Mission Statement and Core Values

Strategic Plan:

This Strategic Plan lays out the blueprint for how far the Cambridge Police Department has come, and the direction it will continue to strive for over the next several years. Read More. 

Mission Statement:

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, work or visit. 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. 

Core Values:

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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Hours of Service

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

Cambridge Police Department

Christine Elow
Police Commissioner

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125 Sixth Street
Cambridge MA 02142