Amherst Police Department

  • Agency: Amherst Police Department
  • Address: 111 Main St, Amherst, 01004 MA
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)
Phone: 413-259-3000
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Amherst Police Department is located at 111 Main St, Amherst, 01004 MA. The Amherst Police Department phone number is 413-259-3000.

Amherst Police Department News

Have any old prescriptions in the medicine closet? Stopped by your local PD and the drug bin was full? Come stop by Wildwood Elementary or any of the other listed locations on Saturday October 27 for national drug take back day.

Live anywhere near Taylor or High Street? Come stop by today's resource fair starting at 3pm.

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK September 18, 2018 Traffic Collisions are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 46 percent of car seats are misused. Many times, deaths and injuries can be prevented by the proper use of car seats, booster seats and seat belts. To help combat this issue, the Amherst Police Department is participating in Child Passenger Safety Week, a campaign dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible – every trip, every time. Child Passenger Safety Week runs from September 23-29, 2018 but the Amherst Police Department has certified child passenger safety technicians available year round to inspect and/or install the various child passenger safety restraints. Community members are encouraged to check if a certified technician is on duty by calling 413-259-3000 or stopping by the station. Target has once again partnered with NHTSA, and from Sept. 9-22, 2018 anyone can bring any expired or unwanted car seats to participating stores for recycling. Participants will receive a 20% off coupon valid for the purchase of a new car seat, car seat base, travel system or stroller. Coupons are also valid towards select baby home items such as high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers. Always remember to register your car seat and booster seat with the car seat manufacturer so you can be notified in the event of a recall. Parents and caregivers can view more information on car seat safety and locate a certified technician at https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats.

Please come join us again with another Neighborhood Resource Fair! Today we will be set up on South Whitney Street from 3pm to 6pm

This past weekend Officer Barone and Dispatcher Pronovost participated in the Ride to Remember from Springfield to Boston. Thanks for representing the department and congratulations to Dispatcher Pronovost for completing the ride!

Stop by our tent tomorrow, September 6 on Allen Street. We will be providing information, prizes and pizza!

Just a reminder to stop by the Amherst Regional High School around 6pm tonight to watch the Battle of the Badge flag football game.

Come watch members of the Amherst Police Department as they take on members of the Amherst Fire Department and Umass Police Department in a battle of the badge flag football game. This is an community event being put on by the Amherst High School a football team. The event will begin at 6pm on Friday, August 24 at the Amherst Regional High School. Consessions will be available.

Officer Kasey Nagle was able take a quick pictures with several members of the local boys and girls club yesterday afternoon during their car wash. Thanks kids, the car looks great!

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Urges Drivers to Plan Ahead for a Sober Ride August 16, 2018 The Amherst Police Department will be joining the Massachusetts State Police and other area municipal police departments as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Initiative. This mobilization is made possible through support from the Highway Safety Division of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and is an important step in helping to keep the roads in Amherst safe. The primary goal of this campaign is to encourage drivers who are impaired from drinking alcohol or using marijuana to find an alternative way to make it home safely. About 35% of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve impaired drivers. Studies have shown that impairment dramatically increases when alcohol and other drugs are combined. “Impaired driving is dangerous to our community, and it can easily be avoided by planning ahead,” said Chief Scott P. Livingstone. “Please consider utilizing public transportation, a rideshare service or designating a sober driver if you have been drinking alcohol or using marijuana.” Grant funds will be utilized to increase patrols during the national campaign that will continue until August 31, 2018. Questions regarding this initiative can be forwarded to Sergeant Todd S. Lang at 413-259-3160 or langt@amherstma.gov. Additional Information about the Massachusetts Highway Safety Division may be found at www.mass.gov/highwaysafety.

PRESS RELEASE August 8, 2018 Chief Scott P. Livingstone is pleased to announce that Patrol Officer Adam W. Metzger graduated from the Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy, in Springfield, Massachusetts on August 3, 2018. Mr. Metzger has begun his twelve week field officer training program. Adam W. Metzger, 27, is the son of Ann McGrath Metzger of Florence, MA. He is a 2009 graduate of Northampton High School in Northampton, MA. Officer Metzger enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2015 and graduated with the 795th Military Police Battalion at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri on July 24, 2016. He was selected as the Company’s Distinguished Honor Graduate, earning the Army Achievement Medal. Mr. Metzger is currently assigned to the Massachusetts Army National Guard’s 747th MP Company, in Ware, MA. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Worcester State University, Worcester, MA. Mr. Metzger resides in Florence, MA.

On day four of the APD UMPD Adventure academy campers got to put their rowing skills to work.

Day 3 of the Adventure Academy campers practiced their defensive tactics and team building with the ropes course.

Day two of the Adventure Academy and it looks like campers are enjoying practicing felony motor vehicle stops.

Today the annual Amherst Police Department and Umass Police Department Adventure Academy began and it looks like all the campers had an exciting and fun day!

Recently Officer James Damouras was presented with an award from our community partners at Highland Valley Elder Services. This award recognizes Officer Damouras for his continued cooperative effort when working with and solving problems involving elders. Congratulations Officer Damouras and thank you for the service you provide to the community.

