Cambridge Police Department

  • Agency: Cambridge Police Department
  • Address: 125 Sixth Street, Cambridge, 02142 MA
  • Chief: Robert C Haas (Commissioner)
Phone: 617.349.3300
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Cambridge Police Department is located at 125 Sixth Street, Cambridge, 02142 MA. The Commissioner of the department is Robert C Haas. The Cambridge Police Department phone number is 617.349.3300.

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Last Chance: Help those in Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Maria. Donate items today from 10am-3pm at the Cambridge Police, which is located at 125 Sixth Street. http://camb.ma/2yMEtor Collected items will go to support the residents of four towns where a significant number of Cambridge residents were born and/or currently have family: Coamo Jayuya Orocovis Salinas

Why were employees of the Cambridge Police Department and their partners wearing purple today? It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Day, also known as Purple Thursday. It is observed today and has been observed Thursday of the third full week of October since 2010. We all have a role in promoting healthy relationships and building a healthy community. This was one of the ways we wanted to honor victims and support survivors of domestic violence.

The 2000-2016 Crash Trends and Locations Report produced by the Cambridge Police Department Crime Analysis Unit was recently recognized by the International Association of Crime Analysts and awarded second place in the statistical report category of their annual analytical products contest. The report looks at overall trends in crashes over the past 15 years in Cambridge requiring EMS transport to the hospital, crashes involving cyclists and pedestrians, and distribution of crashes. The findings of this report continue to play an integral part of the process in the development of the City’s Vision Zero action plan and initiative. To read the full report, please visit http://www.cambridgema.gov/~/media/Files/policedepartment/SpecialReports/CrashAnalysisReport_Final_05252017.ashx This is the third time in the past six years that a product of the Cambridge Police Department’s Crime Analysis Unit has been honored.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville Bard Jr. and Somerville Chief of Police David Fallon have confirmed that two fatal shootings occurred last night: one in Cambridge and one in Somerville. At approximately 3:30 a.m. this morning Ednilson Dacosta, 28, of Dorchester, was shot in a motor vehicle on Windsor Street at Evereteze Way in Cambridge. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. At approximately 3:37 a.m. a second fatal shooting occurred on Canal Lane in Somerville. Kevin Raymond, 20, of Somerville, was shot in a parking lot. He was driven to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. These investigations are active and ongoing and no suspects are in custody in connection with these incidents. It is not known if the two incidents are connected and no further information is being released at this time. These cases are being investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, the Cambridge Police Department and Somerville Police Department.

Start your Friday with a feel-good story about a unique program that the Cambridge Police Department initiated with the Cambridge YMCA as a way to instill confidence and forge deeper connections with our youth. The Cambridge Police Boxing Program is community policing at its best.

Here's a story that you won't see in the news, but is an important one, as it represents an example of the day-to-day challenges (and the bravery) demonstrated by our police officers. Early yesterday morning, our officers responded to a reported stabbing at 12:17 a.m. in the area of Cambridge Street and Cardinal Medeiros Avenue. Officers went into a courtyard of a nearby church and found two males who are homeless and that matched the description of the suspects provided, as well as another individual. One suspect was found to have a bruise on his face and blood on his shirt. All three males were given verbal commands to sit and show their hands. The suspect with the bruise and blood on his shirt refused to sit down and made a quick motion for his left pocket. Let’s pause here for a minute and consider the scenarios. Could the suspect be reaching for a gun? A knife? Another object that could inflict injury on the officers and the other parties? These are among the many thoughts racing through the officers’ heads. The ideal outcome is that the scene is de-escalated, any weapons are searched for and confiscated, and everybody escapes without injury. But, that's the best case scenario and officers have to be prepared for any scenario. Back at the scene, one of our officers attempts to pull the suspect’s hand away from grabbing any potential weapons within his pocket. The suspect continued to refuse to take his hand out of his pocket and then struck the handling officer in the shin with his foot. Another officer rushed over to assist in bringing the resisting suspect to the ground and pulling his hands out of his pocket. After he was brought to the ground, he was handcuffed for everyone’s safety. The suspect and the other parties were searched and, despite the suspect’s actions, no weapon was found. It was later confirmed that there was a fight (not a stabbing), in which the suspect sustained a laceration to his ear from the fight. Nelson Martinez, 47, 240 Albany Street in Cambridge, was ultimately arrested for Assault and Battery on a Police Officer. We commend our involved officers for their restraint, teamwork and this safe outcome in just one of many calls for service on this October day.

