Troop B

Troop B Headquarters
555 North King Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Telephone: (413) 587-5517

Troop B was established in 1921, as one of the two original State Police Troops, to provide police services to the residents and visitors of four western counties in Massachusetts. The original complement of Troopers was only twenty-two. Today, Troop B is one of six field Troops which provide uniform State Police services throughout Massachusetts. Troop B is comprised of 86 cities and towns covering an area of nearly 2,500 square miles in Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties. The duties performed in Troop are as diverse as the area itself.

The eastern part of Troop B finds Interstate Route 91, the only major North to South Highway west of Rte 495 along with other major highways including 291, 391 and 57. A substantial amount of Troop resources patrol these highways. Troop assets are also applied in high crime urban areas assisting large departments combat urban and gang violence. The western part of Troop B is more rural and Troopers assigned to these areas provide a wide range of police services. In twenty-seven towns they act as the primary police department responding to incidents of domestic violence, missing children and a wide variety of crimes against persons and property. They organize searches for lost persons and occasionally assist with the investigation of aircraft accidents. The troop responds to all types of critical incidents from riots to natural disasters.