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The Boston Globe OnlineBoston.com Boston Globe Online / Speed Trap: Who gets a ticket, who gets a breal

Ticketing whites and minorities
(all departments, alphabetically)

Note: Speeding citations only. Readers are cautioned not to make much of percentages when they are based on a small number of cases, such as fewer than 50.

An asterisk (*) indicates department submitted no warnings.

Source: Boston Globe analysis of tickets and warnings in Massachusetts, April and May 2001, from the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
See methodology and articles

Police Department % ticketed white % ticketed minority Citations white Citations minority
Abington 11% 67% 64 3
Acton* 100% 100% 86 14
Acushnet 75% 100% 59 3
Adams 36% 50% 42 2
Agawam 33% 42% 286 19
Amesbury 24% 22% 144 9
Amherst 10% 7% 247 41
Andover 39% 52% 315 63
Aquinnah 14% N/A 7 0
Arlington 8% 14% 231 51
Ashburnham 33% 67% 67 3
Ashby 41% 20% 124 5
Ashfield 78% N/A 23 0
Ashland 31% 0% 95 7
Athol 40% 0% 35 1
Attleboro 91% 81% 368 31
Auburn 83% 95% 230 22
Avon 69% 87% 86 52
Ayer 37% 45% 284 29
Barnstable 24% 54% 578 39
Barre 41% N/A 61 0
Becket 46% N/A 13 0
Bedford 20% 44% 167 16
Belchertown 64% 78% 167 9
Bellingham 58% 90% 392 29
Belmont 19% 19% 248 52
Berkley 97% N/A 39 0
Berlin 92% 100% 26 5
Bernardston 69% N/A 13 0
Beverly 51% 46% 269 13
Billerica 53% 77% 349 39
Blackstone 40% 71% 356 17
Blandford 45% N/A 11 0
Bolton 17% 43% 36 7
Boston 43% 53% 3,430 2,860
Bourne 27% 23% 210 13
Boxborough 31% 25% 70 12
Boxford 29% 14% 73 7
Boylston 37% 83% 91 18
Braintree 7% 20% 408 49
Brewster 16% 60% 80 5
Bridgewater 6% 14% 746 36
Bridgewater State College 29% 0% 7 1
Brimfield 36% 0% 42 1
Brockton 84% 79% 85 38
Brookfield 72% 100% 165 7
Brookline 43% 47% 1,044 297
Buckland 22% 100% 9 1
Burlington 28% 38% 336 40
Cambridge 31% 25% 173 83
Canton 39% 39% 441 46
Carlisle 34% 33% 59 3
Carver 11% 0% 27 1
Charlemont 24% 0% 25 4
Charlton 57% 44% 149 9
Chatham 31% 0% 55 2
Chelmsford 54% 52% 121 29
Chelsea 86% 90% 482 181
Cheshire 44% 75% 54 8
Chester 48% 100% 29 1
Chesterfield 67% 100% 46 1
Chicopee 61% 60% 240 45
Chilmark 0% N/A 2 0
Clarksburg 48% 100% 44 4
Clinton 46% 22% 79 9
Cohasset 23% 60% 160 5
Colrain 75% N/A 4 0
Concord 61% 85% 250 20
Conway 43% N/A 7 0
Cummington* 100% 100% 13 1
Dalton 66% 50% 62 4
Danvers 21% 23% 337 13
Dartmouth 62% 40% 52 5
Dedham 33% 36% 642 121
Deerfield 24% 100% 76 1
Dennis 11% 13% 198 16
Dighton 30% N/A 10 0
Douglas 25% 50% 180 12
Dover 14% 0% 69 3
Dracut 15% 17% 306 23
Dudley 91% 89% 82 9
Dunstable 51% 50% 49 2
Duxbury 7% 17% 576 18
East Bridgewater 40% 58% 126 12
East Brookfield 30% 33% 101 6
East Longmeadow 65% 75% 78 8
Eastham 39% 32% 399 28
Easthampton 60% 82% 89 11
Easton 33% 38% 391 32
Edgartown 40% 67% 30 3
Egremont 54% 25% 159 8
Environmental Police 60% 100% 10 3
Erving 61% 100% 62 2
Essex 76% 100% 38 4
Everett 23% 32% 62 22
Fairhaven 37% 0% 78 2
Fall River 89% 89% 635 28
Falmouth 16% 18% 1,056 72
Fitchburg 25% 33% 123 36
Foxborough 14% 25% 92 8