We share our deepest condolences to our neighbor agency, the Somerville Police Department, after they lost their brother Officer Remigio to a traffic crash over the weekend. Louie was a good friend to many here in the Cambridge Police Department and a very important part of the Somerville PD. This is a big loss to Somerville, their community and local police. Our hearts and prayers are with his family during this time of tragic loss.

What can we say, but thank you. Thanks to our officers and employees who poured so much into the "Drive 2 Support Puerto Rico," their families who volunteered, members of the community (residents and businesses) who generously donated, and all of those who helped raise attention to this important initiative. Overall, four large u-hauls were filled to the brim with supplies for everyone from babies, families and even pets. Together, we once again, made a difference.

Reminder: We'll be hosting an important drive TODAY to raise critically-needed items for those families in Puerto Rico, who are struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria. Even if you can donate one item, it will make an impact. Plus, you can meet our officers, some who were born in Puerto Rico or have family from the beautiful island.

The Cambridge Police Department, the Cambridge Police Superior Officer’s Association and the Cambridge Police Patrol Officer’s Association today announced that they will be hosting a donation drive to raise critically-needed items for Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria relief on Sunday, October 8 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Cambridge Police Department, located at 125 6th Street in Cambridge, Mass (donations will be accepted on the Rogers Street side of the building). The Cambridge Police Department encourages the donation of items that are critically needed for recovery. These items will be delivered to families from Puerto Rico directly affected by the storm. Below are among the items the Department and Associations are collecting to send to those affected by Hurricane Maria: Batteries Flashlights First Aid and Medical Supplies Personal Care Products Soap, Toiler Paper, Paper Towels, Toothpaste Mosquito Repellant All donated items must be non-perishable, not second-hand, nor contain any liquids of any kind. Open or unsealed donations of food or hygiene supplies will not be accepted. Wet wipes will also not be accepted. Any other items will be kindly returned. Donations will be accepted during the hours of 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. Officers and members of the Cambridge Police Department will be available throughout that timeframe to accept donations. They will also be providing food and refreshments to donors. For more information or questions, please contact the Cambridge Police Community Relations Unit at (617) 349-3236.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and it presents a good opportunity to highlight how the Cambridge Police Department has embraced a trauma-informed approach to working with victims of domestic and gender-based violence. In addition to training personnel in this approach, the department recently transformed one of its interview rooms to accommodate and be more supportive of gender-based violence victims who come to the police station. The room has been repainted to softer colors, and enhanced with new lighting and furniture. In late September, the police department received a set of care packages donated by the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC). These kits, which include water bottles, blankets, hard candy, fidget toys and tissues, will be provided to survivors and the families of domestic and gender-based violence to help comfort them as they recount difficult experiences. We thank BARCC for this valuable donation.

The Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation honored eight heroes killed in the line of duty, including late Cambridge resident Charles E. Bradley, at a memorial ceremony held yesterday at Ashburton Park, next to the Massachusetts State House. Bradley, a Sergeant at the North Cambridge Station, was killed Dec. 13, 1934, when he was struck by a vehicle crossing the street during blizzard-like conditions. Bradley had served the Cambridge Police Department for 34 years. At the time, he was 60 and he was survived by his wife, daughter and three sons. Generations after his death, Officer Stephen Lyons from the Cambridge Police Department worked to secure him a spot on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington. Now he will appear on the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial, inducted as part of an annual ceremony held for the past 29 years. For more information, visit mlemf.org.

