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Several personnel changes this summer for the Hampden Police Department. Sgt. Joseph Henry has retired, leaving the department after many years of dedicated service to the department and the Town of Hampden. Michael Meaney graduated from the MPTC Police Academy in June and will assume duties as an officer this month. Tawrin Seega was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and will assume supervisory duties on the 11PM to 7AM shift this month. Finally last Spring, Nichole Gura was appointed, completed her field training, and will assume duties of a reserve police officer.


January 21, 2013 - The Hampden Police Department and the Town of Hampden Board of Health in coordination with the DEA will again be conducting the Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative. This will be conducted on April 27, 2013 from 10AM to 2PM at the Hampden Senior Center. We cannot accept needles, liquids, or medical devices. This is a very successful campaign to get unwanted prescription medication out of people's home and destroyed safely. If you have any questions about this, please contact the Town of Hampden Board of Health.

February 11, 2013 - The Blizzard of 2013 dropped over twenty inches of snow in our community. During the storm, our town was fortunate that we had no reported power outages or no major incidents that were related to the storm. The Highway Department did a great job clearing the roadways. However, we were left with a lot of snow on the ground. Please use caution when exiting roadways as snowbanks are making it difficult to view oncoming traffic. Luckily, we are in mid-February and hopefully the snow won't be around for too long, in the meantime, use caution when traveling.

December 5, 2012 - At 1:30PM officers from our department responded to Allen Street by the East Longmeadow/Hampden line for a report of a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival to the scene, officers found a severely damaged pick up truck that had struck a utility pole, a tree, and then had flipped over. The operator of that vehicle was injured and later transported to Bay State Medical Center. The utility pole was completely destroyed and utility crews worked into the night replacing it. The East Longmeadow Police Department assisted with the crash as their department received calls regarding the crash as well. The crash remains under investigation.

September 19, 2012 - The Hampden Police Department and the Town of Hampden Board of Health in coordination with the DEA will again be conducting the Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative. This will be conducted on September 29, 2012 from 10AM to 2PM at the Hampden Senior Center. We cannot accept needles, liquids, or medical devices. This is a very successful campaign to get unwanted prescription medication out of people's home and destroyed safely. If you have any questions about this, please contact the Town of Hampden Board of Health.

July 23, 2012 - Our department has had some personnel changes over the last few months and you might see some new faces out there. Our department has a new reserve police officer Michelle Turner, who has completed the reserve police academy and months of field training and will now join the ranks of the Hampden Police Reserve Officer force. We also have two new part time dispatchers, Lori Hebert and Kelsey Green. Both Lori and Kelsey are still in training, working with full time dispatchers and working to complete the state required training for emergency dispatching, E911, and emergency medical dispatching.


October 29 - .The Hampden Police Department and the Town of Hampden Board of Health in coordination with the DEA conducted the Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative.  This was conducted at October 29th from 10AM to 2PM at the Hampden Senior Center.  Thank you to all who took the time to drop off their old, expired, or unwanted prescription medication.  We collected over 84 pounds of medication, which was brought to the DEA and destroyed. 

This is a very successful campaign to get unwanted prescription medication out of people's home and destroyed safely.  We hope future campaigns will take place and we will notify the public if and when it takes place. 


On October 14, 2011 at approximately 1:45PM an officer from the Hampden Police Department interrupted a residential breaking and entering on Wilbraham Road in Hampden near the Wilbraham town line.  As a result of the officers observations a subject fled on foot and two others fled in a vehicle.  The vehicle fled into WIlbraham and one subject fled into the woods in Hampden.  Three subjects were arrested shortly there after with the assistance of the Wilbraham Police Department.

ARRESTED:

LUIS PEREZ 31 Years Old
139 Bowles Street
Springfield, MA

Charged With:

Operating a Motor Vehicle Without a License
Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle
Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance
Illegally Attaching Plates
B&E Day with Intent to Commit Felony
Larceny Over $250

ANGEL VILLANUEVA  34 Years Old
47 Middle Street
Springfield, MA

Charged With:

B&E Daytime with Intent to Commit Felony
Larceny Over $250

    A 15 year old juvenile was also arrested for B&E Daytime for Felony and Larceny over $250.  The adults were held on bail and were arraigned in Palmer District Court.


October 6, 2011 - On October 5th, 2011 officers from the Hampden Police Department responded to a request from the Connecticut State Police to respond to 215 Hampden Road in Somers, Connecticut.  The Connecticut State Police and a number of Connecticut area fire departments had been called to the address at approximately 1:30PM for a worker who had fallen into a well.

The Connecticut officials had worked on the recovery of the subject and subsequently determined that the incident had occurred approximately 50 feet over the Connecticut state line into Hampden, Massachusetts.  The Connecticut State Police turned over the investigation and their finding to the Hampden Police Department.  The Massachusetts State Police CPAC unit responded to review the incident along with the Hampden Police.

Martin Petersen, 61 years old, of Vernon, CT was pronounced dead at the scene by Connecticut personnel prior to Massachusetts officials arrival.  Peterson was an employee of Stavens Brothers Inc of Willington, CT and was working on drilling a well at the time of the incident.

The investigation is currently being conducted by the Hampden Police Department, Massachusetts State Police, and the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents.


September 23   -  Our department has investigated several residential home breaks in the last few weeks.  The homes that were broken into were during the day when the homeowners were not home.  The homes that have been involved were not secured.  No damage has been caused to homes, but property has been stolen. 

We are actively investigating these crimes.  However, we are reminding citizens to secure their homes when they leave and to report any suspicious activity to the police department immediately.