Arlington Police Department

At A Glance

Total number of agency personnel: 84
Sworn: 65
Civilian: 19

Total population served: 47,000

Jurisdiction: Arlington, Massachusetts

Program Highlights

  • Serves a suburban jurisdiction in close proximity to two urban centers
  • Features a co-response program and targeted initiatives, spearheaded by a mental health clinician embedded in the police department
  • Includes a Jail Diversion Program, Hoarding Response Team, Homeless Outreach Program, Elder Abuse Prevention Task Force, and Arlington Opiate Outreach Initiative with a dedicated recovery specialist  
  • Uses strong community partnerships to facilitate cross-sector case management
  • Provides multi-modality training, which includes instruction in:
    • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for all officers
    • Trauma-informed care
    • Youth development/brain development
    • Context-specific crisis management and intervention techniques
    • Signs and symptoms of mental illness
    • Signs and symptoms of overdose
    • Narcan deployment and distribution training
    • Common psychiatric medications and usage
    • Suicide risk and prevention
    • Relevant laws and statutes
  • Collects and analyzes data comprehensively in a system that allows for specialized clinician access

Website: Arlington Police Department

One Mind Campaign Acknowledges Arlington Police Department


Captain Richard Flynn
Operations – Community Services Commander/PIO
112 Mystic Street
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 316-3907

Christina Valeri
Mental Health Clinician
112 Mystic Street
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 316-3947