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Boston Finest # 1 - Everything Is Personal

Aired August 31, 2013 - 23:00   ET



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So, you've got a gun --


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Put your hands on the stand.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get inside. Get them inside.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get down on the ground right now.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One, one two, go, one, two, good, good. Shake them out.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: Jen Penton served their country in Afghanistan. Now she's a police officer, serving on the streets of Boston.

JENNIFER PENTON, BOSTON POLICE OFFICER: I am 5'3", 100 and something pounds. With that comes a fear that I will be faced with a 6'2", 250- pound muscular guy that doesn't want to go to jail that day.

When I don't want to get up at 5:00 in the morning, didn't go to boxing. I think of being in a foot chase and losing. There is that chance that you will be fighting got your life on the side of the road where your backup is, you know, a minute away. I have to stay on top of my game. It could save my life. It could save, you know, my partner's life.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Dig it in. Dig it in.

JENNIFER PENTON: That's a tremendous amount of responsibility that I take very seriously.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nice, nice. Good job.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: Even though they have only been partners for a few months, patrol officers Jen Penton and Pat Rogers know each other well. JENNIFER PENTON: I drink some bad stuff.

PAT ROGERS, POLICE OFFICER: You drink some bad stuff.

JENNIFER PENTON: I do drink bad stuff. I've always wants to do a cleanse.

ROGERS: Of that stuff?

JENNIFER PENTON: Dude, it's got raw meat and spinach and parsley and --

ROGERS: Not food.

JENNIFER PENTON: What do you think is crazy I want to cleanse my body?

ROGERS: Yes. But you don't eat (bleep) anyway. So, what do you cleansing. I do cleanse the natural way.

JENNIFER PENTON: The natural way?

ROGERS: The natural.

JENNIFER PENTON: Coffee and --

ROGERS: Coffee works every time.

JENNIFER PENTON: Coffee works for you every time. That's for sure.

We answer radio calls and that's the attention.

Want to stop?

Good morning, how are you?

And then, secondary to that would be motor vehicle enforcement.

And then, did you square away your registration yet?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm taking care of that now.

JENNIFER PENTON: You're on your way to the registry right now. OK. Sir, we'll just give you a warning. Have a good day.

We're just a presence; we are going to be a detour to criminal activity.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: Every stop is different. Some test your metal, and some your patience.

JENNIFER PENTON: Do you think he knows the speed limit over here is only 30 miles an hour?

I can't see his plate.

ROGERS: You got to be on the re-cap place.

JENNIFER PENTON: Can't really tell. Ohio.

Hi, how are you. Two things, one your plate is obscured. I don't know if it's got a cover on it but you can't have those -- do you want to understand why you got stopped?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't need to know why got stopped.

JENNIFER PENTON: Part of my job is to inform you --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I only got to give you my license and registration.

JENNIFER PENTON: Yes. But I want you to understand why I pull you over so that we can correct it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't care. I don't need to know why you stopped me.

JENNIFER PENTON: Part of my job is to make sure you understand what's wrong.


JENNIFER PENTON: So, why I pulled you over?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Because you have nothing to do, I guess.

JENNIFER PENTON: Do you have your license on you? Thank you so much. He was so rude. I tried to explain why I stopped him and he doesn't want to listen, so now I'll put it in writing for him. Get back in the car. Get back in the (bleep) car. Do you have an issue?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I have to be somewhere.

JENNIFER PENTON: OK. We can discuss that. You don't get out of the car on a traffic stop.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm going to headquarters.

JENNIFER PENTON: OK. You're welcome to do, that sir.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All right. Trust me.


Being a female police officer comes with certain challenges and obstacles. There are people that just don't respect a woman in a role of authority. I've dealt with quite a few people that just cannot handle the fact that it's a female telling them what to do.

ROGERS: Want to kind of for a second?

JENNIFER PENTON: No, I'm good. I'm good.

BRIAN ALBERT, BOSTON POLICE: Everybody, yes, the first thing we are going to do this morning is go over on River Street.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: The fugitive unit tracks down criminals on the run. Often times, the worst of the worst, cold-blooded, dangerous and desperate.

ALBERT: Any questions?


