I adopted this logo after coming across it at the end of a long - long day working on the site. I actually thought I was looking in a mirror. The only difference were the empty beer bottles I had next to me - lol. That's when I realized I wasn't looking at myself. I am a former member of the motorcycle clubs Leathernecks M.C. and the Iron Pigs M.C. In both clubs my road name was Black Sheep. I am called this because I speak my mind. If I believe something is wrong you will know it - regardless of the personal cost. In May of the year 2009 I published the first edition of this site. The second being June of 2011, I hope you enjoy it as I have put thousands of hours into it.
USMC 1979 - 83
Easton Police - 1987 - 90
MBTA Transit Police (Boston) 1991 - 95
Foxborough Police 1995 - Present
Motorcycle Officer and Background Investigator
My wife and I, Cancun 2012
I have been gifted with the opportunity to visit 31 countries in this small world of ours. Cancun is the most relaxing for me and England is the most entertaining. Germany is our next hopeful locations to visit.
The most common question I get asked is:
" Why do you research the M.P.D. and not your own agency ?"
First, I have done my own. I am on a small department in Foxboro MA. of 32 officers and what could be done has been,(see middle of page). I had also done a lot of research for the Transit Police in Boston when I worked there. That information was passed along to another member from there when I switched to the Foxboro Police some 18 years ago this October.
The next thing I tell folks is I was once a Civil War buff and I am a collector of M.P.D. Police Memorabilia. Once I discovered the mound of history that the M.P.D. had I was drawn in. When I found out that there was a Police Officer assigned to Ford Theatre that went missing on the night President Lincoln was killed, I WAS HOOKED. It's really that simple. When I was at Gettysburg years ago I was amazed at being able to walk along the same grounds our Civil War soldiers did 150 years earlier. When I walked through the Tower of London and then tossed down several pints of Guinness at the House of Parliament in England I was awed . I see the M.P.D. Police history the same way, it's like stepping back in time.
When I get drawn into something like this I follow through until I think I have done all that I can. With the M.P.D. I don't think I will never get to that point, there is just to much out there..
The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police have no involvement with this web site. I do not say that out of disrespect but rather responsibility. I am responsible for the information provided on this site and any errors on it. My information has been gained through the internet, several retired officers, books I have read as well as research at the Library of Congress. My motivation behind this site is to pass along the history of the M.P.D. to anyone interested. Although you may see a lot of pictures provided to me by the M.P.D. they are not responsible for any information on here.
After a year of fund raising I managed to collect enough donations to pay for this Foxboro Police Memorial.
I designed this piece to compliment the Firefighters memorial on the opposite side of the common. It was dedicated during Police week.
To the LEFT is the lobby of the Foxboro Public Safety Building. I set up the display showing our first patch, badge and photographs that have been collected.
To the RIGHT is a photograph of Officer Fred Pettee who was killed while backing up the State Police in Foxboro in 1934. I was able to locate his badge and display it along with his photo.
Inside the lobby is the entrance to a community room known as "The McGinty Room" this room is dedicated to Mr McGinty who was murdered as he was at work in New York City on September 11th, 2001 in one of the two towers. Mr McGinty and his family resided in Foxboro at the time of 9-11.
Some of my historical accomplishments on my own department
Every year the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police hold an event recognizing their members of the M.P.D. who have gone above and beyond. Below are photographs and or information I have either found on line or been sent by members of the M.P.D. If you know of someone who has received an award please feel free to send me a photo and a brief story. If anyone has a nice clean photo of each medal I would like to place them on this section.
Medal of Valor:
Blue Badge Medal :
Lifesaving Medal :
District Detective of The Year:
Officer of The Year:
Deborah R. Ennis Civilian Employee of The Year:
Joseph Pozell Memorial Reserve Officer of The Year:
P.S.A. of The Year:
Meritorious Service Medal:
Chief of Police Special Award:
Presented to MPD full- or part-time civilian employee(s) for outstanding performance, leadership, innovation, problem solving or consistent excellence.
