Stations and Divisions
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871 Rockdale Avenue
New Bedford, MA 02740
Uniform Patrol Station #2
168 Cove Street
New Bedford, Ma 02740
Uniform Patrol Station #1
572 Pleasant Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
Uniform Patrol Station #3
781 Ashley Blvd.
New Bedford, Ma 02745
Patrol is often the public face of the NBPD and is dedicated to the philosophy of "community policing" here in New Bedford. It is charged with the responsibility of preventing crimes and traffic accidents by maintaining a mobile visible presence, making inquiries and inspections, identifying and discovering hazards and situations that may contribute to delinquency, and maintaining public order; respond to calls and requests for law enforcement service or assistance; investigate or initiate the investigations of crimes, offenses, incidents and conditions and causing the arrest of offenders; traffic control and direction; providing emergency services; and maintaining a valuable relationship with citizens and other police agencies,
Our Detectives Division conducts follow up investigations on cases initiated through the Patrol Division for those types and categories of crimes commonly referred to as Major Crimes. These crimes include: robbery, homicide, felonious assault, burglary, forgery, larceny, fraud and embezzlement.
The New Bedford Police Department needs your help solving crimes. If it is an emergency, remember to CALL 911. From time to time, we will post pictures or videos of people of interest to us. If you have any information regarding the images or videos, please contact the Detective Division of the New Bedford Police Department at 508-991-6300 Extension 79519, or by calling 508-99-CRIME, 508-991-6300 and following the prompts to leave an anonymous tip, or by texting a tip. To text a tip, Text CALL50 to 274637 and wait for a reply. You can then text your anonymous tip. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Standards is responsible for investigating complaints of misconduct alleged to have been committed by members of the New Bedford Police Department and ensuring members of the community are provided with an opportunity to voice their legitimate concerns regarding the type and quality of service delivered by the New Bedford Police Department. It strives to safeguard the integrity of the police department, as well as to preserve community confidence and support in the complaint review process. Through the complaint review process the New Bedford Police Department receives valuable feedback from the community to ensure that department policies and procedures, which control the manner and delivery of police services, are both efficient and effective. Professional Standards also oversees the performance of audits and internal Public Records requests for the New Bedford Police Department.
The Administrative Services Division oversees Facilities, Payroll, Central Records, Training and Management Information System (MIS).
Central Records: manages all requests for police reports, CORI checks, trespass notices, stolen autos, missing persons and many others.
It maintains a database of all police reports dating back to 1961. Central Records registers and conducts home visits to confirm the addresses of Level II and Level III Sex Offenders registered in the city and is responsible for all subpoenas, restraining orders, and harassment orders.
Training: oversees recruitment, background investigation and hiring of Police Officers, 911 Dispatchers and Police Cadets. In-house testing and selection for 911 Dispatchers and Police Cadets is also conducted by this Division. Oversees all facets of mandated yearly training for Police Officers, Police Cadets and 911 Dispatchers. Maintains training records along with any certifications or qualifications concerning each employee.
MIS: handles all computer, radio, video and audio equipment for the New Bedford Police Department. It maintains the day to day operations of more than 150 desktop computers, more than 50 mobile computers, numerous servers, and more than 300 portable radios. The MIS Division builds and repairs all these systems in house. It is also responsible for the maintenance of the 911 system.