ALBERT: All right.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: Today Officers Greg and Winston will work together as partners. They are going after Anthony Woodrum (ph), a hard-core drug killer convicted of selling crack cocaine in the school zone. Woodrum (ph) escaped from a transitional facility called the brook house where is finishing a two-year jail sentence.

WINSTON, POLICE OFFICER: He walked away from the brook house about a month ago. Drug dealer, five-page record. Search warrants on his house.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: The problem is Woodrum (ph) has a lot of places to hide.

WINSTON: That's his girl?

GREG DANKERS, OFFICER, FUGITIVE UNIT: Yes, I mean, she visits him a lot in jail.


DANKERS: The target's son. This is the target's nephew.

WINSTON: He's also got a warrant.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: It's a giant shell game, but bankers get an idea.

DANKERS: Maybe we'll go to everywhere, right, accept for her. And then obviously, he will get the word that the police are looking for him. But yes, right. Hopefully and we can get a try full of people will calling and saying, the police were here. The police were here. And then have we talked to Peggy and Peggy right now, this time he came in here. And Peggy was focus on that, right?

WINSTON: Safe house for him. It sounds good.

DANKERS: How does that sound?

WINSTON: Sounds like an awesome --

DANKERS: Is that wicked cool? So, you and I will do this case?

WINSTON: All right.

DANKERS: Maybe we can get some lunch. WINSTON: Yes.

DANKERS: Where you want to go?

WINSTON: I don't know. Lunch is on you so --

DANKERS: You want to go to Salsa?

WINSTON: No, no, don't do Salsa.

DANKERS: You don't like south Boston, do you?


DANKERS: I knew it.

WINSTON: Some jerk chicken.

DANKERS: Oh, man, can I eat that in the bathroom sitting on the toilet because that's what I need to do.


WINSTON: You have to go to the north end.

DANKERS: The north end?


DANKERS: Now you're talking crazy.

WINSTON: Dude, how we going to work together if we can't even (bleep) agree on lunch?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: Across town, Jen and Pat switch to an unmarked car for a new assignment, tracking down a warrant.

ROGERS: De La Cruz, Elvis.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: Elvis de la Cruz is on probation for assaulting his ex-girlfriend but allowed the battery on his GPS monitoring bracelet to die, which has caused for immediately arrest.

JENNIFER PENTON: You know, the GPS is, you know, that thing makes it a kind of noise if the battery is dying so, probably on purpose.

ROGERS: He could be out and about running the streets doing whatever.

JENNIFER PENTON: There is a victim on the case, maybe they want to make sure he stays away from her. Either way, you know, you go to cuff them up. It is a big deal.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: Jen and Pat have a confirmed address for the pizza joint where de la Cruz works but when serving a warrant, nothing is guaranteed.

ROGERS: We don't know how this kid will be when we get down there. Who knows if he's really going to run, but he might.

JENNIFER PENTON: He could be watching us from somewhere else, as well.

ROGERS: Could be.

JENNIFER PENTON: So just keep an eye out.






JENNIFER PENTON: He could be watching us from somewhere else, as well.

ROGERS: Could be.

JENNIFER PENTON: So, just keep an eye out.





JENNIFER PENTON: I want you to tell me what's going on with your bracelet and then I'm going to tell you what is going to happen with us.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: Jen Penton and Pat Rogers are serving a warrant on Elvis de la Cruz who violated his probation for assault by letting the battery on his GPS monitoring device run out.

DE A CRUZ: I was working all day yesterday. I fell asleep. I mean, I went home, fell asleep. Forgot to charge my bracelet. Woke up put the charge on, went to work, that's it.

ROGERS: OK. I'm just --

DE A CRUZ: I went to work, that's it.

JENNIFER PENTON: That's just a warrant this morning for you. They want you arrested to go see your probation officer.

DE A CRUZ: So I got to stay until tomorrow in jail?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: Transco takes de la Cruz to the High Park Avenue police station. Jen and Pat follow behind to do the booking and learn a little bit more about him.

JENNIFER PENTON: How many hours they make you work?

DE A CRUZ: Depending between 40 and 50.

JENNIFER PENTON: And you're staying away from the girl you had issues with, right?

