Cambridge Police Department (Massachusetts)

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Cambridge Police Department
Patch of Cambridge Police Department
Patch of Cambridge Police Department
Agency overview
Formed1859; 163 years ago (1859)
Preceding agency
  • Constabulary
Annual budget$51,145,765 (2017)
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionMassachusetts, USA
SizeLand Area 6.43 sq mi (16.7 km2)
PopulationResidents 107,000, Daytime Population 150,000+
Legal jurisdictionCity of Cambridge, Massachusetts
Governing bodyCambridge City Council
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersCambridge, Massachusetts
Police Officers278
Civilian employees41
Commissioner responsible
  • Christine Elow
Cambridge Police

The Cambridge Police Department is the municipal police department for the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States. Formally organized in 1859.[1] with the appointment of John C. Willey as the first Chief of Police, the Cambridge Police Department was then manned by only 16 officers. The Cambridge Police Department moved its headquarters location on December 8, 2008. The police department is now located in the Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility at 125 Sixth Street in the neighborhood of East Cambridge, leaving their Central Square location after 135 years.[2]

Prior to the move, the Cambridge Police were based in a facility at 5 Western Avenue, which was considered an outdated facility that had been used from 1933 to 2008.[3]


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)[4] and Fifth (Brighton)[5] 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.

Officers killed in the line of duty[edit]

Since the establishment of the CPD, five officers have died in the line of duty.[6]

  • Officer William Loughrey

Patrol Officer Loughrey was stabbed to death on June 26, 1860 while attempting to arrest a suspect near what is known today as the Longfellow Bridge. He observed the man, covered in blood, running down the street. Believing the man was being pursued by other officers, Officer Loughrey attempted to subdue him. The suspect stabbed Officer Loughrey several times, causing him to bleed to death.

Officer Loughrey had served with the Cambridge Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.[7]

  • Officer Thomas J. Riley

Patrolman Riley was shot and killed on November 20, 1920 while trying to disperse a group of drunk men. As he turned to leave one of the men produced a revolver and shot Patrolman Riley in the head. Patrolman Riley had been with the agency for eight years.

A 25-year-old suspect was arrested and convicted of murder.[8]

  • Officer John J. Guthrie

Patrolman John Guthrie succumbed to injuries sustained five days earlier on December 26, 1926 when he was struck by a car while directing traffic. The impact threw Patrolman Guthrie into the path of oncoming streetcar. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained until succumbing to his injuries.

Patrolman Guthrie had served with the Cambridge Police Department for 17 years. He was survived by his wife and one child.[9]

  • Officer Albert G. Eckardt

Patrolman Albert Eckart was killed on November 3, 1951 after being thrown from the back of an ambulance at the intersection of Prospect Street and Harvard Street. He was escorting a patient to the hospital during a snow storm when the accident occurred.

Patrolman Eckart had been in law enforcement for nine years. He served as a Military Policeman in the U.S. Army during WWII before returning to duty for Cambridge. He was survived by his wife, parents, and several brothers.[10]

  • Officer Lawrence W. Gorman

Patrolman Lawrence Gorman was shot and killed on September 3, 1960 while attempting to arrest two burglary suspects in Kendall Square. He observed the two men breaking into a restaurant and tried to arrest them when they opened fire, mortally wounding him. He was able to return fire and wound one of the suspects in the leg, who was taken into custody.

On May 14, 1961, the captured suspect, aided by his accomplice, escaped from the Middlesex County Jail along with another inmate. With a smuggled handgun he shot and killed Jail Master David S. Robinson. Three days later he shot and killed himself when police stormed a Boston apartment where he was hiding. His accomplice and the other escapee were captured a short time later. On September 24, 1961, his accomplice was convicted of Patrolman Gorman's murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Patrolman Gorman had served with the agency for eight years and was survived by his wife and three children.[11]

  • MIT Police Officer Sean Collier

Patrol Officer Sean Collier was shot and killed on April 18, 2013 during a large scale manhunt for suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. At approximately 10:30 pm one of the subjects approached Officer Collier as he sat in his patrol car and opened fire on him without warning, striking him several times. The subjects then attempted to steal his service weapon but were thwarted by his level-three holster.

The suspects then carjacked a vehicle and led police on a pursuit while throwing explosive devices at pursuing units. The pursuit ended in Watertown, where one suspect was killed and a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police Officer was shot and seriously wounded in a gun battle. The second suspect was captured in Watertown the following evening after another shootout.

Officer Collier had served with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Department since January 2012 and had previously worked as a civilian employee of the Somerville Police Department. On August 22, 2013, he was posthumously sworn in as a Somerville police officer. He is survived by his parents and five siblings.[12]

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, Massachusetts USA 02142
    • Former Address: 5 Western Avenue, 02139
  • Marked Patrol Vehicles: 37
  • Unmarked Patrol Vehicles: 35, plus 8 narcotics vehicles
  • Motorcycles: 14
  • Bicycles: 22
  • Special Vehicles: 8 tactical vehicles, 3 tactical ATVs, 6 trailers
  • 2016 Calls for Service: 98,261

Fleet details[edit]

  • Ford 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 - Maintenance Unit.
  • BMW Motorcycles - Traffic Units.
  • Toyota Camrys - Command Staff.

Fleet Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Profile of the Cambridge P.D." Archived from the original on 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  2. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  3. ^ Smith, Erin (2009-07-07). "Cambridge police bid farewell to former station". Wicked Local News: Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2009-03-06. 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.
  4. ^ "Executive Office of Public Safety and Security". Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Executive Office of Public Safety and Security". Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Cambridge Police Department, MA". The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Patrol Officer William Loughrey". The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Patrolman Thomas J. Riley". The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Patrolman John J. Guthrie". The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Patrolman Albert Gustave Eckart". The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Patrolman Lawrence W. Gorman". The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Patrol Officer Sean Allen Collier". The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). Retrieved 2 March 2019.

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