Vocational students get hands-on police lesson

Juniors in the legal and protective services program at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School visited police headquarters Tuesday to participate in a mock armed robbery of a phone store scenario to test their skills and judgment.   Thank you to Officer Kurt Gonsalves for being our first responding officer, Kelly Almeida for playing our […] Read more »

Junior police academy gives middle schoolers a look at NBPD

NEW BEDFORD _ Students at Keith Middle School received a behind-the-scenes look at police work this fall through the Junior Police Academy, an eight-week program led by New Bedford Police Department School Resource Officer Julio Barbosa.   Through this program, 25 students learned different aspects of police work, including handcuffing, physical fitness, and different types […] Read more »

Chief meets with students at Discovery Language Academy

Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro met with students at Discovery Language Academy Wednesday, Jan. 11 to discuss the personal and professional benefits of speaking a second language. For more than 90 years, the academy has been offering classes to teach children to speak, read and write Portuguese. The academy also offers adult classes.  Read more »

New Bedford receives Shannon grant for at-risk youth

  The City of New Bedford received $382,068 for 2017 to support at-risk youth through the Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative, which targets gang violence in the state. Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett announced the release Tuesday, Jan. 10 of $5.7 million in competitive grant […] Read more »

NBPD hiring domestic violence advocate

The New Bedford Police Department is hiring a domestic violence advocate to work nights, offering support and resource information to victims of domestic violence.  Applicants should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent; experience working with victims of domestic violence; or any combination of experience and education. Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work with […] Read more »

Outreach program reaches out to addicts, families

NEW BEDFORD _ The call crackles on the police radio. Someone has overdosed on heroin and needs immediate help. Police respond to the scene, one that has become increasingly common in New Bedford and in cities and towns across the country plagued by heroin addiction. First responders often administer Narcan, a treatment that revives the […] Read more »

Cruisers serve as sleighs to deliver gifts to children

New Bedford police cruisers doubled as sleighs Thursday and Friday as officers delivered presents to children in need. Police officers volunteered their time to distribute the gifts to ensure that no family goes without a happy holiday this year. Gifts were provided for children in kindergarten through grade 12. Visits were made to families throughout […] Read more »

Police recruits brighten holidays by serving community

We salute future members of the NBPD and other area departments. Members of the Plymouth Police Academy 63rd Recruit Officer Class (ROC) shared their time and energy during a variety of events this season to help local families have a happier holiday. The class features four recruits from the New Bedford Police Department, including Victoria […] Read more »

Mark Mahoney retires after 40 years of service

Mark Mahoney was congratulated by Mayor Jon Mitchell, Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro and city employees Monday, Dec. 19 on his retirement as emergency management director after 40 years of service to the city. Mr. Mahoney began his career in 1976 as a volunteer with what was known then as the New Bedford Civil Defense Department. […] Read more »