DE A CRUZ: Actually, the bracelet I have been feeling kind of comfortable in it because that's my only protection right now.

JENNIFER PENTON: Keeping it so we know where you're at?


JENNIFER PENTON: So that if she can't accuse yourself?

DE A CRUZ: Yes. Ever since I come home I've been taking two classes, fatherhood program and battery program.

JENNIFER PENTON: Really? What's the fatherhood program?

DE A CRUZ: It is just a class about parenting and guys, all guys so we just talk, just talk --

JENNIFER PENTON: How tough it is being and father and stuff?

DE A CRUZ: Yes and things we have to do to take care of our kids.

JENNIFER PENTON: OK. You know, honestly Elvis, you're doing the right thing. You are working more than what most adults I know. OK. You're taking care of your daughter. I'm going to keep doing what you're doing. I hope the best for you. I hope you never see me or my partner again unless we're picking up pizza down the street, OK? So, we will get you situated. We call the bail bonds men. We will go from there, OK?

DE A CRUZ: Thank you.

JENNIFER PENTON: Step this way.

He made bad choices but was trying to make up for it and he was trying to do the right thing, which is important to see. There is a lot more to policing than putting handcuffs on someone and putting them in a jail cell. Maybe they need someone to actually listen to them.

I have a twin sister, Melissa. Growing up we just always had different personalities. She has made choices that I don't agree with. She's been in some trouble with the law and drugs and battling addiction. I haven't seen her in like two years. I struggle with the fact that I am not close with her.

About two years ago, she had a baby boy, Tristan. She put him up for adoption. It was really tough on the family. But I'm determined to stay a part of his life.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi, Jen, come in. Good to see you.

JENNIFER PENTON: Thank you so much for inviting me.



JENNIFER PENTON: He is so big.

We're lucky enough where his adoptive parents, Jen and Paul, really do want us to be in his life.

So, it's nice to see like now that he's a little bit older, you can see his facial features coming.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He looks like you.

JENNIFER PENTON: And they want Tristan to have as many people in his life as they can that love him and that includes my sister.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I was looking forward to meeting her but then she just didn't make it.

JENNIFER PENTON: Yes, I think she's just too sad. You know, I wish to death I could raise a child --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: While you're working 70 hours a week.

JENNIFER PENTON: Yes, I'm working a lot and you know, I just, you know I live alone, but I think what you guys are doing is amazing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're thrilled and very happy to have, you know, have you guys be in his life and our lives, as well.

JENNIFER PENTON: We appreciate it. I think there's going to be a ton of people that love him.


JENNIFER PENTON: Can I get a picture?


TRISTAN, 2-YEARS-OLD: Little camera.

JENNIFER PENTON: The end goal for me is to be happy and content and live a life I'm proud of. That includes my sister. And although, I don't necessarily agree with how she handled being a mom and how she handled that responsibility, I have to move past that. You know, she has to move past that and with that, I think it would be good for her to have a relationship with Tristan. And if I can help that along to facilitate that, then I want to do that. But first, I have to find her.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: Across down, Greg Dankers and the fugitive unit are just starting their shift. Their target is drug dealer Anthony Woodrum (ph).

DANKERS: He walked away from a half-way house. Maybe Anthony Woodrum (ph) got a long criminal history. Done drop rock, a lot of drugs, always dealing drug. There is information he might be at Regina Road which is across from KFC on Washington Street. There is some female that he might be with. She has got a warrant for assault and battery.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: Dankers' plan is to bang on doors of all of which and associates hoping someone will gave up information on his whereabouts.

DANKERS: Boston Police. Is Anthony here?


DANKERS: OK. Is there anybody else here?


DANKERS: Open the door, Mary. We are looking for this gentleman.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I've never seen him.

DANKERS: Call him drop rock.


DANKERS: No? You are sure?


DANKERS: What's your name, dear?


DANKERS: Do you have an ID? Do you just crash here?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, no, we're friends.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I wish you told tell me where he is.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: Both women are wanted on drug charges so Dankers gives them a choice, they can either give up Woodrum (ph) or go to jail.

