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 Police today announced that 10 new police officers joined the department after successfully completing their 24-week training and graduating from The Lowell Police Academy. After graduating from the Academy on Friday, Officers Nicholas Ayoub, Donald Conrad, Eddie Foster, Brien Joensuu, Muhammad Khalid, Tenzin Kunchok, Devin McMahon, Matthew Reagan, Alyssa Roderick and Christopher Wellborn were sworn in by City Clerk Donna Lopez in front of their family and friends. A Welcoming Ceremony was held this morning in City Hall for the new officers. This year’s impressive class features several graduates from CRLS, a U.S. Marine, two former Cambridge Auxiliary Officers, and Officers that speak Hindi, Punjabi, Tibetan and Urdu. Notable facts about the 2018 class include: • Nicholas Ayoub is a Matignon graduate and a former Cambridge Parks Department employee. • Donald Conrad is a Cambridge Rindge & Latin graduate. He has served in the U.S. Marines and formerly worked for the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program. • Eddie Foster is a Cambridge Rindge & Latin graduate and former employee of the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program. • Brien Joensuu is a Matignon graduate and has been a Cambridge Auxiliary Officer since 2015. • Muhammad Khalid is a Cambridge Rindge & Latin graduate and has been a Cambridge Auxiliary Officer since 2015. He is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. • Tenzin Kunchok serves in the Army National Guard and speaks Tibetan and Hindi. • Devin McMahon was a squad leader at the Lowell Police Academy. He is a Cambridge Rindge & Latin graduate, brother of a Cambridge Police Officer, and former employee of the Cambridge Public Works and Water Departments. • Matthew Reagan was a Top 10 finisher in academics at the Lowell Police Academy. He is a certified Public Accountant, the son of a Cambridge Police Lieutenant, the grandson of a former Cambridge Fire Chief, and the great-grandson of a Cambridge Police Officer • Alyssa Roderick has been a Public Safety Officer at Cambridge Hospital for the last 11 years and was a platoon leader at the Lowell Police Academy. • Christopher Wellborn graduated with a Criminal Justice degree from UMass Boston and has been a Public Safety Officer at Cambridge Hospital since 2014.

You are now watching a welcoming ceremony for the newest class of Cambridge Police Officers.

You’re watching a welcoming ceremony for the 2018 class.

On this day, we pause, remember and honor the life of Cambridge Police Patrolman Albert G. Eckardt, who was killed on November 3, 1951 after being thrown from the back of an ambulance at the intersection of Prospect Street and Harvard Street. He was escorting a patient to the hospital during a snowstorm when the accident occurred. Patrolman Eckardt had been in law enforcement for nine years. He served as a Military Policeman in the U.S. Army during WWII before returning to duty for Cambridge. He was survived by his wife, parents, and several brothers.

Halloween is CREEPING up! For those celebrating, the Cambridge Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween experience. We encourage those participating to take a minute to read these tips to make sure you and your family stay safe while trick-or-treating. 1. Trick-or-treat with trusted neighbors. Plan your route ahead of time and find the safest, most efficient route to the candy. Help make Halloween a safe day for all kiddos. 2. Dress like a ghoul or goblin, but stay safe. Make sure costumes and candy bags or pails are reflective. Costumes shouldn’t drag too far on the ground to avoid tripping, and masks, hats, and shoes should be well-fitting. 3. If you plan to be driving during trick-or-treat hours, watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs. Be sure to enter and exit driveways carefully. 4. Use well-marked routes to get to the candy. Always use the sidewalk, and do not cut across yards or use alleys. Wherever possible, cross the road at a crosswalk. 5. When in doubt, throw the candy out. Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is completely unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade and not factory-wrapped. Small children should not be allowed hard candy, which could be a choking hazard. If you have any additional trick-or-treating tips you'd like to share with your neighbors, please reply in the comments below. Boo safe out there!

A strong Officer and Dispatcher relationship is paramount. We work together to accomplish the same mission and goals. We perform different functions that are equally important. In many ways, Dispatchers are truly the first person on the scene of every crime, fire, incident or medical emergency. The questions they ask, decisions they make and actions they take determine the speed, effectiveness and safety of a call. We want to welcome the four newest Dispatchers of the Cambridge Emergency Communications Department, who graduated today from an intensive 7-week Emergency Communications Dispatcher Academy. They are now officially members of the Cambridge Public Safety Family.