Framingham 51% 68% 158 34
Franklin 21% 29% 720 42
Freetown 53% 80% 130 5
Gardner 73% 88% 207 16
Georgetown 92% 100% 25 2
Gill 61% 100% 83 1
Gloucester* 100% 100% 18 2
Goshen 69% 100% 36 2
Grafton 13% 0% 78 4
Granby 63% 75% 38 8
Granville 67% N/A 3 0
Great Barrington 78% 33% 32 3
Greenfield 45% 14% 108 7
Groton 55% 100% 94 1
Groveland 68% 100% 103 2
Hadley 32% 33% 134 18
Halifax 72% 67% 39 3
Hamilton 36% 50% 67 2
Hampden 62% 67% 101 3
Hanover 68% 100% 40 2
Hanson 76% 75% 175 12
Hardwick 59% 67% 44 3
Harvard 45% 40% 47 5
Harwich 12% 22% 151 9
Hatfield 64% 100% 28 3
Haverhill 92% 90% 85 10
Hingham 24% 50% 259 4
Hinsdale* 100% 100% 48 2
Holbrook 100% N/A 1 0
Holden 20% 43% 283 14
Holland 82% N/A 17 0
Holliston 45% 62% 97 13
Holyoke 86% 67% 81 6
Hopedale 23% 25% 116 8
Hopkinton 42% 55% 134 11
Hubbardston 31% 0% 74 3
Hudson 12% 17% 178 12
Hull 70% 100% 23 1
Huntington* 100% N/A 1 0
Ipswich 47% 0% 19 1
Kingston 32% N/A 25 0
Lakeville 75% 75% 55 4
Lancaster 37% 48% 111 27
Lanesborough 58% 100% 48 2
Lawrence 29% 50% 52 36
Lee 67% 100% 45 3
Leicester 46% 71% 54 7
Lenox 24% 43% 333 23
Leominster 50% 61% 224 49
Leverett 82% 100% 38 1
Lexington 70% 86% 86 22
Leyden* 100% N/A 2 0
Lincoln 49% 44% 331 25
Littleton 77% 78% 93 9
Longmeadow 20% 40% 203 15
Lowell 91% 91% 149 55
Ludlow 96% 100% 71 2
Lunenburg 50% 0% 36 2
Lynn 64% 67% 306 104
Lynnfield 60% 100% 10 1
Malden 81% 82% 293 57
Manchester-by-the-Sea 70% 100% 100 2
Mansfield 39% 29% 148 7
Marblehead 50% 67% 10 3
Marion 38% 33% 16 3
Marlborough 46% 64% 459 121
Marshfield 55% 86% 260 7
Mashpee 22% 25% 65 8
Massasoit Community College 80% 57% 20 7
Mattapoisett 13% 0% 98 3
Maynard 88% 80% 147 20
MBTA 86% 83% 21 6
Medfield 10% 0% 50 3
Medford 79% 81% 259 42
Medway 8% 32% 307 28
Melrose 32% 50% 63 4
Mendon 79% 92% 362 12
Merrimac 76% 100% 33 2
Methuen 36% 50% 129 38
Metro Police Lower Basin Dist.* 100% 100% 11 2
Middleborough 82% 87% 317 15
Middleton 54% 67% 93 6
Milford 26% 33% 162 18
Millbury 58% 100% 40 5
Millis 68% 0% 31 3
Millville 28% 50% 40 2
Milton 15% 19% 208 157
Monson 44% 0% 88 1
Montague 38% N/A 16 0
Monterey* 100% 100% 42 2
Nahant 53% 0% 15 1
Nantucket 73% 0% 15 2
Natick 77% 90% 498 124
Needham 5% 0% 160 17
New Bedford 35% 39% 217 31
New Braintree* 100% 100% 4 1
New Salem 83% 100% 6 1
Newbury 44% 60% 144 5
Newburyport 25% 18% 500 11
Newton 6% 8% 1,047 134
Norfolk 7% 17% 156 6
North Adams 85% 100% 54 2
North Andover 48% 58% 275 31
North Attleborough 34% 42% 285 24
North Brookfield 42% N/A 33 0
North Reading 30% 50% 89 4
Northampton 11% 10% 162 10
Northborough 47% 61% 169 44
Northbridge 6% 8% 481 13
Northfield 84% 100% 81 4
Norton 22% 0% 110 8
Norwell 48% 33% 94 3
Norwood 17% 31% 614 59
Oak Bluffs 41% 33% 46 6
Oakham* 100% 100% 36 2
Orange 62% 100% 34 2
Orleans 51% 0% 35 1
Otis 42% 0% 38 1
Oxford 28% 0% 32 3
Palmer 13% 13% 336 15
Paxton 24% 0% 176 6
Peabody 11% 30% 208 10
Pelham 82% 94% 134 16
Pembroke 24% 0% 233 5
Pepperell 14% 33% 192 6
Peru 0% N/A 3 0
Petersham 94% 100% 35 2
Phillipston 26% 0% 39 1
Pittsfield 74% 63% 320 30