DANKERS: I think they know him. They are just not saying that. They are going to jail. They are not going to give him up. (INAUDIBLE), so that, you know, they wouldn't play.

Every day Anthony Woodrum (ph) is out on the street, there is a potential for violence and for people to get hooked on drugs because of him.




JENNIFER PENTON: I know. I'm so surprised.

My mom is my best friend. She's someone I go to with just about everything in my life.

PAULINE PENTON: Did you water?

JENNIFER PENTON: Yes. Take a long time.

PAULINE PENTON: So what have you done this week?

JENNIFER PENTON: Work, work, work.





PAULINE PENTON: He's a good guy.



JENNIFER PENTON: We had a really good arrest the other night for drugs.

PAULINE PENTON: Oh my goodness. Look at all that money.

JENNIFER PENTON: Those are all hundred dollar bills.

PAULINE PENTON: Yes, look at that.

You and Pat must have been happy about that.

JENNIFER PENTON: Yes, we did like I think a little high five in the middle of the street.



JENNIFER PENTON: I saw Tristan for his birthday.

PAULINE PENTON: I have done something good.

JENNIFER PENTON: It didn't work out more. (CROSSTALK)

PAULINE PENTON: I have the intelligence to know that. You remember after she delivered him, I said what good are you to him? I can't believe that you thought it was a good idea to have him adopted. I said I think it's the best thing that could happen. I couldn't take him.

JENNIFER PENTON: I couldn't take him.

PAULINE PENTON: I said I tried. My doctor said I couldn't take care of him.

JENNIFER PENTON: But how can she not be so selfish to not see that was the best decision for him. You know what I mean? Because like mentally, she should know that, you know, she didn't have the means to take care of him. She knows that she wasn't clean.

PAULINE PENTON: That's for sure.

JENNIFER PENTON: You know, she didn't have a plan.

PAULINE PENTON: That poor baby had to go through withdraw. You know what, and know that he is in a good home. To him, that's his family. Even though it hurts --

JENNIFER PENTON: Mom, it's the same like --.


JENNIFER PENTON: We had this conversation five years ago, seven years ago, like it's the same thing over and over again. She'll get on probation --


JENNIFER PENTON: And then she gets violated again. Seeing her picked up for prostitution or in and out of the court system, given what I deal with every day, it just goes against everything I sort of --

PAULINE PENTON: It's hard for me because I'm her mother.


PAULINE PENTON: And no matter what, at the end of the day I still love her. I still worry about her.

JENNIFER PENTON: My New Year's resolution this year was to try to have some sort of communication with her, but even talking to you I'm just so pissed off like I hate to say it, but I'm just so pissed.

PAULINE PENTON: I know you are.

JENNIFER PENTON: And I'm hopeful and I want to be hopeful for you and you know, she's my twin sister and, you know, a part of me, you know, feels that we should have somewhat of a relationship. I would like to have the lines of communication open because I really want her to be part of Tristan's life and I want him to be part of our family. I really would like to find her.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER (voice-over): Meanwhile, the fugitive unit continues to search for drug dealer Anthony Woodrum (ph). They are pressuring his known associates but so far nobody is talking. Tonight's target, Woodrum's (ph) nephew, Devell or reputed gang member.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Good morning, dear. Sorry to bother you again. Is Devell home?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All right. He never went to court.



DANKERS: We knew his bedroom was in the basement. Devell. When we go in there we say show your hands. You know, you're under arrest. If you're not dressed, you're getting handcuffed and we're dressing you and doing everything for you. It's out of your control.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stop resisting.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know what the (bleep).

DANKERS: We can't let people walk around in the house where they might have weapons hidden or guns or knives or whatever.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you the same (bleep) cop.

DANKERS: You are an h-block kid, right?


DANKERS: All right. That's cool.


DANKERS: Do you know he's in a gang, dear?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you know he's in a gang, dear?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm not in a dang. Why did you tell my grandmother I'm in a gang.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't know. You just said you are at.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm not in a gang.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You just said you were h-block.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Shut up. I don't want to talk to y'all. You just told my grandmother I'm in a gang.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: They took Woodrum's (ph) nephew to the station for booking on his outstanding warrants. He didn't rat out his uncle. But Woodrum (ph) is bound to hear that the cops are after him. Dankers hopes he will take the bait and head to his girlfriend's house to hide.