Press Release Opioid Outreach Officers June 19, 2018 To combat the increase in opioid overdose in the region, Amherst Chief of Police Scott P. Livingstone has recently assigned Patrol Officers Justin Satkowski, Molly Farber and Matthew Ziomek as part of a Drug Addiction and Recovery Team (D.A.R.T.). D.A.R.T. is a free service that supports people who are at risk for an opioid overdose, or family members affected by overdose. D.A.R.T. provides access to harm reduction tools, connects people to community resources, and provides short or long term support. D.A.R.T. consists of specially trained police officers and recovery coaches. Amherst Police Officers are often called to the scene of an opiate overdose, from both prescription drugs and heroin, and provide lifesaving measures by administering Naloxone. As part of the D.A.R.T. protocol, within 48 hours of a patients release from a hospital, D.A.R.T. officers are tasked with conducting outreach with the individual to offer referrals and information about detox facilities, access to peer to peer recovery coaches, medical assistance resources, effective intervention tools and harm reduction strategies. D.A.R.T. officers can also provide information to family members who are impacted by their loved ones struggle with opiates. Community members can request D.A.R.T. services by calling or texting 413-588-2335. This year, the Amherst Police Department received $5,000 and was provided Naloxone, an overdose reversal drug, from a grant obtained by the City of Northampton Health Department from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding used for D.A.R.T. includes costs associated with the professional development of D.A.R.T. officers. Officers Satkowski and Farber have been with the Amherst Police Department since 2016 and Officer Ziomek has been with the Amherst Police Department since 2017. All three are also members of the Amherst Police Crisis Intervention Team. The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model is a specialized police-based program intended to enhance officers' interactions with individuals with mental illnesses or severe emotional distress and improve the safety of all parties involved in mental health crises. Community members are reminded about the Massachusetts Good Samaritan Law which protects both a reporting party and overdose victim from arrest and/or prosecution for simple drug possession, possession of paraphernalia, and/or being under the influence when seeking medical assistance from an overdose. If an overdose is witnessed, please call 911 so first responders can help. Information about the D.A.R.T. program can be forwarded to Captain Jennifer Gundersen at 413-259-3012 or gundersenj@amherstma.gov.

Sgt. Lopez, Ofc. Damon, Ofc. Farber and Ofc. Carroll stop to take a picture while attending events at National Police Week in Washington D.C.

There is still time to sign up for the 25th annual College Towne Classik 5k and 5 miler. Please follow the link to sign up! https://www.runreg.com/rafters-college-towne-classik-5k-and-5-mile

PRESS RELEASE Amherst and UMASS Police Youth Adventure Academy 2018 May 1, 2018 The Amherst and University of Massachusetts Police Departments are pleased to announce the Amherst and UMASS Police Youth Adventure Academy is being held Monday, July 23, 2018 to Friday, July 27, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grades are eligible to attend. There is no cost to attend the academy. However, as the academy is limited to 20 participants, preference will be given to Amherst residents and UMASS affiliated families. The Youth Adventure Academy features both classroom instruction and sessions held at the Amherst Adventure Based Ropes Course. Additional information regarding the Amherst and UMASS Police Youth Adventure Academy is available on the Amherst Police Department website, www.amherstpd.org. Applications can also be obtained at the Amherst and UMASS Police Departments or downloaded off the Amherst Police Department website. The application deadline is June 16, 2018. Questions regarding the academy can be forwarded to Amherst Police Detective Yvonne Feliciano at 413-259-3000 or felicianoy@amherstma.gov and UMASS Police Officer Brian Kellogg at 413-545-9461 or bkellogg@admin.umass.edu. Scott P. Livingstone Chief of Police

All inquiries regarding the incident at puffers pond must be directed at the Northwest District Attorney Office.

The Amherst Police Department along with the Amherst Fire Department, and Regional Dive Team are currently searching the area of Puffer's Pond in North Amherst for a missing adult swimmer currently. More information regarding this matter to follow.

We are less than a month away month away from our 25th annual Rafters College Towne Classik 5k and 5 Mile Road Race on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Please come help us support our charitable causes, the Jimmy Fund and the Amherst Police Relief Association at this family friendly event. The race is professionally timed and there are age group awards. Additionally the first 200 entrants will be given a commemorative t-shirt!!! Follow the link to sign up https://www.amherstma.gov/1804/Road-Race

PRESS RELEASE April 23, 2018 Chief Scott P. Livingstone is pleased to announce that Detective Jamie P. Reardon of the Amherst Police Department was promoted to the rank of sergeant effective April 23, 2018. Sergeant Reardon was promoted after an extensive selection process which included a written examination and interviews with Chief Scott P. Livingstone, Town Manager Paul Bockelman and Human Resources Director Deborah Radway. This promotion will fill the position that was vacated with the promotion of Lieutenant Brian Johnson. Sergeant Reardon was appointed as a patrol officer with the Amherst Police Department on August 14, 2000. He was assigned to patrol duties until his reassignment to the detective bureau in 2011. While assigned to the detective bureau he served as the department’s liaison to the District and Superior Courts, and the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. He conducted criminal investigations of major incidents and crimes and was the department’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Investigator. During his tenure at the police department Sergeant Reardon has been a member of the Crisis Intervention Team, Search and Rescue Team, and Bicycle Patrol Unit. He has also served as a Property and Evidence Officer, Field Training Officer, Ropes Course and Youth Adventure Academy Instructor and was the department’s liaison to the Town of Amherst Social Justice Committee. Sergeant Reardon graduated in 1991 from Northampton High School. He was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1995 from Western New England College, Springfield, MA and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2000 from Westfield State University, Westfield, MA. Sergeant Reardon graduated in 2001 from the Municipal Criminal Justice Training Academy in Agawam, a member of the 34th Municipal Police Officer Class. Sergeant Reardon currently resides in Belchertown with his wife, Beth and two children.

Have old prescription medications collecting dust in your medical closet? Visit one of the many locations in Hampshire or Franklin County on Saturday April 28.