Police and Courts

Watch The Chat with new Sheriff Paul Heroux

In the wake of the first big challenge of his tenure as Bristol County sheriff, Paul Heroux will be the special guest of The Chat on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. As always, The Chat is free to attend, simply register below.

Sheriff Heroux details plans for preventing inmate suicides

New report lists 24 recommendations to improve suicide prevention, including more privacy during inmates’ first screening; getting nurses involved in screening at Ash Street; and more suicide prevention training.

Second body found in New Bedford rooming house fire

One resident said that there were no sprinklers in the building. A family member of another resident said that the hatch to the fire escape ladder was locked, forcing some to jump from the second-story wooden balcony.

Addiction treatment chain operator charged with health care fraud

RCCA and its operators allegedly shortchanged Rhode Island and Massachusetts substance abuse disorder patients out of needed counseling and treatment services, while defrauding Medicare, Medicaid, and other health insurers out of millions, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Why so many prison suicides? Heroux turns to an expert

Sheriff Paul Heroux is consulting Lindsay M. Hayes, one of the country’s foremost authorities on jail and prison suicide who has been studying federal, state and local correctional systems for more than 40 years.

New Bedford offering $5,000 sign-on bonus to new police officers

The city’s police department is currently budgeted for 259 officers, but is now staffed at about 214, according to Mayor Jon Mitchell. Police Chief Paul Oliveira said he could not recall the last time department staffing was at its budgeted levels.


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