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The Norwell Emergency Management Team would like to provide you with information on available resources to advise you about hazardous conditions, shelter openings and other situations that may arise during any emergency.
The following are ways information is disseminated when we have the available resources:
- Ping4alerts: Android and iphone users can download a free app to receive local emergency and disaster information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. This is available at mass.gov/mema/mobileapp or downloading ping4 through the app store.
- The Norwell Police Department website: www.norwellpolice.com and our email alert system (EMAS) which is available on our website at no cost.
- The Norwell Police Department Twitter account: @norwellpd
- The Norwell Fire Department Twitter account: @norwellfiredept and also @nfdchief and @norwell_eoc. The Norwell Public Safety Buildings may also place message boards at 300 Washington St (Norwell Police and Fire Headquarters) and 677 Main St (Fire Department).
- The Norwell Mariner and Patriot Ledger websites.
- WATD radio (95.9 FM)
- The Town of Norwell website: www.townofnorwell.net
- The government access channel. Channel 4 for Comcast and Channel 3 for Verizon.
- Code Red - Emergency Alert System. This is a message notification via phone available by registering your phone on the Code Red link that can be found on the Norwell Police and Fire Department websites and Town of Norwell website.
- The Norwell School Department "connect ed" phone and email notification system.
- For National Grid customers, please report outages on the customer service line at 1-800-322-3223.
- The Norwell Police Department and Norwell Fire Department are always open. The staff is available to assist and/or direct you with any areas of concern you may have.
- Please visit the MEMA or Norwell Police Websites for tips on preparing for emergencies.
PLEASE CALL 911 FOR ANY EMERGENCY
NOTIFICATION OF ALCOHOL COMPLIANCE CHECKS
Over the course of the next couple months, the Norwell Police Department will be conducting compliance checks at all licensed alcohol establishments in Norwell to determine if licensed establishments are illegally selling alcohol to those under 21. The purpose of the compliance checks is intended to educate licensees and the public, and to ensure the regulations are consistently followed and applied. It is in the community’s best interest for all to be aware of, and to understand the benefits of complying with the laws and regulations governing the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
NORWELL POLICE DEPARTMENT COMPLETES TASER TRAINING
The Norwell Police Department’s electronic control weapons (ECW’s) training curriculum and policy was recently approved by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Our department has implemented the use of Tasers as a less-lethal option. The benefit of this tool is to control a suspect with the least amount of injury to them and the officers. All full-time Norwell Police Officers received training this week on the use of “Taser” before they were authorized to carry the tool. The training involved classroom and hands-on instruction on the use of Taser. We wish to thank our department’s Certified Taser Instructor, Officer Nathan Morena, for his efforts in training the officers.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
TThe Norwell Police Department is announcing our participation in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2015 Holiday Campaign. Norwell Police will be out in full force from December 9, 2015 through January 2, 2015 to protect our roads by arresting anyone caught driving while under the influence. Norwell Police Department will join other local law enforcement agencies and the Mass State Police to run extra patrols through the New Year as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization, funded by a federal grant administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division. Norwell Police will be intensifying enforcement and will be especially vigilant during the night and weekends when impaired drivers are most likely on our roads. We recommend you plan a safe way home before the festivities begin. If you happen to see an impaired driver on the road, please contact law enforcement. Norwell Police would like everyone to have a safe holiday season. Please remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
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The Norwell Emergency Management Team has implemented the CodeRED system, a high-speed emergency notification service. CodeRED is a free service that will allow emergency officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications. Only authorized officials have access to the CodeRED system. Any message regarding the safety, property or welfare of the community will be disseminated using the CodeRED system. We encourage you to register your cell phone for this service and to verify your home location during the enrollment process so we may target notifications that directly impact your home or business. If you are currently signed up for CodeRED, you don’t need to enroll again.
Frequently asked Code Red Questions
Did you know that 75% of child safety seats are installed incorrectly. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has set-up more than 150 Child Safety Seat Inspection Sites throughout the state. Drivers can ensure their seat is installed correctly free of charge by visiting one of the many conveniently located sites.
The Highway Safety Division has produced two public service announcements which are running on local television until September 19th. Please help us get this important information out to the citizens of Norwell by posting the PSA Links to your web site and/or social media pages. Citizens can find more information by visiting www.mass.gov/childsafetyseats or calling the toll-free Child Passenger Safety Hotline at 1-877-392-5956.
Child Safety Seats - English version
Child Safety Seats Spanish version
TThe Norwell Police Department also would like to remind residents that we have a Med Return Drug Collection Unit in the police station lobby that is available to the public anytime. The goals of the Med Return Drug Collection Unit are to ensure that prescription drugs are in the hands of those who are prescribed for, and not in the hands of people who have the opportunity to use and abuse these prescription drugs. The drug collection unit will also ensure medications are not improperly disposed of in household trash or flushing them down the toilet, both of which have damaging effects on our environment and water supply.
TThank you for your cooperation with this important initiative.
BIKE SAFTY PSA
NORWELL POLICE DEPARTMENT “ELECTRIFIES” THEIR BICYCLE FLEET
Officer William Crowley
After a donation from Fifield E-Bikes, out of Hingham, MA, the Norwell Police Department has added an electric bicycle option for the bike officers. Ed Martin, who is a Norwell resident and President of Fifield E-Bikes, donated the electric bike for the police department.
The bike has an integrated 250-watt motor and battery to help climb hills and travel further with less effort, and quicken response time in the case of an emergency. The new bike will be used for patrol and at events.
THEIR BICYCLE FLEET
After a donation from Fifield E-Bikes, out of Hingham, MA, the Norwell Police Department has added an electric bicycle option for the bike officers. Ed Martin, who is a Norwell resident and President of Fifield E-Bikes, donated the electric bike for the police department. The bike has an integrated 250-watt motor and battery to help climb hills and travel further with less effort, and quicken response time in the case of an emergency. The new bike will be used for patrol and at events.
PREVENTING CAR BREAK-INS
Crime Prevention Officer - Sean Sutton
Norwell Police Announces The Department's Participation in
The Lojack SafetyNet Program
ARE OLD PRESCRIPTIONS CROWDING YOUR MEDICINE CABINET?
The Norwell Police Dept. now offers free, anonymous disposal
of unused prescription medication that are no longer needed safely.
No questions asked!
Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law requires that all children riding in passenger motor vehicles must be in a Federally-approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured until they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall. All other occupants not in this category must wear a safety belt, which is properly adjusted and fastened according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Norwell Police Department can assist with inspections and proper installation of child safety seats. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Norwell Police Department at (781)659-7979. There are day and evening appointments available. Please remember to buckle up for safety. Seat belts save lives!
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CHILD PASSENGER RESTRAINT INSTALLATION
Norwell Police Department is committed to child safety. As part of this commitment we offer child seat installations. There is no fee for this professional service. Norwell Police Officers Bryan Resnick and William Crowley are certified in Child Passenger Safety installations to assist with inspections and ensure proper installation of child safety seats. They can also assist with educating parents and guardians about how to correctly use their children’s seat s.
Children must be properly restrained in order to decrease the likelihood that they will suffer serious injury in the event of a vehicle collision. Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law requires that all children riding in passenger motor vehicles must be in a Federally-approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured until they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall. All other occupants not in this category must wear a safety belt, which is properly adjusted and fastened according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Norwell Police Department at (781) 659-7979. There are day and evening appointments available. Please remember to buckle up for safety.
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