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



Detective Division

Detective Division                                      
     Detective Lieutenant Thomas Romeo

     Detective Thomas Hatch
     Detective Michael McAuliffe

The following is a summary of the major duties and responsibilities of the Detective Division:

The Detective Division shall collect, identify, preserve, handle, and transport significant evidence pertaining to more serious
crimes; shall perform photographing and fingerprinting when needed, shall maintain criminal records of all persons arrested, and maintain files relating to fingerprints and photographs.

It shall process all requests for record checks made by other police or governmental agencies. The Detective Division
will collect, process, and disseminate to other Department personnel, information of criminal conduct that relates to activities posing a threat to the Town of North Reading in such areas as terrorism, subversive activities, and civil disorder.

The Detective Division is responsible for handling the preliminary and follow-up investigations in all cases of actual or attempted rape or sexual assault.

The Detective Division is responsible for obtaining, preserving, and analyzing physical evidence for eventual court presentation, and for assisting in the development, techniques and procedures for effective crime search. This unit will also provide identification and photography.

The Detective Division has the responsibility of developing and coordinating the department’s organized crime and vice control programs.

The Detective Division also conducts follow-up investigations on;

     Reports initiated by patrol, Town Departments or outside police agencies
     Self-Initiated Investigations, resulting from intelligence gathered
     Development and execution of arrest and search warrants
     Participation in networks such as the Regional Drug Task Force & Detective meetings
     Performing stakeout and intelligence gathering
     Major motor vehicle accident (mva) investigations
     Investigation of all mva’s involving town vehicles or on duty personnel and
     Prepare and prosecute criminal cases.