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FAQ’s

Records Request

How to Obtain a Copy of a Police Report

617-972-6527

Fax 617-600-1381

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Please allow up to 10 days to acknowledge and process records requests. To facilitate obtaining records you may download the Request for Incident Report Form and fax it to 617-600-1381 or you may drop it off at the Administrative window at any time.

The following fees shall apply to obtain any public record in the custody of the Watertown Police Department:

For preparing and mailing:

  • motor vehicle accident reports $5.00 per report, no more than 6 pages. (.50 cents for each additional page)

For preparing and mailing $ 1.00 per page:

  • crime reports
  • incident reports
  • miscellaneous reports

To obtain any public record In-Hand the cost is .50 cents per page

** A page is defined as one side of an eight and one-half inch by eleven inch sheet of paper

Please Note:

  • That based on your relationship to the reported incident certain information will be redacted from the requested report and identification may be requested.
  • Additional cost may be incurred due to search and segregation time
  • A good faith estimate will be provided for all cost which may exceed ten dollars
  • If payment is not received ten days after providing such good faith estimate, we will close the request without any action.
  • Exemptions to the public records law may apply

Watertown background check request form.

Crime information

When should I call 911?You should call 911 when there is an actual life threatening emergency or serious crime in progress. You may be asked to stay on the phone with the Dispatcher or Police Officer until help arrives. All other crimes or questions should go through the Police Department main number 617-972-6500.

How do I report a crime? Call Police Department main number 617-972-6500 and provide as much detail as possible.

How do I report a crime and remain anonymous?You may call our Stop a Crime Tip Line 617-972-6408

What Court does the Watertown Police Department use? The Watertown Police Department is serviced by the Middlesex County District Attorney in various courts within the County. Motor vehicle hearings and misdemeanor crimes are heard at:

Waltham District Court.
38 Linden Street
Waltham, MA 02154
(781) 894-4500

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Firearms/Pepper Spray questions

[toggle title=”Do I need a permit to carry pepper spray? “] Self-defense sprays are no longer considered to be “ammunition”. Persons 18 years of age or older no longer require an FID card to possess self-defense spray. Minors between 15 years of age and under 18 may possess self-defense sprays (if granted an FID card and permission from parent).

Follow this link for further information on how to obtain a FID

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[toggle title=”How do I get a LTC or FID permit?”]Follow this link for further information on how to obtain License To Carry firearms (LTC).

LTC and FID Application Procedures [/toggle]

 

[toggle title=”Change of Address Form for LTC and FID?”]Follow this link for further information on how to file a Change of Address form.

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General inquiries

[toggle title=”Does the Watertown Police Department do fingerprint cards?”]Finger printing is available as a courtesy and at the convenience of the Police Department for Watertown Residents ONLY
There is no fee
Positive identification is required
Service may be requested at any time by calling the Administrative Officer at 617-972-6500, however, if the police department is housing prisoners fingerprinting can not be done.
NOTE: The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) will not accept fingerprints from applicants processed by the Watertown Police Department. You should proceed to the nearest INS office for processing or call the INS Help line (# 202-305-7802, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM) for instructions.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Does the Watertown Police Department sell or swap shoulder patches?”]Unfortunately the Watertown Police Department no longer swaps or offers patches for sale.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”How do I report police misconduct?”]You are asked to call the Officer in Charge through the Police Department main phone number, 617-972-6500.  To ensure that all pertinent information is documented, a complaint form is filled out to document the incident and start the investigation process.  The form is available at the Police window in the lobby.  The form may also be downloaded here if you wish to fill it out in advance.  Issues of a serious criminal nature may be reported directly to the Chief of Police, 617-972-6537.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”How do I handle annoying phone calls?”]This link has information on what to do with annoying/harassing phone calls.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”What is the process to become a Police Officer?”]Follow this link for further information about the process required to become a Police Officer.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”How do I apply for an internship?”]Follow this link to a page explaining the process.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”What hours is the Watertown Police Station open?”]The Watertown Police Department is open 24 hours a day everyday of the year. You may call or stop by the station at any time.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”How do I get a permit to operate a Ice Cream Truck in Watertown?”]

There have been changes to the laws pertaining to Ice Cream Vendors.  Effective as of February 15, 2013, in addition to the Hawkers and Peddlers license, The Department of Public Safety has issued new regulations (520 CMR 15.00) requiring the operators of such vehicles, to obtain a permit from the local police department or local licensing authority. If you have any questions regarding the new permit requirement, please contact the Department of Public Safety’s Website at: www.mass.gov/dps or call 617/727-3200.

 

In Watertown, to be permitted to operate an Ice Cream truck, each operator will need an Ice Cream Vendor ID issued and approved by the Chief of Police of the Watertown Police Department and a permit issued by the Town of Watertown Health Department to the vehicle.

Required documentation for the Watertown Police Department Ice Cream Vendor ID, you must submit:

  1. Watertown Police Department Ice Cream Vendor application
  2. Active Hawkers and Peddlers License
  3. Permit from applicants local issuing authority

In order to submit your application and required documentation you must contact Detective Jennifer Connors to set up an appointment (617-972-6545.)  No applications or paperwork will be accepted without an appointment.

 

 

Watertown Police Department Ice Cream Vendor Application

Hawker and Peddler License Application

Hawker and Peddle License Information

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Quality of life issues

[toggle title=”Overdose Prevention and Education Network?”]The Overdose Prevention and Education Network, OPEN, is a regional collaboration between the communities of Cambridge, Everett, Somerville and Watertown, Massachusetts to address the issue of opioid use and abuse and fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses. The Cambridge Public Health Department is the lead agency for this four-city collaborative.

