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Cambridge Police

Photo of a Cambridge Police cruiser The Cambridge Police Department (CPD) is committed to providing the highest level of professional police service while respecting the constitutional rights of every person living in or visiting the City of Cambridge. The department uses modern approaches to community policing to decrease crime and improve the delivery of services. A major goal of the department is to involve citizens, neighborhoods and police in formulating policy and policing strategies and community oriented policing to combat crime and undesirable elements associated with crime.

Tips and FAQs

Submitting Anonymous Crime Tips

To Report a Crime via Telephone Anonymously

Please call 617-349-3359 and leave a message on 24-hour Anonymous Crime/Drug Tip Hotline. This is a mechanism for citizens to provide investigators with information relating to crimes, suspicious activity, and illicit drug use and distribution, as well as other issues.

When calling, you will generally hear a taped message explaining that a detective is not presently available. However, speak as long as you like, explaining the activity in as much detail as you can. You do not have to provide your name, address, or telephone number. All information is kept strictly confidential.

To Text a Tip to Cambridge Police

Send a text message to Tip411 (847411). Begin your message with Tip650 and then type your message. You will receive a response from the Cambridge Police with the option to continue communicating. Once you are done communicating with police, please send the word STOP to end the conversation.

To Send an Anonymous Tip via Email

You can submit a tip using this form or a through the CPD MyPD mobile app.

Please remember that this is not a replacement for 9-1-1. If you witness an emergency situation, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Receiving Email or Text Alerts About Crime in Your Neighborhood

Citizen Observer is a service used by the Cambridge Police Department to send e-mail and text alerts about crime and other notifications to the various neighborhoods of the City.

Registering for Citizen Observer

Residents are encouraged to sign up to receive notifications for their neighborhood as well as the "CITYWIDE" group.  The groups are:

  • Cambridge PD: CITYWIDE
  • Cambridge PD: East Cambridge
  • Cambridge PD: MIT
  • Cambridge PD: Inman/Harrington
  • Cambridge PD: Area 4
  • Cambridge PD: Cambridgeport
  • Cambridge PD: Mid-Cambridge
  • Cambridge PD: Riverside
  • Cambridge PD: Agassiz
  • Cambridge PD: Peabody 
  • Cambridge PD: West Cambridge
  • Cambridge PD: North Cambridge
  • Cambridge PD: Cambridge Highlands
  • Cambridge PD: Strawberry Hill


Notifications will come in three forms:

  1. Citizen Alerts - The most important and timely notification from the police will be labeled as such and sent to the affected neighborhood(s) and the "CITYWIDE" group.  These alerts will typically be sent within 12 hours of the incident during the following scenarios:
    • Threats to Public Safety
    • High Profile Incidents
  2. Advisory - This type of notification will be primarily used to share important information with the community and will be sent to affected neighborhood(s) and the "CITYWIDE" group if the information affects the entire community.  Typically, these notifications will be sent following the monthly BridgeStat release, and will include information about the following:
    • Significant Incidents and Follow-ups
    • Crime Patterns Identified in BridgeStat
  3. Neighborhood Info - Notifications will be sent to inform individual neighborhoods about neighborhood-specific information that does not apply to the city as a whole, such as:
    • Neighborhood Meetings
    • Other Neighborhood-Specific Announcements
Citizen Observer also allows people to text anonymous crime tips to the police, helping provide valuable information to investigators and make our community a safer place.

Annual Crime Reports

The Cambridge Police Department’s Annual Crime Reports, produced by the Crime Analysis Unit, are an attempt to provide detailed information so that citizens can make informed decisions about crime and safety in their neighborhoods. The more information made available to the public, the better the input will be in aiding the Police response to crime.

The goal of our Annual Reports is to provide this partnership with the knowledge to ensure the desired quality of life in all the neighborhoods of the City.  For older reports, including quarterly crime reports and monthly BridgeStat releases, please visit our Publications page.

Monthly BridgeStat Reports

The Cambridge Police Department produces a monthly public report (called BridgeStat) to the community on current police priorities in terms of crime, traffic, community concerns, and disorder issues in the city. This is made available on the Cambridge Police Department’s website at www.CambridgePolice.org/BridgeStat on the first Friday of each month.

BridgeStat is a multi-layered, dynamic, intelligence-based approach to crime reduction, quality of life improvement, and personnel and resource management based on four distinct principles – accurate and timely intelligence, effective tactics, rapid deployment, and relentless follow-up and assessment. At the core of our approach is a philosophy that fosters teamwork and creative problem solving. Police personnel hold bi-weekly meetings to devise strategies and tactics to solve problems, reduce crime, and ultimately improve quality of life in our community.