JENNIFER PENTON: I'm not sure what my sister is doing with her life right now. She kind of has had different boyfriends here and there and, you know, has been in different cities. And I don't know what those cities are or where she's at. When we're on patrol or I'm driving around, we're getting these calls for, you know, someone that ODed or a prostitute that got beat up, it's difficult not to think of my sister. It's difficult not to imagine that it could be her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There is fight going on inside the apartment.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: The call comes in about a fight and high pot.

JENNIFER PENTON: Can you check with the call, any mention of weapons?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: It's on a dangerous block where recently a pregnant woman was shot to death at a party.

JENNIFER PENTON: We have no idea what is at fault. Who started it, what is going on or who we're there to protect.

Back up, what the (bleep) are you doing?

That's one of the most dangerous situations we can get in. Get out of here. Get out of here.

ROGERS: Take the keys out.


ROGERS: Someone said you got a gun. Put them right on the steering wheel.

JENNIFER PENTON: Take your left hand and slowly unlock the door.

ROGERS: Do not move.

JENNIFER PENTON: Get out of the car.

ROGERS: Get down on the (bleep) ground right now. Face down.

JENNIFER PENTON: Go. Hands behind your back.

ROGERS: Who saw the gun? Who saw the gun? Who saw it? (Bleep).




UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Get out of the car.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get out -- we'll lock you out. Get them inside. Pat them down?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I patted my guy down.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who has the firearm?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hang tight. You seem like the most reasonable guy right here --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was trying --


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You were here to see who?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was here with him because his sister lives here.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What's the fight about?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I pissed off her baby's father. I don't even know --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Start smoking weed. My nephew tells them they have kids in the house.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I get in the middle, the driver hits me. The whole thing escalated.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're trying to find this guy. We need to know if he ditched it. What did you see? Someone said a gun --


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In that car. Get in the car, yes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, he has the gun.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So you were saying he was in the car when he pointed the firearm at you? He was in the car.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: While the K9 team looks for the gun, Jen and Patt head back to the station to book the two suspects.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I spilled the water everywhere. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you spill the water on this?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, I spilled it there.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stop pressing buttons. Lights in the back are going on for no -- reason. Was it the whole water?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, there's, still some water left.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Not touching it look at this. Like a -- Christmas tree. The whole thing just -- I'm going to have to get you a sippy cup.



NANCY DANKERS: What's going on?

GREG DANKERS: Good morning.

NANCY DANKERS: Good morning.

GREG DANKERS: How was work?

NANCY DANKERS: It was good.

GREG DANKERS: My wife right now works what we call the midnight shift. She works 11:45 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. We have 4-year-old twin boys who already have different personalities. Greg tends to be a lot more outgoing and Adam tends to be a little shyer.

NANCY DANKERS: I'll get socks and shoes.

GREG DANKERS: Go, go, go.

NANCY DANKERS: You got to get ready for school, OK.

GREG DANKERS: My kids understand what we do for a living. If you ask them, they say mommy and daddy are police officers. They catch the bad guys, but I don't think they have a complete grasp of what we obviously do when we go to work. All right, bye, guys. Give me a kiss.

NANCY DANKERS: Say bye Dada.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is that dude from last year?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Put on new stuff.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In the hunt for Anthony Woodrow, street name, "Drop Rock." In the fugitive unit they get an unexpected lead.

JOE MARRERO, OFFICER, FUGITIVE UNIT: Some of his boys when they shot a video, there was license plates in the cars they were using. This is good. We know where he's hanging out.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The gang to help us. In the mall see what we find?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A few hours later, the night gang unit steps in to assist in the hunt for Anthony Woodrow. They have intel that some local gangs will have a big presence at the hip-hop concert on Lance down street. They are going down there to shake up Woodrow's gang associates to help keep the pressure on.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't know if you know or not -- but so far we've seen H-block, MHP and 214.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't know if you want but so far we've seen --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Chill, chill, chill.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stop resisting. Stop resisting.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The gang members refuse to cooperate. But the word is out on the street the cops are after "Drop Rock," and it's all part of Bankers strategy to convince Woodrow that his only safe house is the one that cops haven't visited yet, the home of his girlfriend.