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[toggle title=”Who are the Police Officers that work in my neighborhood?”]Police Officers working in the Patrol Division are assigned to specific Community Policing routes. Please check out the specific route page for your neighborhood to learn who the Police Officers working there are.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”How do I find out if there are any registered sex offenders living near me?”]Click here for a copy of a form to request sex offender information. The Watertown Police Department requires positive photo identification at the time of application.t[/toggle]

[toggle title=”What is a level 1, 2 or 3 Sex Offender?”]Where the Sex Offender Registry Board determines that the risk of re-offense by an offender is low and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public by that offender is not such that a public safety interest is served by public availability, the Board shall give that offender a Level 1 designation. Information on Level 1 offenders will not be available to the public. Neither the police nor the Board have authority to disseminate information to the general public identifying a Level 1 offender. Information identifying Level 1 offenders may only be given to the department of correction, any county correctional facility, the department of youth services, the department of social services, the parole Board, the department of probation and the department of mental health, all city and town police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for law enforcement purposes.

[toggle title=”What is a level 2 Offender?”]Where the Board determines that the risk of re-offense is moderate and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a public safety interest is served by public availability of registration information, it shall give a level 2 designation to the sex offender. The public shall have access to the information regarding a level 2 offender through the Local Police Department and through the Sex Offender Registry Board.

[toggle title=”What is a level 3 Offender? “]Where the Board determines that the risk of re-offense is high and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a substantial public safety interest is served by active dissemination, it shall give a level 3 designation to the sex offender. The public shall have access to the information regarding a level 3 offender through the Local Police Departments and through the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board.[/toggle]

 

Traffic / Vehicle issues

[toggle title=”Does the Watertown Police Department install or inspect child car seats?”]Effective Octover 1, 2009, due to staffing shortages, the Watertown Police Department will no longer offer Child Safety Seat installations and inspections. The Watertown Police Department Traffic Division is proud to make available a nationally certified Child Car Seat technician. Please contact Officer Charles Samios to schedule a car seat installation at 617-972-6497.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”How do I make a parking complaint?”]Call the main business number, 617-972-6500. Explain the situation in as much detail as possible (type of car, color of car and license plate if possible) to the Dispatcher or Police Officer that answers the call and a cruiser will be dispatched to investigate your complaint.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”How do I report speeding cars in my neighborhood?”]Call the main business number, 617-972-6500. Explain the situation in as much detail as possible (type of car, color of car and license plate if possible) to the Dispatcher or Police Officer that answers the call and a cruiser will be dispatched to investigate your complaint. You may also make a request to have one of the Department’s Radar Trailers placed on your street.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”How do I pay or appeal a parking ticket?”]Follow the directions on the ticket to request an appeal. Parking tickets may be paid in person at Town Hall or through the mail using the address on the ticket. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”How do I pay or appeal a moving violation?”]Follow the instructions on the back of the citation to request an appeal or make your payment. You may also pay moving violations online through the Registry of Motor Vehicle’s web site. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”I locked my keys in my car, can the Police Department assist me?”]Due to safety concerns regarding side impact airbags and the antitheft features of modern vehicles the Watertown Police Department will no longer provide motor vehicle lockouts absent an emergency situation. You will need to call a towing company.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”What are the reporting requirements after I’ve been involved in a traffic accident?”]When do I have to file an accident report?

If any person is killed or injured or where there is damage in excess of $ 1,000.00 to any one vehicle or other property you must file an accident report.

Where can I obtain an accident report form?

Any police department will carry a supply of accident report forms. Forms can also be downloaded here.

How long do I have to file an accident report?

You have five (5) business days starting the next business day after the accident.

Where do I file my accident report?

You need to have three (3) copies of your accident report and send them to the following:

  • The police department that has jurisdiction over the location where your accident occurred
  • Registry of Motor Vehicles
  • Your insurance company or keep for your own records if not needed by same
  • It is suggested you contact your insurance agent and they will in turn mail your accident reports to the appropriate agencies.

What kind of information should I retrieve from the other operator if I’m in an accident?

  • You should obtain;
  • Operator’s name, current address, license number & expiration, and date of birth.
  • Vehicle’s registration number, make, model, color
  • Vehicle owner’s name and address

Can I get a copy of the police officer’s accident report?

It is the policy of the Watertown Police Department not to release the investigating officer’s report of an accident until all persons involved file their reports. However, the police department will release the front side of the officer’s report which contains the necessary operator, vehicle and insurance information.

Need additional information? Click on this Registry of Motor Vehicles link to their home page. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”When does the all night parking ban start?”]Typically, enforcement of the all night parking ban begins the Sunday following Thanksgiving and ends on April 1st. These dates may vary from year to year. Check our homepage for the most current information. Parking on any public way within the Town of Watertown between the hours of 1AM and 6AM for more than one hour is prohibited, this overnight parking is typically only enforced during the winter months.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”What is an abandoned motor vehicle?”]A vehicle left parked and unattended for 72 hours or more. If a vehicle is legally parked on a public way and is left for more than 72 hours by its owner, said vehicle may be deemed to be ABANDONED as provided by Chapter 90 § 22C. The assigned officer, may after investigation, tow said vehicle in accordance with departmental towing procedures. [/toggle]