Filing a Motor Vehicle Crash Report

File an Accident ReportM.G.L. Chapter 90, Section 26 requires a person who was operating a motor vehicle involved in a crash in which (i) any person was killed or (ii) injured or (iii) in which there was damage in excess of $1,000 to any one vehicle or other property, to complete and file a Crash Operator Report with the Registrar within five (5) days after such crash (unless the person is physically incapable of doing so due to incapacity). The person completing the report must also send a copy of the report to the police department having jurisdiction on the way where the crash occurred. If the operator is incapacitated but is not the vehicle's owner, the owner is required to file the crash report within the five (5) days based on his/her knowledge and information obtained about the crash. The Registrar may require the owner or operator to supplement the report and he/she can revoke or suspend the license of any person violating any provision of this legal requirement. A police department is required to accept a report filed by an owner or operator whose vehicle has been damaged in a crash in which another person unlawfully left the scene even if damage to the vehicle does not exceed $1,000.

You may download and fill out a Motor Vehicle Crash Operator Report from the Massachusetts RMV, or file a report online.

Download Online Accident Reports

The Cambridge Police Department has entered into an agreement with LexisNexis to place traffic accident reports on-line. LexisNexis is the largest provider of police reports in the nation and currently manages relationships with over 18,000 agencies across the U.S. and Canada.

LexisNexis® eCrash is an online accident report management solution designed to help simplify the management and distribution of accident reports. For consumers and insurance carriers, it's a quick and convenient way to access accident reports, eliminating the need to drive to the local police agency, wait in line, and obtain a copy of your report.

Access LexisNexis eCrash

Finger Printing Services

Cambridge residents can be fingerprinted for gun permits, employment, security clearances, and immigration purposes.

Requirements

  • Must be a Cambridge resident
  • Not a Cambridge resident? View a list of alternate fingerprinting locations.
  • Must provide valid photo ID (driver's license, State ID, student ID, Passport)
  • Must provide proof of residency (any mail or bill statement with name and address in Cambridge)

Fingerprinting Hours

(No appointment is necessary)

  • Monday: 2PM - 4PM & 5PM - 7PM
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 2PM - 4PM
  • Friday: No fingerprinting services.

Fees

$15 per fingerprint card (Cash, Money Order, or Check only). Credit/Debit Cards are not accepted.

License to Carry & FID

The Records Unit provides the following to Cambridge residents:

License to Carry Firearms or FID Cards

The cost of a LTC/FID is $100.00 and is good for 6 years. If you are a first time applicant you must apply in person during the following hours:
  • Mon: 2PM - 4PM & 5PM - 7PM
  • Tues-Thurs: 2PM - 4PM

FID-Chemical Spray (Pepper Spray)

A one-time fee of $25.00 with free renewals every 6 years. If you are a first time applicant you must apply in person during the following hours:
  • Mon: 2PM - 4PM & 5PM - 7PM
  • Tues-Thurs: 2PM - 4PM

Renewals

If you are renewing a LTC or FID Card, you may come in during regular operating hours (see below).

  • 8:30 AM- 8:00 PM (Monday)
  • 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM (Tues-Thurs)
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Friday)

For more information please contact the Records Unit at 617-349-3336 or via email.

For all applications and renewals, please download and complete the required documents and bring them with you to the Records Unit.


Police Details

The Detail Office is responsible for Off-Duty Employment, and is responsible for assigning off-duty officers to construction sites throughout the City to ensure motor vehicle and pedestrian safety. The office also assigns officers to provide various security details to private companies who wish an officers presence.

ALL WORK IS PERFORMED BY OFF-DUTY OFFICERS AT NO COST TO THE CITY.

Ordering a Detail

  • For a same day or next day detail, call 617-349-3350 during regular business hours.
  • For a same day or evening detail after business hours, call 617-349-3301.
  • If you are calling on the weekend for a same day detail, call 617-349-3301.
  • If you are calling for a Monday detail after 12:00 on a Friday or during the weekend, call 617-349-3350.
  • Holidays: If the Detail Office is closed due to a holiday and you are looking for an emergency detail (you must have a permit to work otherwise), please call 617-349-3301.

Detail Office Hours

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

Detail Office Contact Info

Telephone: 617-349-3350
Email: Detail Office
Unit Supervisor: Sergeant Paul Sugrue, 617-349-3298
Staff:

  • Officer Darlene Pearson, 617-349-3350
  • Alicia Popovics, 617-349-3333
  • Billing Questions: 617-349-3333

Last Updated: 4/5/2017 | Provide feedback on this page

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