On patrol in Hyde Park, you never know what to expect in the wee hours of the morning.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Still, he's not taken it, right?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No. Get off the phone. Why do you think it's OK to take your penis out of your pants on Hyde Park Avenue?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's not right. I'm sorry. It's not OK.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Not even partially like blocked off.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You've been drinking?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Where were you drinking?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So you live right there?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You just couldn't make it home?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You couldn't piss in your own yard?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All right, we're good. Let's go. Don't say sorry to us. Say sorry to the tree. Assigned to night shift, Jen Penton spends her days searching for her twin sister, Melissa. A friend had seen Melissa in the city of Lynn just north of Boston.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I will head over to Lynn PD to see if they have information on her whereabouts. I'm trying to find out some information about my sister. Her name is Melissa Penton. P as in Peter, enton.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. I can give you a view of the log.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That would be helpful, thank you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, hold on a second.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She's in on the 24th, the middle of the week.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So it says she was bailed out. Does that mean she was arrested and bailed from the station or did she go right to court?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She should have been bailed right here from the station, yes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK. Just trying to figure out right now if she has any warrants or if she's on probation, kind of get track of her. Is this her new address?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That would be address she gave at the time of the booking.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK. Thank you so much.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm very worried for my sister. I'm scared for her.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Using information from the Lynn Police Department, Jen Penton has made contact with her twin sister, Melissa, and today they will meet for the first time in almost two years.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There is things I want to say to her and things I think that she should hear. I think it will be difficult to swallow some of my anger and issues with her. I can't go in there and take on my police stance of controlling the situation because it's not like that. There is this pit in my stomach right now and I would say it's probably a lot of emotion, a lot of not knowing what to expect. There is my sister. Hi, Jen. Hi, how are you? How are you?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Good. How were you?



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jennifer, nice to finally meet you.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: See, she does look a lot like me, doesn't she?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Just a little bit --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Down. Is it Sylvain Street.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We'll go there. Bye.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Specials right up top.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did you just cut your hair.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A little bit ago.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Where were you actually?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You were? I thought mom said --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, I just got out -- no, I was but that didn't work out the way it was supposed to. Yes, I got six months suspends, two years probation. I would rather do the six months and get it over with.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You would rather go to jail for six months than stay on probation for four years. Tell me about program that you were in.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We work eight hours a day.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You know that's what most people work. I work 8.5 hours a day. That's what most people work.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It wasn't really a good program.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You've been to a ton of programs and never completed them. Have you?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Anyway, tell me what you've been up to.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You know I'm in Boston PD.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Doing big things.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I work in narcotics. I want to do a lot of narcotic work.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: See, I can teach you something.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think you're right about that, hopefully not from present experience, hopefully from past experience.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. Anyway, where is my present from mom? My God, look at my son. He looks exactly like me.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. So, I have some good news.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I -- when I went to go see Tristan and his new family. They were amazing and all about us being part of his life and having you in his life and everything and I think that if you wanted to set something up or if you wanted to go with me or mom or whoever, we could go see him.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I definitely do. I want him to know me and not think I abandoned him and just left him, you know what I mean? I don't want him to be angry at me.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If you want that, they are very willing. They want that.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I definitely want to see him and see where he lives. You know when he gets older and able to talk, I want him to have my phone number and call me any time he wants. I don't know if they don't want me to call --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They do. They are amazing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Then you plan something out and if it doesn't work, you get disappointed. I don't like disappointment. I have enough disappointment in my life.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think addiction is a journey. It doesn't solve itself overnight. She could battle with this probably for the rest of her life. She has to want it for herself. I can't want it for her. My mom can't want it for her. Even her son can't want it for her.

GREG DANKERS: I was in the U.S. Army for four years. I served in Desert Shield Desert Storm. The military prepared me for the police department. The military taught me be prepared, be ready. You don't know what's coming.

When I first started with the Boston Police Department, we got a call for a person with a knife. I remember looking to my left, the suspect pulls his arms from under his shift and I'm like holy, holy -- big rusty machete and he started running towards me, never said a word. He wasn't even 2 feet behind me.

