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Sheriff McDonald Joins DA Tim Cruz and Local Police

 For DARE Graduation

(L-R first row) Hingham Police Chief Michael Peraino, East Bridgewater Police Chief John Cowan, Hanson Police Chief Ed Savage, Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald, Jr., District Attorney Tim Cruz,  (L-R back row) Whitman Police Chief Scott Benton, Brockton  Lt  Don Mills, Wareham Lt John Walcek, Hanson Lieutenant Joseph Yakavonis

July 27, 2012

HANSON -  Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. joins District Attorney Tim Cruz and local law enforcement to recognize the graduation of  students from throughout the County that participated in a DARE camp at Whitman Hanson High School during the week of July 23rd.



Pony-tailed burglar sought

House on Ichabod Lane broken into


GateHouse News Service

Posted Jul 26, 2012

MARION - Marion Police are looking for a man who bolted from a house on Ichabod Lane at mid morning on Wednesday, July 26, after the homeowner discovered him in the process of a burglary. Read more...




Police dogs track down burglary suspect in Carver

By Steve Adams

The Patriot Ledger , July 24, 2012

CARVER- Police dogs tracked down an 18-year-old Carver man who allegedly broke into a home Monday morning while the resident slept

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Marshfield: Authorities investigate Sovereign Bank robbery


Two in custody after gunfire at Carver home

Boston Articles, July 14, 2012

CARVER- Two men into custody Friday night while responding to multiple 911 calls reporting gunfire near a home on Rochester Road in Carver. A third man fled the scene at 77 Rochester Road, said Chief Michael R. Miksch in a press release. None of the men have known ties to Carver, according to police. A week earlier, Carver Police officers and members of the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department arrested  Read more..




Sheriff's Police Dogs Get a New Vet

Angell Animal Medical Center veterinarian Dr. Douglas Braum will provide medical care for the County's K9 dogs and first aid training for handlers.

By Casey Meserve , July 12, 2012. Hingham

When the 16 highly-trained and valuable dogs that make up the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department K9 unit need medical care, there’s only one full service animal hospital that can meet their needs: Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, Mass. Angell’s Dr. Douglas Brum, who has been instrumental in developing the hospital’s general wellness program, has become the go-to doctor for many of the dogs’ unique medical needs. Dr. Brum is also reducing his normal exam fees to accommodate the dogs special needs, and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department’s K9 unit will enjoy a 15 percent discount on all medical services performed at the hospital.

Like Olympic athletes who need constant professional treatment to remain at the top of their game, police dogs require comprehensive wellness programs spanning nutrition, preventative medicine and—when necessary—trauma and emergency care. The Sherriff’s department selected Angell as the dogs’ primary care provider because only Angell can provide all of these services 24/7/365 under one roof. Given the unpredictable nature of police work, this is essential for both the dogs and their police officer partners.

Angell to Train Officers on Animal First Aid

Because the dogs’ line of work frequently puts them in dangerous situations, the Department has also tasked Angell with devising and delivering specialized canine first aid training for officers and dog handlers. Angell’s medical and canine behavior experts are now assembling a comprehensive training program that all involved believe will be crucial for the safety of the animals out in the field. Read more..




June 22, 2012

Plymouth- Members of the Plymouth area community are encouraged to donate blood during the Friends of Lt. Glenn E. Pierce Annual Memorial Blood Drive to be held at the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.

  “As we enter the summer season when the blood banks are in dire need we can really make a difference and help save lives by making a donation.” Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr said.

  The American Red Cross Bus will be parked at the Sheriff’s Administration Building, 24 Long Pond Road in Plymouth, for appointments from 1-6 p.m.

  The annual drive is a tribute to Lt. Glenn E. Pierce who lost his battle with lung cancer in 2001. Lt. Pierce held many positions within the Sheriff’s Department; process server, correctional officer, transportation lieutenant and assistant transportation supervisor.

  For an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit Positive identification is required


Marion PD Arrest Two for Marijuana

MARION- On Tuesday, June 12, Officer Kris Smith and Officer Shawn Costa of the Marion Police Department were running radar on Front St in the center of Marion.  At approximately 5:05 pm, Officers Smith & Costa stopped a grey 2002 Honda Civic for speeding.  The vehicle was being operated by Rachael Silvestri, age 18, of Marion.

