NBPD Responds to Citizens for Juvenile Justice Report

We have been asked about the Citizens for Juvenile Justice report regarding the New Bedford Police Department. The department takes seriously any allegation of disparate treatment by law enforcement, and our mission is to ensure community policing that keeps all residents and neighborhoods safe. The methodology used by the organization is deeply concerning and displays…

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Largest Fentanyl seizure in New Bedford history

  On the night of February 19 night and after a month-long investigation into fentanyl production and distribution taking place at 2100 Phillips Rd. NBPD Organized Crime and Intelligence Bureau (OCIB) Detectives produced the largest seizure of the deadly synthetic drug in the history of the city and by memory the largest drug seizure ever…

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NBPD Mourns the loss of beloved Capt. Richard Spirlet

Capt. Richard M. Spirlet, Retired N.B. P. D. of Westport, MA passed away at Charlton Memorial Hospital on Monday, December 28, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Lois (Shea) Spirlet and son of the late Marcel Spirlet and Lillian (Richard) Spirlet. He was born in Acushnet, MA. and in his younger years attended St.…

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NBPD hosts National Drug Take Back Day October 24

NBPD Headquarters at 871 Rockdale Ave. will be the New Bedford drop-off location for National Drug Take Back Day set for Oct. 24 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. National Drug Take Back Day is a biannual, free, no-questions-asked event that gives the community the opportunity to aid in the fight against substance use disorder…

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First Latino officer to achieve rank of Captain in history of NBPD

The New Bedford Police Dept. congratulates former Public Information Officer (PIO) Lt. Nathaniel Rodriquez on becoming the first Latino officer in the history of the department to achieve the rank of Captain. Capt. Rodriguez took command of Station 2 on the south-end Sept. 28. Rodriguez started his career with the NBPD in 2004 after first…

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9 firearms seized during gang-related investigations

NEW BEDFORD- Last week NBPD Detectives seized a total of nine firearms as a result of ongoing investigations related to gang activity in the city. On August 26, NBPD Detectives recovered a MasterPiece Arms semi-automatic firearm from a garage at 82 Crapo St. along with several rounds of ammo of different calibers. The firearm and…

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Police Chaplain for NBPD

Reverend David Lima is the Chaplain of the New Bedford Police Department. Reverend David A. Lima has been the Executive Minister of the Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford since December 2006. He has served in a variety of leadership positions for the Council and was President from 2001-2005. He is a lifelong New Bedford…

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