The primary purpose of the Westford Police Department is to provide a high level of safety, security and service for all members of the community. As a regulatory agency of local government, the police department has the direct responsibility for the preservation of the public peace, for the reduction of the opportunity to commit crime, and for the effective delivery of a wide variety of police services. A large suburban society free from crime and disorder remains an unachieved ideal. Nevertheless, consistent with the values of a free society, it is the primary objective of the Westford Police Department to as closely as possible approach that ideal.
The Police Department is open 24/7.
The Records Department is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
- To request a copy of a report, firearms licensing information call: 978-399-2026
- For billing and detail billing questions call: 978-399-2028
All Public access should now be made via the entrance directly to the left of the Town Hall as you face it from the street.
The Police and Fire entrance to the right of the Fire Department is for EMERGENCY VEHICLES ONLY, do not use this entrance.
Public Information Line: 978-399-2067 This line provides recorded infomation related to on going situations
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LICENSE TO CARRY FIREARMS INFO:
LTC Application Interviews are conducted by appointment only.
Appointments will be scheduled every other Wednesday between 8am-3pm and 4:30pm - 8:45pm and occasional Saturdays. Please call 978-692-2161 or email to schedule an appointment.
Prior to your scheduled appointment, please follow this link to print an application. Bring completed, signed application along with a valid ID, and cash or check **WE DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS**. Be thorough and truthful when completing your application, false or omitted answers are grounds for denial. If denied you will not be refunded, and will need to re-apply and pay fees again. Be on time, if you miss your appointment you will need to reschedule. Due to certain unforeseen situation, we may need to cancel appointments. While we will make every attempt to notify you, that is not always possible.
Processing time is approximately 90 days from initial appointment. To check the status of an LTC Application which has already been processed by the Police Department, call DCJIS at (617) 660-4722 during the normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Massachusetts General Law c. 140, §§128A and 128B, requires all individuals who sell, transfer, inherit, or lose a firearm to report the sale, transfer, inheritance, or loss of the firearms to the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services Firearms Records Bureau.
ICE CREAM TRUCK
ALL ICE CREAM TRUCKS ARE NOW REQUIRED TO POST AN 8 1/2 x 11 PERMIT WITH A PHOTO OF THE OPERATOR IN THEIR TRUCK WINDOW, VISIBLE TO PATRONS.
PLEASE CONTACT LOCAL POLICE IF NO PERMIT IS POSTED.
In Westford ALL Solicitors must register at the Police Department prior to going door to door for the purposes of making sales and/or promoting their business. If these individuals are legitimate they will be issued a Westford Solicitors Permit and a photo ID card. If a solicitor comes to your door, ask to see their Police issued ID prior to conducting any business with them. If they do not have one, call us at 978-692-2161.
If possible, provide us with their description and that of any vehicle they may be using.
NOTICE TO POTENTIAL SOLICITORS: PERMIT APPLICATIONS ARE ONLY ACCEPTED MONDAY - FRIDAY 8AM TO 4PM. APPLICANTS MUST BE PRESENT, WITH POSITIVE ID AND APPLICATION PROCESSING FEE OF $5.00.
MV CRASH REPORTS:
If you are going to request a report in person, you are asked to complete the form and pay the required processing fee in advance. You will be charged .50 per page for Incident Reports, and $5.00 for a Crash Report. Additional fees may apply for multiple record requests, requests requiring significant resources to complete, photographs and/or audio. Reports will be redacted as allowed by public records law. It may take as much as ten days to get a response to your request. Generally reports are available within 10 days of Crash or Incident.
- BUCKLE UP AND DRIVE SAFELY
- For schedule updates and the latest information about the Minots Corner Improvements and other projects in Westford, please visit:
Bicycle and pedestrian injuries and fatalities are a critical national and local safety concern. From 2005-2010, 2,000 bicyclists and pedestrians were injured in Massachusetts and 420 persons died while walking on or near Massachusetts roadways. The Highway Safety Division and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security have created the "Be Seen Be Safe" campaign, emphasizing safety tips and traffic regulations for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as to alert drivers.
CHILD CAR SEAT PROGRAM OFFERED BY THE WESTFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT:
|The Westford Police Department has two certified car seat technicians available by appointment to inspect and/or install your child safety seat. Anyone wanting a car seat inspected or to have it properly installed can make an appointment by calling the Westford Police Department at 978-692-2161 or Contact Officer Croteau or Officer Hyder directly by email. Click here for additional information from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security on the Child Car Seat Program.
PUBLIC SERVICE NOTICES:
IRS SCAM -
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
Press Release January 19, 2016
TIGTA - 2016-01
Inspector General George noted that the scam has hit taxpayers in every State in the country. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card, money order or a wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with being charged for a criminal violation, a grand jury indictment, immediate arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.
Here is what you need to know. The IRS generally first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes and the IRS will not ask for payment using a prepaid debit card, a money order or wire a transfer. The IRS also will not ask for a credit card number over the phone. (READ THE ENTIRE RELEASE BY CLICKING HERE)
Westford and area towns have been investigating incidents of companies going door to door soliciting to pave, repair, or sealcoat driveways. Asphalt scams rob people of their hard earned money each and every year. A traveling asphalt paving crew may notice your driveway and offer you a low-priced opportunity to revitalize it. The employees use intimidating sales tactics and deception targeting elderly people. But a little bit of caution and common sense can help prevent serious problems.
