Police Department

Police Department BuildingStaffing

The Dover Police Department is a full service police staffed by:

  • 16 Full Time Police Officers
  • 4 Part Time Police Officers
  • 1 Full Time Special Police Officer
  • 1 Part Time Administrative Assistant
  • 1 Part Time Animal Control Officer


Staff are trained, equipped and ready to handle any type of situation that may manifest itself. The officers do their utmost to prevent crime, educate the public and assist in the resolution of problems. In addition, they stand ready to investigate any of the few crimes that are committed and diligently work to identify those responsible for crime and prosecute them for the offenses.

In addition to their singular duties, the department also operates the Emergency Communications Center. They receive calls for a whole host of both emergency and non-emergency public services, including the fire department, ambulance/Emergency Medical Technicians service and the animal control officer, and dispatch the necessary departments to deal with the request. The Communications Center and department is full staffed seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.

Animal Control

The Animal Control Officer is a sub-unit of the Dover Police Department. She is responsible for the enforcement of local and state animal control by-laws, rules and regulations.

Drug Disposal

If you have prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet that you no longer need, the Dover Police Department has a new drug take-back container - and you are invited to use it. The new secure prescription drug collection container can be found in the police lobby of the Dover Police Department.

The container is self-serve and there is no paperwork or questions involved - it is as easy as returning a library book in a drop box. Taking a few minutes out of your week to safely dispose of unused prescriptions, particularly pain pills, might save someone a lifetime of addiction and its consequences.

Read the entire press release (PDF).

Voices Against Violence

Voices Against Violence is the domestic violence and sexual assault agency designated by the State of Massachusetts for residents of Dover . They provide information, counseling and support to survivors and their significant others.  All of their services are free and confidential to all people regardless of race, religion, age, income, marital status, or sexual orientation.