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a month-long effort that encourages households, businesses, and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. As part of this year’s initiative, public safety agencies in the City of Cambridge are stressing the importance of subscribing to the city's alert network, Smart911 and RapidSOS Haven app. To subscribe to the Cambridge Alert Network, which is comprised of multiple services that help keep residents and businesses informed of important emergency and non-emergency information from the City of Cambridge, please visit http://www.cambridgema.gov/Services/CambridgeAlertNetwork. To sign up for RapidSOS' Haven App, which allows you to transmit data directly to 9-1-1, including your type of emergency, GPS location, and relevant medical and demographic data, please visit https://www.rapidsos.com/referrals/cambridgema/. To sign up for Smart911, which is provides key information about your home as well as members of your household that would help anyone you care for in the event of an emergency, whether the call is from the home or any mobile phone, please visit https://www.smart911.com/. Use the hashtags #NatlPrep and #CambMAPrep to demonstrate what steps you are taking to become prepared and help our community. To learn more about how you can prepare for emergencies, visit www.fema.gov, www.ready.gov, and http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/.

The Cambridge Police are encouraging residents to join its officers at either one of the Department’s next “Coffee with a Cop” networking events on Wednesday, October 4. Police Commissioner Bard, Neighborhood Lieutenants and Sergeants, and other Cambridge Police personnel will be available to speak with residents at two locations – Toscanini’s in Central Square (899 Main Street) and Bourbon Coffee in Porter Square (1815 Massachusetts Avenue) -- anytime between 8-10 a.m. on Wednesday, which is also National Coffee with a Cop Day. These events represent a unique opportunity for community members to informally meet with officers in a neutral location to discuss community issues, respond to questions, build relationships and, of course, drink great coffee. All community members are invited to attend. If residents have any questions or want to learn more, please contact communityrelations@cambridgepolice.org or call (617) 349-3236. Outside of these two National Coffee with a Cop Day events, the Cambridge Police Department is planning several “Coffee with the Commissioner” events over the course of several Saturday mornings in the fall. These events will give residents several opportunities to meet new Police Commissioner Branville Bard, who was appointed in August 2017. Dates and locations will be announced shortly.

The Cambridge Police are encouraging residents to join its officers at either one of the Department’s next “Coffee with a Cop” networking events on Wednesday, October 4. Police Commissioner Bard, Neighborhood Lieutenants and Sergeants, and other Cambridge Police personnel will be available to speak with residents at two locations – Bourbon Coffee in Porter Square (1815 Massachusetts Avenue) and Toscanini’s in Central Square (899 Main Street) -- anytime between 8-10 a.m. on Wednesday, which is also National Coffee with a Cop Day. These events represent a unique opportunity for community members to informally meet with officers in a neutral location to discuss community issues, respond to questions, build relationships and, of course, drink great coffee. All community members are invited to attend. If residents have any questions or want to learn more, please contact communityrelations@cambridgepolice.org or call (617) 349-3236. Outside of these two National Coffee with a Cop Day events, the Cambridge Police Department is planning several “Coffee with the Commissioner” events over the course of several Saturday mornings in the fall. These events will give residents several opportunities to meet new Police Commissioner Branville Bard, who was appointed in August 2017. Dates and locations will be announced shortly.