The Cambridge Police Department today announced that a 39-year-old Cambridge resident has been arrested after 28 illegal firearms, as well as gun parts, ammunition, bullet proof vests, a milling machine and other tools were recovered in Cambridge. Mathew Devine, 39, from 43 Seven Pines Avenue in Cambridge, was arrested by Cambridge Police Officers late yesterday at his home following a four-month investigation. The investigation began in early July 2018 after the Cambridge Police Department were notified by the United States Postal Inspection Services of suspicious activity occurring at Devine’s 43 Seven Pines Avenue residence. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that more than 75 packages worth more than $26,000 were delivered to Devine, including a complete AR-15 build kit and a milling machine, with return addresses primarily originating from gun and weapon companies. The gun parts were purchased online, distributed through the mail and assembled into untraceable complete firearms. Devine did not have a license to carry. On Tuesday afternoon, the Cambridge Police executed search warrants on Devine’s residence and a family member’s Gold Star Road residence. After thoroughly searching both locations, the Cambridge Police seized a number of items, including the following: • 25 illegal firearms • 3 unregistered assault rifles • Parts to make dozens of additional illegal firearms • Hundreds of rounds of ammunition • 5 bullet proof vests and other body armor • Milling machines Devine will be charged with 26 counts of Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition without an FID Card, three counts of Illegal Possession of Assault Rifles, six counts of Illegal Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, three counts of Possession of a Silencer, one count of Possession of ammunition, and one count of use of body armor in the commission of a felony. He is expected to be arraigned today in Cambridge District Court. “I wanted to commend our Detectives and our cooperating partners, who have diligently worked on this case over the last several months,” said Commissioner Branville G. Bard, Jr. of the Cambridge Police Department. “The operation that was identified was deeply troubling and the results of this long-term investigation will make a significant positive impact on our community.” In addition to the United States Postal Inspection Services, the Cambridge Police Department was assisted on this investigation by the U.S. Marshalls Service, New England Electronic Crimes Task Force and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. The investigation of this operation is ongoing and the Cambridge Police asks that anyone who may have more information to contact (617) 349-3300. Those who wish to submit tips anonymously via phone, text message or e-mail, can visit http://www.cambridgema.gov/cpd/communityresources/anonymouscrimetips

Update: ‪The missing 84-year-old Cambridge woman has been located. Thanks for everyone’s assistance in spreading the word and helping to find her! ‬ ————— PLEASE SHARE: The Cambridge Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 84-year-old woman (Inside Bernard), who was last seen at her Franklin Street apartment yesterday at 9:30 a.m. wearing a blue knee-length night gown, a blue or gray coat, and a gold headwrap. She is described as approximately 5’3” and 160 pounds. Bernard may be pushing a shopping cart. Anyone with any possible information on her whereabouts are asked to call the Cambridge Police at 617-349-3300. For information on how to submit tips anonymously via phone, email, or text message, please visit www.CambridgePolice.org/Tips

As a way to show support for domestic violence survivors and to raise awareness around domestic violence, members of the Cambridge Police Department and many of the community partners we meet with on a monthly basis to address this very issue wore purple today in recognition of #PurpleThursday. Have you seen our Leadership team wearing their purple badges or drove or walked by our station at 125 6th Street? There's a new purple ribbon flag displayed on the building, while lights on the outside of the building are flashing purple through the end of the month.

As many in the community may know, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this year Purple Thursday will be observed TOMORROW (Thursday, October 18). This is a day where residents and those that work, study or play in Cambridge are encouraged to wear purple. Purple is the color for Domestic Violence Awareness and by wearing purple on Thursday, you can help us spread awareness of domestic violence. Officers will be encouraged to wear their purple pins and non-uniformed employees will be encouraged to wear their pins and any purple attire they may have, including sweaters, shirts, dresses, ties, scarves, etc. You can participate by taking a photo of you and/or your family, friends, business or school wearing purple and posting pictures to your Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram accounts using the hashtags #CambMA and #PurpleThursday.

The City of Cambridge’s Emergency Communications Department is holding information sessions on the Emergency Telecommunication Dispatcher Position. Learn the steps to advance in the field of Public Safety Dispatching and as an Emergency Telecommunications Dispatcher (ETD). Attend one of our information sessions for a short discussion/presentation about the department, hiring process, and talk with current Dispatchers about the vital role they play in supporting public safety. Attend one of two information sessions: Monday Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. Robert W. Healy Public Safety Building, 125 Sixth Street, 1st Floor Community Room, Cambridge Saturday Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. Robert W. Healy Public Safety Building, 125 Sixth Street, 1st Floor Community Room, Cambridge For more information, visit www.cambridge911.org or www.cambridgema.gov/jobs or contact the Emergency Communications Department at (617) 349-6911.

