Kops & Kids
Kops & Kids is a week long program for area 5th and 6th graders focusing on team building and self-esteem. The program is organized by the Sheffield Police Department with area officers including from Great Barrington, assisting. Activities include high and low ropes course elements, live demonstrations, specials guests and presentations with a family picnic and awards ceremony. This program is funded with donations. For more information, visit the Sheffield Police Department website by clicking here.
The Great Barrington police department is pleased to make available, a 24-7 drug (RX) drop off service. The service will provide a secure and environmentally safe way to dispose of unused or unwanted prescription and non-prescription drugs.
All medicine should be in a sealed bag or container and liquids should be in a leak proof bottle.
The drop off box is located in the main lobby of the station. Labels should have any personal information removed or blacked out. Please review the list of accepted and non-accepted items.
- Prescription Medications
- Over the Counter Medications
- Pet Medications
- Vitamins & Supplements
- Liquid Medications(Leak Proof Containers)
- IV Bags
- Blood or Infectious Waste
- Oxygen Tanks
- Mercury Thermometers
- Personal use needles/sharps
The Police Department’s Community Room is available for use by any non-profit organization by calling Chief William Walsh at 413-528-0306.
Gun Lock Program
The Great Barrington Police Department is committed to keeping our community, and especially our children, safe. In an effort to accomplish this, we have partnered with Project ChildSafe to encourage gun owners to practice safe and responsible firearms ownership and storage through the distribution of free cable-style gun locks.
Residents of Great Barrington (driver’s license required) may call Cara Becker at 528-0306 x 114 to arrange pick-up of two gun locks per household and to obtain a brochure on safe storage of firearms. There is no cost involved.
For more information on responsible gun ownership, go to the Project ChildSafe website.
Citizens Police Academy
A fourteen-hour course designed to give residents a better understanding of the inner workings of the criminal justice system. Residents continue to be the eyes and ears or the police, this course only enhances their knowledge and ability in reporting criminal activity. The seven weeks of instruction are taught by members of the Great Barrington Police Department, Massachusetts State Police, Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, as well as representatives from the District and Juvenile Courts.
Triad is a community policing initiative involving seniors, law enforcement and service providers to increase safety through education and crime prevention. The police department is a partner in the local Triad organized by the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office and the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office. Meeting monthly at our Senior Center Triad’s goal is to reduce criminal activity that targets older persons; to alleviate seniors’ fear of becoming a victim and to improve their quality of life; and to enhance delivery of police services to older persons.
The Great Barrington Police Department is pleased to announce that both our parking lot and front lobby are available to be used as safe exchange zones for buyers and sellers utilizing websites such as Cragislist or the Facebook Marketplace. We suggest that these exchanges occur during the day, however our parking area is well lit and under 24/7 video surveillance. While these locations are available for you to use to complete your exchange, our Officers may not participate or act as official witnesses in transactions. Further, police personnel are unable to give legal advice or settle disputes between parties involved in these transactions. If you have any questions feel free to call the station or check in with the Desk Officer 24/7.