COP Medal of Merit:
Presented to employees of other District of Columbia agencies or members
of other law enforcement agencies whose actions have significantly
enhanced the MPD’s ability to prevent crime, deliver public services, or
otherwise carry out the Department’s public safety mission.
The Department Blue Badge Medal is given to MPD members seriously
injured in the performance of their duties while engaging a dangerous
Presented to MPD reserve sworn personnel who have
exemplified the dedication to duty, leadership, community
service, and professionalism that make the Department a
shining example of policing for the rest of the nation.
Master Patrol Officer of The Year:
Vice Unit of The Year Award:
School Resource Officer of The Year:
Forensic Officer of The Year:
Presented to sworn members in the rank of Master Patrol Officer who
have shown extraordinary commitment to the policing profession and
the citizens of the District of Columbia.
Presented to MPDC sworn or civilian members for outstanding acts that improve Department operations, result in substantial costs savings, further the agency’s mission and goals, or otherwise bring great credit to the Department. Individuals receiving more than one. Achievement Medal are indicated with parentheses.
Presented to sworn members in the rank of Officer who have shown
extraordinary commitment to the policing profession and the citizens of the District of Columbia.
Presented to sworn members in the rank of Officer who have shown extraordinary commitment and skill in forensics to assist in the investigation of crime in the District of Columbia.
Presented to the members of the Police Service Area which showed the greatest improvement in reducing crime, exhibited innovation in crime fighting and solving, and made the most impact on the community in which they serve.
Presented to the district vice unit that made the greatest impact on enforcement of narcotic and prostitution offenses in their community by targeting these persistent problems, establishing effective plans, and executing them with significant results.
Presented to residents, businesses, civic groups and other community stakeholders in the Washington Metropolitan region who have built strong partnerships with the MPD to reduce crime, strengthen neighborhoods or improve the operations of the Department.
Sergeant of The Year:
Presented to sworn, full-time member in the rank of Sergeant who
has demonstrated extraordinary supervisory skills that produce
Lieutenant of The Year
Presented to sworn, full-time member in the rank of Lieutenant who has demonstrated exceptional management leadership skills that produce results.
Captain of The Year
Presented to sworn, full-time member in the rank of Captain who has demonstrated exceptional management leadership skills that produce results.resented to sworn, full-time member in the rank of Captain who has demonstrated exceptional management leadership skills that produce results.
Presented to MPDC sworn or civilian members whose heroic actions result in saving a life, preventing a serious crime or apprehending a suspect who has committed a serious crime.resented to MPDC sworn or civilian members whose heroic actions result in saving a life, preventing a serious crime or apprehending a suspect who has committed a serious crime.
Presented to MPDC sworn or civilian members whose actions or techniques result in the saving or sustaining of another human’s life.resented to MPDC sworn or civilian members whose actions or techniques result in the saving or sustaining of another human’s life.
Presented to MPDC sworn or civilian members who have made significant, outstanding contributions to the Department by performing their duties with exceptional skill, judgment, diligence and productivity.resented to MPDC sworn or civilian members who have made significant, outstanding contributions to the Department by performing their duties with exceptional skill, judgment, diligence and productivity.
Chief of Police Award of Merit:
Presented to employees of other District of Columbia agencies or members of other law enforcement agencies whose actions have significantly enhanced the MPDC’s ability to prevent crime, deliver public services or otherwise carry out the Department’s public safety mission.
Presented to MPDC sworn and civilian members within a distinct
organizational unit who have exhibited exceptional skill during
a coordinated action or consistent excellence in carrying out the
Medal of Honor:
Presented to MPDC sworn or civilian members who perform an act of exceptional bravery, above and beyond the call of duty, with the awareness of the possibility that the act could result in great bodily harm or death to themselves. As the premier award of the Metropolitan Police Department, this honor is bestowed upon members only in conjunction with an award of the Medal of Valor and/or the Blue Badge Award.
Presented to sworn, full-time member(s) in the rank of Detective, for exceptional skill and outstanding achievements in investigating criminal activity, bringing offenders to justice, and assisting the
victims and survivors of crime.
