Cambridge Police Department (Massachusetts)

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Cambridge Police Department
Abbreviation CPD
Patch of the Cambridge Police Department.
Agency overview
Formed 1859
Annual budget $40 Million
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Massachusetts, USA
Size Land Area 6.43 sq mi (16.7 km2)
Population Residents 105,000, Daytime Population 400,000+
Legal jurisdiction City of Cambridge, Massachusetts
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Cambridge, Massachusetts
Police Officers 272
Civilians 37
Commissioner responsible Robert C. Haas[1]
Cambridge Police
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Cambridge Police Department is the municipal police department for the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States. The department has 266 police officers and 42 civilian personnel. It was organized in 1859.[2] The Cambridge Police Department completed its headquarters relocation in March 2009. The police department is now located in the Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility at 125 Sixth Street in the neighborhood of Kendall Square.[3]

Prior to the move, the Cambridge Police were based in a facility at 5 Western Avenue, which was considered an outdated facility that had been used for more than 75 years.[4]


The Cambridge Police is the main law enforcement agency for the city of Cambridge where it holds ultimate jurisdiction over the city. Joint law enforcement may be carried out with the assistance of other law enforcement agencies including two divisions of the Massachusetts State Police known as the Fourth (Boston)[5] and Fifth (Brighton)[6] barracks of Troop H which provide cooperation with the Cambridge Police Department. Additionally, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police may cover its own transit properties or facilities in Cambridge along with the Harvard University and MIT police providing coverage for their local campuses and other facilities.

Social media[edit]

The widespread growth of social media have influenced the Cambridge Police Department to expand community outreach using Facebook,[7] Google+,[8] and Twitter.[9]

Rank Structure[edit]

Title Insignia
5 Gold Stars.svg
4 Gold Stars.svg
Deputy Superintendent
3 Gold Stars.svg
US-O1 insignia.svg
NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg
Patrol Officer/Detective

Former Ranks

  • Captain - The rank of Captain was eliminated in 2007 with the retirement of Captain Richard Bongiorno.

Neighboring Police Departments[edit]


  • Emergency: 9-1-1
  • Non-emergency: +1.617.349.3300
  • Address: 125 Sixth Street, Cambridge, MA USA 02142
    • Former Address: 5 Western Avenue, 02139
  • Marked Patrol Vehicles: 27
  • Unmarked Patrol Vehicles: 24
  • Motorcycles: 14
  • Bicycles: 12
  • Special Vehicles: 9
  • 2008 Calls for Service: 105,000

Fleet details[edit]

  • Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor - Patrol Units, Traffic Units, and Unmarked Units.
  • Ford Explorer - Community Relations Unit.
  • Ford Expeditions - LTs Unit, Traffic Unit, and ERU Unit.
  • Ford Econoline Series Vans - Traffic Unit and Prisoner Transport Unit.
  • Ford Econoline Series Box Van - ESU Unit.
  • Ford 'F' Series - Prisoner Transport Units.
  • Chevrolet Tahoe - Maintenace Unit.
  • BMW Motorcycles - Traffic Units.
  • Toyota Camrys - Command Staff.

Fleet Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Biography of Commissioner of Police Robert Haas
  2. ^ Profile of the Cambridge P.D.
  3. ^ Location of new HQ
  4. ^ Smith, Erin (2009-07-07). "Cambridge police bid farewell to former station". Wicked Local News: Cambridge. Retrieved 2008-12-11. So with cake, applause, photos and speeches from City Manager Bob Healy and Police Commissioner Robert Haas, Cambridge Police commemorated more than 75 years at the station. Police Superintendent David Degou said the city’s police department had actually been at that same location for 135 years because a former historic police station was also located there. 
  5. ^ Station H-4, SP Boston
  6. ^ Station H-5, SP Brighton
  7. ^ Cambridge Police Department on Facebook
  8. ^ CambridgePolice on Google+
  9. ^ @CambridgePolice on Twitter

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°22′03″N 71°05′09″W / 42.3675°N 71.0858°W / 42.3675; -71.0858