The tryout and selection process for BPD’s new K9 Officer has begun. Internal candidates will have their knowledge, administrative and physical skills put to the test. Assisting BPD is the Burlington Police Department, MA Environmental Police and the CT State Police. We thank all of the personnel involved in this process.
Billerica Police Follow Trail of Footprints, Charge Man with Breaking and Entering
|Billerica Police Department
Chief Roy Frost
6 Good St, Billerica, MA 01821
|Media Contact: Robert Mills
BILLERICA 一 Chief Roy Frost reports that the Billerica Police Department arrested and charged a man after he allegedly broke into a restaurant next to his home and vandalized it.
MICHAEL NAULT, AGE 33, OF BILLERICA, was arrested and charged with:
• Breaking and Entering in the Daytime for Felony
• Vandalizing Property
On Thursday, Feb. 16, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Billerica Police were notified of a breaking and entering at the Liberty Bell restaurant at 420 Boston Road.
An initial investigation that included a review of video surveillance determined that, earlier in the day, an individual had broken into the restaurant by removing an HVAC unit on the building’s roof and entering through a ventilation shaft.
Inside the restaurant, investigators found a fine white powder that was spread from a fire extinguisher that was used to try to force open an internal office door. The door was heavily damaged but had not been opened.
Investigators noticed bare footprints in the dust throughout the scene, leading to the ventilation shaft.
The Billerica Fire Department was called to assist police with gaining access to the roof of the building, where police found additional white footprints leading from the ventilation shaft to the open window of an apartment in the same building.
Police went to that apartment and located NAULT, who was identified as the individual who broke into the restaurant. NAULT was taken into custody at the scene.
NAULT was arraigned Friday in Lowell District Court, where he was released on personal recognizance bail on the condition that he stay away from the Liberty Bell restaurant.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
Billerica Police Department Recognizes Officers Upon Retirement
|Billerica Police Department
Chief Roy Frost
6 Good St, Billerica, MA 01821
|Media Contact: Robert Mills
BILLERICA 一 Chief Roy Frost and the Billerica Police Department would like to recognize four members of the department on their retirement after lengthy and impactful careers.
Lt. Commander Troy Opland, Lt. Steve Elmore, Patrolman Robert Davidson, and Patrolman Joe Smith are retiring or have already retired in 2023.
“I want to thank all four of these individuals for their years of dedicated service to the Billerica Police Department and the Town of Billerica,” said Chief Frost. “The most valuable resource in any department is its employees, and these four men have had exemplary careers that have made the Town of Billerica safer than it would have been without them.”
Lt. Steve Elmore — 36 Years of Service
Lt. Elmore joined the Billerica Police Department in March 1987, after working for four years at the Billerica House of Correction. He retired on Feb. 2.
Elmore is a Billerica native and graduate of Billerica Memorial High School, where he was heavily involved in athletics and got to know now retired Billerica Police Capt. Billy McNulty, who encouraged him to give policework a try.
Elmore was promoted to sergeant in 2000 and to lieutenant in 2022. Elmore served in the detective bureau on three occasions, and formerly oversaw operations in both the Detective Bureau and the Traffic Unit.
Lt. Elmore said his years of police work taught him to have empathy, and to keep his focus on helping people.
“It’s about caring and it’s about doing what’s right and it’s about your community,” Lt. Elmore said of police work. “The whole job is the people who you help, work with and meet.”
Elmore is also well known for running the Sean C. Elmore Memorial Fund, which has distributed nearly $700,000 in scholarships to students graduating from Billerica Memorial High School over the past 33 years. The fund is named in honor of Elmore’s late brother Sean Elmore, who was 30 years old when he died of complications brought on by Marfan syndrome.
Elmore said he plans to continue running the fund with support from his family and children in retirement.
Lt. Commander Troy Opland — 35 Years of Service
Lt. Commander Opland joined Billerica Police in June of 1988. He was promoted to sergeant in 1999, to lieutenant in 2002 and to lieutenant commander in 2015. He retired on Jan. 13.
Opland previously oversaw the department’s Animal Control Unit, dispatchers, and paramedics, and served as interim chief from July to December 2021 following the retirement of Chief Daniel Rosa.
Lt. Commander Opland organized the department’s celebration of National Night Out for years.
Opland thanked the officers, past and present, whom he worked with over the years for helping to shape him and his career, and he also thanked the people of Billerica for making his career so rewarding.
