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.

Cambridge Police Department News

The Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is a celebration showcasing the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). A multifaceted, multicultural event, the Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun, highlighting the impact of STEAM in all our lives. As part of the Festival, Cambridge Public Safety Agencies today hosted "The Science Behind Public Safety" at the Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility. Families and participants had an opportunity to meet and hear from: Cambridge Emergency Communications Department Cambridge MA Fire Department Pro EMS Center for MEDICS Animal Control Multiple Cambridge Police Department units, including the Explosive Ordinance Unit and their K-9s, Special Response Team Unit, Traffic Unit, Crime Analysis Unit, Special Investigations Unit, Crime Scene Services Unit and Community Services Unit. Attendees also had an opportunity to observe and experience different public safety tools and technologies.

Today will be a difficult day for many first responders throughout the region, particularly here in Cambridge and in Yarmouth. A funeral Mass is scheduled this morning for Yarmouth Police Dept. K-9 Officer Sean Gannon, who was killed in the line of duty last week. More than 40 of our officers, including our Honor Guard, plan to attend those services. Additionally, today marks the five year anniversary in which MIT Police Officer and close friend of the Cambridge Police Department Sean Collier was killed in the line of duty. Please keep the officers within those departments, in particular, in your thoughts today.

As part of National Telecommunications Week, which occurs this week and honors the emergency telecommunications dispatchers who field 911 calls around the country, an 11-year-old Cambridge boy was recognized as a 9-1-1 Hero by the City of Cambridge (Official) Emergency Communications Department, Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge MA Fire Department and Mayor Marc McGovern. In February, the boy took over a 9-1-1 call when his mother was having trouble speaking and having difficulty breathing. He spoke to one of the Cambridge Emergency Dispatchers, who was able to ascertain through the son’s responses that his mother was having trouble breathing and experiencing a cardiac problem. The boy remained composed and provided the exact location for first responders along with updated medical information. The Dispatcher praised the child caller for staying calm and so composed during such a challenging circumstance. For these heroic efforts, Arnab was awarded a life-saving certificate, certificate of merit and a “key to the city.” When every second counts, 9-1-1 is there. Share your story by using #thankyou911 or filling out our satisfaction survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GPVHDLJ

Commissioner Branville G. Bard, Jr. is pleased to announce that Jared Stanley has joined the Cambridge Police Department as its new part-time Recovery Coach. Stanley joined the Cambridge Police Department through an AmeriCorps grant from the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), as well as a grant from the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance. The addition of a Recovery Coach will help enhance the Cambridge Department’s coaching and intervention services capabilities, which already includes a Licensed Social Worker working in collaboration with the Department’s Special Investigations Unit and Patrol Officers. Stanley is based out of the Cambridge Police Department generally on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and will provide support and referrals to treatment for individuals with substance use disorders and their families. He will play an instrumental role in breaking down potential barriers as it pertains to follow-up home visits as well as supporting the Department’s proactive outreach during the critical times of a client seeking or craving substances. He recently completed the Recovery Coach Academy, offered through the Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, and will use his training and past experiences to connect with and support active drug users, those who have recently overdosed, those seeking treatment, and those in early recovery. “Jared is a vital resource that will greatly add to the strong work already being conducted by our Special Investigations Unit and Licensed Social Worker,” said Commissioner Bard. “His passion for helping others, combined with his experience with addiction and recovery, will strongly benefit those suffering from substance use. He will play an important role in connecting our clients to treatment and recovery services and diverting them from the criminal justice system. In fact, he has already made an immediate impact with some of our clients.” Stanley is one of 25 AmeriCorps members that were placed in host police department sites across Massachusetts. This groundbreaking new statewide program combines the power of service with the power of the recovery community and the power of police-based referral programs. “P.A.A.R.I.’s mission is to provide resources to help law enforcement agencies combat the opioid epidemic and this innovative program will add significant capacity to our law enforcement partners and utilize service as a solution to address critical community needs,” said P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade. “We are thrilled that the Cambridge Police Department has signed on as a partner for the inaugural year of the program.” "Improving access to treatment for individuals with opioid addiction is vitally important, and it requires innovative solutions and collaboration among agencies," said Christopher Fischer MD, site chief of emergency medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance Cambridge Hospital. "This program is an example of how we can work together to help individuals get the care they need during a time when they need it the most." PAARI Cambridge Health Alliance City of Cambridge (Official)