- Beware of crews who approach you in your yard. These crews often promise low estimates because of leftover materials from a completed job a few houses away or on a nearby highway project. They may offer a guarantee but often the quality of the material used and application is inferior and you may soon have weeds growing through the new asphalt. Unfortunately, the paving crew is long gone by the time you discover you have a problem. It may cost you more to redo the driveway after the fresh look washes away with the next rain shower.
- Ask for a written contract. Beware of individuals who offer to do the work without a written contract. Without a written contract, the original low estimate may grow to hundreds or even thousands of dollars once the work is completed.
- Cash payments are a red flag. If the crew insists on cash payments, that's another tip-off. If checks are accepted at all, they are cashed immediately at the nearest bank.
- Ask for references. Don't do business with anyone who won't provide references. Ask up front for references and check them thoroughly.
- Have the work done on your schedule. Resist contractors who insist the work be done immediately. Take time to get bids from established local paving companies to compare prices. Take the crew's written estimate and tell them you will get back to them.
- Ask to see their permit. A transient merchant’s permit is issued by the Police Department. The permit process has the salesman and their business checked out by the Police Department. It gives them a set of rules to follow in order to solicit business from Westford Residents.
- Driveway Permit. A driveway permit issued buy the building department is also required to do the work. A good contractor should know this and not try and do the work without one. The ability to hit and run is the key to a successful asphalt paving scam.~ Crews usually wander from one county or community to another offering a driveway sealing service. It is up to consumers to protect themselves from scam artists. If you are eager to have the work done, insist that it be on your terms. All paving companies working in Westford are advised that they are not to conduct business in this town without obtaining the proper permits. If contact is made with any parties suspected of being involved in paving scams immediately contact the Westford Police Department at (978) 692-2161.
Residents are cautioned to be aware of scams... There are always scams going around via internet, facebook, email, telephone and to your door, residents must be cautious and should follow some basic rules to help protect themselves from falling victim... Here are some warning signs of telemarketing fraud—what a caller may tell you:
- “You must act ‘now’ or the offer won’t be good.”
- “You’ve won a ‘free’ gift, vacation, or prize.” But you have to pay for “postage and handling” or other charges.
- “You must send money, give a credit card or bank account number, or have a check picked up by courier.” You may hear this before you have had a chance to consider the offer carefully.
- “You don’t need to check out the company with anyone.” The callers say you do not need to speak to anyone including your family, lawyer, accountant, local Better Business Bureau, or consumer protection agency.
- “You don’t need any written information about their company or their references.”
- “You can’t afford to miss this ‘high-profit, no-risk’ offer.”
If you hear these or similar “lines” from a telephone salesperson, just say “no thank you” and hang up the telephone.
Some common scams that are going around the area now are the Publishers Clearing Scam, where you are told you have won money and need to send money in order to collect, watch the video below from PCH.
Another is the Grandparent Scam, where you get a phone call or an e-mail from someone who identifies himself as your grandson. “I’ve been arrested in another country,” he says, “and need money wired quickly to pay my bail. And oh by the way, don’t tell my mom or dad because they’ll only get upset!” Go to this link for more info from the FBI on this scam.
Advice to avoid being victimized in the first place:
- Resist the pressure to act quickly.
- Try to contact your grandchild or another family member to determine whether or not the call is legitimate.
- Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an email...especially overseas. Wiring money is like giving cash—once you send it, you can’t get it back.
If you believe you have been victimized and/or fallen prey to a scam contact the Police Department immediately.
FINGER PRINTING OFFERED TO WESTFORD RESIDENTS:
The Westford Police Department offers fingerprinting to town residents for security clearance and employment purposes on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm, and on Saturday mornings from 9am to 11am. Residents must provide proof of ID. There is no charge for this service. It is recommended that you call the department prior to coming in to ensure that someone is available. NOTE: Local Law Enforcement Agencies are not authorized to fingerprint for Immigration and Customs Enforcement purposes. For information on obtaining fingerprints for immigration purposes click here.
Westford Police Department now has a Safe and Secure Drop Box, located in the departments lobby, which will be available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for the purpose of eliminating unused and unwanted medications from your home. By properly disposing of your unused, unwanted, or expired medications you are contributing to the safety and well-being of your family and our community's youth.
Approved Items for Disposal Include:
- Prescription & Over-the-Counter Medication
- Medication Samples
- Veterinary Medication
Non Approved Items:
- Needles (any type) We do have a separate Needle Box available
- IV Bags
- Personal Care Products
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Thermometers & other mercury items
This service works directly with local law enforcement and is designed for people with autism and Alzheimer’s who are at risk of wandering. Westford Police Department and LoJack® SafetyNet™ have worked together to bring the SafetyNet™ by LoJack® service to Westford.
The SafetyNet™ service provides law enforcement with the tools and training to more effectively find and rescue individuals who could or are prone to wandering and becoming lost. It also helps caregivers provide an added layer of protection for loved ones with cognitive conditions from the life-threatening behavior of wandering.~ The service will be used to supplement traditional search and rescue operations conducted by local police and fire departments.