Saturday, March 8, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014, the Amherst Police were contacted by Amherst school
officials regarding activity on social media. The nature of the postings
indicated that a student at the Amherst Regional High School had possibly
carried a firearm on to school grounds. The Amherst Police launched an
investigation in to the matter, and have been working with school officials as
part of a collaborative effort. The student has been identified, and has
been cooperative with investigators. The students’ parents have been an
integral part of this investigation and have taken custody of the student. The
student’s name will not be released by the Amherst Police. This
investigation is ongoing. Investigators continue to review digital data and
interview witnesses. In the early stages of this case there have not been any
criminal charges brought. The Amherst Police will continue to work with the
school district to uncover the facts of the incident and to promote a safe
environment for students and faculty. If you have information about this incident, please contact the Amherst Police Department Detective Bureau at 413-259-3015.
Friday, December 6, 2013
The Amherst Police Department is giving fair warning to all partygoers. “You’ll see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period and if we suspect anyone is driving while intoxicated, officers will show zero tolerance for impaired driving,” said Chief Scott P. Livingstone. “The message is simple: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle,” said Chief Livingstone. In fiscal year 2013, Amherst Police Officers arrested 154 persons for driving while intoxicated.
Unfortunately, the excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can lead to terrible decisions, and serious legal consequences. Data shows that the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of impaired drivers on the roads. In 2011 in Massachusetts, 114 people were killed in crashes that involved drivers with a blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher.
The Amherst Police Department recommends the following tips:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
- If you happen to see an impaired driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact law enforcement;
- And remember, Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get home safely.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Reminder: If you have off campus housing, please take notice of our winter parking ban bylaw when you return from break.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
The ensuing investigation identified a suspect, Noah K. Pfister. Pfister was arrested that Amherst Police Department on November 18, 2013 at approximately 1:00PM, when he turned himself in to police. Pfister is not a student.
Charge: Assault & Battery with Dangerous Weapon (knife)
Pfister is being held in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. Pfister is expected to arraigned tomorrow morning at the Eastern Hampshire District Court. The investigation is ongoing.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Overnight parking is allowed in the metered side of the Pray Street Lot, which is located behind the Carriage Shops. These meters are enforced from 9:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday only.
Amherst Police Department policy is as follows:
Should a snowstorm require plowing, the warning provisions listed above are not in effect. Vehicles will be towed to assist the Department of Public Works in removal of snow.
The Amherst Police Department was awarded $10,000 in grant funding as part of the 2014 Underage Alcohol Enforcement Grant Program from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Highway Safety Division.
The Amherst Police Department intends to use this funding to assign extra patrols throughout the year to enforce the open container of alcohol bylaw and underage drinking laws. “It is unfortunate that so much of our police officer’s time and efforts are consumed by enforcing these laws. However, without strict enforcement of the underage drinking laws, especially in those neighborhoods that have both student rental housing and owner occupied or family housing, the reports of disturbances and property damage does increase significantly,” said Police Chief Scott P. Livingstone.
For additional information on impaired driving or this grant program, go to www.mass.gov/highwaysafety.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
In Amherst in fiscal year 2013, there were 12 crashes involving pedestrians and 23 involving cyclists, one bicycle crash was a fatality.
“Bicyclists and pedestrians are particularly vulnerable road users because they may not be immediately visible to drivers and unlike those in vehicles, nothing protects them from impact,” said Chief Scott P. Livingstone. “All users need to learn to share the road safely and be mindful of one another and the law. We’ll use the grant for education, enforcement and outreach we believe will help protect our pedestrians and cyclists from injuries and fatalities.”
The grant will fund targeted enforcement and decoy patrols. A combination of enforcement techniques and equipment will help the department analyze and crack down on drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists who do not share the road appropriately, putting themselves or others in danger.
The Amherst Police Department, in partnership with EOPSS, recognizes that traffic crashes are preventable and is committed to using this grant to reduce the number of motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries involving pedestrians and bicyclists in Amherst because any death or injury on our roadways is one too many. For more information about the EOPSS Highway Safety Division, go to www.mass.gov/highwaysafety. For more information about these efforts by the Amherst Police Department, contact Sgt. Todd Lang via email or 413-259-3000.