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Online Safe Exchange Zone

The Truro Police Department is pleased to announce two designated areas as "Online Safe Exchange Zone" for buyers and sellers utilizing websites like Craigslist to buy and sell items. If you're completing an online transaction, you can make the exchange in the lobby of the Police Station or in the parking lot on the south side of the Truro Public Safety Facility.  While we recommend that these transactions take place during daytime hours, the lot is well-lit if you need to meet after dark.  Also, the lot has video surveillance on at all times. The idea on the "Online Safe Exchange Zone" is to provide a safer place for exchanges and reduce potential fraud or robberies which can be associated with these types of transactions. While available for you to use to complete your exchange, our personnel may not participate or act as official witnesses in the transactions.  Further, Police personnel are unable to give legal advice or allowed to settle disputes between parties involved in transactions occurring at this location.

Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind when conducting such transactions:

  • Only do transactions with local buyers/sellers
  • Do not go to a transaction alone
  • Make sure a friend or family member is aware of the transaction details
  • Insist on meeting in a public area like our safe transaction zone
  • Do not go into someone else's house, and do not allow them into yours
  • Complete the transaction during daylight hours
  • Be extra cautious when buying or selling valuable items such as vehicles and jewelry
  • Only use cash or money orders to complete your transactions
  • Trust your instincts, if it sounds like a scam it probably is
  • If somebody is not willing to come to the police department to do a transaction it is probably not a legitimate transaction.


Town of Truro Special Event Parking Permit / Plan

The Town of Truro is implementing a parking permit / plan for residents or businesses that will have multiple cars parked for a party or event. The form must be filled out completely and brought to the Public Safety Facility to be approved by the Police Chief and Fire Chief.

Download the form here

Prescription Drug Kiosk

The Truro Police Department will collect unwanted household prescription medications.  Truro residents will now have a permanent, free, safe method to dispose of unused or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications.

NADDI Drug Collection Units were delivered to police departments in Barnstable County, including Truro.  The Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, which programs include water quality and hazardous waste , purchased the units for the departments through grant monies obtained from a private foundation.


The following Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Guidelines Should Be Adhered To:
<  Only household prescription or over-the-counter medications are excepted
<  No business or medical waste is allowed
<  No sharps, mercury thermometers, epi-pens  or needles are accepted
<  The process is completely anonymous and the names and labels may be removed from the packaging
<  This site is for Truro residents only.  All cape police departments now have the same Prescription Drug Kiosk


Telephone Scams

If you're age 60 or older, you may be a special target for people who sell bogus products and services by phone. Click here for more information

Mass 2-1-1

Mass 2-1-1 online directory is an information resource for emergency food, rent, help paying your heating and utility bills, mental health counseling, health programs, public health and safety services, child care referrals, job resources, and other help for individuals, parents and families. Click for more information.

TPD will be participating in Cape wide Rapid Alert System

Rapid alert is a automated notification system used to alert citizens in the event of an emergency. This is a region-wide system hosted by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) available to each police department and fire department in Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties. Read more about the new system here.

File of Life

The File of Life is a red plastic envelope, approximately 3 inches by 5 inches with a magnetic strip on the back, in which you place important medical information, such as; medications, medical history, etc. on a standardized form. The File of Life is then placed on the front of your refrigerator door.

This information will assist responding personnel with previous medical history, medications, allergies, and other related information.

A completed File of Life worksheet could save your life or that of a family member.

File of Life forms, holders and additional information are available at the Truro Public Safety Facility.

Fireams License Fees


The license fee are as follows:

     -DEALERS (including gunsmiths)…………………………….$100.00

     -LICENSE TO SELL AMMUNITION……………………….….$100.00


     -LICENSE TO CARRY FIREARMS…………………………..$100.00


        ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS              

                 -PERMITS TO PURCHASE…………………………………...$100.00

                 -NON-RESIDENT AND NON-RESIDENT..…………………..$100.00


                 -RESIDENT ALIENS…………………………………………   $100.00

Firearms licensing hours


 Wednesdays 8am-3pm and Thursday 8am-12 noon or by appointment. 




The Truro Police/Fire Department is attempting to update all information on homes in town that are outfitted with burglar and/or fire alarms. Please mail or email the following form to the Truro Police Department, care of Communications Supervisor Heidi Dyer or Administrative Assistant Jacquelyne Mastrianna  so we may update the information. Homeowners without alarms are also welcome to submit the form so caretaker information will be available at the police/fire station.