Highly Trained and Dedicated Professionals

Serving our community with respect and empathy

Who we are

The many diverse cultures and backgrounds in our city are reflected in the lives of our officers and civilians. Together, they practice a philosophy of "community policing."

Community policing in practice

NBPD Leadership

Chief Paul Oliveira was appointed to lead the NBPD in 2021. He has served with the department for almost 30 years.

Meet the Chief of Police

Forms and Resources

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Where we come from

Our rich history dates back to 1794 when an organized force was created to protect against theft. These men were called "Watchmen."

Our history

We Are Recruiting Officers

Are you interested in a career in law enforcement? Look no further than the New Bedford Police Department!

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Community Policing

Across the country – both civilians and police—are hurting as they continue to cope with a global pandemic and racial injustice. Here at the NBPD, we feel this pain and we’re committed to ensuring the needs of our community are met through innovative programs rooted in the principles of a community policing philosophy.

Our officers are out there building bridges with members of the community to maintain healthy and ongoing dialogue. It’s that simple.

Developing these types of relationships isn’t new to the NBPD. Since 2017, it has been dedicated to serving at-risk youth, those experiencing poverty, mental illness, homelessness, addictions, domestic violence and other socio-economic plights through its broad community policing philosophy.

We don’t engage with members of our community using a one size fits all approach…