Updated Post on 10/9: Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard, Jr. report that a 54-year-old Methuen man has been cited for negligent operation in connection with operating a commercial dump truck that fatally struck a pedestrian, identified as Jie Zhao, 27 of Cambridge, on October 5 in the area of Magazine Street and Putnam Avenue in Cambridge. The preliminary investigation suggests that at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Friday the driver of the truck was traveling on Putnam Avenue towards Newton Street just past the intersection of Magazine Street when, in an apparent attempt to turn right onto Magazine Street, he began to back up the vehicle. The driver subsequently struck the victim with the rear of the vehicle. The victim was pronounced dead on scene. This is an open and active investigation being conducted with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Cambridge Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section. The name of the driver is not being released at this time and a court date has not been scheduled. Original Post on 10/5: The Middlesex District Attorney's Office and Cambridge Police are currently investigating a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred this evening in the area of Magazine Street and Putnam Avenue. Upon arrival at the scene police located a female in her 20s that had sustained fatal injuries. She was pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the vehicle, a tractor trailer truck, that apparently struck her remained on scene. This is an open and active investigation being conducted with the Massachusetts State Police CARS unit. No additional information is being released pending next of kin notification.

You are watching the promotion ceremony for new Sergeants Cherubino and Pearson.

Please join us this afternoon at 2p on Facebook Live, as two long-term officers with the Cambridge Police Department are promoted to Sergeant. Officer Darlene Pearson has 23 years of professional experience with the Cambridge Police, while Officer Michael Cherubino has more than 13 years of professional experience with CPD. If you are unable to watch live, the ceremony will be archived.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month badges, which are being worn by Cambridge Police Command Staff in October.

What a day for a ride. The last day of September was also the annual Bow Tie Bike Ride, a two-hour ride that traces the bow-tie shaped boundaries of the city and celebrates cycling in Cambridge. Check out our video highlights of CPD escorting today’s riders and a summary of the day’s events.

The Cambridge Police Department today announced that it will be leading and participating in a number of initiatives throughout October as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Events The Cambridge Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit will be hosting “Support for Survivors: A Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event” on Wednesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the City of Cambridge’s Senior Center (located at 806 Massachusetts Avenue). This first-time event will feature two women who are survivors of domestic violence and will bravely share their stories. Additionally, the event will include an interactive session that will give participants an opportunity to get to know number of community resources, who specialize in supporting survivors of domestic violence, including: the Riverside Community Care/Guidance Center, Emerge, Transition House, Somerville Cambridge Elder Services, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Community Legal Aid and Counseling Center, Cambridge Senior Center, and the City of Cambridge’s Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence Prevention Initiative. This event is one of three signature Domestic Violence Awareness Month events hosted in the City of Cambridge. The Police Department will also be participating in the City of Cambridge’s candlelight vigil on Wednesday, October 3 at 6 p.m. on the steps of City Hall. The annual vigil will commemorate the Massachusetts women, men, and children who lost their lives to domestic violence since last October. CPD will also be involved in the Transition House and the City of Cambridge Domestic & Gender-Based Violence Prevention Initiative’s annual Domestic Violence Training on Tuesday, October 23 from 8:30-4:30 p.m. This training will cover the dynamics of abuse, working with survivors and tips for responding to disclosures. Space is limited for this free training and interested participants are encouraged to RSVP to kblue@transitionhouse.org by October 12th. Display of Purple Aside from these events, the Cambridge Police Department’s Command Staff will be wearing new purple badges throughout the course of October, while the remainder of the department will be wearing purple ribbon pins on their uniforms. Furthermore, a new purple ribbon flag will be displayed on the building, while the lights on the outside of the building will flash purple throughout the course of the month. On Thursday, October 18th, non-sworn employees of the Cambridge Police will be encouraged to wear purple on Purple Thursday to honor victims and supports survivors of domestic violence. Photos will be posted on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #PurpleThursday. Social Media The Cambridge Police Department will also post 31 days of domestic violence-related social media content on its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. These posts will include links to places where people can find resources, statistics, background on how the Cambridge Police helps survivors and is supporting Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and more. “The impact domestic violence has on survivors, our children and our community as a whole is immeasurable and we are committed to improving our efforts to prevent domestic violence, respond to the needs of survivors and hold offenders accountable,” said Commissioner Branville G. Bard., Jr. “Through these types of events and initiatives, we hope to increase awareness and the understanding that there is help available and no one has to live in fear.” Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from an initial “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 when a dedicated group of advocates from around the country joined together to officially recognize the work to end domestic violence.

Some gorgeous sunsets in and around Cambridge tonight!