Welcome to the third edition of "Get to Know," a new series that is intended to give Cambridge residents another opportunity to learn more about the police officers that protect and serve the community each and every day. For this edition, we profile Officer Brianna Yearwood, who currently works out of Patrol Operations. We hope you LIKE and SHARE this post and let us know who else you may want to learn more about in the comments section! When did you join the Cambridge Police Department? I joined the Cambridge Police Department in May of 2015 when I started the Police Academy in Lowell. What made you want to become a police officer? Ever since I was a little girl I always wanted to become a police officer. My father is a Cambridge Firefighter and my uncle is a Cambridge Police Officer. Working for the City of Cambridge is what I grew up knowing. I wanted to help people and make a difference in their lives as well as give back to the City I grew up in. What do you find to be the most fulfilling part of the job? The most fulfilling part of the job is when you are able to help someone in need. It’s a great feeling when people appreciate what you do not just for them, but for everyone else in the community. I wake up and I enjoy going to work. I am grateful for the opportunity I received to work for the Cambridge Police Department and my coworkers that I work with as well. What is something the community may not know about the work you do and why is it important? In my opinion, the community only sees what we do on the outside and not all the inside work that goes along with policing. There is a lot of follow-up work that has to be conducted in order to solve problems that occur throughout the city and department. The police department is filled with individuals who specialize in different units and departments that help operate and keep the department running smoothly. What are the biggest challenges and benefits of being a female officer? A few challenges of being a female officer include individuals overlooking you and thinking you are not as capable as a male officer to do the job. As a police officer, you are going to face a lot of challenges throughout your career, male or female. Out in the street you have to have command presence and confidence. If you treat people with respect and come in level headed, you are able to avoid confrontations. As a police officer, you still have to be assertive and stand your ground, but there are many different options on how to handle the calls we face. Being a female police officer, we may face different challenges, but at the end of the day, I am still an officer regardless of my gender and I still have a job to perform. What do you like to do off-duty? Off-duty, I enjoy spending time with my family, I am big family person. I enjoy playing sports and going to different sporting events. I used to coach the JV softball team and help coach the girl’s ice hockey team at the high school. What advice would you give to any student interested in becoming a police officer? Any student interested in becoming a police officer I would tell them to stay in school and go to college and get your bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and then continue on and get your master’s degree in criminal justice. Having an education is important and will help you throughout your career. Students need to remember that all their actions and decisions they make in life have consequences, which could prevent them from becoming a police officer. As a police officer, we are held to higher standards and we must think before we say something and before we act. If a student knows they want to become a police officer at an early age, they should start to hold themselves to higher standards while they are young. Volunteer with the community and get to know the residents who live here. Cambridge is filled with so many opportunities to help jump start your career with the city and life in general.

City of Cambridge (Official) Mayor Simmons, Vice Mayor McGovern, and the Cambridge Police Department invite all Cambridgeport and Riverside residents and businesses to a follow-up community meeting to further discuss the City’s response to and the Police Department’s investigation of the two recent gunshot incidents in the area on September 5 and September 10. DATE: September 26, 2017 TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. LOCATION: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Putnam Avenue Upper Schools Auditorium, 102 Putnam Avenue This community meeting will also provide an opportunity for residents to meet with their Neighborhood Sergeant and Lieutenant (as well as other police officials), discuss any other crime and safety concerns in your neighborhood, and hear about the many services offered by the Cambridge Police Department. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to connect with your Neighborhood Outreach Officers, please e-mail NeighborhoodSergeantsCambridgeport@CambridgePolice.org, NeighborhoodSergeantsRiverside@CambridgePolice.org or call 617-349-9339. For additional information about this meeting, please contact Neal Alpert at nalpert@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4321.

Members of the Cambridge MA Fire Department, Cambridge Police Department, Emergency Communications Department and Pro EMS helped safely deliver a healthy baby boy this morning near Porter Square. Cambridge Fire, Police and Pro EMS responded to an Emergency Communications medical emergency call at 8:08 a.m. They located a pregnant woman at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Upload Road. The woman was on her way to a local hospital, when her water broke. Her husband pulled over to the side of road and she began to give birth. Firefighters, paramedics and officers quickly arrived and helped deliver the 7 pound 13 ounce baby boy inside the couple’s Honda Accord at approximately 8:20 a.m. Following the delivery, the mother and her new son were taken by ambulance to a hospital, where everyone is resting comfortably. Lieutenant Joseph Fournier, firefighters Nathan Jarvi and James Kennedy from Cambridge Fire Department’s Engine 1, Acting Lieutenant Gary Nangle, firefighters Michael Donnelly and William Whalen from Cambridge Fire Department’s Engine 8, Pro EMS paramedics Nate Dubreuil and Abigail Moore, and Cambridge Police Officers Charles McNeeley, Melissa Miceli and Mark Smith all responded to the call and assisted in the delivery. Everyone within the Cambridge Fire Department, Police Department, Emergency Communications Department and Pro EMS extends their best wishes to the baby and his entire family.

