Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Message from Chief Green for First Night 2015

First Night 2015 Message from Transit Police Chief Ken Green :

Chief Green (12/30/2014 press conference)
First Night in Boston is the oldest and largest New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts in North America and it takes place again tonight December 31, 2014. This is the 39th year of the First Night Celebration.

First Night Celebration is also a family oriented atmosphere for all to enjoy. It is anticipated that approximately one million people will attend. I would like to reiterate what Mayor Walsh and other government officials have requested; you utilize the MBTA in traveling to and from Boston's First Night Celebration. As an added incentive the collection of fares will be suspended from 8PM until the end of service. The MBTA will have additional resources on hand and Transit Police Officers (both uniformed and plainclothes) will be on duty throughout the MBTA system to ensure a safe and efficient travel. I ask that you act responsibly and be respectful to one another. Additionally, please be mindful of young children, the elderly and persons with disabilities while riding the MBTA. The consumption and/or transportation of alcohol and unruly behavior will not be tolerated.

There is no known threat credible or otherwise relative to the MBTA. We do not anticipate any issues but we are prepared to respond to any incident that may arise. In regards to any planned or spontaneous demonstrations we are not anticipating any issues. The protesters have been peaceful and our strategy is to continue to exercise restraint and patience and safeguard the first amendment rights of all citizens.

From everyone at the MBTA Transit Police Department, Happy New Year. Remember, while riding the T if you "See Something Say Something." To contact the Transit Police in an emergency call 617-222-1212 or 911. You can also use our MBTA SeeSay app or text us at 873873 to report unusual or suspicious behavior or provide information anonymously to our investigators about criminal activity.