Avoiding and Reporting Scams:
Common Scams: click the link above to connect to the FTC Scam page for more information
Social Security Scams Scammers pretend to be from Social Security Administration and try to get your social security number or money.
IRS Scams Scammers call, pretending to be from the IRS, and say they’re filing a lawsuit against you for back taxes.
Phishing Scams Scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information.
Fake Check Scams Scammers ask you to deposit a check for more than you are owed and send some of the money to another person.
Domestic Violence Intervention:
Nobody deserves to be abused or assaulted. Combating physical and sexual violence is a priority at the Holyoke Police Department. We believe in the right of all persons to live without fear, abuse, oppression, and violence. We believe that abusers and perpetrators should be held accountable for their actions, and we strive to promote deterrence, assist victims, and interrupt the cycle of violence.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence (also called Relationship Violence) can be defined as a pattern of behaviors by an intimate partner that may include physical, sexual, economic and/or emotional abuse, for the purpose of establishing or maintaining power and control over the other partner. While domestic violence occurs in all types of relationships and between people of all genders, it is overwhelmingly a problem of violence perpetrated by men against women.
What are my rights to obtain an Abuse Prevention Order (Restraining Order)?
For more information regarding your rights to an Abuse Prevention Order, please view the attached document in English and Spanish, which provide a victim’s rights to an order. (Restraining Order) More information can also be found on the Mass.Gov website HERE.
More information regarding domestic violence and sexual abuse can be found through the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office. To learn more about the Hampden County District Attorney Domestic and Sexual Violence unit, visit their website HERE.
Help Is Just a Phone Call Away 413-322-6900. If You Are in Immediate Danger, Call 911.
Holyoke Police Community Center:
The Holyoke Police Community Center is located at 208 Race St. Suite #201. The Community Center is staffed with Recovery Coaches as well as a Crisis Clinician from the Behavioral Health Network (BHN). The Holyoke Police Community Center is a place where individuals can come in and receive assistance with placement into a detox facility as well as services for mental health. BHN Recovery Coaches will help and connect those suffering from substance use disorder and help guide and place them into various detox facilities and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs within the City of Holyoke and beyond. Community Police Officer Josh Colon is also on-site, to connect residents of the city with a variety of services. Officer Colon meets on a monthly basis with local agencies and city officials to build a working network to improve our neighborhoods. The Holyoke Police Department has partnered with several human services organizations such as the Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative, and the Chestnut Community Alliance to unite the community and families and contribute to better and safer Neighborhoods. Detectives Emiterio and Beben work with Recovery Coaches and those suffering from addiction by taking a proactive approach to opioid abuse and connecting people with resources located throughout the City of Holyoke. The Hampden County Sheriff’s Department has partnered with the Holyoke Police Department and is also working out of the Holyoke Police Community Center. Sheriff Deputies work with Officer Colon to promote Community Policing. Deputies also work with Detectives Beben and Emiterio in an effort to combat the opioid abuse in the City of Holyoke. Please contact any of these Officers if you or anyone you know needs help with substance abuse. Please see the resources below for help with recovery and treatment options.
Community Center Resources
In cooperation with the City of Holyoke Senior Center and Elder Affairs, the Holyoke Police Department has established an Elder Services division. The officer assigned to Elder Services works closely with other city departments and police divisions to assist in protecting some of our city's most vulnerable population, the elderly. To get in contact with the Elder Service's officer, please contact the police department at 413-322-6900. Additional elder services can also be reached through the Holyoke Police Community Center.
The Holyoke Police Department Code Enforcement Division works closely in cooperation with multiple City Departments. The primary goal of the division is to ensure the quality of life and safety codes compliance. Enforcement is guided and directed under state, federal, and locate compliance laws and regulations. The Code Enforcement Division works closely with the City of Holyoke Fire Department, Board of Health, Building Department, and Animal Inspector/Control. To contact the code enforcement unit, please call 413-322-6900 or contact Officer Edgar Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on Shelters available in the area.
Community Shelter Resources