We Are CPD
The Cambridge Police Department is a dedicated and diverse group of professionals who are committed to working with the community to make the City of Cambridge a safe and desirable place to live. 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.
Integrity - We are committed to the enforcement of laws and the preservation of order and property. We are honest, truthful, and consistent in our words and actions, and therefore worthy of the public’s trust. We exercise discretion in a manner that is beyond reproach. We do not accept gifts or special considerations as a consequence of our office.
Professionalism - We treat the public and our colleagues with courtesy and respect. We understand that our appearance, words, and demeanor contribute to the public’s confidence in us. We are responsive to the community, and deliver services promptly and efficiently.
Fairness and Impartiality - We act with fairness, restraint, and impartiality in carrying out our duties. We work with the community to continually understand and overcome cultural influences and unconscious biases. We understand that our actions, combined with the way we treat members of the community, contributes to our “legitimacy” in the eyes of the public.
Teamwork - We work together as one organization in carrying out the mission of the department; our respective units do not act as distinct “silos” from one another. As individual members of the department we are respectful to each other and work collectively to solve problems and serve the community.
Efficiency - We keep abreast of standard procedures, legal issues, and innovative topics in modern policing through regular training. We exercise rigor in thinking strategically about identifying trends, exploring alternative solutions, and solving problems.
Advocacy and Empathy - We have compassion for victims of crime. As members of the community, we have respect for and promote the diversity of the community. We advocate for social and other supportive services for victims, youth, and others involved in the criminal justice system.
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All police officers are responsible for addressing a wide range of public safety situations affecting the quality of life within the community. They are accountable for…
- The quality of their problem-solving, decision-making, and judicial use of discretionary authority.
- The quality and professionalism of their communication and interactions with the community.
- Exercising judgment in a manner that is reassuring and responsive to the community.
- The treatment of victims and those in need of assistance in a manner that reflects the Department’s values.
- The type of relationship the department has with the community.
- The level of communication, cooperation, and coordination with their fellow officers.
- Conducting themselves in a way that leads citizens to perceive their actions as legitimate.
Sergeants are responsible for the consistency in officers’ delivery of services. They are also accountable for…
- The quality of work of their subordinates, and communicating their strengths and weaknesses to them.
- The level of communication between officers and their colleagues, clients, and the community.
- Officers’ understanding of and adherence to the Department’s mission and values.
- Ensuring their subordinates are informed about situations or circumstances that may impact their assignments.
Lieutenants are responsible for the general oversight and management of the units for which they have operational control, and are also accountable for…
- The effective coordination among the various operational components of the department.
- Ensuring clear and open lines of communication between the units that report to them.
- The accuracy and timeliness of information provided to others in the department.
- The identification of crime patterns and trends, and the development of intervention strategies to be carried out by their subordinates.
- Thinking strategically in the development of problem solving strategies that meet certain criteria.
- The management of accurate, timely, and important information that is brought to the attention of the Deputy Superintendent.
Deputy Superintendents are responsible for ensuring consistency in the delivery of services of the shift commanders, unit commanders and sector lieutenants, as well as providing constructive guidance to them (reinforcing that everyone is playing on the same team). They are also accountable for…
- The maintenance of staffing levels (ensuring proper staffing levels in order to maintain a safe and adequate delivery of police services).
- Defining and distributing informative and actionable intelligence and analysis.
- Balancing expenditures associated with their areas of responsibilities so that they are consistent with the overall mission and needs of the department.
- Ensuring victims and persons in of assistance are treated in accordance with the values of the Department.
- The management of accurate, timely, and important information that is brought to the attention of the Superintendent.
Superintendents are responsible for establishing and maintaining a desired level of professional services, maintaining a high level of coordination of services with other agencies, and addressing perceptions of fear and other concerns in the community. They have the following accountabilities…
- The overall level of public trust and the professional reputation of the Department.
- The level of professionalism among all members of the department.
- Transparency of operations and decisions in the eyes of the public.
- The level of collaboration and the quality of the partnerships that exist among city departments, service providers, other external agencies, as well as the various boards and commissions.
- The allocation of resources in order to maintain an adequate level of police services.
- The provision of officers’ needs for guidance, training, professional development, and resources.
- The management of accurate, timely, and important information that is brought to the attention of the Commissioner.
The Commissioner is also accountable for…
- Outlining the vision for the department.
- Ensuring all members of the department are carrying out their duties in a manner that is consistent with the department’s mission.
- Instilling the core values by which the department holds itself.
- Accepting the responsibility for the conduct of the members of the department, and taking decisive action that corrects any matters which impinge upon the reputation and effectiveness of the department.
- Creating a working environment that is designed to carry out the department’s overall mission.
- The quality and effectiveness of the overall external and internal communication networks required to provide for the overall effectiveness of the police department’s operations.
- Providing for the proper and legitimate exercise of the department’s official authorities.