“As long as there are signals being sent out that people can come here illegally and we’re just going to take care of them, then they’re just going to keep on coming,” Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson said yesterday from the Texas border on a fact-finding tour. “Neither the president nor the governor have come down to the border to see what’s happening — had they taken the time to come down, they would understand why sending people to Massachusetts is not the answer.”
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is one of six sheriffs from across the country who are visiting the Rio Grande Valley this week to discuss border security with federal and state law enforcement authorities.
7-14-14 Fox Boston Some illegal immigrants flown to Mass. stay in-state awaiting asylum claims
The Bristol Country Sheriff is calling on sheriffs across the country to express their concern over a recent influx of illegal immigrants being transported to communities across the US from the border. Click here to watch video
7-14-14 Boston Herald
‘Unprecedented’ immigrant issue a drain for state
The unprecedented shipment of illegal immigrants from Texas to Massachusetts is not only straining the resources of local jails, it is costing taxpayers millions of dollars for health care, the Bristol County Sheriff said yesterday.
Illegal immigrants are being secretly flown to Massachusetts and kept in local lockups in an under-the-radar operation that has alarmed lawmen who are raising health and security concerns amid recent spikes in detainees coming up from Texas during the latest border crisis.
4-23-14 NOTICE Effective May 5th, 2014, the Bristol County Sheriff's Office will no longer provide or accept inmate money envelopes for deposit. New Kiosks will be introduced in the lobby of the Dartmouth House of Correction.
10-3-13 Recent Photo Taunton, MA – The “R.U.O.K.” Program will now be offered to residents of Taunton. The "R.U.O.K." Program is a free daily telephone calling service provided by the Bristol County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Police Department and the Department of Human Services. The program is designed for senior citizens, disabled persons, and shut-ins living in Bristol County. For more information, click here.
From Left to right: Director of Human Services Anne Bisson, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, Mayor Thomas Hoye, Taunton Police Chief Edward Walsh, and Officer John Munis.
9-11-13 Recent Photo FALL RIVER, MA – Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson speaks at a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Battleship Cove.
8-23-13 Recent Photo Dartmouth, MA – Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and Regional President of the Azores Vasco Cordeiro sign an agreement of understanding pledging cooperation on deportation issues Friday in Dartmouth.
7-25-13 Recent Photo Dartmouth, MA – Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson signs a TRIAD Agreement with Police Chief Timothy Lee and Debra Ann Raymond, Director of the Council on Aging. TRIAD is a cooperative agreement between local law enforcement and older persons in the community working to reduce the criminal victimization of the elderly.
Inside Hernandez's life at Bristol County Jail
NECN went into a cell similar to Hernandez's. He has a bunk bed all to himself, a small sink/toilet combination, mirror, small desk, and a window with bars to the outside world.
BOSTON (CBS) – Most Americans admit that our immigration system is broken. Too many people fall through the cracks, and going through the proper channels has become such a long and arduous process that many don’t even bother...
Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson has been in Washington working on the issue, and he sits down with Dan to talk about what he does and doesn’t like about the Senate’s potential plan.
5-23-13 New bill would treat 17-year-olds as juvenilesCh 10 Video
5-22-13 Broadside: Immigration debate
(NECN: Jim Braude) - Joining Jim Braude on “Broadside” Tuesday night to discuss immigration are Bristol, Mass., County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and Sarang Sekhavat, of Mass Immigration Reform Advocacy (MIRA).
5-15-13 Sheriff Hodgson Unhappy With Immigration Bill
Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson is not a big fan of the latest Immigration Reform Bill making its way through Congress, even after attending a White House briefing Tuesday for law enforcement personnel
2-13-12 Recent Photo - Students from Southeastern Regional Vocational High School who enrolled in the "Community Emergency Response Team" Program were awarded certificates for their accomplishments. 15 students graduated from the program.
12-26-12 New photo gallery featuring inmate work crews throughout Bristol County
The Bristol County Sheriff’s Community Work Program has been helping the communities of Bristol County for several years. The Sheriff's Program includes an Anti-Graffiti Unit, multiple paint crews, and a variety of work programs that save cities and towns thousands of dollars annually.
Recent Photo - A Law Enforcement Training Seminar was recently held at the Bristol County Sheriff's Office regarding Transnational Gangs, Drug Cartels and Terrorism. Various law enforcement agencies attended the event. Key speakers included:
Robert Najmulski, a Ret. Deputy Sheriff for Orange and Los Angeles Counties, & a Field Representative for the Federation For American Immigration Reform
Sgt. Richard Valdemar, Retired LASD, & International Gang Expert
10-22-12 RECENT VIDEO Keller @Large: BOSTON (CBS) – The impact of the drug lab scandal on Bristol County was one of the topics WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller covered Sunday on “Keller @ Large” as he sat down with Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson. Click here to view the video
10-2-12 RECENT VIDEO: Sheriff Hodgson Threatens to Close Jail - FOX25 TV. Click here to view the video interview
7-19-12 RECENT PHOTO: Vested Interest in K-9s Inc. is a non-profit fundraising organization dedicated to providing bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement K-9′s throughout the United States. The organization recently donated 6 new canine protective vests to the Bristol County Sheriff's Office. From left to right are K9 Officers Gene Robinson, Sgt. Paul Douglas, Lt. Jeffrey Williams, Sandy Marcel from Vested Interest, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, Chris Medeiros and Brennan Bulgar.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. 2013 Calendar features Bristol County Sheriff’s Office K9 teams
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their 2013 color calendar featuring two K9 teams from the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office. The calendar is now on sale for $15.00 online and at select retailers. Proceeds from the sales will provide bullet and stab protective vests for police dogs actively working without the potentially life saving equipment.
