Northampton Police Department

  • Agency: Northampton Police Department
  • Address: 29 Center St, Northampton, 01060 MA
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)
Phone: 413-587-1100
Fax: 413-587-1137
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Northampton Police Department is located at 29 Center St, Northampton, 01060 MA. The Northampton Police Department phone number is 413-587-1100.

Northampton Police Department News

On Friday November 2nd shortly before 6pm the Sam's Food Store on Pine St was robbed. Two male suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of money. A gun was shown during the incident but luckily no one was hurt. The men drove off in the vehicle shown which appears to be a Chevy Equinox. A second photo shows one of the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call us at (413) 587-1100. WWLP-22News Western Mass News MassLive Daily Hampshire Gazette

It’s no-shave November! Each officer who donates $100 is given a free month’s pass on our department policy that restricts beards. Officers who want to participate may either grow facial hair or wear a special beard pin for the month of November. All donations will benefit Home Base. Home Base’s mission is to help service members, veterans, and their families heal from invisible wounds, such as post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. In 2017, hundreds of first responders from across 62 cities and towns in Massachusetts raised more than $125,000 for this worthy cause. Any funds raised by NPD will be earmarked for patients from Massachusetts. This year we have 24 women and men from NPD participating. To learn more about Home Base, visit www.homebase.org

UPDATE: Due to the weather predicted for Saturday the Cops and Bobbers, Hooks and Ladders Fishing event has been moved to Sunday, October 28 with registration starting at 09:30 and the event kicking of at 10:00!! We hope the weather is better that day and we hope to see you all there!

The Cops and Bobbers, Hooks and Ladders Fishing event is still on for this Saturday at Look Park with registration starting at 09:30 and the event kicking of at 10:00!! The forecast is rain and cold temps so dress warm. We have plenty of stuff to give away and fish to catch! There will be fishing rods supplied during the event to anyone who doesn't own one and people to help tie and bait lines as well as removing fish and cleaning fish. We will have cinch bags and t-shirts to give away on a first come first serve basis as well as many raffle items, some of which are pictured here. LIKE if you are planning on attending!!

October 22-26 is #NationalSchoolBusSafetyWeek. Last year we worked with Northampton Community Television and some awesome NPS students and families to create a Bus Safety PSA. Check it out below! We receive lots of complaints about traffic going by buses that have their red lights flashing and we are excited to spread the word that it is not safe (or legal)! All this week our patrol officers will be on the lookout for these violations. #StopOnRed

FOUND: Female DSH kitten found on State st this past Sunday. Please contact Animal Control at (413) 587-1187 if you know where this little girl belongs.

Good Morning Northampton, On Monday evening Florence VFW Post 8006 honored members of NPD and Dispatch at an awards banquet. Employees were recognized for their dedication and commitment to public safety in the City of Northampton. Officer Andrew Kohl received an award for his proactive efforts related to narcotics investigations. Officer Adam Van Buskirk received an award for his work as the lead Drug Addiction Response Team (DART) officer, and his willingness to help other agencies develop similar programs. Records Bureau Supervisor Jane Lawnicki received an award for her tireless dedication to the quality and efficiency of the administration and operation of the Records Bureau. Court Administrator Lori Speer received an award for her commitment to the efficient and professional processing and oversight of all civil and criminal matters brought to court. Dispatcher Lisa Day received an award for her customer service skills and her willingness to go above and beyond when assisting callers. On the street, in court, on the phone, and behind the scenes, these are some of the fantastic people who help our citizens every day. Thank you to Commander Thomas Pease and the many members of the VFW who arranged this very special evening to recognize some of our hard-working staff. Chief Kasper

Good Afternoon Northampton, This morning, members of NPD attended the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony in Devens, MA. This annual ceremony hosted by MADD recognizes those dedicated officers from across the state who have shown exemplary efforts in the fight to eliminate drunk and drugged driving. Today, three of our members were honored for their commitment to roadway safety. Officers Benjamin Beaver and Timothy Zantrofski both received OUI Excellence Awards. The Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) of the Year Award went to our very own, Officer Matthew Montini. It can be a challenge to measure the crashes that didn't happen and the serious injuries or deaths that were prevented as a result of these officers' efforts. What we do know is that their efforts have made our streets a safer place to be for all of us. Congratulations to these outstanding officers! Chief Kasper

