Mission & Values

Our Mission
To work in partnership with our citizens to ensure all people will enjoy a high quality of life without fear of crime. To work together to solve problems and provide the most responsive and highest quality police service. To proactively prevent crime, maintain order, and apprehend offenders in a manner consistent with the law.

Our Values

The Department subscribes to a set of governing values that state its beliefs as a police organization.
  • The most important asset of a Police Organization is its personnel
  • Excellence for the members of the Brookline Police Department is based upon fairness, integrity, hard work, and professionalism in the performance of their duties
  • Commitment to providing the highest quality of professional law enforcement with the goal of enhancing the quality of life within the community
  • Build partnerships with citizens in order to ensure personal safety, protect individual rights, protect property, and promote individual responsibility and community commitment
  • Secure and maintain public respect in order to fulfill the Department's duties by acknowledging that the quality of life in the community is affected by not only the absence of fear of crime, but also by the absence of crime itself
The Department consists of the several divisions.
  • The Administration and Support Unit provides overall control of the functions of the Department. It maintains, records, provides communication equipment and trains personnel in its uses, and distributes weapons and supplies.
  • The Patrol Division continuously patrols all sectors of town looking for criminal activity and serves as a deterrent by its presence. The Patrol function is vital and, for that reason, the Chief has directed that there be a minimum staffing policy maintained daily: during the day 17 officers are on duty; during the evening there are 14 officers; and during the late night and early morning shifts there are 13 officers.
  • The Criminal Investigation Unit is responsible for the investigation of all violent crimes, including murder, rape, armed robbery, assault, and narcotic violations, and maintains the safety of all evidence.
  • The Community Relations Division is charged with facilitating a spirit of cooperation between the public and the Department that helps enhance the quality of life for all citizens.
  • The Traffic and Parking Division is responsible for enforcing all laws and regulations relating to traffic within the Town.
  • The Public Safety Dispatch Sub-program consists of the once separate Police and Fire dispatch operations. With the construction of the new Public Safety Headquarters, there is one facility handling all police, fire, and ambulance calls, including E-911.