During the traffic stop, officers observed a large quantity of marijuana in the vehicle.  A K-9 from the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene to assist with the search for additional drugs. Read more..





"Dozens arrested in ‘Operation Summer Bummer"

By Steve Adams

 June 1, 2012

QUNICY- Area law enforcement agencies arrested dozens of people with outstanding criminal warrants Friday in their annual “Operation Summer Bummer.”

In Quincy, 14 people were arrested between 4:30 and 7:30 a.m., many of whom had outstanding felony warrants, police Capt. John Dougan said. As many as 15 others were being sought as the round-up continued.

The operation is a joint effort by area police departments, the Norfolk and Plymouth County sheriffs departments, MBTA police and the Old Colony police anti-crime unit, which is a task force comprised of law enforcement officers throughout Plymouth County.

The offenders will be arraigned Friday in Quincy District Court.




May 9, 2012 

PLYMOUTH—  Plymouth County is already on line and ready to begin immediate participation when the federal Secure Communities program is implemented in Massachusetts next Tuesday,  Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. said today.

 Officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced yesterday that the state would finally join the nationwide system, which allows law enforcement to check the fingerprints of individuals in custody after being arrested.       

 “This program is vital to protect law abiding citizens and immigrants from predatory criminal aliens,” McDonald said “I am glad to see this sensible step forward in allowing us to identify lawbreakers that, until now, may have been hiding in plain sight.”

 The decision to add Massachusetts to the nationwide program came as a surprise to many.  Sheriff McDonald, along with sheriffs from Bristol and Worcester County, had been working for more than two years to gain access to the ICE data base.  The sheriffs also obtained the support of Senator Scott Brown to convince ICE officials to move up participation in the program.

 Secure Communities had been criticized by Governor Deval Patrick and others opposed to public safety efforts to more readily identify criminal aliens living in Massachusetts. McDonald said jail officials will now be able to compare the fingerprints of anyone being held at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility and notify federal officials of matches almost immediately.




By Justin Graeber                                                                                                                                                                             Enterprise staff writer 

April  21, 2012



Inmate Labor Crews Saved Plymouth County Taxpayers

$200,000 in 2011, Sheriff McDonald Announces


 April 9, 2012

 PLYMOUTH  --Volunteer inmate crews from the Plymouth County Correctional  Facility completed repairs, painted, and refurbished public buildings in eight local communities last year, saving taxpayers more than $200,000,  Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr.  has announced.

Sheriff McDonald  said the year-end tabulation for the department’s Project Labor initiative showed nearly a dozen improvements were done in 2011, a slight increase from past years.

 The work is performed by pre-selected inmates serving time at the House of Correction for non-violent offenses, McDonald noted.   

 “These men deserve credit for wanting to make their jail stay meaningful and to begin to make a down payment on their so-called debt to society,” he said.  “They may receive “good time” credit time off their sentence, but I like to think it is more like time “well spent.”

 Among the projects completed was a complete repainting of multiple building exteriors  at the Scituate Housing Authority.   Estimated savings from that one project alone was nearly $75,000.

 Repairs were also undertaken at State Police barracks in Norwell and Middleboro.  Other improvements were made at police stations in Lakeville, Bridgewater, and Middleboro.

 The inmate program is administered by the department’s Field Services Division.  Assistant Superintendent James Muscato,  head of Field Services, said the number of requests from municipalities and non-profit groups has grown every year since the program began.

  “Everyone is feeling the budget pinch. We try to spread the wealth, so to speak, among Brockton and our Plymouth County towns,” he observed.“Our goal has been to try to complete at least one project or more in every community.”

 Muscato said once a project is approved, the requesting agency provides the required building materials and paint.  Sometimes, they will also provide meals for the inmate crews while on the job, he said.

 The workers, along with supervising deputies from the jail, travel each day to the work site until a project is completed.  Some jobs may take only a day or two, while other bigger undertakings may last for months.            