Good Morning Northampton, On Friday, October 12, 2018, at approximately 12:02 p.m., officers responded to Silverscape Designs for a report of a shoplifting that had just occurred. Employees reported that a male had entered the store, chatted with employees about engagement rings, and when one employee looked away, the male took two necklaces and left the store. The total value of the two diamond necklaces was $6,875. Police were provided with a description of the male from the employees. They were able to observe the subject and the theft by reviewing surveillance video from inside the store. At around 2:42 p.m., Officer Kohl was on Center Street and observed a male who matched the description of the subject from the theft. A brief investigation into the matter determined that the subject was the male who had stolen the necklaces. He was arrested. During booking he was found to be in possession of heroin. He was charged with: Larceny Over $1,200 Possession of a Class A Substance, Subsequent Offense The male also had an active warrant out of Dedham District court. During booking, officers located a bus pass to Springfield from around the same time that the necklaces were stolen. They also located a receipt from a pawn shop in Springfield for a necklace that had been traded that day for $100. The necklaces were not immediately recovered. The matter has been assigned to the Detective Bureau for follow-up so that investigators can work to recover the stolen jewelry. The 67 year old man from Northampton will be arraigned in Northampton District Court Monday morning. Chief Kasper

The Clement Street Bridge (originally built in 1894) has passed MassDOT safety inspection and has been reopened for vehicular traffic!

The Cops and Bobbers, Hooks and Ladders Fishing event is only a couple of weeks away!! We will have a guest appearance by Professional Bass Fisherman Doug Cameron (@_dcfishing_,Doug Cameron) - Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Bass Fishing League (BFL) Potomac River 3rd Place; - FLW BFL Super Regional 5th Place; - FLW TBF MA State Fish Offs 11th Place; - Northeast Bass Anglers Candlewood Lake 1st Place; - 2017 Mass Bass State Champion. Doug is sponsored by Molix - Think.Feel.Fish, Bass365, Amphibia Eyegear, Xzone Lures, Denali Rods.

Have you ever thought about becoming a Northampton Police Officer? It's both a challenging and rewarding career. We're hiring for anticipated vacancies in 2019. We have no written test and we accept applications anytime. Candidates who submit their applications by November 1, 2018, will be considered during our next hiring process. Candidates who are selected from this group would most likely attend the police academy in Springfield that is tentatively scheduled for June, 2019. If you're a college senior, this is the time to get your applications in! For information and applications, visit our website: https://www.northamptonpd.com/employment.html

Good Morning Northampton, What was going on yesterday afternoon in the area of North King Street and the I-91 on-ramp? On Tuesday, October 9, at 1:32 p.m., officers responded to the area of the Big Y Supermarket on North King Street for a report of a male shoplifter who had filled a shopping cart with merchandise and exited the store past all points of sale without paying for any items. A Loss Prevention Officer had approached the male who then abandoned the cart and took off running across the parking lot and onto North King Street. The Loss Prevention Officer called our dispatch center and provided dispatchers with a description. Officer Digiammo, who was responding to the call, observed the male running through traffic in the area of the I-91 North ramp. The subject scaled the fence and began running up the ramp to the highway. Officers Digiammo and Kohl caught up to the male and took him into custody. He was charged with shoplifting and resisting arrest. The items stolen included four bags of shrimp, stuffed clams, bologna, and grapes, as well as other items. The total value of the items was $167.36. The 35 year old male from Holyoke will be arraigned this morning on the charges. We’ve responded to a high number of shoplifting cases over the past few months. Between September 10 and today, we have taken 23 reports of shoplifting. The majority of those cases are solved and the subjects are either arrested or summonsed to court. Chief Kasper

Northampton, Massachusetts – The Northampton Police and Fire Departments will hold our 3rd annual youth fishing program, in partnership with Mass Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Cops & Bobbers, Hooks & Ladders Program. This program is designed to teach kids to fish, connect them to the outdoors, and foster positive relationships in their community and with law enforcement and safety professionals. The FREE event is open to children ages 14 and under and takes place on Saturday October 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Willow Pond in Look Park. The park’s entry fee will be waived that day for anyone attending the fishing event. Willow Pond will be stocked with trout from the Berkshire National Fish Hatchery. Participants can bring their own equipment, or can borrow fishing equipment provided by Mass Wildlife’s Angler Education Program. Bait will be provided for all participants. Members of the Northampton Police and Fire Departments, Federal and State Wildlife Officers, and other partnering agencies will be at the event helping and teaching kids to fish . All participating youth will be entered into a raffle. Raffle prizes include fishing related items and other age appropriate prizes. Thanks to our additional sponsors of the event, whose generosity will help provide prizes, free park entrance, and volunteer help throughout the day: Northampton Rotary, Look Park, Hampshire Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Trout Unlimited. The partnering agencies involved in the program have a common connection in our belief that young people need to spend time outdoors, make natural connections within their community, and create positive and lasting relationships with community members. Community members can register for the event through the Northampton Police Department’s website. Participants must fill out a registration form by either downloading it from the department’s website and bringing it the day of the event or fill out the form on site the day of the event.

