Safety & Protection

  • Firearms & Solicitation Permits

  • Information on renewal applicants, license types, helpful information and steps to follow in applying for a license including the relevant documents required.

  • Crime Watch

  • Crime Watch is a group of neighbors looking out for neighbors. It is getting to know each other and becoming familiar with your neighbors’ habits for the better protection of the neighbourhood.

  • Enhanced 911

  • Rockland went online with Enhanced 911 service on November 23, 1996. Here you can find information about our call team, and what happens in an emergency situation.

  • Sex Offenders

  • Any member of the public who is at least 18 years of age or older may request sex offender information. The information can be provided to any individual for his/her own protection

  • RPD Most Wanted

  • We ask all members of the general public to review our list of Rockland Police Department Most Wanted and report to us if you have seen or witnessed any of them in your area.

  • Unlawful Telephone Calls

  • This form is required to make any reports on annoyance/obscene phone calls. The telephone subscriber is required to sign this form and in doing so agrees that they will testify in court if necessary.

  • Pedestrian Safety Brochure

  • Download Pedestrian Safety Brochure below

  • Safe walking tips for youths

  • Download Safe walking tips for youths below

  • Crosswalk Law

  • Download Cross Walk law brochure below

School Bus Safety

Tips for Safe School Bus Riding

1. Leave home early enough to arrive at your bus stop.

2. Wait for your bus in a safe place-well away from the road.

3. Enter the bus in an orderly manner and take your seat.

4. Follow all the instructions of your school bus driver.

5. Stay in your seat while the bus in moving.

6. Keep your arms and head in the bus at all times.

7. Keep the aisles clear of books, knapsacks.

8. Please be quiet and orderly.

9. Be courteous to your school bus driver and fellow students.

10. Be alert to traffic when leaving the bus.

11. Walk to your bus stop-avoid asking your parents to drive you there.

To the Parents

Please discuss the safety tips with your children. Your children should understand that riding the bus is a privilege. Permission to continue can be withdrawn.

Tips courtesy of the AAA traffic Safety Department and your Safety Officer.

Bicycle Safety Tips

  • Rule #1  Always wear a helmet. Massachusetts’s law requires that children under 13 years of age that operate a bicycle or ride as a passenger on a bicycle wear a proper fitted helmet. Approved helmets have a Snell Memorial Foundation ASTM or an ANSI certificate sticker on the helmet. You should check with your local bicycle shop to see if your helmet is OK.
  • Rule #2  Always wear proper clothing. See and be seen. Clothing should be light in color and be close fitting to avoid being caught in the bicycle’s moving parts. Always wear proper footwear.
  • Rule #3  Always go with the flow of traffic. You must obey the rules of the road. These include traffic signs, signals and road markings. Always ride single file. Never weave from lane to lane or tailgate to hitch rides on moving cars and trucks.
  • Rule #4  Look Both Ways. Seven out of ten car-bicycle crashes occur at driveways or intersections. Before you enter a street or intersection check for traffic. Remember always look left-right-left. Always walk your bike across busy streets and crosswalks.
  • Rule #5 Stay Alert. Keep a lookout for obstacles such as potholes, loose gravel, broken glass, railroad tracks and street drains. Always plan your next move and signal your intentions.
  • Rule #6  Be careful when riding at night. Always wear reflective clothing or material especially on your ankles, wrists, and back. Make sure your bike has front and rear reflectors and a headlight if possible. Ride in areas that are well lighted and that are familiar to you.
  • Rule #7  Make sure your bike is adjusted properly. Make sure your bike fits you properly. Are your brakes working properly? Are your handlebars tight? Are your wheels tight and have proper air. Always check your wheels before every ride.


  • Always lock your bike
  • Record your bicycle’s serial number
  • Take a picture of your bke
  • Register your bike with your police department

Ice Safety

For safe ice you need about four inches of ice. Wind, snow, sunlight, water depth, and underground springs all effect the strength of the ice. You need at least six or more inches for snowmobiles or ATV’s.

Some Safety Tips

  • Always let someone know where you are skating and when you will be home.
  • Always dress for the occasion.
  • Remember if the ice does not look safe it probably is not.

What to do if a companion falls through the ice.

  • Don’t panic; stay calm and think out what you are going to do.
  • Don’t run up to where your friend fell in, you will only become a victim.
  • Use some item from shore to throw to you friend. A large branch works good, a rope, jumper cables, skis, even a spare tire will float, hockey sticks, almost anything that you can extend to the victim.
  • Remember this applies to animals that fall through the ice. DO NOT FOLLOW! Call 911 for Help!
  • Remember get medical attention. Body heat can be lost up to 25 times faster in cold water.

What to do if you fall in.

Try not to panic. Remain calm and turn towards the direction you came from. Place your hands and arms on the broken ice surface. Work forward by kicking your legs. If the ice breaks again try to get on some good ice. Once you are on solid ice don’t stand up; roll away from the thin ice. If you stand up you will most likely fall through the ice again.

Some ice tips to thin ice.

Stay away from ice that looks like it has air bubbles. Stay away from ice fishing holes, areas that have objects sticking up, ice that had formed over running water, salt water, and the harbor ice. Any area that has a tidal current!


Contributing facts: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, MSNBC, Lifesaving Resources