Informational Alert | Coronavirus Updates

The Cambridge Police Records Unit will be open to members of the public, by appointment only. Limited fingerprint services will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Appointments can be made online. For questions or further assistance, please call 617-349-3336 or email.

How to Apply

Cambridge is a civil service community, which means that all candidates must take a an Open Competitive Exam administered periodically by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Human Resources.  The score of that test determines the list from which we must hire.  Those who score better are placed higher on the list.   Please visit the website for the Massachusetts Civil Service Exam Here.   Military Veterans and residents are given preference in hiring.  Then candidates are required to complete a(n):

  • Background Investigation
  • Oral Interview
  • Medical Examination
  • Psychological Examination
  • Physical Abilities Test

Candidates who successfully complete all parts of the interview process are enrolled in a Police Academy for 24 weeks of training before they are assigned to on-the-job training during a one year probationary period.

Civil Service Laws require that we hire officers from the Civil Service List.  Therefore, we encourage anyone interested in working for us to go to the Massachusetts HRD website and sign up to take the next exam or visit the City Hall Personnel Department or Cambridge Police Department.

For more information, visit:

Visiting CPD

Hours of Service

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

Cambridge Police Department

Branville G. Bard, Jr.
Police Commissioner

Email Us with general inquiries about the department or questions about resources/programs offered by the police. DO NOT use this form to submit tips or report crimes in progress.

125 Sixth Street
Cambridge MA 02142