Police Department


To strengthen the quality of life in Amherst
as we
Deliver exemplary service to the public with compassion
and respect whenever called upon
Enforce the laws of our town, state, and country
in a fair, firm, and impartial manner
Maintain a reputation built upon commitment,
professionalism, and uncompromising ethics


To promote safety, foster justice, and inspire trust

The Amherst Police Department is a professional organization, whose members pride themselves in delivering services with the highest levels of professionalism, integrity and respect at all times. More than ever, we are members of the community; neighbors, coaches, mentors, and parents, wanting to make a difference.

We are proud to lead and participate in community policing programs such as D.A.R.E., Good Morning Amherst, vacant house checks, motorcycle and bicycle patrols, Project Safeguard, Code Yellow, and daily school safety checks.

The Police Department has always adhered to the philosophy that dedication to patrol is the best crime and accident prevention available. A reputation of a firm but fair approach to law enforcement is invaluable in deterring would be law breakers and unsafe drivers.

However, we are also mindful that there is always room for improvement; better and more innovative ways to get the job done, so we encourage comments and feedback from all of you. Please feel free to contact me or any other member of the Amherst Police Department with questions, concerns or comments, via telephone, email, or by stopping in at the police station.


Mark O. Reams
Chief of Police

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Mark O. Reams, Chief of Police Chief of Police
Sharon Higley Executive Assistant
Chad E. Blake Operations Division Captain
Anthony E. Ciampoli Support Division Captain/ Prosecutor