 Sheriff McDonald said jail officials are careful to select projects that might otherwise not get done.   “Municipal workers and budgets are already stretched to the limit.  We try to make the “to do” list just a little shorter for local officials.”




Saturday, October 1, 2011 10am-1pm

PLYMOUTH— On Saturday, October 1, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department will hold its annual Harvest Festival at the Plymouth County Farm.

“I hope area families will take advantage of the crisp fall air, enjoy the beauty of the County Farm and participate in our free activities,” Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. said.

Giveaways include kids t-shirts and coloring books while supplies last. Visitors can also shop for mums, pumpkins, hay and cornstalks as well as visit with the department’s Petting Zoo animals and mounted unit.

Other activities include hayrides, face painting, fingerprinting and a ‘Make Your Own Ghost’ craft table from 10am-1pm. There will be a special Sheriff’s Department K-9 demonstration at 10:15am and a show by Animal Adventures of Bolton at 11am.

The County Farm is located off Rt. 3, exit 5, at 74 Obery Street in Plymouth. The Harvest Festival is a free event and will be held rain or shine.

Placed in conservancy in 2008, the Plymouth County Farm has been in continuous operation for more than 100 years. Proceeds from farm sales help fund inmate vocational and rehabilitative programs at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility.




September 15, 2011

PLYMOUTH— Ideal growing conditions have yielded a bumper crop of 13,000 chrysanthemums now on sale at the Plymouth County Farm, Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. has announced.

“In Plymouth, summer brought a perfect mix of rain and sun with cool temperatures in the morning,” McDonald noted.

Farm Director Ted DeCristofaro said the pumpkin crop survived Tropical Storm Irene. By mid-September, pumpkins, along with other fall favorites, like hay bales, cornstalks, Indian corn and kale will be for sale.

The Petting Zoo with alpacas, mini horses, pigs, goats, sheep, cows, rabbits and chickens is always free of charge. A picnic area is available.

SAVE THE DATE: The annual Fall Harvest Festival at the farm will be held Saturday, October 1 from 10am to 1pm.

The Plymouth County Horticultural Center and Petting Zoo is located at 74 Obery Street in Plymouth, next to the Plymouth County Trial Court. The farm is open 8am to 4pm, 7 days a week.


June 10, 2011

PLYMOUTH— The Plymouth County Correctional Facility (PCCF) is in-line for reaccreditation after achieving total compliance in an audit this week conducted by the American Correctional Association (ACA).

“A perfect score is a testament to our dedicated staff,” Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. said. “Our officers and staff have again earned well deserved recognition for maintaining a safe and secure facility. These results reaffirm our excellence on a national level.”

Over the course of three-days, auditors examined everything from records to inventories, noise levels to inmate programming. PCCF met all of ACA’s mandatory standards and scored 98.6 percent compliance with the non-mandatory criteria. A formal declaration of reaccreditation will occur before an ACA board this summer.

In his first term, Sheriff McDonald directed staff to prepare for ACA accreditation and it was awarded in 2008.

Several groups and agencies visit PCCF to conduct stringent reviews annually; the next visit is from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


SafetyNet by LoJack Service Will Help Protect County Residents with Autism and Alzheimer’s from the Dangers of Wandering

PLYMOUTH, MA – APRIL 28, 2011 – A new service that works directly with local law enforcement and is designed for people with autism and Alzheimer’s who are at risk of wandering is now available in almost every corner of Plymouth County. The Sheriff’s Department, local police departments and LoJack SafetyNet have worked together to bring the SafetyNet by LoJack service to 23 out of 27 communities in Plymouth County.

L to R: Scott Martin Director Law Enforcement at SafetyNet, Marshfield Police Officer Ralph Polland, Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr, Hanover Police Chief Walter Sweeney, Kathy Kelleher Vice President of SafetyNet, Marshfield Deputy Fire Chief Jack Beagle, and Pembroke Police Officer Rick Tenore.

The SafetyNet service provides law enforcement with the tools and training to more effectively find and rescue individuals who could or are prone to wandering and becoming lost. It also helps caregivers provide an added layer of protection for loved ones with cognitive conditions from the life-threatening behavior of wandering.

