Office of the Commissioner

The Office of the Commissioner oversees the Professional Standards Unit, the Office of Planning, Budget & Personnel, the Public Information Office, and the Auxiliary Police.

About Commissioner Burke:

Acting Commissioner Burke

Christopher Burke has served as Acting Police Commissioner for the City of Cambridge Police Department since May 2016.

Burke has been with the Cambridge Police Department since joining as an officer in 1984 following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1997, Lieutenant in 2001, Deputy Superintendent in 2006 and Superintendent in 2009. During his career, Burke has served in a variety of roles in the department, including overseeing the Professional Standards Unit, Criminal Investigations Unit and Support Services Division.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement from Western New England College and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. Burke has been active in the community serving on the GLBT Commission, Human Rights Commission, the Commission for Persons with Disabilities and several boards, including the Police Review and Advisory Board. 

His contributions have been recognized on numerous occasions during his career and include his selection as Police Officer of the Year 1992 and more recently as an Outstanding City Employee Award recipient in 2014.

A Message from the Commissioner:

It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great Department. When I joined the Cambridge Police Department in 1984, it did not take long for me to realize there was no better place that I could work for. That sentiment remains instilled in me today. 

This department is committed to providing timely and relevant information to the community.  I urge you to visit our website often for updated news, information on crime, and important community alerts.  I also invite you to interact with us on Facebook and Twitter, and learn about our department and its history.  I look forward to working with the community to develop strategies to ensure the high quality of life our residents have come to expect and to also focus on reducing crime and the factors that contribute to these conditions.


Christopher Burke
Acting Police Commissioner



8:30 AM to 8:00 PM Monday  
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday to Thursday  
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM Friday


Telephone: 617-349-9397


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Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Cambridge Police Department

Christopher Burke
Acting Police Commissioner

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125 Sixth Street
Cambridge MA 02142