Wenham Police Department

Chief Kevin DiNapoli
Address 1 Friend Court
Wenham MA 01984
Phone 978-468-5500
Website https://wenhampd.com/

Our Mission

The mission of the Wenham Police Department is to work in a partnership with the citizens of the community and to provide a safe environment where the quality of life is improved by proactive initiatives and enforcing the laws with the highest quality of professionalism and dedication.

Wenham Police Department Vision Statement

The Wenham Police Department will continue to be an organization that operates in a cohesive, team-oriented fashion to provide quality service and dedication to the community. Department staff will be well trained and well educated. The Department operations will be enhanced by the expanded use of available technology and innovative ideas. Our bottom line will continue to be our motto of “Dedicated to Community, Committed to Serve.”

MA Police Accreditation

The Wenham Police Department is Accredited by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC). To become an Accredited organization includes a rigorous independent review and evaluation by MPAC, of the department’s 257 mandatory standards and 125 optional standards.


The Emergency Management team for the Town of Wenham are made up from members of both the Police and Fire Departments.

The Wenham Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for conducting general and specialized investigations in the Town of Wenham and throughout the Commonwealth.

The Wenham Police Honor Guard unit represents the Town of Wenham and the Wenham Police Department. Its a ceremonial group upholding the traditions of the force representing the sacrifices fallen officers have made over the years. It is common to see Wenham’s Honor Guard at police funerals, parades and other ceremonies both in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and outside this state.

The Animal Control Officer for Wenham is Fire Chief Steve Kavanaugh.

The Wenham Police Court Liaison Officer performs courtroom prosecution of criminal cases at the District Court Level. They are responsible for training and legal updates on recent legislation and court decisions.The Court Liaison Officer is responsible for assisting the Essex County District Attorney’s Office in the successful prosecution of criminal cases at the District Court level.

The town of Wenham is part of the North Shore Regional 911 Center. Located in Middleton, Massachusetts, the North Shore Regional 911 Center (NSR911) operates under the authority of the Massachusetts State 911 Department and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. NSR911 is the Regional 9-1-1 Center that provides emergency communications services to communities of Amesbury, Essex, Middleton, Topsfield and Wenham, and Manchester-by-the-Sea and is responsible for answering emergency 911 calls and dispatching police officers, firefighters and paramedics.



Wenham was officially set off from the Town of Salem on May 10, 1643, but was not incorporated by the legislature until September 7, 1643.  Wenham was the first village to be set off as a definite township from Salem, as it was the first laid out. The territory appears to have belonged to the Agawam Indians from whom the land was purchased for a nominal sum.  In approximately 1639, the earliest settlements were made by the lake and later that year the Legislature passed an act giving the land, not belonging to any other town or person, to the village.  The first settlers called their village “Enon.”  However, when it was incorporated in 1643, the Legislature ordered that “Enon shall be called Wenham and be granted to be a Town and hath liberty to send a deputy.”

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