To maximize resources, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department has trained and certified 20 Deputies on the SafetyNet service. They can now use the SafetyNet service to find and rescue people at risk who go missing. The service will be used to supplement traditional search and rescue operations conducted by local police and fire departments.

“From Hull to Marion, Marshfield to Bridgewater, our deputies come from every end of this great county,” Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. said. “This partnership between my office, the police chiefs and SafetyNet makes it easy to maximize manpower and ensure a fast response. With six rescue receivers in place around the county, searchers are able to grab the closest kit and go.”

The SafetyNet certified training, ongoing support and Search and Rescue Receivers were provided at no cost to the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department or taxpayers.


How the SafetyNet Service Works
Once a caregiver enrolls their loved one in the service, they receive a SafetyNet Bracelet, which is worn by the person at risk typically on their wrist or ankle. The caregiver provides information about the client to assist in search and rescue, which is then entered into a secure database. LoJack SafetyNet provides 24x7 emergency caregiver support.

The SafetyNet Bracelet constantly emits a Radio Frequency signal. Radio Frequency is the technology of choice because, unlike cellular and GPS technology, its signal doesn’t rely on cellular networks or satellite signals and can often be tracked when a client wanders into a shallow body of water, a densely wooded area, a concrete structure such as a garage, or a building constructed with steel.

The Search and Rescue Receivers used by law enforcement agencies can detect the Radio Frequency signal emitted from a SafetyNet Bracelet typically within a range of approximately one mile in on-the-ground searches and 5-7 miles in searches by helicopter.

The SafetyNet certified training for law enforcement agencies focuses on its specialized electronic equipment, technology, procedures and on how to effectively communicate with and approach individuals who have cognitive conditions. SafetyNet’s secure database contains information on each individual client enrolled in the service so that the search and rescue team can have information on the individual’s personal habits and how he or she should be approached, spoken to and comforted.

More Information For more information about the SafetyNet service, please call (877) 4-FINDTHEM (877-434-6384) or visit

Did you miss the April 20th Wind Turbine Meeting? WATCH IT HERE


Wednesday, April 20, 2011 6-8pm

PLYMOUTH— On Wednesday, April 20, 2011, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD) and state officials will hold a public meeting on the proposed wind turbine for PCSD property.

The project, first announced to the public in 2006 and intended to defray the costs of powering the Plymouth County Correctional Facility, is reaching the bid stage. The proposed wind turbine locus is a triangular wooded parcel, adjacent to the Plymouth County Correctional Facility’s southeast corner. The site would be bounded by the jail’s outer perimeter fence, Route 3, and an industrial and municipal area off Camelot Drive.

All interested parties are encouraged to attend the meeting to be held at the Sheriff’s Department, 24 Long Pond Road, Plymouth from 6-8pm in the Administration Building’s Amphitheatre. Parking is available.

The Commonwealth’s Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) is leading the project with funding and technical expertise. The project’s engineering firm, Weston & Sampson will make a presentation at the April 20th meeting, followed by public comment.

The annual estimated savings of the project is $723,209. This includes avoided cost, net metering credits and renewable energy credits.

Written comments may also be submitted to the address below or by email to Following the April 20th meeting, video excerpts of the meeting will be available for viewing online

Public Information/Turbine
24 Long Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360

Plymouth County graduates 28, Norfolk County 14, Dukes County 2

April 5, 2011

PLYMOUTH- Forty-four student correctional officers graduated from the Basic County Correction Officer Academy (BCCO#49R-11) in a ceremony on April 1, 2011 at Stonehill College.

The event marked the culmination of the 10-week academy which trained the students to handle challenges faced by officers inside the correctional facilities of Plymouth, Norfolk and Dukes County. Many of the graduates reported for their first shifts the next day.

“This regional academy, hosted by Sheriff Joseph McDonald is a perfect example of Massachusetts Sheriffs collaborating to achieve a common goal: increasing the professionalism of county correctional officers through quality training. I congratulate the graduates and wish them a long rewarding career,” Dukes County Sheriff Michael A. McCormack said.

Each graduating BCCO creates a class name and motto; this group is known as the Arctic Warriors “Strong and Bold in the Cold”. An appropriate name, they endured the stress of Day One on the coldest day on recent record.

