The Rockport Police Department is a community oriented police agency. The department is committed to the concept of Community Policing and as such is committed to excellence in response to the needs of all our citizens.
With community service as our foundation, we are driven by goals that enhance the quality of life, investigating problems as well as incidents, seeking solutions and fostering a sense of security in the Town of Rockport and its people.
We nurture public trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics.
To fulfill our mission, the Rockport Police Department is dedicated to providing a quality work environment, and the development of its members through effective leadership and training.
We exist to serve all people with respect, fairness and compassion.
We are committed to the prevention of crime and the protection of life and property, the preservation of peace, order and safety, the enforcement of the laws of the Town of Rockport, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the United States of America, and the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees.
John T. McCarthy, Chief of Police
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Rockport Police awarded pedestrian and bicycle safety grant funding.
The Rockport Police Department will use a $3,000 grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety in their town this summer. .
The grant is part of a total of $150,000 in federal funding made available to municipal law enforcement agencies within the commonwealth. .
According to the Massachusetts Traffic Records Analysis Center (MassTRAC), 2,000 bicyclists and pedestrians were injured in Massachusetts and 420 persons died while riding or walking on or near Massachusetts roadways between 2005 and 2010. Statistics also show that the highest incident rate for bicycle injuries and fatalities occurs during the summer months, while pedestrian injuries and fatalities occur around and after daylight savings time ends in the fall and winter. .
In order to further decrease the number of bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities and serious or incapacitating injuries, all road users – whether walking, driving, or riding – must share the roads safely. Drivers must show consideration for bicycle lanes of travel and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Pedestrians must use caution when crossing streets and not jaywalk. Bicyclists should always wear helmets and obey applicable road laws. .
The grant funds will be used by the Rockport Police to cover overtime costs for police officer decoy patrols, targeted enforcement, and pedestrian break-away yield signs to be placed at various crosswalks around town. Grant funding like this is an essential resource utilized by the Rockport Police Department to enforce laws and educate the community. .