PLEASANT STREET PAVING PROJECT On Monday, October 1st and Tuesday, October 2nd, the City’s paving contractor will be removing the top layer of pavement on Pleasant Street from Main Street to Hockanum Road. There will be no parking on Pleasant Street between 7AM and 4PM on these two days. After October 2nd work will continue on street structures such as manholes, catch basins, valve boxes, etc. Parking will resume on Pleasant Street except at locations where the contractor has planned work for the day; restricted areas will be marked. Police officers will be on duty to direct traffic throughout the project. The Contractor will maintain at least one lane of traffic but delays are anticipated. Commuters are encouraged to seek alternate routes.

The name of the woman whose body was recovered from the Mill River yesterday (Thursday) is Lucylynn M. Graves. She was 24 years old and was a resident of Northampton. We send our condolences to her family, friends, and associates.

BODY OF FEMALE SWIMMER LOCATED IN MILL RIVER Swimmer Missing Since Tuesday Evening NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts (September 20, 2018)- On Thursday, September 20, 2018, at approximately 11:20 a.m., the body of a female swimmer was located in the area of Bottoms Road in the Mill River. The body was underwater and beneath a log. Members of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) Special Emergency Response Team located the woman. Police and fire personnel from multiple agencies had been searching the Mill River and nearby woods since Tuesday evening, when it was reported that a swimmer who had entered the water near the Arts and Industry Building on Pine Street was missing. High water levels, downed trees, murky water, and strong currents made the search difficult. The woman was positively identified as that of the missing swimmer. While the family has been notified, we are not releasing the name until extended family and friends can hear and process this difficult news. Members of the Northampton Police Department would like to thank members of Northampton Fire Rescue, MSP, the MSP Airwing unit, Massachusetts Environmental Police, MSP Crime Scene Services, Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue, Smith College Campus Police, and members of MSP SERT. End

MSP Airwing is currently assisting us as we continue the search for the missing person in the area of the Mill River. Police officers are also on the ground along the river.

Good Morning Northampton, What was going on last night around Pine Street and the Arts and Industry building? At 7:26 p.m., officers responded to the area of the Mill River for a report of some unattended personal belongings by the water. The items included a towel, car keys, and some clothes. An individual had called us because they saw the belongings but no one appeared to be in the area. Officers used the keys and located a vehicle nearby. They were able to identify the usual driver of the vehicle as a female resident of Northampton. Officers contacted friends of the female and determined that she often swims at that location. Officers noted that the water level was high and the current was strong due to recent rain. They became concerned when the female did not return. Multiple NPD units began searching the area. Massachusetts State Police (MSP) Airwing also assisted with the search last night. Today, members of NPD and MSP are continuing to search for the woman. This case is still active. Chief Kasper

Good Morning Northampton, Early Monday morning at approximately 2:49 a.m., officers responded to the area of 241 Jackson Street for a report of a motorcycle theft in progress. When officers arrived they spoke with the reporting party and learned that the suspects had just fled the scene in a pick-up truck. The witness reported that he had been asleep and woke up because his dog was barking. He looked outside and saw that his ATV had been loaded into the back of a pick-up truck and two subjects were in the process of loading his motorcycle in the pick-up bed as well. He went outside and confronted the subjects at which time they dropped the motorcycle and the ATV from their truck and rapidly left the area. Both items had been locked with a chain that appeared to have been cut with bolt cutters. Officer Williams relayed the suspect vehicle description and suspects’ descriptions to responding units. Officers Buzzee and Bolduc were in the area and observed a truck on Jackson Street matching the description. They initiated a traffic stop on Barrett Street. The officers observed that the two occupants matched the descriptions provided by the witness. Upon talking with the driver the officers noticed that he was sweating profusely. They also observed various items that raised suspicion in the truck including masks, bolt cutters, and gloves. After investigating the matter, the two subjects in the truck were arrested. The first subject, the truck driver, was identified as a 27 year old male from Springfield. He was charged with: Larceny of a Motor Vehicle (2 counts) Receiving Stolen Property (a motor vehicle) (2 counts) Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License The second subject was identified as a 31 year old male from Springfield. He was charged with: Larceny of a Motor Vehicle (2 counts) Receiving Stolen Property (a motor vehicle) (2 counts) Both the motorcycle and ATV were recovered. Evidence collected from the truck includes sweatpants, a tarp, black jackets, bolt cutters, gloves, and masks. Both subjects will be arraigned this morning. This is our second case in the past few weeks where an alert barking dog led to the arrests of wanted individuals. Chief Kasper

