Troop D Headquarters
326 West Grove Street
Middleboro, MA 02346
Telephone: (508) 923-4014
Troop "D" covers the geographical area of southeastern Massachusetts. This area includes 66 Municipalities, including the cities of Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton. Troop "D" also covers Cape Cod, as well as the islands of Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and the Elizabeth Islands (Gosnold, etc.).
Troop "D" is steeped in history and tradition. The Troop was established in 1922 with the first barracks situated in Norwell. This building consisted of just one room without even a toilet or running water. One luxury afforded to the Troopers was a cook who provided a hot breakfast each morning.
The Norwell barracks was relocated in 1923 to a more suitable location which offered four bedrooms, a kitchen and an office. The patrol responsibilities for Norwell were vast. The patrol area extended from Hull and hugged the eastern coast to the Sagamore Bridge. The patrol area then continued west through the industrial centers of New Bedford and Fall River before turning north through Middleboro, Bridgewater and Brockton. It would take Troopers several days to complete a single patrol on either horseback or motorcycle.
By the mid-1920's Troop "D" headquarters was relocated to Middleboro and substations were strategically located in Norwell, Barnstable and Freetown. In addition, Troopers were stationed on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Later, Barnstable and Freetown were replaced with substations at South Yarmouth and Rehoboth. The currant configuration of Troop "D" consists of the headquarters and a substation at Middleboro and substations at Norwell, South Dartmouth, Bourne, Oak Bluffs (Martha's Vineyard) and Nantucket.
The Troop area is home to four House of Corrections (Plymouth, Bristol, Barnstable and Dukes), the sprawling Massachusetts Correctional Institution Complex in Bridgewater and a Massachusetts Correctional Institution Forestry Camp in Plymouth.
The Troop "D" area is busy year-round but the traffic increases dramatically during the summer months as Cape Cod and the islands welcome visitors from nearby states and beyond. The demand for State Police services during the summers is extremely high, especially moving the high volume of traffic on/off Cape Cod via the Sagamore and Bourne Bridge. Some of this congestion will be reduced in years to come, as the Sagamore Bridge rotary will undergo major construction to improve traffic flow, Ground was broken on this historic project in late 2004.
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