Special Services/Traffic Division

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Commanding Officer Captain Scott Richards  978.538.6359

Sgt. James Harkins    978.538.6358                                                                                              

The Special Services Division is a multitude of specialty divisions that complement the Patrol Division. Within Special Services are the Traffic and Parking Control Units, the K-9 Unit, the Mountain Bike Patrol, ATV Unit and the Motorcycle Unit.


The Special Services Division coordinates all police details at parades, elections, and other special functions, and works closely with many city agencies, including the Governor’s Highway Safety Bureau, the Department of Public Works Signage, and elected officials that have concerns about traffic and safety.

The equipment utilized within the division includes three low profile cruisers, two permanent and two seasonal leased Harley-Davidson motorcycles, twelve mountain bikes, and two all-terrain vehicles.

The Traffic Division currently employ a variety of radar units to monitor speed within the city. The equipment includes a laser unit, numerous hand held units, a number of portable rechargeable hand held units, and four moving/stationary units with portable sign boards that depict the violators speed on a visual display. Recenlty added are four permanently mounted radar units currently being used on Main Street and Lynn Street.

The Meter Division maintains all of Peabody’s parking meters.

**********Reminder – Declaration of Snow/Ice and Emergency Parking Ban**********

Sec. 27-76.

Purpose: The purpose of the emergency parking ban shall be to provide for the safe movement of police, fire and emergency medical service vehicles during snow/ice storms and other emergency related events. The parking ban shall also serve to enhance the capability of the Public Services Department to effectively and efficiently remove snow and ice from the roadways.

Activation: Emergency declaration of the parking ban shall automatically be enacted upon occurrence of the following by the Director of Public Services or Designee:

  1. Snow or freezing rain has fallen, or is imminent.
  2. National and/or local television and radio station meteorologists are forecasting a snow and/or ice event.
  3. Any other emergency related events i.e., floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.

Communication: Announcement of the parking ban will be made by Nixle. Additional alerts will be published via social media, including Peabody Police Face Book and Twitter, as well as blue lights throughout the City directing residents to tune in to Radio 1640 AM.

Duration: Emergency parking ban shall remain in effect until rescinded by the Director of Public Services or Designee.

Parking shall be prohibited on all city streets for the duration of the parking ban.

Penalty: Emergency parking ban violators shall be charged a fine of fifty dollars ($50.00).

Violators will be responsible for towing costs.