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Staff Services Division


The Staff Services Division of the Fall River Police Department under the leadership of Deputy Police Chief of Administration Charles J. Cullen has a subordinate command staff of a Captain and Lieutenant as the commanding officer, and six sergeants who supervise the day and nighttime shifts and comprises these Units:

Accreditation Standards Office: an office under the Planning, Training, Inspectional Services & Compstat Unit, is staffed with a civilian clerk who manages the administrative requirements of both the national and state accreditation requirements.  Click on the ACCREDITATION link for further information.

Communications Unit: handles all incoming routine and E–911 calls–for–service including those that require the dispatching of police, fire and emergency medical personnel. Communications personnel are civilian employees, trained as E–911 telecommunicators, as well as police, fire, and emergency medical services EMS dispatchers, on duty 24 hours per day, everyday of the year, under the supervision of a Police Sergeant. The Communications Unit operates several computer systems that integrate the call-taking section with the police, fire, and EMS dispatch section, enhancing the Police, Fire and EMS Departments’ abilities to respond to citizens’ calls–for–service in a timely manner.

Jail Unit: The Police Department’s lock–up and detention areas consist of 20 adult male cells, 6 adult female cells, 5 juvenile holding cells, and a youth attendant room for juveniles under the age of 14. The Jail Unit is responsible for the care, and custody of all persons arrested, taken into custody, and detained, the recording of personal data, photographing, fingerprinting, at the Fall River Police Department prior to making bail, being transferred to another facility, or transported to court for arraignment. The booking room, which is the receiving and processing area for all persons who are arrested and being held at our lock-up, along with the adult male lock-up area, is manned by Police Officers. The adult female, juvenile and youth attendant areas of the jail are monitored by a Detention Attendant.  A Sergeant supervises all personnel assigned to the Jail Unit.

Planning, Training, Inspectional Services & Compstat Unit: responsible for planning and research, also all training requirements for all department personnel mandated by State Law, department policy, including new hired employees, in-service training, and specialized training.  Prepares crime analysis reports daily, weekly, and annually.  Conducts inspections to maintain compliance with all standard operating policies and procedures.

Records Unit: is responsible for all recorded, hardcopy reports filed, stored and maintained as well as all information pertaining to persons arrested and/or charged with criminal offenses, also the archives of records.  The Records Unit supplies records, reports, other official paperwork, and audio and visual records to the public, lawyers (both prosecutors and defense attorneys), courts, other law enforcement agencies, social service agencies, and other interested levels of local, state and federal governments who either meet the criteria to receive such documents or are granted records as the result of a court order. Most police reports are readily available to the general public during normal business hours, at a minimal fee, under the Public Information Act as well as under M.G.L. Chapter 66, section 10.  Accident reports may be purchased on line.  Go to website:  WWW.CRASHDOCS.ORG

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