It's "Thank a Police Officer Day" and a chance for residents to celebrate law enforcement officers and all the hard work they do in service to this city and our country.

Whether you're hanging out in the area, visiting during a lunch or coffee break, or just looking for something to do, stop by the Cambridge “Public Safety Showcase” at PARK(ing) Day this FRIDAY! Officers from the Cambridge Police Department, firefighters from Cambridge MA Fire Department, paramedics from Pro EMS, dispatchers from the Cambridge Emergency Communications Department, representatives from the Cambridge Animal Commission and members of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will transform multiple parking spaces into a public safety showcase as part of the City of Cambridge’s sixth annual PARK(ing) Day festivities on Friday, September 15 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Bow Street in Harvard Square (see map: http://arcg.is/2fiAWTc). Visitors will have an opportunity to wear and test out a variety of equipment, including Alcohol Impairment Simulation goggles, gun belts, and firefighter gear. They will also have an opportunity to participate in hands-only CPR training, understand how to administer Narcan, and spin the “Wheel of Disaster” to assist with emergency preparedness A number of resources will be provided to residents, who will be able to subscribe to the City’s Alert Network and Smart911 system. There will be a number of prizes and raffles for anyone that visits and completes the showcase, including ride-alongs, tours and virtual firearms training. For more information on PARK(ing) Day, please visit www.cambridgema.gov/parkingday. City of Cambridge Community Development Department (Official) Find It Cambridge #PARKingDay2017

In advance of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 17-23) and National Seat Check Saturday (September 23), the Cambridge Police Department will be conducting child seat inspections and installations at this Saturday’s Danehy Park Family Day. In order to have a child’s car seat inspected or installed, residents are encouraged to make a reservation prior to the event. Reservations can be made by visiting http://camb.ma/CPDCarSeats or calling 617-349-4365. Each inspection or installation will be handled by a certified police officer and will take approximately 45 minutes. Safety seat inspections or installations are free and open to the public. Danehy Park Family Day on Saturday, September 16th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (St. Peter’s Field/Sherman Street Parking Lot)

Please join the Cambridge Police Department and City of Cambridge in congratulating Sergeants Frederick Cabral, Thomas Flynn, and Thomas Ahern on their promotions to the rank of Lieutenant as well as Officers Buckowe Yam, Steven Magalhaes, and Peter Vellucci on their promotions to the rank of Sergeant. A promotional ceremony for these officers was held this morning in the Sullivan Chamber at City Hall. To watch a replay of the ceremony, please visit https://www.pscp.tv/CambridgePolice/1DXGyONQvMkxM Sergeants is the first-level supervisory rank in the department and they are responsible for the consistency in officers’ delivery of services. They are also accountable for:  The quality of work of their subordinates, and communicating their strengths and weaknesses to them.  The level of communication between officers and their colleagues, clients, and the community.  Officers’ understanding of and adherence to the Department’s mission and values.  Ensuring their subordinates are informed about situations or circumstances that may impact their assignments. Lieutenants are responsible for the general oversight and management of the units for which they have operational control, and are also accountable for:  The effective coordination among the various operational components of the department.  Ensuring clear and open lines of communication between the units that report to them.  The accuracy and timeliness of information provided to others in the Department.  The identification of crime patterns and trends, and the development of intervention strategies to be carried out by their subordinates.  Thinking strategically in the development of problem solving strategies that meet certain criteria.  The management of accurate, timely, and important information that is brought to the attention of the Deputy Superintendent.