Now that we are starting to see the light with warmer weather, bicyclists and pedestrians more frequently out and about, and children moving on from snowbanks to playing on grassy grounds, we are sending a message to local chief meteorologists like Boston 25 News’ Kevin Lemanowicz Boston 25 and WBZ | CBS Boston’s Eric Fisher: No more snow in the remaining spring forecasts or we may need to intervene. 😉

Mt. Auburn Street Bus Priority Project: Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Meeting, Tuesday, 3/27/18, 6-7:30PM. Join us at the Russell Youth Center (680 Huron Ave). http://bit.ly/2FrONFe

PLEASE SHARE: The Cambridge Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the driver of a vehicle that fled following a hit-and-run crash involving a 14-year-old Cambridge resident Thursday, March 15th at approximately 7:22 a.m. The boy was struck after he had been bicycling on Western Avenue and was turning onto Putnam Avenue. The driver of the vehicle of interest fled the area and returned approximately three minutes later at approximately 7:25 a.m. The vehicle of interest is described as a silver Toyota Prius and most likely a 2004-2009 model. The boy is recovering after sustaining non-life threatening injuries. If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact Officer Christopher Sullivan in the Cambridge Police Traffic Enforcement Unit at 617-349-3307 or you can e-mail PDTrafficSupervisors@cambridgepolice.org. Any assistance will be valuable in bringing the driver to justice.

A big congratulations to Deputy Superintendent Rob Lowe, who has graduated from the FBI National Academy’s 271st Class. He received his diploma from FBI Director Christopher Wray during the FBI National Academy’s graduation exercise in Quantico, Virginia on Friday. Voted the Section 1 Class Representative, Deputy Lowe is the fifth active officer in CPD to participate and graduate from the prestigious Academy. For more information on Deputy Lowe’s acceptance into the program and an overview of his career, visit https://www.cambridgema.gov/cpd/newsandalerts/Archives/detail.aspx?path=%2fsitecore%2fcontent%2fhome%2fcpd%2fnewsandalerts%2fArchives%2f2018%2f01%2fcambridgepolicedeputysuperintendenttojoinfbinationalacademy

We are sharing some news related to an important operation that our Special Investigations Unit was involved in. Yesterday, five individuals were arrested in three states and charged in connection with operating a long-running interstate prostitution ring. Yoon I. Kim, 36, of Haymarket, Va.; Taehee Kim, a/k/a “Hyunsook Kim,” 46, of Haymarket, Va.; Jineok Kim, 38, of Watertown, Mass.; Kyung Song, 52, of Lexington, Mass.; and Susan Bashir, a/k/a “Susan Redmon,” a/k/a “Susan Redmond,” 41, of Stone Mountain, Ga., were charged in a criminal complaint with one count of conspiracy to persuade, induce, entice, or coerce individuals to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution. The defendants were arrested and appeared in federal courts in Boston, Virginia, and Atlanta. According to the criminal complaint, beginning in at least November 2015, the defendants operated an interstate prostitution network with multiple brothels in high-end apartments in Cambridge, Mass.; Atlanta, Ga.; and eastern Virginia. They advertised appointments with Asian women primarily on three websites: www.bostonasiandolls.com, www.exoticasiansatlanta.com, and www.redhotflowers69.com. The women advertised on the websites were moved from city to city within the network, working as prostitutes for the organization. Co-conspirators collected the cash earnings from the women working at the brothels and made bulk deposits—sometimes thousands of dollars at a time in cash—at ATMs near the brothels, funneling the money into accounts controlled by other co-conspirators. Co-conspirators also used U.S. Postal money orders and the U.S. Mail to transport proceeds from the prostitution network. The charge of conspiracy to persuade, induce, entice, or coerce women to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution provides for a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain/loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. United States Andrew E. Lelling; Michael Shea, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Raymond Moss, Acting Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard Jr. made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David J. D’Addio and Amy Harman Burkart of Lelling’s Civil Rights Enforcement Team are prosecuting the case. The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

A few sights from today’s prolonged storm. No matter the weather, our officers are here to serve and protect you Cambridge. Photo credits: Jay Connor and Bimal Photo.

