On behalf of the men and women of the Cumberland Police Department I am pleased to welcome you to our internet website. Our site has been developed to provide you with timely information on the department and its many programs. The department employs 50 sworn officers and three full time and three part time civilian employees who serve a community of approximately 20,000 residents over 10 square miles.
Early Police Department
The history of the Cumberland Police Department dates back more than 160 years. In March 1852 the City of Cumberland passed an ordinance to establish a formal “Night Watch” and appointed a Captain and 6 Watchmen as the 1st members of the newly-formed Police Department. Originally members were hired to ensure citizen safety along with protecting property, especially during the hours of darkness. In the beginning, the most important attribute for a potential Watchman was muscle.
Today our Police Department continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the community in providing a safe and secure environment for our citizens to live and work. We employ highly-trained officers and support staff that serve in Patrol, Administration and Investigation, including assignments at the Combined County Criminal Investigation (C3I) Unit, and the C3I Narcotics Task Force.
There also exists various specialized positions within the department including the Cumberland Emergency Response Team (CERT), Crisis Negotiations Team, and the K-9 Unit. Resources are also dedicated to family safety and awareness including our Domestic Abuse Response Team along with providing Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education (DARE) instruction at area schools.
Staying Close to Citizens
As part of our commitment to the concepts of community policing, the Cumberland Police Department continually seeks ways to make our officers more effective by placing them in close contact with the people we serve. Apart from the normal police patrols, the department deploys bicycles patrols, foot patrols, School Resource Officers to the 8 city schools, and a Crime Prevention Officer who provides advice and direction to businesses and home owners in ways to protect themselves and their possessions. We also provide a Neighborhood Resource Officer that serves as a liaison between the neighborhoods and the Police Department in identifying and resolving matters of concern.
Thank you for visiting our website and feel free to offer your comments as to how we may better serve you in the future.
Charles H. Hinnant
Chief of Police