Press Release


Monday evening Nov 23rd  at approximately 7:25 PM, employees at Angelina’s sub shop on West Housatonic Street were robbed at knife point.  Two suspects were armed with knives and wearing dark masks and dark clothing. 


The robbery was violent in nature and thankfully the victims were not injured.  The suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot.  A police K9 did track for a short distance.  


A reward is available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.


Please forward any information and/or tips to the Pittsfield Police Department 448-9700. 


Pittsfield Police Investigators have identified a suspect in the shooting that occurred at approximately 1:30 AM on Saturday, October, 31, 2015 on Lincoln Street in the City of Pittsfield.

On the basis of the ongoing investigation, on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, Pittsfield Police obtained an arrest warrant for Anthony E. Robertson, charging him with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Discharging a Firearm Within 500 feet of a dwelling and Carrying a Firearm Without a License. On the evening of Wednesday, November 4, surveillance units of the Pittsfield Police Department located Robertson. The suspect led officers on a vehicle pursuit, before abandoning his vehicle and leading officers on a foot pursuit and evading capture.

Robertson remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous. Robertson is described as a black male, 33 years of age, approximately 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 180 pounds. He has black hair that he wears in dreadlocks and brown eyes. Robertson is known to use the street name “Dollar.”

Anyone with information about Anthony E. Robertson’s location is encouraged to call the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705. Anyone coming across Mr. Robertson should not approach him. Call 911 immediately and report the sighting. Again, Anthony E. Robertson is wanted in connection with an open shooting investigation and is considered armed and dangerous.

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The City of Pittsfield is trying to repair a water main break in the 400 block of West Housatonic Street (Rte. 20). Traffic is reduced to one lane.  Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes and to avoid the area if possible. This condition may last into the weekend. If at all possible, avoid the area.


POSTING DATE: July 15, 2015

CLOSING DATE: August 15, 2015

The City of Pittsfield and the Pittsfield Police Department are soliciting applications for employment as a City of Pittsfield Police Officer through lateral transfer.

The City anticipates hiring 4-6 officers through this process. In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must meet the criteria indicated below.​

Job Title: Police Officer

Civil Service Position: Subject to Civil Service rules and regulations

Union Affiliation: International Brother Hood of Police Officers (IBPO), Local 447

Hours Per Week: 40 hrs/wk


Candidates for lateral transfer to the Pittsfield Police Department must be able to fulfill the essential duties and responsibilities of a Patrol Officer with the Police Department. These include, but are not limited to: the ability to conduct work on all shifts; conducting proactive, preventative and responsive patrol activities; conducting introductory criminal, administrative and traffic investigations; comprehensive and thorough report writing; completing required documentation and computer tasks; and such other duties as may be required.


    • Be currently employed as a permanent, full time, full service municipal or MBTA police officer, after certification, in a position subject to Civil Service;
    • Have a minimum of (2) years experience at the time of application as a police officer in a full service municipal police department;
    • Have successfully completed police recruit training as required by the Municipal Police Training Committee, as well as all required in-service training;
    • Have maintained excellent attendance and performance ratings throughout one’s entire career;
    • Have a release from their current department indicating the appointing authority’s approval for a lateral transfer under MGL Ch. 31 § 35  if selected;
    • Have and maintain permanent residence at the time of appointment in a town within 15 miles of Pittsfield, MGL CH. 41 § 99A;
    • Have a current Massachusetts Driver’s License in good standing;
    • Be eligible for an unrestricted License to Carry (LTC), MGL Ch 140 § 131
    • Pass a background investigation

Preference may be given for current or prior specialized law enforcement experience (i.e., Tactical, Training, Investigations, Sexual Assault Investigations, Traffic, Field Training, etc.).

Preference may also be given for:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related field;
  • Spanish or other second language proficiency;
  • Other specialized assignment experience and training.

RATE: $37,626.68 to start, plus educational incentives 15% for an Associate’s, 20% for a Bachelors, 30% for a Master’s degree in a Quinn Bill approved program; 4 % Spanish language proficiency; 10% shift differential; and 10% special assignment pay is available.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply, applicants should submit an up-to-date resume and letter of interest to: Personnel Dept, City of Pittsfield, 70 Allen St, Pittsfield MA 01201  (413) 499-9340

You will be contacted by a recruiting officer to complete a department application and background investigation.

Questions about the application process may be directed to Captain Mullin at 413-448-9700 ext 327, or email

The City of Pittsfield is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. Minorities are encouraged to apply.\

The City of Pittsfield and the Pittsfield Police Department announce the following parking and traffic restrictions will be in place for the 4th of July Parade to be held on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

The Parade route will run from South Street at East and West Housatonic Streets, north to Wahconah Street at Wahconah Park. Adjacent side streets will be utilized for staging and disembarking:
Restricted Parking signs will be placed on the entire parade route and throughout the staging area on the evening of July 3, 2015.
Restricted Parking will be enacted and enforced within the staging area and parade route on July 4, 2015 at 6 A.M. The staging area includes West Housatonic Street from Center Street to South Street, South Street, Wendell Avenue, Bartlett Avenue, Broad Street, Taconic Street, Pomeroy Avenue north of Broad Street, East Housatonic Street and the included area.