Good Morning Northampton, What was going on very early Sunday morning on Bright Street? At about 12:07 a.m. officers responded to Bright Street for a report of a male smashing vehicle windows with a hammer. Officers arrived and spoke with a resident who stated that he had observed the male breaking car windows. He called out to the subject and was within about five feet of him when the subject turned around, raised the hammer, and stated, “I have a hammer.” Two separate residents witnessed this behavior and immediately called 911. In total five vehicles were damaged. The vehicles were located on Bright Street, King Street, and Trumbull Road. Sergeant Costa with Hadley Police responded with K9 Nomar to assist with searching for the male. In the meantime, an NPD Crime Scene Services officer arrived on scene and processed the vehicles. The male was not located. Anyone with any information about this incident, please contact Northampton Public Safety (Dispatch) at 587-1100 and ask for a member of the Detective Bureau. Chief Kasper

Good Morning Northampton, What was going on last night on the bike path behind Stop and Shop? At about 5:30 p.m., officers responded to Stop and Shop for a report of a male who attempted to pass a counterfeit $50 bill. The subject had handed it to the cashier, who immediately determined that it was not real. When she indicated this to the subject, he then fled the store. There was a second male waiting by the door and as the first subject ran toward the door the second male stated, “I told you it wouldn’t work.” The second male then ran off as well. Officers obtained a description of the male and seized the fake $50. Later in the evening, at about 7:52 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of State and Stoddard Streets for a report of people yelling and shining flashlights in people’s yards. Officers arrived and located a male and female lying in the middle of the bike path. They both appeared intoxicated and officers observed an open container of beer and an open container of vodka. Upon conducting warrant checks, it was determined there was an active warrant for the male. Officers took him into custody and placed him in the rear of the cruiser. At that time the female went to the cruiser and attempted to open the door to release her friend. Officers intervened at which point she kicked an officer in the leg. She was then taken into custody. As officers were handling the incident with the two individuals, they observed a male walking by carrying three boxes of electric toothbrushes. The officers were aware that these are commonly stolen items. An officer chatted with the male and at the same time dispatchers called Stop and Shop and confirmed that they were missing electric toothbrushes valued at $148.72. A second officer on scene recognized the male as the possible suspect from the earlier incident at Stop and Shop involving the fake money. After investigating the matter officers determined that the male had stolen the toothbrushes and had attempted to pass the fake $50 earlier in the evening. He was found to be in possession of additional fake bills. The 32 year old male from Agawam was arrested and charged with: Shoplifting by Asportation, Subsequent Offense Uttering a Counterfeit Note All three individuals will be arraigned this morning. Chief Kasper

Good Morning Northampton, What was going on yesterday afternoon near Walmart? On Monday, August 27, 2018, at around 3:30 p.m., Officers Pack and Molnar were investigating a suspicious vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. They believed that the license plates had been attached to the car and that they belonged on another vehicle. The driver had parked the 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis in a parking space and the two occupants exited and started walking away from the officers. The officers got out of their cruiser and directed the two individuals to stop. The male looked back at the officers and then both subjects began running. The officers called in a foot pursuit and additional NPD units and MSP troopers responded. Officers quickly caught the female. Believing the second subject was in the Pine Brook Curve neighborhood, officers began searching that area. At 4:30 p.m. they heard a dog barking aggressively behind a residence on the street. Alerted by the barking, officers located the male in the area of the dog. After investigating the matter it was determined that the pair had stolen the vehicle from a town in northern Vermont. The license plates had been stolen from a different vehicle and were attached to the stolen car. The male driver had a suspended license in Vermont. The female, age 37 out of Richford, VT, was charged with: Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle The male, age 33 out of Swanton, VT, was charged with: Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle Attaching Plates Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle Resisting Arrest Receiving Stolen Property Under $1,200 Both will be arraigned Tuesday morning. We’re thankful the two suspects were safely taken into custody and that the victim’s car was recovered. Also, thank you to the troopers who assisted in the search and to the observant and helpful canine on Pine Brook Curve. Chief Kasper