Today on International Women's Day, we celebrate women in policing. We are proud of all the talented and dedicated women of all ranks and roles who work for the Cambridge Police and their contributions in keeping Cambridge safe. #IWD2018

Thanks to assistance from the community and the follow-up from our officers, a large capacity, loaded firearm has been taken off of Cambridge’s streets. Yesterday, at about 5:35 p.m., patrol officers with the Cambridge Police Department responded to the area of Franklin Street. A concerned resident reported two males sitting inside a rental car with New York license plates, who appeared to be involved in a possible drug transaction. Officers were able to quickly locate the vehicle, which was partially blocking the driveway of Franklin Place. When officers arrived, a male was exiting the Franklin Street Park area and entering the driver’s side of the car. While one officer stayed with the driver, another officer located two other males inside the park smoking marijuana. Both acknowledged being associated with the driver and they were questioned. As the driver was looking to produce identification out of the center console of the car, officers observed multiple bags of marijuana and several bills scattered on the driver’s seat. Due to these observations and those of the concerned resident, the driver exited the vehicle and officers began to perform a search of the vehicle. During the search, a red backpack was located in the backseat that was heavier than “just clothes” as described by the passenger, who claimed ownership. Inside the backpack was a jacket that appeared to contain the handle of a black firearm. Officers confirmed this by recovering a loaded black .45 caliber Glock 21 firearm. It was determined that none of the stopped parties had a Massachusetts License to Possess a Firearm. In addition to the recovery of the firearm, a brown paper bag containing 94 grams of marijuana, another bag holding 135 grams of marijuana in 13 baggies, and an envelope with $492 in cash was recovered and submitted to evidence. The driver -- Nasir Abdullah, 21, Waltham -- was charged with the Possession of a Class D Drug with Intent to Distribute. The passenger -- Demetrius Woodson, 21, Cambridge – was charged with Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition without an FID Card, Possession of Large Capacity Firearm, and Possession of a Class D Drug with Intent to Distribute.

Our officers will always risk their own safety for the safety of others and this week's Saturday Standout highlights the latest example of that. On Wednesday morning, Officers responded to Central Square on reports that an intoxicated male suspect had grabbed one woman by her waist and forced her towards him, and then attempted to grab another woman by her arm. Responding Officers were able to quickly identify and locate the suspect. During questioning, the suspect punched an officer and then kicked a second officer during their arrest. Fortunately, neither the two female victims nor the officers were seriously injured. The 50-year-old Cambridge resident was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery Shod foot, Assault and Battery on Police Officer, Assault and Battery, Assault, and Resisting Arrest.

Going above the call of duty..... when our officers are needed, they step up. Several of our officers, who are also military veterans, and members of the Cambridge MA Fire Department provided much needed support this morning during downpours and heavy winds by assisting Cambridge Veterans' Services with a disabled Navy veteran and his dependent son who are seeking long-term housing. Officers were able to secure, fund via a local non-profit and load a U-Haul truck and storage unit with the family's items.

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You may have heard about Dakota on the news. She is from Plainville, MA and is 8 years old and has become a Massachusetts celebrity of sorts among police departments across the state. Dakota wants everyone to know that Police Officers are important! She has a special Facebook Page “SheLovesPolice” honoring Police Officers. Her love for police began at age 4 when Dakota woke from a seizure surrounded by Mansfield police. From then on, she asked to take a picture with every officer she meets. She hopes she can visit or meet officers from all 351 departments across the state before her 13th birthday. Yesterday, she met with some of our officers as well as officers from 14 other departments across Merrimack Valley. She has now visited with over 70 departments!

Sadly, the victim from a pedestrian crash on January 13th has died from his injuries. He is identified as 29-year-old Samuel Bixler of Cambridge. At approximately 12:56 a.m. on Saturday, January 13th, Cambridge Police responded to a crash involving Bixler and the driver of a Toyota Camry in Central Square. Bixler was transported to Beth Israel Hospital, where he ultimately died from his injuries yesterday. The preliminary investigation suggests the vehicle was travelling in the direction of Harvard Square at the time of the crash. The driver, a 35-year-old from Cambridge, remained on scene. No charges have been filed at this time, but this remains an open and active investigation that is being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, Cambridge Police and the Massachusetts State Police CARS Unit. This is the first fatal crash in Cambridge since May 2017.

Four-year-old Sean was named assistant police officer for the Cambridge Police Department today. Sean just received a new police uniform on Christmas and he’s been wearing it ever since. According to his mom, his dream was to visit a police station, so we had to bring out all of the bells and whistles. In his new role, he met with Commissioner Bard, members of the Command Staff, officers, dispatchers, and other personnel. He also sat in a cruiser, on a motorcycle, dispatched a call and more. We look forward to Sean becoming a Cambridge Police officer in 2035!

