The Patrol Division is not only the cornerstone of the department but it is the largest and most visible division of the Cohasset Police Department. The Patrol Division operates (24) hours a day, (7) days a week, (365) days per year patrolling Cohasset. Officers utilize marked police cars, motorcycles, mountain bikes, and foot patrols, in the performance of their duties. One of the primary responsibilities of the Patrol Division is conducting high-visibility patrol, serving as a deterrent to criminal activity and remaining accessible to members of the community.
The mission of the Cohasset Police K-9 Unit is to provide well trained police canine assistance to patrol officers in the field for the prevention and detection of crimes. The main function of the unit is the location of suspects and/or narcotics sought by the Cohasset Police, as well as locating missing or endangered people of the community. The K-9 unit also strives to promote a favorable public image of the police department through community outreach. The enhancement of department-community relations, as well as officer safety and productivity, are key objectives of the K-9 unit mission. Through training and education, the K-9 unit seeks continued self-improvement and an increasing involvement in the community law enforcement effort. K-9 Handler Officer Patrick Reardon and K-9 Erik have been serving the community as a team since August of 2011.
The Cohasset Police K-9 unit is primarily funded by The Cohasset Working Dog Foundation (CWDF). The CWDF was founded in 2011 in order to raise funds to start the Cohasset Police K-9 program. The mission of the Cohasset Working Dog Foundation is to support Cohasset’s Police K-9 program and to provide grants to individuals in the community toward the purchase and training of service dogs to support people with disabilities. CWDF also supports a Therapy Dog program, which funds the training of therapy dogs who visit hospitals, nursing homes, libraries and schools.
Meet Erik. The new four-legged member on the force. He is a Czechoslovakia Shepherd. On Sept. 12, 2011 Erik will be attending a 10+ week training with K-9 Officer Reardon. You will see Erik at community events around town, but will also be used in helping in tracking suspects, sniffing for drugs, etc.
UPDATE: K9 Erik retired in early 2018 and will be succeeded by K9 Einstein. Einstein and his partner Officer Reardon graduated from K9 school in August 2018. K9 Erik is retired and living with Officer Reardon and his family.
BIKE PATROL UNIT
The department’s bicycle patrol unit is deployed during summer months, concentrating on traffic enforcement and community policing. Members of the Cohasset Police Bike Unit are also active members of the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (MetroLEC) Tactical Bike Unit and deploy to major events throughout the region all year long. Our bike officers have participated in Boston’s First Night, July 4th, and rolling “Duck Boat” parades for championship winning Boston sports teams.
The mission of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is to provide the highest quality criminal investigative support to the Cohasset Police Department by conducting timely and thorough criminal investigations using advanced investigative techniques and forensic equipment. Motivated only by a search for the truth, CID detectives will search out and collect all available evidence surrounding each case to exonerate the innocent and substantiate the culpability of the guilty. As professional fact finders, CID detectives will conduct systematic and methodical investigations to determine what findings the evidence supports and will not form conclusions in advance. CID detectives recognize their responsibilities to the community they serve and are committed to investigating all criminal allegations in an ethical and impartial manner with sensitivity toward the needs of victims and witnesses. CID detectives are steadfast in their resolve and will mobilize all available resources to accomplish their mission, despite any obstacles, discouragement, or danger. CID is dedicated to providing superior investigative services to the Cohasset Police Department to preserve the quality of life that our citizens and visitors enjoy.
The Criminal Investigation Division, commonly known as CID, provides professional investigative services to the Town of Cohasset. CID is responsible for the supervision and conduct of all Cohasset Police investigations of serious crimes, less serious crimes upon request or as needed and the conduct sensitive or special interest investigations as directed by the Chief of Police. CID detectives primarily investigate felony-level crime and provide criminal investigative support to the Patrol Division. CID conducts a broad spectrum of criminal investigations to include deaths, sexual assault, armed robbery, burglaries, fraud, computer crimes and counter-drug operations. CID searches out the full facts of a situation, organizes the facts into a logical summary of investigative data, and presents this data to the District Attorney’s Office. CID also provides criminal intelligence and forensic investigative support for the Patrol Division. CID works closely with other local, state, federal, and military law enforcement agencies to counter and investigate the most serious crimes.
