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Youth Resource Officers

By Cambridge Police Department

We interact with youth and their families through schools, teen centers, and afterschool activities to intervene early with substance abuse counseling, mental health, and other diversion supports.

Photo of officer talking with youth.
This is an ongoing program.

Ages: 5 to 18 and Adult.

Cambridge residents only.


Family and Social Justice Section
Cambridge Police Department
Deputy Superintendent Steven Magalhaes
Youth & Family Services
Kessen Green
Director of Outreach & Community Programs

Use the form at this link to contact us online: Family and Social Justice Section

No application or registration needed.



The program location changes over time.

  • Both in-person and virtual (online or over the phone).

Our Youth Resource Officers can be found in the schools and youth centers or by calling the unit phone number.

Additional information

Youth Resources Officers interact with youth in schools. The YRO’s will also work directly with the City’s Teen Centers, after school and in the evenings and get more involved with kids in their out of school environment, on a whole new level. Middle school-age youth will be a primary focus of the unit. YROs will be assigned those cases involved with their respective schools and will be primarily responsible for diversion cases through the Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative program.

The philosophy is to have an all-encompassing program, working with various community partners to offer alcohol and substance abuse counseling, mental health support and other specialty services. Current partners include the Department of Human Service Programs, Cambridge Prevention Coalition, Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge Health Alliance, Clerk of the Courts Office, District Attorney’s Office and the Salvation Army.