Good morning, Cambridge community. We are seeking your help. The individuals pictured below are allegedly involved in a regionally organized "Card Crackin’" Ring, in which they are recruiting individuals to relinquish control of their bank accounts to conduct their schemes (see the infographic for a typical card cracking scenario). The group has been seen in the Greater Boston, North Shore and South Shore areas since November 2017. If you have any information related to this scheme or can identify the individuals, please contact 617-349-9307. As always, we appreciate your support and assistance.

Earlier this afternoon, while one of our officers was enforcing no left turns at Massachusetts Avenue and Prospect Street, they observed a SUV heading west on Mass Ave making an illegal left turn onto Western Avenue. The officer pulled over the vehicle and immediately smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the two occupants. The driver was not able to provide a license when requested nor any paperwork associated with the rental car. Backup from a nearby cruiser was requested to support the stop due to the occupants furtive movements. The operator, Nathan Brito, 24, Medford, and the passenger were then asked to exit the vehicle and a search of the vehicle was subsequently conducted. While searching the vehicle, officers located four plastic clear bags containing an estimated four ounces of marijuana in the glove compartment. Brito stated there was a knife in his backpack in the rear of the vehicle. Officers then recovered the folding knife with a handle shaped like a gun. All four bags of marijuana and the folding knife were placed in the Property Unit as evidence. Brito will be charged with Possession to Distribute a Class D Drug. The vehicle will be held in custody as the investigation is ongoing. All in all, a job well done to our officers for their professionalism and thorough on-site investigation, which ensured this stop was a safe one and without incident.

With February being Black History Month, we have a unique opportunity to recognize and showcase our rich history of proud African American officers from the past and of the present. You may not be aware that Frederick A. Robinson became the first African American police officer in the City of Cambridge in April 1884. Or that the first Police Commissioner in Cambridge was African American (Perry Anderson). Or that the highest ranking female officer in the history of the department is African American (present Superintendent of Operations Christine Elow). Learn more about these officers and more on a special Black History Month page: https://spark.adobe.com/page/gs9u1/

Earlier this month, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook was changing its algorithm so users would start seeing more posts in their newsfeed from family and friends, rather than businesses, brands, and media. While we don’t necessarily disagree with the intent, our concern is that government entities like police departments have been put into the category of private business. As a result, these changes will further reduce our ability to reach YOU because Page posts will be ranked lower compared to all other content, possibly even in times of crisis. If you’ve been following us for some time, we hope you know that we don’t post for the sake of posting. We’re posting information that we hope you find helpful and gives you a better understanding of who we are (first and foremost, members of your community) and what we do. If you enjoy engaging with and hearing from us, and you want to make sure you don’t miss any of our posts (typically anywhere between 1-4 per week), here’s the simple step you can take. Choose “See First” when you like or follow our page and you’ll stay connected with our latest news and information. While we’re on the topic, if you want to see more, less or anything different from us, please don’t ever hesitate to let us know in the comments field. This page is for you! And, if you’re on Twitter, Instagram, NextDoor or YouTube, make sure you follow us there too for different types of content.

This morning, several Cambridge Police Officers and Civilians participated in the 2nd Annual Boston Bruins Foundation Bfit Challenge at the TD Garden. We exceeded our goal of raising $5,000, which will be distributed to families of First Responders who were killed in the line of duty. Congrats to the participating personnel and thank you to those who donated in support of such an important cause.

Cambridge is a special community. As many may already know, our mission is to partner with the community to solve problems and improve public safety in a manner that is fair, impartial, transparent, and consistent. On Thursday morning, approximately 50 community partners from more than a dozen organizations attended our quarterly stakeholders meeting at Biogen. During the meeting, a number of topics were covered, including the expanding roles of today’s police officers, the evolution and shift in calls for service, and an overview of a strategic plan to better utilize data and streamline services to best support high utilizers who suffer from mental health issues. We look forward to deepening our collaborations and implementing new/actionable plans to improve our community in this area. If you’re interested in supporting this work, please let us know.

Our officers provided security, crowd control and traffic support for #milakunis and @TheHastyPudding Parade today as it traveled through Harvard Square. Kunis was the recipient of the 2018 Woman of the Year Award, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ oldest honor.