Specific functions include:
- Investigate serious crime – and less serious crimes upon request or as needed
- Perform drug suppression operations
- Collect, analyze and disseminate criminal intelligence
- Liaison with other local, state and Federal investigative agencies/units
- Liaison with District Attorney, Attorney General, and the United States Attorney’s Offices
- Conduct pre-employment background investigations
- Conduct missing persons investigations
- Conduct internal affairs investigations
- Collect and examine evidence at crime scenes
- Maintain custody of physical and drug evidence
- Provide protective services
- Conduct sensitive or special interest investigations as directed by the Chief of Police
“Quaere Verum; Seek the Truth”
School Resource Officer Gregory Taylor
The School Resource officer is a member of the Cohasset Police Department assigned to the Cohasset School District as a liaison between the schools and the police department. The officer serves as a resource for students and faculty alike promoting student/police relations, enhancing knowledge of the fundamental concepts of law, preventing delinquent behavior, and performing police functions within the school setting. The resource officer participates in the schools by presenting in classrooms on law and safety related topics. Students are encouraged to speak with the officer in groups or as individuals to further a classroom presentation or to seek help for any issue. The officer is familiar with community resources and can make referrals both within and outside the schools. During the summer month’s the School Resource Officer is assigned to assist the Cohasset Recreation Department and acts as a liaison between their highly popular summer programs and the department.
Detective Daniel Williams, Esq.
The Police Prosecutor is a Cohasset Police Officer appointed by the Police Chief, who is responsible for department prosecution activities at the District Court level. In this liaison capacity, the Police Prosecutor coordinates the scheduling of cases and witnesses, represents the Department at Magistrate’s hearings, and advises and assists the District Attorney’s office during trials. In addition, he/she is responsible for the security and control of all criminal case files relating to his job duties. The position of Police Prosecutor is under the direct supervision and control of the Criminal Investigation Division Commander and the Chief of Police. Cohasset is located in Norfolk County and cases are adjudicated in both Quincy District Court and Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham, MA.
South Shore Regional Emergency Communications Center
The Cohasset Police Department is part of the South Shore Regional Emergency Communications Center known as SSRECC. The SSRECC is located on Central Street in Hingham, and provides emergency police, fire, and EMS dispatch services to the towns of Hull, Hingham, Norwell, and Cohasset.
Massachusetts Enhanced 9-1-1
“Save a Life, Stop a Crime, Report a Fire”
The South Shore Regional Emergency Communications Center (SSRECC), has been in operation since January 1, 2012 and serves the four towns of Cohasset, Hingham, Hull and Norwell. The Center is located in the Hingham Town Hall campus and operates on a 24/7 basis.
The South Shore Regional Emergency Communications Center (SSRECC) is a four (4) town Regional Emergency Communications Center, serving a population of over 50,000 citizens. The objective of the SSRECC is to provide both the citizens and emergency responders in each community with the highest quality dispatch services and professional communications with an emphasis placed on safety, accuracy and cooperation. The center is staffed 24X7 and is responsible for answering all E-911 calls in each community, answering business lines and dispatching appropriate emergency responders based on the nature of the call. In 2014 the SSRECC handled close to 70,000 calls for service and over 100,000 phone calls.
It is important to remember that when you call for assistance you will be asked to specify which town the incident is in that you are reporting. Do not assume that the dispatcher knows that when you report an incident on Main St that they know which town you are in, as more than one town has a Main St.
All SSRECC dispatchers are certified in Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD). When you call to report a medical emergency the dispatcher will ask you a series of questions and when applicable will provide you with pre-arrival instructions. While this is happening, rest assured that another dispatcher is dispatching the appropriate resources.
9-1-1 Calling Tips
- To report a crime
- To report a fire
- To save a life
- Stay calm and speak clearly.
- Be sure to listen carefully and answer all of the Telecommunicator’s questions to the best of your ability.
- Do not hang up until the 9-1-1 call taker has obtained all of the information that is needed.
- If you cannot speak, you can still communicate with the call taker by using your phone’s key pad. Once the call taker answers –
- Press the # 1 if you need POLICE
- Press the # 2 if you need FIRE
- Press the # 3 if you need an AMBULANCE
- Cordless phone will not work during power outages, so its important to always keep a corded phone in your home in case of an emergency.
- If you have a Voice Over Internet (VoIP) phone its important to be aware of ANY and ALL limitation it has on calling 9-1-1.