The Cambridge Police Department conducted a remembrance moments ago to honor those who were killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001. The Emergency Communication Department announced two moments of silence at 8:46AM and 9:03AM in remembrance of the flights striking the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Please take these opportunities to honor our Public Safety brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11.

UPDATE: The Cambridge Police Department have made an arrest of a suspect wanted in conjunction with Sunday evening’s non-fatal shooting in the River Street area. Lamaree Wallace, 20, from 1850 Washington Street in Boston, was arrested this morning by the Cambridge Police and will face multiple charges, including firearm offenses, Possession to Distribute a Class D Drug, and other potential charges. After a thorough investigation, the Cambridge Police were able to identify Wallace as one of the suspects wanted in relation to Sunday’s shooting. Wallace and another male were seen walking in the area of William Street earlier this morning. Upon seeing Wallace and the other party, officers approached and took Wallace into custody. The Cambridge Police also arrested the other party -- Frantz Teneus, 21, 90 North Hampton Street in Boston -- for Possession to Distribute a Class D Drug. “I am real proud of the professional and around-the-clock investigation conducted by our officers and the cooperation we received from our residents,” said Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard. “As a result of this invaluable teamwork, we were able to apprehend and take a dangerous suspect off of our streets. We still have more work to do, but these arrests speak to the progress that has been made by our hard-working officers, who are fully committed to resolving the recent spate of violence in our community.” While an arrest has been made, the Cambridge Police is still seeking to identify an additional suspect(s) connected to Sunday’s River Street shooting incident, as well as suspects affiliated with a separate, non-fatal River Street area shooting that took place on Tuesday, September 5. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Cambridge Police Department at 617-349-3300, submit anonymous tips by texting Tip411 (847411) - begin your message with Tip650 and then type your message - or e-mail via the Cambridge Police MyPD app or www.cambridgepolice.org/tips. ORIGINAL MESSAGE: The Cambridge Police Department is currently investigating two separate shooting incidents that occurred early this evening. The first shooting incident occurred in close proximity to the main stage of the Cambridge Carnival in the area of Main Street and Albany Street at approximately 4:44 p.m. Two people sustained what are believed to be non-life threatening, lower body injuries. Officers quickly convened to the area of the shooting and located a person of interest, as well as a firearm. As a result of the investigation, Michael Coleman, 23, Dorchester, was taken into custody and will face charges. The firearm was also recovered. As a result of the shooting, the remainder of the Cambridge Carnival was shut down. At approximately 5:19 p.m., a separate shooting incident took place in the area of River Street and William Street/Cottage Street. Multiple shots were detected by the ShotSpotter System and reported by nearby residents. There are no known injuries at this stage. At least one home was struck as a result of the shootings. One firearm and ballistic evidence was recovered. Officers are actively investigating the area for any possible suspect information and obtaining further evidence. The Cambridge Police investigators are requesting assistance from the public with any information they can offer with respect to either situation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Cambridge Police Department at 617-349-3300, submit anonymous tips by texting Tip411 (847411) - begin your message with Tip650 and then type your message - or e-mail via the Cambridge Police MyPD app or www.cambridgepolice.org/tips.

In advance of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 17-23) and National Seat Check Saturday (September 23), the Cambridge Police Department will be conducting child seat inspections and installations at this Saturday’s The Port Community Pride Day and next Saturday’s Danehy Park Family Day. In order to have a child’s car seat inspected or installed, residents are encouraged to make a reservation prior to the event. Reservations can be made by visiting http://camb.ma/CPDCarSeats or calling 617-349-4365. Each inspection or installation will be handled by a certified police officer and will take approximately 45 minutes. Safety seat inspections or installations are free and open to the public. Seat Inspection/Installation Dates/Times: The Port Pride Day on Saturday, September 9th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the 119 Windsor St. parking lot. Danehy Park Family Day on Saturday, September 16th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (St. Peter’s Field/Sherman Street Parking Lot)