The parade route includes South Street, Bank Row, Park Place, North Street, and Wahconah Street.
Non-parade vehicle access in and out of the staging area will be restricted at 6 A.M.
Traffic detours will be put in place on South Street at Broad Street, West Housatonic Street at Henry Avenue, and West Housatonic at Center, and South Street at Park Square at 7 A.M.
Vehicle access to the entire parade route will be restricted and shut down at 9 A.M.
These restrictions will remain in place until 1 P.M.
Travelers are asked to seek alternative routes during the posted times.
Thank you for your cooperation.
For additional information, contact the Pittsfield Police Department at 448-9700.

The City of Pittsfield Police Department will be applying for funding from the FY 2015 Edward Byrne JAG Grant. Citizens of Pittsfield may download and review the following linked PDF file and submit questions or comments to

Edward Byrne JAG Grant


Date: May 26, 2015

To: Local Media

Re: Pittsfield PD K9 Niko

Nonprofit raises over $15,000.00 to equip Mass Police dogs with bullet and stab protective vests 

The Pittsfield Police Department’s K9 Niko has been awarded a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The charity hosted a motorcycle ride August 25, 2013, “Hog Wild for K9s”, which raised over $15,000.00 to be awarded to (16) Massachusetts K9s.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $1050.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1410 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at cost of over 1.3 million dollars.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their signature tank top is now available online for a $20.00 donation at Proceeds will provide bullet and stab protective vests, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.

New K9 graduates as well as K9’s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or the website:

K9 Niko became a member of the Pittsfield Police Department in April 2015 after the Westwood Police Department generously donated K9 Niko to the Pittsfield Police Department.

K9 Niko is a 2 year old German Sheppard assigned to Officer James Parise.  Officer Parise and K9 Niko recently completed their certification in patrol with North American Police Work Dog Association.  Officer James Parise is a 19 year veteran with the Pittsfield Police Department and has been assigned with the K9 unit since 2006.  K9 Niko’s formal police training started in December 2014 with the Boston Police Academy while still assigned with the Westwood Police Department.  During that time he completed over 600 hrs of training and was certified in patrol through U.S.P.C.A.

The Pittsfield Police Department is seeking to locate missing 16 year old, Hayleigh Jacobs. Hayleigh Jacobs was reported missing on May 16, 2015. According to the reporting party, she was last seen on Saturday, May 16th at the Berkshire Mall in Lanesboro at approximately 9:45am. Hayleigh is a 16 year old white female, approximately 5’5” tall and 114 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes.

Hayleigh was last seen wearing multi-colored leggings and a grey sweatshirt. When Hayleigh was last seen with two unknown males and an unknown female. The two males were of slim build and short hair. The female was approximately 5’2” with long brown hair. Hayleigh attended Drury High School. If you have any information regarding Hayleigh Jacobs or her whereabouts, please contact the Pittsfield Police Department at (413) 448-9700.

**  Ms. Jacobs has been located and is no longer missing.  **



Media Release

Date: Thursday May 07, 2015

Subject: Police Week, May 10-16 2015

Contact: Captain John Mullin 413-448-9777

In conjunction with Police Week, the PPD will be holding our Annual Police Memorial Ceremony in front of our Headquarters at 39 Allen Street, at 10 AM on Monday, May 11th.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

The City of Pittsfield will honor and remember law enforcement officers from the Pittsfield Police, the Berkshire County Sheriff, and the US Secret Service who died in the line of duty in Pittsfield.

Our traditional ceremony on Monday May 11th will include the Pittsfield Police and Berkshire County Sheriff’s Color Guard, a proclamation from Mayor Bianchi, Invocation by Police Chaplain, Piping by a member of the Berkshire Highlanders, and a bugle call by a member of the Eagles Band.

Flags are flown at half-staff on Peace Officer’s Memorial Day, May 15th.

Sunday May 17th at 5:30 PM the Knights of Columbus will host a Blue Mass to honor Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and Emergency First Responders from Berkshire County celebrated at St. Joseph Church in Pittsfield.

Officer Timothy M. Shepard Pittsfield Police Department, MA EOW: Wednesday, November 2, 1988 Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion
Police Officer Leo T. Sullivan Pittsfield Police Department, MA EOW: Monday, June 18, 1956 Cause of Death: Heart attack
Captain Michael Leonard Pittsfield Police Department, MA EOW: Wednesday, June 1, 1898 Cause of Death: Struck by train



James Watson Fuller

Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office, Massachusetts End of Watch: Tuesday, July 16, 1901

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William Craig

United States Department of the Treasury – United States Secret Service, U.S. Government End of Watch: Wednesday, September 3, 1902

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The Pittsfield Police Department is seeking to locate missing person, Mark J. Fields. Mr. Fields was reported missing on March 31st 2015. According to the reporting party, he was last seen in the middle of March. Mr. Fields is a 62 year old white male, approximately 5’9″ tall and 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and gray hair.

Mr. Fields does not drive and he resides on West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield.  Mr. Fields may frequent the local area churches and food pantries and his walk may be impaired with a limp. If you have any information regarding Mr. Fields or his whereabouts, please contact the Pittsfield Police Department at (413) 448-9700.