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The Holyoke Police Department is working very hard to reduce crime and impact violence in this industrious Western Massachusetts city.  The outstanding efforts of the men and women of the police department have resulted in a reduction in crime over the last two years.  Through the use of innovative initiatives and working with other city, state and federal agencies, the District Attorney’s office, and the United States Attorney’s office, the Holyoke Police Department has impacted crime and enhanced the quality of life of our residents. 

Under the direction of Mayor Alex B. Morse and the City Council, the members of the Holyoke Police Department are making Holyoke a safer place to live, work, and visit. Thank you for visiting our web site and our city.

   
James M. Neiswanger, Chief of Police
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There will be no Firearm Permitting on Thursday, April 24th.

 

MASSACHUSETTS STATE AND LOCAL POLICE BACK

2014 NATIONAL DISTRACTED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

 

Massachusetts state and local police departments will voluntarily join a nationwide high-visibility enforcement blitz in a concerted effort to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Law enforcement personnel across the United States will be cracking down on motorists who text and drive April 10th through April 15th.   

 “Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving,” said Chief Kevin Coppinger of the Lynn Police Department, and added, “all distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.”  These types of distractions include: texting, using a cellphone, eating and drinking, grooming, reading, using a navigation system, watching a video and adjusting a radio, CD or other audio players.  Text messaging is by far the most dangerous activity because it diverts the driver’s visual, manual and cognitive attention away from the road.

According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nationwide in 2012, more than 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers, and approximately 421,000 people were injured.

Massachusetts law makes it illegal for any operator of a motor vehicle to use a mobile telephone, or any handheld device capable of accessing the internet, to manually compose, send or read an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle. Fines start at $100 and can be as high as $500 for subsequent offenses.  Drivers under the age of eighteen are also subject to license or permit suspension for up to one year.

 “All motorists need to know that Massachusetts is serious about stopping this deadly behavior. Driving and texting has reached epidemic levels, and enforcing the law is part of the cure,” said Massachusetts State Police Superintendent, Colonel Timothy Alben.

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Our "CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER" Officer Joey L. Jones can be contacted via e-mail at off.jones@holyokepd.org. Officer Jones is a direct liaison with the Holyoke Board of Health and is working diligently on quality of life issues within the City of Holyoke.

The Holyoke Police department has partnered with the website "GetCrashReports.Com" which will allow anyone involved in a reported crash within the City limits to obtain a copy of their crash report on-line. Effective April 22, 2013,  we are submitting our crash reports.. A convenient link has been added to this page. Please take a look at the site.

                                  James M. Neiswanger, Chief of Police

                                       


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