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.

File a Civil Rights Complaint or Hate Crime Report

If you believe a company, business, organization has violated your rights, you can file a civil rights complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General's Office. If you believe you, your business or organization has been the victim of a hate crime in Cambridge, please contact the Cambridge Police Department. The Cambridge Police will fully investigate, document and respond to all allegations of bias or hate-motivated crime. Learn more.

Filing a Motor Vehicle Crash Report

File an Accident Report M.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.

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 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.

Fingerprinting Services

SERVICE ADVISORY: Fingerprint services are currently not available at this time at the Cambridge Police Department due to COVID-19 restrictions. This will be revisited late February 2022.
For future availability, requests can be made by emailing Other fingerprinting locations can be located at” 

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


  • 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
The Cambridge Police Records Unit will be open to members of the public without appointments on Tuesdays-Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. In-person public appointments will continue to be offered Monday-Friday. Appointments can be made online. Limited fingerprint services will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 9:30-11:30 a.m. by appointment only.  For questions or further assistance, please call 617-349-3336 or e-mail.

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


License to Carry & FID

The Records Unit provides LTC and FID services to Cambridge residents:

  • SERVICE ADVISORY: The Cambridge Police Records Unit will be open to members of the public without appointments on Tuesdays-Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. In-person public appointments will continue to be offered Monday-Friday. Appointments can be made online. Limited fingerprint services will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 9:30-11:30 a.m. by appointment only.  For questions or further assistance, please call 617-349-3336 or e-mail.


  • All applications for firearms permits are processed through Cambridge Police Department’s Records Unit.

  • Per Massachusetts law, the Cambridge Police Records Unit can only accept and process applications for License to Carry (LTC) & Firearm Identification Card (FID) submitted by City of Cambridge residents and business owners.

  • All LTC/FID applications must be submitted in person as photographs and/or fingerprints will be taken.

  • LTC/FID applications are taken by appointment only. To set up your appointment, please call the Records Unit at 617-349-3336. Applications are limited to specific days and times as noted below. The Records Unit is located at:

    Cambridge Police Department
    125 Sixth St.
    Cambridge, MA 02142


LTC/FID Application Forms:
Applicants are encouraged to complete the Cambridge Police Application for License to Carry/Firearms ID Card and the Massachusetts Resident LTC/FID/Machine Gun Application formonline prior to visiting the Records Unit. Once completed, these forms may be emailed to the Records Unit.Blank copies of these forms are available at the police station for those unable to complete and submit the forms online.

Required Documents:
In addition to submitting the completed forms above, please bring to your appointment the following required documents:

  Please Bring the Originals – Copies Are Not Accepted. We will make copies and return the originals 

  Evidence of Applicant’s Cambridge residency or business ownership:

  • Most recent utility bill listing Applicant’s name, such as electric, gas, cable, land line phone, etc.
  • Current lease or rental agreement with the signature of the owner/landlord and the tenant/resident.
  • If applicable, evidence of Cambridge business ownership, i.e., articles of incorporation, partnership agreement, tax returns, licenses/permits, etc.

If unable to provide required proof of Cambridge residency, the homeowner/renter with whom Applicant resides may provide a signed and notarized affidavit attesting to Applicant’s Cambridge residency. See Cambridge Residency Affidavit.A Notarized affidavit is not required if Applicant appears in the company of homeowner/renter at the time of application. In either case, proof of Cambridge residency of homeowner/renter must be furnished at the time of the application.

Evidence of Identity
At least one of the following: Unexpired MA driver’s license or learner’s permit, or MA Identification Card, license to carry firearm, current photo college ID card from a U.S. university, college or technical college (Must contain student name and photograph).

Evidence of Lawful U.S. Status:
At least of the following: U.S. passport and passport card, Naturalization Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), U.S. birth certificate (Accepted along with other form of a valid photo identification).

Required Documents for First-Time Applicants Only:

  • Firearms Safety Certificate or Hunting Safety Course Certificate from a certified MA instructor. Active military personnel are exempted from Firearm and Hunting Safety Certificates requirement.
  • Two typed letters of reference from persons (Non-family members) who can attest to Applicant’s character and suitability to possess and carry firearms. Full name and contact information of person providing reference must be included in the letter. Both letters must be original and hand signed.
  • A letter written by LTC/FID Applicant addressed to Deputy Superintendent Pauline Carter-Wells detailing Applicant’s purpose for owning and/or carrying firearms.

  • Special Requirement for Minors:
    FID Applicants between the ages of 14-18 years of age must be in the company of their parent/guardian, who must consent to the Applicant’s obtaining an FID card.

The general fee for FID applicants is $100. However, for applicants under the age of 18 years old, the fee is $25. As noted on the portal, fees are waived for LTC/FID applicants age 70 or above.


The Cambridge Police Records Unit will be open to members of the public, by appointment only, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for LTC renewals and general assistance.  Please note that fingerprint services for new LTC applications are not yet available.  Appointments can be made by phone at 617-349-3336 or by email

The application process may take up to eight (8) weeks.  For questions, please call (617) 349-3336.  
The above licensing requirements for the City of Cambridge may not be reflective of those of other jurisdictions.


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 officer's presence.


How to Request a Detail:
Log-in to to do the following:
Schedule/Request Jobs
View Invoices
View Job history
View Scheduled Jobs
Update their vendor profile
To create a vendor profile, please contact the Detail Office at 617-349-3350 during regular business hours.

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.

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

Telephone: 617-349-3350
Email: Detail Office
Unit Supervisor: Sergeant John Lopes, 617-349-3298
Staff: Officer Steven Murphy, 617-349-3350
Angelina Leonard, 617-349-3333
Billing Questions: 617-349-3333

Sex Offender Registry and Most Wanted Information

Please visit the following links to find information on registered local sex offenders, unknown suspects wanted in connection to Massachusetts crimes, and the FBI's most wanted suspects.

Sex Offender Registry

Mass Most Wanted

FBI Most Wanted

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