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Police exam informational classes Feb. 2, 11, 16

The New Bedford Police Department is looking for a few good men and women to join the force and serve and protect their community. Informational classes for anyone interested in becoming a New Bedford police officer are scheduled throughout the city. Classes will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, Buttonwood Park community center;…

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Animal control officers kindness earns praise

  Pets are like family to people. That makes the kindness of animal control officers Manny Maciel and Ann Marie Dasilva, who provided compassion and sensitivity to a family struggling with the loss of their beloved cat, especially appreciated, The family shared their story in a communication with Chief Joseph Cordeiro. The family’s cat had…

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New police officers to be sworn in Monday

Congratulations to Jeremy Dellecese and Samuel Algarin-Mojica, who will be sworn in Monday as the newest members of the New Bedford Police Department family. They graduated today from the police academy. From left are Deputy Chief Paul Oliveira, Lt. Ricard Rezendes, Jeremy Dellecese, Samuel Algarin-Mojica, Chief Joseph Cordeiro and Rev. David Lima, NBPD chaplain.

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Vocational students get hands-on police lesson

Juniors in the legal and protective services program at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School visited police headquarters Tuesday to participate in a mock armed robbery of a phone store scenario to test their skills and judgment.   Thank you to Officer Kurt Gonsalves for being our first responding officer, Kelly Almeida for playing our…

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Junior police academy gives middle schoolers a look at NBPD

NEW BEDFORD _ Students at Keith Middle School received a behind-the-scenes look at police work this fall through the Junior Police Academy, an eight-week program led by New Bedford Police Department School Resource Officer Julio Barbosa. Through this program, 25 students learned different aspects of police work, including handcuffing, physical fitness, and different types of…

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Chief meets with students at Discovery Language Academy

Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro met with students at Discovery Language Academy Wednesday, Jan. 11 to discuss the personal and professional benefits of speaking a second language. For more than 90 years, the academy has been offering classes to teach children to speak, read and write Portuguese. The academy also offers adult classes. 

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New Bedford receives Shannon grant for at-risk youth

  The City of New Bedford received $382,068 for 2017 to support at-risk youth through the Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative, which targets gang violence in the state. Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett announced the release Tuesday, Jan. 10 of $5.7 million in competitive grant…

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NBPD hiring domestic violence advocate

The New Bedford Police Department is hiring a domestic violence advocate to work nights, offering support and resource information to victims of domestic violence.  Applicants should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent; experience working with victims of domestic violence; or any combination of experience and education. Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work with…

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Outreach program reaches out to addicts, families

NEW BEDFORD _ The call crackles on the police radio. Someone has overdosed on heroin and needs immediate help. Police respond to the scene, one that has become increasingly common in New Bedford and in cities and towns across the country plagued by heroin addiction. First responders often administer Narcan, a treatment that revives the…

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Cruisers serve as sleighs to deliver gifts to children

New Bedford police cruisers doubled as sleighs Thursday and Friday as officers delivered presents to children in need. Police officers volunteered their time to distribute the gifts to ensure that no family goes without a happy holiday this year. Gifts were provided for children in kindergarten through grade 12. Visits were made to families throughout…

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