We wanted to share the Citizens for Juvenile Justice’s new report, “Seizing an Early Opportunity,” which analyzes the state of police diversion in Massachusetts. One of the programs we are most proud of here at the Cambridge Police Department is the Safety Net Collaborative, which fosters positive youth development, promotes mental health, supports safe school and community environments, and limits youth involvement in the juvenile justice system through coordinated prevention, intervention, and diversion services for Cambridge youth and families. Safety Net is positively highlighted as one of the state’s success stories in this report.

After initially being brought on board thanks to a collaborative grant, we are happy to announce that we will be retaining Jared Stanley in a permamement capacity, as he has been hired as the Cambridge Police Department's part-time Recovery Coach. Stanley has quickly become an integral part of the Department’s innovative PARTNER (Providing Access to Resources, Treatment Needs, and Education for Recovery) Initiative, which supports families and their loved ones who struggle with substance abuse disorders. During his brief time with CPD, approximately 25 people struggling with addiction have accepted referrals to detox as a result of his efforts. In addition, Stanley is currently working on an ongoing basis with approximately 12 individuals, who live or work in the city and are in the process of recovery. By providing regular check-ins and being a supportive resource, they have managed to remain in recovery. For more information on the Initiative and our Opioid Response efforts, please visit http://www.cambridgema.gov/cpd/communityresources/opioidresponse. #RecoveryMonth

Just a few pictures from the Lawrence, as we have been providing mutual aid to the Merrimack Valley area following Thursday’s devastating fires and explosions. Among the roles our officers have been supporting: - Teaming up with gas and fire crews and going house to house shutting off gas service and assessing damage. - Helping escort residents stationed in the Red Cross shelter to their homes, so they can collect their medications and personal belongings. - Providing traffic control and additional patrols for local police

Thanks to Breakstone, White & Gluck, Boston, MA Personal Injury Lawyers, who has generously donated bicycle helmets to the Cambridge Police for three years in a row as part of their Project KidSafe campaign, we will be giving out free helmets to children and families attending this Saturday's Danehy Park Family Day. In addition, families will have an opportunity to meet our officers, try on some of our equipment, climb in our cruisers and receive a free car seat inspection. https://camb.ma/2CTxcG3

It’s National Police Woman’s Day. In honor of it, here’s just a few of the strong, brave and committed women in blue at the Cambridge Police Department. Not only are they Superintendents, Personnel Directors, Deputy Superintendents, Sergeants, Crime Scene Technicians, Crime Analysts, Youth Resource Officers, Detectives, Patrol Officers, Social Workers, and more.... they are also mothers, daughters, sisters, girlfriends, wives and proud Cantabrigians. You are appreciated today and always. 💙🚔

Please join us in welcoming Dr. James Barrett, who has joined the Cambridge Police Department as its new Director of Clinical Support Services. Dr. Barrett works out of the Department’s newly structured Family and Social Justice Section and oversees the Clinical Support Services Unit. He is responsible for directly managing the Department’s licensed social workers, non-sworn community outreach and case management staff, as well as providing clinical support to officers in the Unit. Dr. Barrett has worked closely with the Cambridge Police since 2007, when he helped found the nationally recognized Safety Net Collaborative. Encompassing the Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge Health Alliance and Cambridge Human Services Department, the Safety Net Collaborative has resulted in a significant decline in juvenile arrests in the City of Cambridge and has been endorsed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as a promising approach to preventing juvenile delinquency. Most recently, he worked as an Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of School-Based Programs in the Division of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance. “Policing in Cambridge is not about arrests, but about helping people and working to get them the assistance they need,” said City Manager Louis A. DePasquale. “The addition of Dr. Barrett in the Cambridge Police Department will further the City’s commitment to a social justice approach to policing.” “Dr. Barrett has been such a valuable asset for the Cambridge Police Department and Safety Net Collaborative over the years,” said Commissioner Bard. “I am thankful for the support we received from the City Manager to bring Dr. Barrett into the Cambridge Police Department in a full-time capacity. He will greatly enable the Department to strengthen its case management processes, more effectively support officers with topics such as mental health and youth development, and provide clinical oversight in areas we deal with more now than ever before.” In addition to the Clinical Support Services Unit, the newly structured Family and Social Justice Section also includes the Family Justice and Social Justice Units. These operational units have been established to provide specific services to members of the community who would be better served through a “social justice approach” than what could be afforded to them through a conventional criminal justice approach. These community members include youth and families, domestic and sexual assault survivors, and individuals who are homeless, dealing with mental health issues and substance abuse. “With a nationally-recognized expert in child and adolescent mental health and juvenile justice, two accomplished licensed social workers, and two community outreach staff members who have strong local connections with residents and businesses, the Clinical Support Services Unit is well-equipped to advance the Department and support the Cambridge community,” continued Commissioner Bard.