Sheriffs McDonald, Bellotti and McCormack at BCCO #49R-11 graduation.

“County corrections has evolved to a point where sheriffs place a premium on well-educated and highly-trained officers. I want to congratulate these men and women on completing the rigorous training that has become so necessary in our field,” Norfolk County Sheriff Michael G. Bellotti said.

“As our new officers settle into their careers, I am confident in their abilities. The caliber of instruction they have received is second to none,” Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. noted.

Stonehill College, a valued public safety partner, hosted the graduation ceremony in its Martin Institute Auditorium.



February 23, 2011

PLYMOUTH-- In July 2010, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office joined the Barnstable and Bristol County Sheriffs Offices to support the Lions of Massachusetts District 33S in an eyeglass recycling effort to provide the gift of sight to those in need in countries throughout the world.

The process of eyeglass recycling begins with Lions throughout the state collecting used eyeglasses. These glasses are then delivered to District 33S where they are cleaned, analyzed, made ready for shipment and then delivered or sent to humanitarian, medical or religious organizations who conduct eyeglass clinics in foreign countries.

During 2010, the Plymouth Facility made a significant contribution to the recycling program by processing about 2000 of the 21000 pairs of recycled eyeglasses sent to Asia, Africa, Latin America and South America.

The contribution to the eyeglass recycling effort is processing eyeglasses and making them ready for shipping. Specifically, glasses are delivered to PCCF where they are analyzed for their prescription, and those prescriptions along with the eyeglasses are bagged individually.

These eyeglasses are then consolidated by the Lions for various shipments.
During the past year, eyeglasses processed by Plymouth have been used to support organizations conducting eyeglass clinics in Haiti, Honduras, Tibet and India. Past District Governor George Hart stated that the Lions wish to give special thanks to Sheriff Joe McDonald who implemented a special program at their print shop to allow the inmates to read recycled eyeglasses.

The Lions also thank Paul J. Chiano, Director of Program Services and Lt. William Shea for their support. Hart added that the Lions are very grateful for this partnership as, together, we are affecting peoples’ lives by providing them the gift of sight.


January 05, 2011

PLYMOUTH— On Saturday morning, January 8, Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. and the county’s 300 deputy sheriffs will take the Oath of Office at Plymouth’s Memorial Hall.

The event marks the start of Sheriff McDonald’s second term and the renewal of police powers for full-time and reserve deputy corps.

“The deputy corps is essential,” Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. said. “They are as relevant today to public safety in Plymouth County as they were in 1692. I am privileged to lead such an exemplary group of professional men and women.”

The Sheriff’s address will reflect on the department’s accomplishments in his first term, the symbolism of the deputy uniform and ways to enhance public safety and services in the coming years.

The ceremony will also remember Lt. John M. Buckley, of Duxbury, who died unexpectedly in November, with the retirement of his badge.

District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz and Representative Vinny deMacedo will officiate the ceremony. Members of the Plymouth County legislative delegation, area police and fire chiefs and former sheriffs are expected to attend.

Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 10am
Deputies assemble at 9:30am, Slideshow presentation 9:45-10am

Plymouth’s Memorial Hall
83 Court Street
Plymouth, MA 02360



November 17, 2010

PLYMOUTH— Visiting the Plymouth County Farm on Obery Street is a tradition for many especially during the Christmas season. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department has announced it will forego its annual sale of Christmas trees, wreaths and poinsettias.

“Due to the economic challenges facing our business community, we’ve decided to sit this year out. I thank the public for their continued business and for letting us be part of their family traditions. We hope to be open next Christmas,” Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. said.

Farm operations will resume with the sale of spring flowers come April and the Sheriff plans to reevaluate Holiday sales in 2011.

Children have a few more days to visit the Petting Zoo before the cows, sheep and goats move to their barns for the winter. The Petting Zoo is open until Thanksgiving.




September 8, 2010

PLYMOUTH- Chrysanthemums, kale, pumpkins, cornstalks and hay bales are now on sale at the Plymouth County Farm.

“I’m pleased to announce these fall favorites are back to kick off the harvest season. Our officers and inmates have been tending the plants all summer long,” Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. said.

