Welcome to the Amherst Police Department website! The Amherst Police Department is a team of 47 sworn and 14 civilian employees including those in the Communications Center. The Success of the Amherst Police Department is due both to the strong commitment of our employees and to the support they receive from the community. We value the trust placed in us by the community that we serve, and we will be diligent in our efforts to uphold that trust. We continue to identify new and innovative ways to address crime and quality of life concerns and we welcome input from the community to assist us towards that goal. I hope that you can see the exceptional service that the Amherst Police Department provides, and I hope that you will take advantage our many services and programs.
The Amherst Police Department has been an accredited agency since 2002. Massachusetts Accreditation standards require that a qualifying agency must establish written policies that are current and grounded in best practices. The policies must be reviewed regularly, and the agency is subjected to a rigorous in person independent review every three years. The Amherst Police Department maintains and adheres to policies on the Use of Force. Please visit our Policy web page here, to view a folder of our policies, please click here.
The Amherst Police Department (APD) values the dedication and integrity of all members of the Department. APD values the diversity of the Amherst community and is grateful for its support and partnership. APD strives to protect the safety, rights, and property of every person within the Town of Amherst. APD holds itself to the highest professional and ethical standards.
This mission statement is the product of a focus group of Amherst Police officers and members of our community. The agency is very proud of the work that we do and how we maintain the standards within the statement.