Inspector of The Year Award:
Presented to sworn, full-time member in the rank of Inspector who has demonstrated exceptional management leadership skills that produce results.
Presented to sworn members in the rank of Officer who have shown extraordinary commitment to the policing profession and the citizens of the District of Columbia. presented to sworn members in the rank of Officer who have shown extraordinary commitment to the policing profession and the citizens of the District of Columbia.
Commander of The Year
Presented to the district Commander who exemplified outstanding leadership of his or her police district by encouraging proactive problem solving, providing hands-on guidance, and rewarding performance
And the award goes to....
Officer Matthew Morris and his wife Debbie attending an MPD Awards Ceremony
Members of the M.P.D. who attended the 2009 C.B.A. awards. This ceremony involved citizens who had chased down a suspect that had broken into a Church. They held the man until police could take custody of him.
MPO Kenneth Stewart receives an award for his part in the capture of the shotgun stalker
M.P.D. medal of Valor winners Officers Jesse Johnson and John Kline
Photo provided by the M.P.D.
Photo provided by the M.P.D.
The Foxborough Police Department
Former Scout car driven by Jeff Colleli - M.P.D.
Keeper of The Records.......
HISTORY, what does it mean to you ? To me it means learning from the past, respecting the sacrifice of others and something important to be maintained in order for others to learn and enjoy it. Since most of us have not been able to see history take place ourselves, we rely on others to record it for us. These folks often go unnoticed or unable to put the name with a face. I have changed this section of this site to recognize members of the D.C. Metropolitan Police who have helped preserves the history of their agency. The last page of this site, "My Collection" has several books shown on the history of the M.P.D.C. and I have learned much from these books. Here I focus on more current M.P.D.C. Historians. If you know of someone who you believe has contributed to keeping the history of the M.P.D.C. alive please send me some information on them and I will try to add their name.
GEORGE WILSON :
Nick Breul is a recently retired Lieutenant with the M.P.D.C. who was an active M.P.D.C. historian up until his retirement in 2013. He was very instrumental in the 150th Anniversary history of the M.P.D.C. book that came out in 2011. Nick is now involved in the building of a M.P.D.C. Memorial and Museum.
Below is a button to see Lt. Breul while explaining some history on the Police Call Box in Washington D.C.
Did you know that right now plans are in the works for an M.P.D.C. Memorial and Museum in the District?
Permission has been given and land has been secured. The architectural work is in process and soon a web site will be built. When I am provided with more information I will place it on here for those of you who wish to support this historical cause.
George Wilson, second from the right
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Information on the future Police Memorial and Museum for the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police
George R. Wilson was born in 1930. He was born and raised in the Bronx in New York City. He married in 1953 and had two children. Prior to becoming a Police Officer Mr. Wilson was a member of the United States Navy. Directly after his released from the Navy he joined the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. While serving with the M.P.D.C. George received over 30 commendations and meritorious recognitions.
When George Wilson first began with the M.P.D.C. he was assigned to the patrol force in the first precinct. After displaying a professional performance in patrol George was moved into the a plainclothes assignment where he advanced into the Robbery Unit and became a Detective. here he investigated primarily robberies but also kidnappings and extortion which totaled 7,500 cases in 11 years with this unit. In 1969 he was assigned as a Detective to the Identification Division where he was in charge of the development and implementation of the first Metropolitan Police Department Firearms Laboratory. In 1971 George was promoted to Detective Sergeant and assigned as Commanding Officer and Chief Examiner of the M.P.D. Firearms Identification Section.
During all of this George was also well known for his involvement in maintaining and promoting the history of the M.P.D.C. also known as the M.P.D. George has written numerous newspaper and magazine articles. George was involved with the making of ceremonial badges and several novelty patches.
George recently passed away, but will always be well respected and remembered for his contribution to the Metropolitan Police as a Police Officer and as a historian of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police.
Lt. NICK BREUL : MPDC Retired
Here is a great video of Lt. Breul discussing much of the historical items he saved and has stored safely until a proper home is provided.