The Horticultural Center and Petting Zoo is located on Obery Street in Plymouth, a short distance from Rt. 3 Exit 5, and is open daily 8am-4pm.

SAVE THE DATE: The farm’s annual Harvest Festival is planned for Saturday, October 2, rain or shine. Download the event flyer!

Placed in conservancy in 2008, the Plymouth County Farm has been in continuous operation for more than 100 years. Proceeds from farm sales help fund inmate vocational and rehabilitative programs at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility.


July 27, 2010

PLYMOUTH— The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard presented the colors at the start of the Red Sox/Texas Rangers game on July 15 at Fenway Park.

On the field (L to R): Jason Tibbetts, Brian Lussier, Nathan Wilder, Commander Dwayne Fortes, Michael Loring, Brian Martin and Tim Cathcart.
The Honor Guard members are dually sworn correction officers and deputy sheriffs.


June 25, 2010

PLYMOUTH—Plymouth County Deputy Sheriff Lanny Gallagher received the Correctional Medal of Valor for his part in saving a young girl in Hanover in 2009.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard with (L to R) Assistant Superintendent Antone Moniz, Deputy Lanny Gallagher and Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr.

In a statehouse ceremony on June 18, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray recognized Gallagher for assisting Hanover Police in an assault and kidnapping incident at the Hanover Woods apartment complex. At the time, Gallagher was there visiting family and quickly located the child.

Hanover Police Chief Walter Sweeney called the honor ‘great news’ and Representative Bob Nyman presented Gallagher with a certificate of commendation.

Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. said, “My hat is off to Deputy Gallagher and to the Hanover Police Department for the excellent job they did. I couldn’t be more proud.”

Watch Gallagher receive the award online:


May 28, 2010

PLYMOUTH— The Department of Defense is recognizing the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department as an exemplary organization when it comes to supporting its employees serving in the National Guard and Army Reserve.

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) presented Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. with the Pro Patria Award, its highest honor at a state level, at a ceremony last week.

Sheriff McDonald said, “Making sure our employees have a job to return to and that their families are supported during deployment is a top priority of this department. Our Pro Patria Award is on display inside the Correctional Facility and will remind everyone, everyday of our commitment to those serving this country.”

This statewide win qualifies the Sheriff’s Department for consideration of the Freedom Award this fall in Washington, DC.

In 2009, 15 employers from across the country received the Freedom Award in a ceremony hosted by the Secretary of Defense and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden. Recipients, including the Cambridge, Massachusetts Fire Department, also met with President Obama.

Sheriff McDonald participated in ESGR’s Boss Lift earlier this year at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and is supportive of PCSD’s Adopt-A-Soldier committee which raises funds and collects much needed items for co-workers serving overseas.


April 28, 2010

Currently recruiting law enforcement personnel to run between 1 and 22 miles. Register NOW or call Liisa Budge-Johnson at 508-732-1852.

Click to check out the route: Brockton to Plymouth.

PLYMOUTH, MA – On Friday, May 21, local law enforcement from the Plymouth County area will suit up for the 4rd annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA). Dozens of local law enforcement, including co-leg leader General Counsel Patrick Lee of the Plymouth County Sheriff Department (PCSD), will run and carry the ‘Flame of Hope’ for part or all of the 22 miles from Massasoit Community College in Brockton to Eastern Bank in the Village West Shopping Center in Plymouth.

Interested Law Enforcement personnel are invited to register for the run. The $20 registration fee includes a commemorative event t-shirt and course refreshments.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run, the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness program for Special Olympics worldwide, is an event in which law enforcement officials from across the state raise money, and awareness, for Special Olympics by running a series of torch relays. Massachusetts currently has 900 officers in 120 cities and towns guarding the Special Olympics Flame of Hope and hopes to increase these numbers.

“Our goal is to get participation from 100 percent of the local police departments and sheriff’s offices in Plymouth County, and we’re working hard to secure that,” said Jay O’Brien, SOMA’s south section director. “Law enforcement is one of the biggest supporters of the Special Olympics movement across the country and around the world. Our athletes derive tremendous joy from seeing our men and women in uniform come out and support them, from presenting medals at a competition to carrying the Flame of Hope in the Torch Run fundraisers.”