Plainville 86% 100% 28 3
Plymouth 15% 12% 1,382 51
Plympton 48% 0% 65 1
Princeton 24% 25% 85 4
Provincetown 46% 100% 26 1
Quincy 5% 9% 341 102
Randolph 58% 70% 133 61
Raynham 88% 78% 112 9
Reading 7% 0% 333 22
Rehoboth 70% 67% 54 6
Revere 50% 75% 331 36
Rochester 35% 100% 34 1
Rockland 55% 72% 253 18
Rockport 58% 50% 38 2
Rowe 0% N/A 3 0
Rowley 59% 100% 74 2
Royalston* 100% 100% 13 1
Rutland 40% 0% 70 1
Salem 90% 100% 167 46
Salisbury 80% 100% 89 3
Sandisfield* 100% N/A 1 0
Sandwich 19% 40% 124 5
Saugus 74% 100% 39 3
Scituate 15% N/A 54 0
Seekonk 50% 60% 125 5
Sharon 57% 77% 83 13
Sheffield 99% 100% 95 2
Shelburne 71% N/A 28 0
Sherborn 15% 29% 139 17
Shirley 26% 25% 72 12
Shrewsbury 23% 29% 407 76
Shutesbury 69% 25% 51 4
Somerset 21% 100% 216 1
Somerville 46% 52% 37 21
South Hadley 74% 67% 46 9
Southampton 44% 100% 78 1
Southborough 13% 21% 143 42
Southbridge 61% 61% 62 18
Southwick 16% 0% 32 1
Spencer 61% 80% 122 5
Springfield 30% 36% 370 101
State Police 76% 80% 23,178 3,888
Sterling 47% 90% 128 10
Stockbridge 5% 0% 55 2
Stoneham 18% N/A 17 0
Stoughton 96% 92% 311 51
Stow 47% 100% 49 2
Sturbridge 65% 82% 224 11
Sudbury 11% 18% 486 61
Sunderland 59% 100% 17 2
Sutton 42% 83% 97 6
Swampscott 52% 53% 117 30
Swansea 29% 33% 213 3
Taunton 26% 17% 47 6
Templeton 18% 100% 170 2
Templeton Developmental Center 0% N/A 3 0
Tewksbury 45% 62% 155 13
Tisbury 46% 0% 13 1
Tolland* 100% N/A 1 0
Topsfield 72% 100% 81 6
Townsend 19% 40% 282 10
Truro 51% 100% 55 8
Tyngsborough 61% 50% 151 20
Tyringham 50% N/A 8 0
Univ Of Mass Amherst 74% 100% 38 6
Univ Of Mass Boston 20% 50% 10 10
Univ Of Mass Dartmouth 92% N/A 12 0
Univ Of Mass Lowell 100% N/A 1 0
Univ Of Mass Worcester 33% N/A 6 0
Upton 32% 40% 191 10
Uxbridge 10% 20% 105 5
Wakefield 24% 33% 202 9
Wales* 100% N/A 1 0
Walpole 22% 29% 196 14
Walter East Ferneld State School N/A 0% 0 1
Waltham 16% 30% 727 132
Ware 59% 50% 76 2
Wareham 63% 54% 147 13
Warren 47% 50% 19 2
Warwick* 100% N/A 1 0
Watertown 51% 70% 478 185
Wayland* 100% 100% 26 4
Webster 39% 25% 46 4
Wellesley 31% 44% 427 91
Wellfleet 45% 44% 204 18
Wendell 67% N/A 9 0
Wenham 28% 0% 111 3
West Boylston 37% 50% 82 4
West Bridgewater 32% 50% 110 14
West Brookfield 57% 69% 134 16
West Newbury 49% 100% 94 4
West Springfield 68% 71% 157 38
West Stockbridge 91% 100% 56 4
West Tisbury 22% 75% 45 4
Westborough 15% 22% 474 74
Westfield 52% 64% 235 22
Westfield State College 0% N/A 7 0
Westford 28% 32% 223 22
Westhampton 88% N/A 8 0
Westminster 84% 86% 228 22
Weston 19% 19% 217 37
Westport 70% 100% 123 2
Westwood 10% 7% 105 14
Weymouth 37% 48% 759 40
Whately 61% 70% 88 10
Whitman 94% 75% 48 4
Wilbraham 32% 44% 497 16
Williamsburg 81% 100% 58 1
Williamstown 40% 50% 158 8
Wilmington 12% 30% 327 23
Winchendon 48% 100% 31 1
Winchester 8% 0% 219 15
Windsor* N/A 100% 0 1
Winthrop 87% 85% 85 20
Woburn* 100% 100% 263 41
Worcester 83% 91% 1,006 206
Worcester County Sheriff 25% N/A 4 0
Worthington 71% N/A 14 0
Wrentham 47% 81% 176 16
Yarmouth 34% 33% 149 12

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