It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Brookline Police Department, serving Brookline, Massachusetts. Brookline is a town with a population of more than 58,000 residents which is situated just outside the City of Boston. On any given day, commuters to area colleges, work and hospitals swell our population to more than 100,000. We are bordered on three sides by Boston and the fourth side by the city of Newton. Our Police Department is made up of 140 sworn officers. We have a full time civilian dispatch staff of 16 who are responsible for handling all calls for police, fire and ambulance services. We also have a full time civilian staff of 24 members who are responsible for support functions, as well as, parking enforcement throughout the Town. We have an operating budget that approaches $15 million. We are constantly looking for ways to improve the delivery of service to our residents and have utilized the latest advances in technology to assist us in these efforts.
An important part of our mission is to work with our community to prevent crimes and problems or to solve them before they negatively impact a person’s quality of life. With this in mind, we strive to provide the most efficient, effective and highest quality police services possible. To assist us in these efforts, we provide our officers with the most up to date information concerning emerging crime problems, neighborhood concerns, quality of life issues, as well as, identifying problems that are occurring in neighboring jurisdictions that can potentially effect Brookline. We accomplish this by constantly sharing, acquiring and disseminating information through crime bulletins, e-mails and roll call briefings. We provide up-to-date information to our residents through our crime blog (www.blog.brooklinepolice.com) and by utilizing a computer based program that allows our residents to access crime data for their neighborhood on a daily basis (www.crimereports.com).
We are constantly managing our crime rate. We staff full-time positions in crime analysis and intelligence. These officers work together to look for emerging crime trends. When these trends are uncovered, we direct our officers to those areas where they will have the most direct impact on preventing or ending these crimes. Our efforts here have proven successful a number of times when our officers make arrests before a crime spree truly develops. Beyond this, we have solid relationships with our neighboring police departments that allows for the easy exchange of information which is very beneficial in controlling crime. Since 1995, we have seen a reduction of nearly 50% in Part A Crimes. Our officers receive, at minimum, 48 hours of training each year in a variety of topics ranging from criminal law to problem solving to homeland security.
We, as a police organization, have accomplished a lot over the years. It is part of our culture to continue to make changes that allows us to do the best we possibly can. We will continue to look ahead in order to accomplish our mission.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. Here you can see some of the fine work our officers have done as well as our goals for the future.
Chief Daniel C. O’Leary