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Chief Michael P. Murphy
150 Park Street
North Reading, MA 01864
(978) 664-3131
(978) 664-3170 fax



Crime and Tip Line

The North Reading Police Department’s Crime and Drug Tip Line is a mechanism for citizens to provide the NRPD Detective Division with information relating to drug or criminal activity. This partnership between the community and the North Reading Police Department will result in a safer community and better quality of life for its residents and business owners.

If you would like to leave an anonymous tip, call anytime at 978-657-8477 (Tips)
If you would like to speak with a detective and remain anonymous, call 978-357-5046.

How does the Tip Line work?

When a citizen calls 978-657-TIPS, he or she will generally hear a taped message explaining that a detective is not presently   available. However, speak as long as you like, explaining the activity in as much detail as you can. You do not have to provide your name, address, or telephone number. All information is kept strictly confidential. 

What happens to the information I provide? 

Information is "logged in" and cross-referenced, allowing detectives to determine if additional information related to the criminal activity about which you are calling has been reported in the past. Even "small" bits of information can at times provide detectives the "missing link" that allows them to take action. All information remains confidential, and within the Special Investigations Unit. 

What if I want to speak with a detective directly? 

You can leave your name and telephone number on the message and a detective will call you as soon as possible. Again, your name will remain strictly confidential at all times. 

What if I want to report a crime or drug activity that is happening right now? 

If you witness a drug crime or any other crime that requires immediate police response: DIAL 9-1-1. A patrol unit will be dispatched to the area.  

How can I use the Anonymous Crime and Drug Tip Line most effectively? 

1. Speak clearly and don't rush. Take your time leaving your message.
2. Be as specific as possible in providing the following information:

Location of the incident: street address of building or house, names of nearest intersecting streets, landmarks near or at the scene. Description of persons involved, such as height, sex, age, weight, clothing, hair color, eye color, skin color, and any distinguishing marks. Description of vehicles involved, such as make, model, color, and license plate. 

Remember, this is an anonymous tip line. All information is kept strictly confidential, within the NRPD Detective Division. Any citizen who requires further information is urged to contact the NRPD Detective Division at (978)-657-TIPS.