The Uniformed Patrol Division is the backbone of the police department. Currently, Deputy Chief Michael Cabral oversees all uniformed branches of the Somerville Police including the Patrol Division, Neighborhood Police Officers, Special Operations, and Traffic Bureau.
For the purpose of patrol, the City is divided into two districts, East and West. A police substation is located in each district. The East District is located on lower Broadway at 81 Broadway. The West District is located in Teele Square at 1114 Broadway.
Both substations have assigned a daytime civilian clerk who is available to assist with citizen inquiries. The patrol officers assigned to these districts have access to write their police reports and to meet and assist citizens with a variety of issues.
Both the East and West Districts have a Captain who acts as the District Commander. Under the Captains are two Lieutenants, three Sergeants, and up to twenty-eight patrol officers. If fully staffed, the officers are split so that there are usually 5-7 officers patrolling each district twenty-four hours a day. The officers use a variety of patrol methods including marked and unmarked police cars, bicycles, and motorcycles.
The mission of the Patrol force is to help resolve the many issues for which citizens place calls for service. During each year the Somerville Police responds to approximately 45,000 calls for service. The term “calls for service” is used by police to describe reactive activity generated by crime complaints and requests for service, as well as proactive activity such as directed patrols, surveillance, and walking assignments.
Although a majority of time spent by patrol officers is responding to calls for service, Chief of Police Thomas Pasquarello is committed to have all officers involved with the community. This is why the department has embraced a “community policing” philosophy. This means that every officer makes an attempt to become part of the community. The Chief of Police has continued to support a Neighborhood Police Officer Unit and a Special Operations Unit.