He had the machete behind my head was going to split my head like a watermelon. Fired and kept running. He was down on the ground. That was it. He was done, one round. Every day that I go to work I think about that day because I know how fast things can get out of control, and how dangerous this job really is.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's d-day for Greg Dankers and the hunt for drug dealer Anthony Woodrow. Dankers' has been carefully laying a trap, visiting every one of Woodrow's associates except for his girlfriend hoping he'll believe her apartment is the only safe place to hide.

DANKERS: And this next address, she's the one that's been with him for years. It's cold and rainy. Maybe they will be snuggled in watching movies, eating popcorn and we can grab him, bam, time to go back to jail.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: With fugitive units spread out across the city, today Dankers rides alone.

DANKERS: This is the tan one on the left, the bricks. She's supposed to be in there on the third floor. So I'll just have to sit here. This is the woman that visited him the most in jail. Who is that dude? I like that.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: While staking out the apartment of Anthony's girlfriend, Officer Greg Dankers spots a man leaving the building.

DANKERS: Who is that dude? I like that. A black male walk out of this Rock Land, he looks good, but I couldn't see his face.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Want me to come down that way?

DANKERS: Yes, he's on the street now. He's in a black jacket, blue jeans and a cap. He's getting in a black Mercedes. Get 37, anybody else close by to Rock Land and Dale? How far away are you guys? He might take off.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, Greg, we're like 10 minutes away, stand by.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: With no backup nearby, Dankers has to make a choice whether to move on the suspect by himself or let him go.

DANKERS: Obviously, I know how dangerous this job is. He's a bad ass. He might dust himself off. I'm going to stick with him. Yes, you see me? Anybody else close by, anybody behind me? I need some backup now.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Which way is he heading?

DANKERS: Taking a right on Warren up towards Grove Hall.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm right behind you.

DANKERS: Pull in front of him, 2-1 stop.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Police, don't move, stay in the car.

DANKERS: Put this window down.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Another back window.

DANKERS: Anthony, right? Can I get a license, please? You have no id on you?


DANKERS: Is your name -- really you're 44 years old.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The guy in the car says his name is Andre Epps, but Dankers isn't buying it.

DANKERS: Let me see your tattoos. He didn't have any id on him. Your tattoos won't lie because I have pictures of those tattoos. Yes, it's him. We got him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Come on, buddy, relax, right in this area.

DANKERS: Tattoos, can't hide those tattoos.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, that's a positive.

DANKERS: Grew a little beard, glasses on, tried to give me a fake name. This is good. Move onto the next case.

I can honestly say now I don't take it home with me. I have to look at it like it's a game and I know I'll be lied to. I know somebody will try to assault me or someday somebody will try to kill me again, but I can't let that bother me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Check this thing out. Let me know what it's like.

DANKERS: I can't go home angry or mad or stressed out this guy hasn't been caught or that guy hasn't been caught. Obviously, my boys help me a lot. I get to escape through them, you know. Everybody in. That's the only people we can get in here. My kids, my family are a big part of helping me stay sane. Wow, wow, wow, what are you doing there? Doing this job you realize how life, how fragile life is.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: As a police officer, it is a struggle knowing that my sister is on the other side of that line, the line I choose to stand on the right of. What is going on? Did you miss a court date, especially when I deal with people in similar situations like my sister that might have a warrant when I'm arresting them. What are these for?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Going to be out 20 arrests on another code 11.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When I talk to people battling addiction, they look at you with the most sad, hopeless look like they are outside of themselves. Like they are doing it but don't want to. Been drinking this morning? Last night?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Couple last night.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's awful to think about and then put someone that you care about, put someone that is your family in that situation. It's really difficult to deal with that. Out on the street when we're dealing with people, they look at us and they look at the police as these robot faces that just don't understand and I get that a lot.

I get you don't understand, and what do you know about my situation? I do know. I seen personally what drugs and crime can do to a family, and there are things that you can do in life and choices that you can make to get you away from where you were brought up. I know more than anything that you can change and that you can, you know, and turn your life around if you want to.