“I will always appreciate the experiences, interactions, and conversations with those within our community. From the bottom of my heart, I would do it all over again,” said Opland. “I feel the community as a whole gave me as much as I ever gave them.”
Patrolman Joe Smith — 29 Years of Service
Patrolman Smith joined Billerica Police in 1994, after serving in the Army as a military policeman from 1989 to 1994. He retired on Jan. 28.
Patrolman Smith served on the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Motorcycle Unit, as the department’s fleet maintenance coordinator, and also as a crash reconstruction officer. He formerly served on the Merrimack Valley Dive Team as well.
Smith said he became a police officer because he wanted to help people, and he found himself able to do so throughout his career.
“I’m happy to say I was able to help a lot of people over the years and it was very gratifying,” Smith said.
Patrolman Robert Davidson — 27 Years of Service
Patrolman Davidson joined Billerica Police in January of 1996, after working for about two years as a special police officer in Boston. He will retire on April 13.
Davidson is a Billerica native who graduated from Shawsheen Valley Technical High School before enlisting in the Army from 1986 to 1994.
Davidson spent the majority of his career working the overnight shift from midnight to 8 a.m.
Davidson said he most enjoyed helping people as a police officer, though he also enjoyed the variety that comes with police work and never knowing for sure what he would be doing each night.
“When you work the midnight shift sometimes its slow and sometimes its busy, but you never know what you’re going to be doing each night,” said Davidson. “If they had stuck me behind a desk I probably would have gone crazy.”
Billerica Police Department Receives Another Donation From Idemia
Idemia, located in Bedford (formally Billerica) has donated another year of support services for the department’s live scan fingerprinting system that Idemia manufactures. The system was purchased by the Commonwealth as part of a statewide project. The original purchase included three years of support services which expired. The donation will continue support for another 12 months at no charge to the Town.
The Police Department would like to thank Idemia publicly for this generous donation as well as other past donations and technical assistance they have provided over the years. They are a great neighbor and partner.
Idemia is a leading provider of identity solutions and services in the United States. For more information about their services and products please visit their website here.
Billerica Police Department Response to Memphis Incident
I am writing to comment on the recent release of Body Camera footage from the City of Memphis Police Department in Tennessee that depicts the actions of several Memphis Police Officers arresting Tyre Nichols for an alleged traffic incident on January 7, 2023. The actions of these officers resulted in Mr. Nichols suffering severe injuries that resulted in his death three days later at a Memphis hospital. On Wednesday, January 25, a Shelby County Grand Jury indicted five Memphis Police Officers in the death of Tyre Nichols, charging them with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated Kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression.
I would note that Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis quickly launched a comprehensive investigation into this incident, which included immediately suspending the involved officers and opening a criminal Grand Jury in cooperation with the County District Attorney. All five involved officers were subsequently fired on January 20, with the above charges being brought by the Grand Jury five days later on January 25th. With the release of the Body Worn and Pole Camera video, Chief Davis has publicly called the officers’ actions “heinous, reckless, and inhumane” and said, “In my 36 years, I would have to say I don’t think I’ve ever been more horrified and disgusted.”
I want to convey to our residents that I, along with my fellow Massachusetts Law Enforcement leaders, condemn the actions of these Memphis Officers. Both the Middlesex Chiefs Association and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association have publicly stated in the past 24 hours its commitment to holding police officers accountable for their actions through a “fully transparent” investigation into what transpired. Police leaders in Massachusetts have long supported transparency and oversight in policing with the goal of establishing strong relationships with those we serve on a daily basis. After many years of requests, the Massachusetts Legislature has delivered a Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST) tasked with establishing nationally recognized best practice standards in recruitment, training and oversight of those trusted with policing in our Commonwealth. Specific parts of police reform included strict legal requirements for officers to intervene when observing fellow officers using excessive force, in addition to mandates that require officers to employ de-escalation techniques in all use of force situations. Moreover, the Billerica Police Training Division has heavily invested in its officers’ preparation through the use of multi-week scenario-based training. This training works to develop and evaluate an officer’s ability to safely handle some of the most volatile situations they may encounter in their roles.
We realize that these types of horrific incidents can significantly erode the trust and legitimacy our officers work hard to build with the residents they serve. I want to ensure the community that we are committed to re-building that trust. Please know that I am here to answer any questions you may have about our commitment to that goal. I can be reached best through my email at rfrost [@] billericapolice.org.
Chief Roy W. Frost