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.
|Amount||Start and end dates||Recipient and description||Awarding agency||CFDA program||Type|
|WORCESTER, CITY OF NEIGHBORHOOD/CRIME WATCH MEETINGS||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
|WORCESTER, CITY OF NEIGHBORHOOD/CRIME WATCH PROGRAM||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
|WORCESTER, CITY OF NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME WATCH||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
|PUBLIC SAFETY, MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF WORCESTER, CITY OF||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.609 Project Safe Neighborhoods||Sub|
Recent equipment transfers
|Ship date||Item and National Stock Number (NSN)||Quantity||Acquisition value, each||Acquisition value, total||DEMIL code||DEMIL IC|
|1||1 @ $79.17||$79.17||E||1|
We identified 1 publicly reported settlement that resulted in policy changes and $1,500,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.
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.