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Contact: Chief Jody D. Kasper                                                                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Telephone: 413-587-1100
Email: jkasper@northamptonma.gov

Northampton Police Increase Their
Community Outreach Efforts

Officers Have Begun Working in New Community Services Assignments

NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts (August 31, 2015)-  The Northampton Police Department (NPD) is excited to announce the addition of several new assignments and programs that aim to strengthen our relationship with the citizens who we serve. In mid-August three officers volunteered and were selected to serve as Community Outreach Officers. These officers maintain their regular patrol duties but are assigned to the same geographic areas when they are on-duty. They spend some of their shift walking the beat, stopping into businesses, attending community meetings, attending events in their designated areas, working collaboratively with community members in order to address concerns, and are available to members of the public to answer questions when they arise. While many of our officers engage in this form of community policing already, these officers have designated areas and increased responsibilities. Over the next few months they will be attending trainings that address Problem Oriented Policing and Community Outreach.

                Our three new Community Outreach Officers are Adam Van Buskirk , Ryan Tellier, and Jared LaValle. Officers Van Buskirk and Tellier serve the downtown Northampton area. Both officers are already assigned to the Bike Patrol Unit and are familiar faces downtown. Officer LaValle is assigned to downtown Florence and Leeds. He is looking forward to getting to know the business owners, residents, and visitors in Florence.

Members of the Northampton Police Department also recognize the importance of establishing direct and personal relationships with members of our community who are sometimes the targets of harassment, discrimination, or hate crimes.  In an effort to improve communication and to ensure that there are officers in place who can serve as liaisons to identified individuals or groups, NPD has three staff members who are designated as liaisons.  These officers hope to build relationships with citizens so that they can be of assistance when they are called upon.  In addition, these officers will be sent to specialized training that will better prepare them to assist community members.   Lieutenant Craig Kirouac is our Religious Communities Liaison, Officer Ryan Tellier is our Multi-cultural Communities Liaison, and Officer Benjamin Beaver is our GLBTQ Communities Liaison. While these officers are designated liaisons, all members of NPD may be called at anytime to assist and to answer questions.

The Northampton Police Department is also excited to announce their Coffee with a Cop program. This program involves monthly opportunities for police officers and citizens to sit down, enjoy a beverage, and chat with each other.  These events will be pre-scheduled at different locations within the city.  Dates and locations are available on our website and on our Facebook page. The first chat session is scheduled for September 20, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM, at Bruegger’s Bagels, located at 96 Main Street, Northampton. Officers will be on hand to talk and may even have stickers and pens for our younger visitors.  We hope that this program will help strengthen the relationship between the police and our community members by creating an avenue for open dialogue. All members of the community are welcome to attend. When our officers are inside, our sign is outside!  Keep an eye out for our Coffee with a Cop sign posted outside of the places that we visit.  Also, if you own a business that you would like us to visit, please contact Officer Ryan Tellier at rtellier@northamptonma.gov.

Finally, we have updated and improved our website. The new site is user-friendly, and chalk full of information about our department’s history, uniforms, cruisers, specialized units, our patrol staff, and our expanded community outreach programs. Anyone looking for general information about NPD, contact information, forms, or is hoping to become a member of NPD can find everything that they need at northamptonpd.com.

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NPD: Located at 29 Center Street, Northampton MA 01060 | Emergencies: 911 | Business Line: 413-587-1100 | Fax: 413-587-1137