Lanesbirough this morning. Thank you Chief Garner for capturing the video for us!

Shout out to all the Berkshire County agencies that’s came out today to show and support our Special Olympic athletes. We will all get through this and be able to gather again at an event. So good to see everyone.

LETR Berkshire SOMA
06/13/2020

LETR Berkshire SOMA

Today Public Safety from Berkshire County came together as one for the yearly Cruiser Convoy for the Massachusetts Special Olympics. This year was much for different than other years though because today we were able to personally thank our very own athletes in the county!

Thank you to Chief Wynn of the Pittsfield Police Department and Chief Sorrell of the Lanesborough Police Department for making this all happen. Thank you to our Public Safety Officials who came out today and showed their support. As we all are experiencing these uncertain times, we never want our athletes to feel or think that we have forgotten about them.

A huge thank you though goes out to our athletes and their families for also showing us support today. At the end of the the day, behind the badge and cruiser, we are all family and love you all! Please stay healthy and please stay safe!

06/11/2020

****For Immediate Release****

Subject: Burglary Suspects - UPDATE

Authored By: Lieutenant John Soules

Authorized By: Chief Michael Wynn

Released At: 11 June 2020 10:58 AM

Members of The Pittsfield Police Department Detective Bureau have been investigating a theft of computers from Berkshire Healthcare Systems that occurred several months ago. The computers were new, in-the-box and had no personal information or organizational information from Berkshire Healthcare Systems on them.

As a result of the investigation, two suspects have been identified as 33 year old Pittsfield resident Robert McBain and 33 year old Eric Guerrin with a last known address in Cheshire MA.

On Wednesday 6/3/2020 PPD Investigators arrested McBain at a hotel in Pittsfield on a felony warrant charging him with Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime with Intent to Commit a Felony and Larceny over $1200. At the time of his arrest, McBain was found to be in possession of a large amount of cocaine and was additionally charged with Trafficking in Cocaine.

There is currently an active arrest warrant for Eric Guerrin whose whereabouts is unknown. Anyone who has information about Guerrin’s whereabouts, or who wishes to provide information regarding this case, is asked to contact Detective Losaw at 413-448-9700 x572. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).

06/09/2020

****For Immediate Release****

Subject: Shooting Incidents

Authored By: Lieutenant John Soules

Authorized By: Chief Michael Wynn

Released At: 9 June 2020 9:42 AM

On Thursday 5/28/2020 members of the Pittsfield Police Department (PPD) patrol division were dispatched code three (lights and sirens) to a residence on Second Street for a report of a person with a handgun. Responding patrol officers encountered 33-year-old Pittsfield resident Joshua Stimpson on scene and located a loaded 9mm pistol that Stimpson admitted was his. As a result, officers arrested Stimpson and charged him with:

1. CARRYING A FIREARM WITHOUT A LICENSE – 269/10/J
2. POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION WITHOUT FID CARD – 269/10/TT

On Friday 5/29/2020 members of the Berkshire County Anti-Crime Unit (ACU) and PPD Detective Bureau / Drug Unit conducted a near-simultaneous traffic stop and search warrant execution involving 31-year-old Pittsfield resident Ryan Aulisio. Aulisio was wanted for a shooting incident that had occurred in Pittsfield several days prior during which a vehicle had been struck by gunfire, though no injuries were reported. Aulisio was also suspected of distributing illegal drugs. Investigators discovered over 1800 bags of heroin and dealer paraphernalia on Aulisio’s person and in the motel room. As a result of the traffic stop and search warrant execution, Aulisio was charged with:

1. DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM W/IN 500 FT OF BLDG – 269/12E
2. POSSESSION OF A FIREARM WITHOUT FID CARD – 269/10G
3. ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A&B W/ DW(FIREARM) – 265/15A/A
4. TRAFFICKING IN HEROIN 36-100 GRAMS – 94C/32E/F
5. POSSESSION TO DISTRIBUTE CLASS A, SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE 94C/32/D
6. POSSESSION OF CLASS B SUBSTANCE – 94C/C
7. FIREARM VIOLATION W/ 2 PRIOR VIOLENT/DRUG CRIMES – 269/10G/B

On Friday 3/27/2020 PPD officers responded to a ShotSpotter Activation in the area of Fenn Street. They later learned that a victim had gone to Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound. 41 year old Pittsfield resident Teddy Cepeda was later identified as the suspect of the shooting. On Thursday 6/4/2020 members of the ACU and PPD Drug Unit arrested Cepeda on an outstanding warrant charging him with:

1. DISCHARGE OF A FIREAMN W/IN 500 FT OF BLDG – 269/12E
2. ASSAULT AND BATTERY BY DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM – 265/15E
3. POSSESSION OF A FIREARM WITHOUT FID CARD – 269/10G

Members of the Pittsfield Police Department continue to investigate other shootings and serious crimes that have occurred within our city. The public’s cooperation is oftentimes instrumental in the investigation and prosecution of these cases. Anyone who wishes to provide information is asked to contact the PPD Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).

06/05/2020
Pittsfield Community Television

Pittsfield Community Television

Originating from the PCTV Studio's this is Mayor Tyer's weekly update on COVID-19 and all things city related.

Mayor Linda Tyer
06/05/2020

Mayor Linda Tyer

Pittsfielders, be sure to tune in today at 1 p.m. for my weekly update to learn what we're doing to prepare for Phase 2 of Reopening.

It will broadcast on PCTV CityLink 1303, PCTV Select (available on Roku and Apple TV), Facebook Live and 89.7 WTBR-FM.

#PittsfieldStrong

Shortly after 8 a.m. this morning officers, along with Pittsfield Fire and County ambulance, responded to a report of a ...
06/03/2020

Shortly after 8 a.m. this morning officers, along with Pittsfield Fire and County ambulance, responded to a report of a motor vehicle in the river on West Street. Upon officers arrival, they were met by several bystanders who had jumped into action and we're able render aid until emergency personnel arrived. The driver of the vehicle refused medical attention. We would like to give a huge thank you to those who wasted no time jumping into action and helping out. #BeSafe

#PPDDedicatedToExcellence We're very proud of this.
06/03/2020

#PPDDedicatedToExcellence We're very proud of this.

Please see the letter from our NAACP-Branch President to the Chief of the Pittsfield Police Department.

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