Kicking off this year’s run will be the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard. Formed in 1997, the PCSD Honor Guard provides ceremonial services to official state and county functions.

Registration: 9am (Massasoit Community College, Brockton)
Opening Remarks: 9:45am, DA Cruz, Sheriff McDonald
Run Begins: 10am
Run Finishes: 1:45pm (based on average 10-minute mile)
**Best Photo Ops: 9:45-10am @ Massasoit Community College; 1:45-2pm @ Village West Plaza, Plymouth**

General information about the Law Enforcement Torch Run is available at, or contact Jay O’Brien (SOMA) at 508-821-3635 or

About Special Olympics
Special Olympics Massachusetts promotes year-round sports training, athletic competition and other health-related programming for 11,676 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Through the power of sport, our movement transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. It also unites everyone by fostering a sense of community and building a civil society. More information is available at and

Saturday, May 8th 10am-2pm


April 26, 2010

PLYMOUTH— The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department is celebrating the spring season with a Mother’s Day festival on Saturday, May 8, 2010.

“I invite the public to visit our greenhouses and Petting Zoo every day but I think a nice gift of flowers or a free day of entertainment for the kids might be just what Mom needs,” Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. said.

The Obery Street farm, located off Exit 5 on Route 3, will feature events including:

Birds of Prey Show, 11am
K-9 Demo, 12:15am
A Walking Tour, 1pm
Fingerprinting, 10am-2pm
Information on 4H & thoroughbred adoption, 10am-2pm

The first 300 children will receive nylon backpacks with the classic farm logo. Visitors will also notice a new addition to the farm this spring, an indoor/outdoor fish pond.



April 12, 2010

PLYMOUTH— The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department on Friday, May 7. The 8th annual drive is held each year in memory of Lt. Glenn E. Pierce, a longtime department employee who lost a battle with lung cancer in 2001.

The Red Cross Blood Bus will be parked at Sheriff’s Headquarters, 24 Long Pond Road, from 1pm-6pm on May 7.

Reservation can be made by calling 1-800- Red-Cross and mentioning the Lt. Glenn E. Pierce Memorial Blood Drive in Plymouth.

All donors receive a free Red Sox shirt and one lucky donor will win a pair of Red Sox tickets.

“We know not everyone is able to donate blood; that’s why we are also asking donors, our employees and community members to drop off canned goods to help replenish local food pantries during the drive,” Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald, Jr. said.

For more information, please call 508-732-1852.



March 26, 2010

PLYMOUTH— A sure sign of spring surprised Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department officers assigned to the County Farm this morning (3/26/10).

The first baby goat of the season was born overnight. The goat’s pregnancy was unknown according to Farm Director Ted DeCristofaro, though he recalls a few months back a male goat was found mingling with the ladies; this morning’s surprise might be the result of that night out.

Other signs of spring are popping up at the farm on Obery Street in Plymouth. Sales of pansies and violas will start next Tuesday, March 30th.




February 3, 2010

PLYMOUTH— Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. was recently reelected as Vice President of the Massachusetts Sheriffs Association [MSA] for 2010.

This marks McDonald’s second year in the leadership position. He pledged to continue work on securing steady funding for county sheriffs.

Sheriff McDonald cited the progress and efficiencies made by the sheriffs’ transition from county to state government as MSA’s biggest accomplishments of the last year; “It’s a smart reform; but there’s more work to be done.”

Sheriff McDonald now serves alongside MSA President Michael Bellotti, Sheriff of Norfolk County, and represents the 14 offices of sheriff statewide.

Sheriff McDonald is one of the newest members of the Association. He took office in January 2005.




January 21, 2010

PLYMOUTH— The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department is hosting a retirement dinner on Friday, March 5, 2010 to recognize the work of its dedicated employees.

Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. and the Sheriff’s Department Retirement Committee will honor nine retirees during the 2nd annual ceremony.

Retirees will receive a plaque and enjoy a buffet dinner and dancing.

The event will take place at the Monponsett Inn, Rt. 58 Halifax. Tickets, $25 each, may be purchased by February 25th. Please call 508-830-6204.
















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