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Chief Peter MacDonnell
30 Mount Vernon St. Winchester MA 01890
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Emergency:
(781)729-1212 / 911
Business:
(781)729-1214
Posted By Winchester Police on January 4th, 2019

We would like to extend an invitation to all members of the public who would like to join us in celebrating the career of Jerry Smith, our long time Animal Control Officer as he prepares for retirement.  On Tuesday, January 8, 2019 between from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, join us in the Winchester Police Department Community Room […]

 

Phone Calls

Harassing or Annoying Phone Calls / Electronic Communication

Massachusetts General Law Section 14A  defines harrassing phone calls as:
Whoever telephones another person or contacts another person by electronic communication, or causes a person to be telephoned or contacted by electronic communication, repeatedly, for the sole purpose of harassing, annoying or molesting the person or the person’s family, whether or not conversation ensues, or whoever telephones or contacts a person repeatedly by electronic communication and uses indecent or obscene language to the person, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500 or by imprisonment for not more than 3 months, or by both such a fine and imprisonment.

For purposes of this section, “electronic communication” shall include, but not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo-electronic or photo-optical system.

If you are a victim of harassing phone calls or electronic communication, it is suggested that you note dates and times of the communications.  If the harassment is through text or email. do not delete the communications from your device.  Report the incident to the police (781) 729 -1212 and we will assist you further.  Regarding telephone harassment, phone companies require a police report in order to assist with your harassment complaint.