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NBPD grieves the loss of Bruce Messier

Those of us who work at the New Bedford Police Department are a family, and we are mourning one of our own.   With heavy hearts, we report that dispatcher Bruce Messier, an NPBD employee for nearly 18 years, died Friday, May 12, leaving behind family, friends and all of us at the NBPD.  …

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Spots still available at Citizens Police Academy

A few places still remain for the New Bedford Police Citizens Police Academy, which returns May 23. Participants have the chance to ride along in a cruiser, obtain CPR certification, learn about firearms and experience the rewards and challenges of being a New Bedford police officer. They can also learn about the SafetyNet program, as…

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School resource officer books it to child care

Officer Leanne Fisher, school resource officer at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School, recently read to children in the school’s child care program. She was asked to read by the GNBVT students who work with the children. Her topic was police safety. Something tells us the story had a happy ending for both the…

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Chief leads ceremony for National Day of Prayer

Chief Joseph Cordeiro stood in for Mayor Jon Mitchell Thursday, May 4, during a ceremony at City Hall in observance of National Day of Prayer, held every year on the first Thursday of May. During this day, people are encouraged to turn to God in prayer and meditation. This was the 66th annual national observance…

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Family service officers have golden encounter

New Bedford Police Sgt. Pamela Melo, left, and Det. Dominique Sherburne, right, of the NBPD family services unit, had a golden moment today. They met Kayla Harrison, two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo, in 2012 and 2016, and a child sexual abuse survivor. Ms. Harrison, who lives in Massachusetts, was the keynote speaker at the…

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NBPD looking to hire a dog officer

The New Bedford Police Department is looking for a dog officer. Anyone interested can visit the City of New Bedford Web site or the personnel office, second floor of City Hall, for an application. Job specifics are listed below. TITLE: DOG OFFICER LEVEL: GRADE 5 $13.00/hr – $18.48hr DEPARTMENT: POLICE FUNCTION: Under the supervision of…

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NBPD sets record with drug takeback collection of 433 pounds

Residents brought a record 433 pounds of unused, unwanted prescription medication Saturday to New Bedford Police headquarters at 871 Rockdale Ave. during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The nearly quarter ton of medication turned in Saturday is more than double the amount collected at the October turnback event and represents the highest number ever collected…

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GNRBVT students create books, bears for children in crisis

We are so grateful for the efforts of students at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School for their continued involvement in the Books and Bears program. Students in Media Technology, Fashion Design, and Early Childhood Education design and create stuffed bears and books to give to children in crisis situation. The books and…

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Meet new NBPD officer Victoria Wagner

The newest member of the New Bedford Police Department proves that the road to a goal can take some interesting twists and turns. Victoria Wagner, 28, had always wanted to join the New Bedford Police Department but the timing hadn’t been right until now. She graduated from high school on Cape Cod and received a…

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