12th Annual “Peace in the Family” Day
On Saturday June 22, 2013, the 12th Annual Peace In the Family Day hosted by the Domestic Violence Task Force was held at Bosson Park in Chelsea.
Chelsea, MA. – After only a week following the Annual MGH Summer Bike Safety Day, another large crowd gathered in the community to start the summer off with enjoyment and recreation. In what turned out to be a beautiful start to the summer on Bellingham St. Hill overlooking Boston’s high-rise buildings and the historic Tobin Bridge, families celebrated the 12th Annual “Peace In the Family” Day which was hosted by the Domestic Violence Task Force. The free event included face painting, Zumba, games, music, and a K9 Demonstration presented by the Chelsea Police Departments Canine Team.
Presently in its thirteenth year, the Domestic Violence Task Force works in collaboration with agencies which serve the communities of Revere, Winthrop, and Chelsea. One of their primary goals is to bring families together in events such as these and provide access to the tools necessary to create a safe and healthy environment for families while promoting the importance of a violent free community.
Chelsea Police Detective Rose Medina cited the event was a great success and thanked the many participants including the K9 Handlers for their participation. The demonstration presented by the Chelsea Police Department Canine Team featured two (2) of the departments (3) three highly trained K9 Handlers; Officer Thomas McClain Jr. and Officer Ed Notfle along side their crime fighting partners K9 Alex and K9 Marco. Officer Ed Noftle, a Chelsea Police Officer since 1988, said “Both Alex and Marco are both patrol/explosive certfied K-9’s”. Their abilities include locating missing persons, suspects, evidence from crime scenes, and the detection of approximately 42 different explosive odors to name a few.
The Domestic Violence Task Force Program collaborates with many generous supporters and organizations. BARCC, CAPIC, Inc. Chelsea Community Connections, HarborCOV, Harbor Area Early Intervention at North Suffolk Mental Health Association, Haven Program at MGH, Department of Children & Families (DCF), Chelsea Police Department, Revere, and, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, CAPIC, Chelsea District Court, and the MGH Revere Haven Program are among the organizations involved in this program.
If you have any questions about this program or would like to get involved please feel free to contact Detective Rose Medina at (617) 466-4823.
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