Concord Police Department Awarded Grant to Enhance Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety
Concord, MA – In an effort to make Concord a safer place for our pedestrians and bicyclists, the Concord Police Department will use a $3,000 grant provided by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). The funding is from $192,000 provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) specifically to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety. Concord is one of 48 police departments to receive this grant.
From 2006 to 2011, 1544 pedestrians were injured in crashes and of those 375 sustained fatal injuries, according to the Massachusetts Traffic Records Analysis Center (MassTRAC). During that same time frame, 586 bicyclists were injured in crashes with 45 resulting in death.~
“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 Barry R. Neal. “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 grants will fund targeted enforcement and decoy patrols, breakaway signs and crosswalk reflective tape. A combination of enforcement techniques and equipment will help department analyze and crack down on drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists who do not share the road appropriately, putting themselves or others in danger.
The Concord 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 Concord because any death or injury on our roadways is one too many.
CCHS TRAFFIC PLAN
Staff and students only will be allowed to enter from the Walden Street driveway beginning Feb. 25. Students will park in the main lot closest to Walden Street.
All parents and visitors should enter from the Thoreau Street driveway and drop their children in front of the school as usual.
Parents may only enter from the Thoreau Street driveway when picking students up in the afternoon. The Walden Street exit will be reserved for buses, faculty and student vehicles.
Parents should line up along the driveway on the right side as they come up the hill. A new pick-up loop is being created at the top of the Thoreau Street drive hill to allow parents to turn around and exit along the Thoreau Street drive.
When parents are ready to pick-up students, they are instructed to either go into the new loop or have them walk down the hill to where the car is waiting.
Parents not to enter the circle in front of the school at any time, as athletic buses will be using the area in the afternoon and evenings.
All visitor parking will now be in the main lot, near the “S” building.
All parking for school and athletic events is also in the main lot.
There will be parking for turf field events in the lot near the fields after 3:30 p.m. each day.
There will be no vehicular access to the lower gym lot or the back of the school.
People will still be able to access the lower fields through the current football game gate as well as through a gate closer to the Thoreau Street entrance.
Secure Communities Program
As you have likely heard that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) is implementing their Secure Communities program in Massachusetts on May 15th. This is NOT a policy decision of the Town of Concord, and the Concord Police Department (CPD). For purposes of CPD daily operations, nothing will change on May 15th. We will continue to fingerprint persons arrested for criminal offenses and we will continue to submit our fingerprint data to the FBI. The change will then occur at the Federal level where the FBI will then share submitted fingerprint data with the Department of Homeland Security and ICE.
The CPD continues its unwavering commitment to performing our duties in a fair and impartial manner. We intend to redistribute our policy statement on the prohibition of racially biased policing, seek additional training on this topic, and I will visiting police roll calls to discuss the importance of our policy and the importance of performing our duties fairly and without bias.
We have no control over the decision to implement Secure Communities and it will in no way impact the way we police Concord, nor our commitment to building trusting relationships with all law abiding members of our community, regardless of their immigration status.
Chief of Police
Barry R. Neal
Concord Police Department Emergency Notification System
The Concord Police Department has partnered with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution to create a Concord Police Department Emergency Notification System. The CodeRED System provides Concord Police Department with the ability to quickly deliver personalized messages via voice, email, phone text and TDD/TTY capabilities to targeted areas or the entire Town of Concord in minutes.
Chief Barry Neal cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. "If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called." One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is that it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system's data base, which is an extremely important feature.
“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” Chief Neal said urging all individuals and businesses to log onto the Town of Concord's website, www.concordma.gov, and follow the link to the Concord Police Department’s home page. From there, there will be information about the Concord Police Department Emergency Notification System and a link to the form that can be filled out. Anyone without Internet access may call the Concord Police Department at 978-318-3400 to supply their information over the phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number. Additional phone numbers can be entered as well.
All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, and those who have changed their phone number or address within the past year or who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number.
Chief Neal explained, "The Concord Police Department Emergency Notification System allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages."
Chief Neal stated, "The Concord Police Department Emergency Notification System gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes." Questions should be directed to the Concord Police Department, Detective James Forten at 978-318-3420 or email email@example.com.
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