Worcester at a glance


Population by race and Hispanic origin


Cities in this database with the most similarly-sized populations

Full-time law enforcement staff, Worcester Police Department

  • 442 Officers
  • 50 Civilian staff

Officers per 1000 residents

  • 2.66 Worcester
  • 1.6 National average, cities with 100,000 to 249,999 population
  • 2.3 National average

These figures reflect the Worcester Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.

Federal grant funding

Data was last updated April 28, 2022


We identified over $1.6M in federal grant funding, FY 2012-2022

Grant funding over time

Grant funding by federal department

Recent grants

USA spending grants for: Worcester
Amount Start and end dates Recipient and description Awarding agency CFDA program Type
$123,146.00 10/01/2020
09/30/2024
WORCESTER, CITY OF NEIGHBORHOOD/CRIME WATCH MEETINGS Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs 16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program Prime
$116,037.00 10/01/2019
09/30/2023
WORCESTER, CITY OF NEIGHBORHOOD/CRIME WATCH PROGRAM Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs 16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program Prime
$133,009.00 10/01/2018
09/30/2022
WORCESTER, CITY OF NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME WATCH Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs 16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program Prime
$39,405.00 10/01/2018
09/30/2021
PUBLIC SAFETY, MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF WORCESTER, CITY OF Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs 16.609 Project Safe Neighborhoods Sub

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Military Equipment Transfers

Data last updated April 4, 2022


$79 value of military equipment has been transferred to the Worcester Police Department

The highest-value stock number reported is PARKA,WET WEATHER with 1 item valued at $79.17 each

Recent equipment transfers

Military equipment transfers
Ship date Item and National Stock Number (NSN) Quantity Acquisition value, each Acquisition value, total DEMIL code DEMIL IC
7/21/2011 PARKA,WET WEATHER
8415-01-527-4617
1 1 @ $79.17 $79.17 E 1

Local police misconduct data, consent decrees, and settlements

Data was last updated January 26, 2022

Settlements

We identified 1 publicly reported settlement that resulted in policy changes and $1,500,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.

Settlements
Year Description Outcome
2021

Officers Andrew Harris and Spencer Tatum filed a lawsuit against the Worcester Police Department in 1994 over discriminatory practices. In September 2021, the City of Worcester agreed to pay $1.5 million and follow an affirmative action plan.

Harris and Tatum are Black former officers who filed the lawsuit back in 1994, alleging that Worcester used discriminatory practices when promoting officers within the department, favoring the interests of White officers over minority officers. Both Black officers had passed the sergeant’s exam in the early 1990s but were passed over for promotions. After almost three decades of litigation, the city agreed to pay $1.5 million, which includes retirement payment for Tatum. Harris passed away before the case was settled.

Policy changes Compensation
$1,500,000.00