5-17-12 RECENT PHOTO: Sheriff Thomas Hodgson takes part in "Volunteer Appreciation Night" and recognized 23 individuals who volunteer their time to support our staff and inmate population. To the Sheriff's left is James Rioux, Volunteer Services Coordinator for the Bristol County Sheriff's Office. For more information about volunteer services, please click here.
5-15-12 Click here for a list of upcoming "IRIS" scannings in the community
5-15-12 Sheriff Hodgson Interviewed on Emily Rooney Show WGBH TV Video
5-15-12 Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and Carol Rose, Executive Director of the ACLU, discuss Secure Communities NECN TV Video
5-15-12 Sheriff welcomes ICE, local officers sharing crime infoBoston Herald
5-15-12 Inmates to fix Freetown Town Hall ramp, repaint lib... Herald News
5-9-12 Immigration Reform: Secure Communities to be activated in Mass.
(Fox News Boston) - Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald, Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson, all longtime supporters of Secure Communities, recently joined the FOX 25 Morning News.
4-23-12 Inmate Brenda Costa (center) stands with members from the Partner's Village Store & Kitchen. The employees delivered boxes of books that were donated as part of "World Book Night." From left are Lisa Cusick, Deborah Brooke, Inmate Brenda Costa, Jan Hall and Debbie Torre. (Click here for the full story on Herald News)
4-10-12 Should fingerprints be passed along to FBI? NECN TV
(NECN TV) - Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, who is for Secure Communities, joined "The Morning Show" to discuss the issue.
2-21-12 Immigration Reform: Push for Secure Communities
(FOX 25/MyFoxBoston.com) - The illegal immigration debate is heating up again following the arrest of a suspected illegal immigrant in Milford for a stabbing. Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is interviewed in the Fox 25 Studio.
RECENT PHOTO 9-19-11 Mac Bledsoe, father of former Patriots Player Drew Bledsoe, speaks to staff members at the Darmouth House of Correction. A career schoolteacher and coach of 31 years, Mr. Bledsoe has the gift of communicating with both parents and young people. He is the founder of "Parenting with Dignity," an program that promotes good parenting skills across the country.
6-1-11 VIDEO CLIP: Inmates in the Bristol County House of Correction - Therapeutic Music Program perform for other inmates and staff (Youtube Video)
6-2-11 RECENT PHOTO: Inmates from the Bristol County House of Correction Work Program help to transfer cases of water to Somerset residents who have been affected by the townwide water ban. (Herald News Article)
5-3-11 Bristol County Sheriff Hodgson: Bin Laden's Death a Display of American Resolve. Click here for full story: (Herald News Article)
5-23-11 RECENT PHOTO: A Memorial Service is held honoring all officers and staff who have died while employed by the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office.
11-24-10 Inmates from the Dartmouth House of Correction Assembled 450 Food Boxes and bags at the Salvation Army, 619 Purchase St., New Bedford. The boxes were distributed to the less fortunate for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
9-28-10 Ch10: Sheriff Hodgson is interviewed about bullying: (WJAR Ch 10)
9-1-10 Agreement Signed: North Attleboro Triad Program: (Sun Chronicle)
8-26-10 Anti-Bully Conference at Sheriff's Department: (Standard Times)
8-26-10 Anti-Bully Conference at Sheriff's Department: (FR Herald News)
Bristol County Sheriff's
Office K-9 Unit is pleased
to announce a $5,000 donation
from Del Monte Pet Products
and Milk-Bone in partnership
with Stop & Shop towards
the purchase of a new
police dog. This donation
is part of an on-going
effort to support local
law enforcement and security
representatives of the
area's criminal justice
and social service agencies
came together on Thursday
at the Bristol County
Jail and House of Correction
for the introductory
session of Reclaiming
Futures, an approach
aimed at giving adolescents
with drug problems the
support they need to
stay out of jail and
lead successful lives...
caused by overdoses
of heroin and other
opioids, such as oxycontin,
rose more than 7 percent
per year from 2000-2006
in Massachusetts. 2/3
of all poisonings reported
to the Massachusetts
Department of Public
Health (MDPH) during
2006 were the result
of opioid overdoses...
word "hero" gets a bit
threadbare from overuse,
but I believe that there
is no other way to describe
the men and women charged
with the care and custody
of the inmates in the
penal institutions of
13-day odyssey in which
Anthony Fly, an alleged
multiple rapist, tried
to flee from the inevitable
ended last Monday only
a few miles from where
it began when he was apprehended
while hitchhiking with
$800 in his pocket on
Route 6 in Westport.