The Chief

Welcome to the Brockton Police Department. I am Chief John Crowley and I have held this position since January 2015. I am born and raised in Brockton and continue to live in this community where I have married and happily raised my three children. I am a proud graduate of both Brockton High School and Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management. Today I oversee a highly diverse staff of nearly 200 sworn officers as well as 15 electronic telecommunication dispatchers, and an additional 7 administrative support staff members. I am proud to say Brockton leads the way in employing the highest amount of diverse individuals in the Commonwealth among its sworn staff. We strive to be an inclusive police department!

We are launching a new website and I welcome you to visit our site as often as needed to learn more about us and ways to reach us. As you browse through these pages, it is my hope you will see how community policing, quality of life and neighborhood concerns are addressed. I am excited that residents can contact and communicate with us in on multiple platforms, keeping up with the technological advances at our disposal.

Some other programs run in my department are the Walking Beats in the Downtown, Montello and Campello neighborhoods, our bicycle patrols, our motorcycle unit, our Youth Academy, Citizens Police Academy, Neighborhood Crime Watch, Operation Divinity (our faith-based initiative), Child Witness to Violence, the Child Passenger Safety Seat Program, Project Lifesaver (assistance for locating elderly and autistic children who have wandered away), outreach to individuals at night who have had an encounter with police who suffer from either a mental or behavioral health issue, ride-along programs that we run with Juvenile Probation, Adult Probation, and Mass State Parole, the drug take-back efforts, the Gun Buy Back efforts, our Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Initiative, Graffiti Removal efforts, our Champion Plan for folks suffering from substance abuse who want help overcoming their addiction, our Opioid Outreach efforts, our presence and our commitment to the many community-based partners in the community.

I pride myself on the professionalism demonstrated by my staff especially as we move into the future, adapting and changing with the times as needed. While the hiring of a diverse population is important, training on the latest concerns affecting our community both locally and nationally is paramount to effective communication with our residents and businesses.

I look forward to hearing from you about our website. Your feedback is important to us. You can email me at