As Chief of Police, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Wareham Police Department website.
The Mission of the Wareham Police Department is to provide the citizens of this community with the highest quality of law enforcement, emergency services, and general assistance possible. We pledge to respect and protect the individual rights, lives, and property of all people. We will work to reduce the fear of crime, to improve the quality of life, and to faithfully enforce the laws. We will also establish a partnership with our citizens, schools, and businesses through community policing initiatives. Professionalism and integrity by each and every member of this department is of the utmost importance and will underlay all of our efforts.
The department would like to remind you not to give out any personal information over the phone. Review our informative handout on Identity Theft that outlines steps on how to prevent your identity from being stolen, and what to do if it happens.
Chief Kevin D. Walsh
On Tuesday, October 24th, the Wareham Police Department Detective Division and Mass State Police VFAS Unit ended an investigation into the whereabouts of a 45 year old male wanted in Ohio regarding an arrest warrant issued by the Vandalia, Ohio Municipal Court. The criminal charges on the warrant included 10 counts of Rape and 13 Counts of Gross Sexual Imposition (Ohio law), apparently related to illegal actions against one juvenile aged victim.
At approximately 11:50 am, detectives received information that 45 year old John Dodd, who listed previous addresses in Ohio and Onset, MA, was in a vehicle parked in the Walmart parking lot. After a brief search of the area, detectives located Mr. Dodd, who was then placed under arrest per the issued Ohio warrant without incident. He was also criminally charged with being a fugitive from justice.
John Dodd was transported to Wareham PD, then to Wareham District Court yesterday afternoon.
WAREHAM PD TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28TH
10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM
WPD HEADQUARTERS, 2515 CRANBERRY HIGHWAY, WAREHAM, MA
On Saturday, October 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Wareham Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to WPD Headquarters at 2515 Cranberry Highway. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps; only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards.
The collected medications will be disposed of by Covanta Energy at several of their Energy-From-Waste facilities located throughout New England. These facilities convert collected pharmaceutical waste into clean, renewable energy for use by local communities.
On Sunday, October 15th at approximately 10:30 pm, Wareham PD officers responded to Shenanigan’s Bar & Grill on Rte. 28 for a reported disturbance involving 2 males fighting in the parking lot.
Upon arrival, officers noticed an apparently intoxicated male in the parking lot who said he had been involved in a fight with another male who since left the scene. The male, identified as 47 year old Wareham resident Danye Thomas, was placed into custody due to being intoxicated and having an outstanding arrest warrant.
During booking procedures at the police station, Danye Thomas was found to be in possession of approximately 19 grams of cocaine packaged for sale, 4 Oxycontin pills, and 10 Oxycodone pills, along with $100 cash. As a result of the drugs found in his possession, Mr. Thomas has been charged with the following:
- Possession With Intent to Distribute Class B Substance Subsequent Offense (Oxycontin).
- Possession With Intent to Distribute Class B Substance, Subsequent Offense (Oxycodone)
- Trafficking Cocaine Over 18 grams
Mr. Thomas was later checked at Tobey Hospital for injuries sustained during the disturbance and returned to WPD. He was scheduled to be arraigned on the criminal charges today at Wareham District Court.