Chief W. N. Chamberlain and three officers
All Constables, no chief
Chief George L. Minor, John S. Been, Morris W. Searle, Charles H Watson, T.N. Cooley, George Simpson, Charles Barnes, A.C. Hayes, I.D. Knox. In 1890 John Breen was appointed Lock-up Keeper. He acted as Lock-up Keeper until 1900 and lived with his family in the basement of the Town Hall. Vagrants and tramps picked up were held overnight and released in the morning, but had to saw wood for one hour. Men in the Department wore helmets, carried clubs or black jacks and carried own guns.
Police Chief George L. Minor, Constables George Minor, John Breen, Morris Searle, Michael Sullivan, Benjamin Chadwick.
Chief Henry Mullen with four officers
Chief Oren G. Cash with six officers.
William F. Flouton appointed Chief and served until 1921.
Archie Williams and William Rehor were appointed bringing the Department to a total of 16 Officers.
The first motor vehicle was purchased for the Department. It was a REO Truck and it was operated until 1926. Prior to this time when a prisoner was brought in, The Officer hailed a ride in a car, trolley, or a business wagon. The Department consisted of all foot patrolmen. They worked 9 hours a day and had one day off in two weeks. There were two trains per day, an Eastbound at 10:10 PM and a Westbound at 2:50 AM. Trolleys were the only means of public transportation, with the last one at 11:35 PM
Westfield became a city and the First Police Commission were appointed, with George Searle, Chairman Ex-officio with Richard P. McCarthy and James H. Clark the other two members. On August 11, Capt Michael F. Sullivan was appointed Acting Chief of Police. On October 15 Thomas F. Daly was appointed Chief, at a salary of $2400.00. The patrolmen received $4.50 per day. The Police Department budget for the year was $35,327.50. July 29 a motorcycle was assigned to the Department.
March 3, 1934 a Motor Division
established with four officers.
Captain Allen H. Smith appointed Acting Chief of Police
New Office space was constructed in the basement of City Hall for Chief's Office.
Allen H. Smith appointed Chief of Police. Rita A. Levere appointed first Clerk Stenographer and Special Policewoman.
First two way radio were purchased and installed in Headquarters and the cruisers.
Chief Smith died in Office, Capt George Hickson appointed Acting Police Chief and Sergeant Malcolm Donald appointed Acting Captain.
Malcolm Donald appointed Chief of Police
Six School Traffic Supervisors were added to protect school children at various school crossings.
Chief of Police's Office was temporarily moved from basement of City Hall because of the 1955 flood, to the Goldstein Building, on Church Street.
The Police Department was transferred to Basement of Old Normal School 59 Court Street which also included City Hall.
Sergeant Gerald O'Connor appointed Chief of Police. First Police Headquarters Building opens in October at 15 Washington Street. Has in-door firing range in basement.
5 Lieutenants were added to Chain of Command. Sergeants James Moran. James Cavanaugh, Joseph Bonkowski, Benedict Coach, Benjamin Surprise.
Introduction of the "4 and 2" work schedule. Officers work four straight days with 2 days off.
Linda Hammond became the first female full time police officer.
Lieutenant George Varelas took leave of absence after being elected Mayor of the City of Westfield.
Captain Benjamin F. Surprise appointed Acting Chief of Police
Police Department adopts the D.A.R.E.
program, placing 1 Officer into the Elementary Schools teaching Drug Abuse Resistance Education.
Acting Chief Benjamin F. Surprise appointed Chief of Police.
Full time Traffic Bureau
created. 1 Sergeant and 2 Patrolman assigned.
The Department began the concept of Community Policing
, with 1 Patrolman assigned into the Orange Street area. The program expanded to Union Street with 1 Patrolman assigned to apartment complexes.
(Boy Scouts of America) direction of CPA Ray Manos (establishment of)
The Department adds two new programs. A bicycle patrol in downtown area and a School Resource Officer
at Westfield High School. Every police officer issued a sixteen channel portable radio.
Westfield Police Department now consists of a Chief, 1 Captain, 4 Lieutenants, 9 Sergeants and 59 Patrol Officers. 1 Lieutenant, 1 Sergeant and 10 Patrol Officers assigned to Detective Bureau with 1 assigned to Regional Narcotic Task Force and 1 assigned a Court Officer at Westfield District Court. 1 Sergeant and 8 Patrol Officers to Community Police . 1 Sergeant and 2 Patrol Officers to the Traffic Bureau . 3 Patrol Officer assigned to Bicycle Patrol.
Civilian Domestic Violence Coordinator added to department.
Civilian Emergency Telecommunications Dispatchers added to the 4-12 shift.
October - John A. Camerota Chief of Police
First Citizens Police Academy
First High School mentor program.
Establishment of citizen greeter in the Police Station lobby.
Establishment of first department K-9 unit. Officer Kerry Paton and Canine DUKE.
After a 50 year hiatus a motorcycle unit is established with the help of Senator Michael Knapik and State Representative Cele Hahn.
Establishment of department ATV unit
for off road enforcement.
Officer Tracey Ploof assigned as a School Resource Officer
at Westfield Vocational Technical High School.
Officer Paul Pellan assigned as a School Resource Officer
responsible for North and South Middle Schools.
Police Department acquires its first boat for marine patrol
on Hampton Ponds.
Westfield Police begin work with the Hampden County Addiction Task Force
and the Drug Addiction Recovery Team
as a means to help combat the opioid epidemic.
Officer Juanita Mejias the first female promoted to Sergeant.
Chief John Camerota retires after 25 years as Chief of Police and Lawrence Valliere is promoted to the position of Chief.
Westfield Police begins a co-response effort with the Behavior Health Network
(BHN) in which BHN councilors respond with officers to incidents where mental health concerns are a factor. This provides a more comprehensive approach to law enforcement.