The Groton Police Department has installed an On-Line safe zone in the parking lot in front of its facility at 99 Pleasant Street for those who want to make online transactions in person in a safe place.

The hope is that this “On-Line exchange safety zone” will provide a well-lit, camera-monitored place for people to make property exchanges and online sales transactions.  For example, if someone were to purchase something on Craigslist they would have a safe place to exchange money for whatever they are purchasing.

“We initially learned about the exchange zones from various national media sources around the country, and decided a similar zone for our citizens would aid in their safety and protection,” said Chief of Police Donald Palma.  “If someone is not willing to meet you at the police station to transfer property for money, you probably don’t want to be doing business with them.”

“We are seeing more and more safety zones being designated at other law enforcement facilities and I think that this is a great resource for our citizens,” he added. The locations could also be used for child custody exchanges as well.



The Groton Police Department is accepting applications for a full-time (40 hour) Police and Fire Communications Officer. The hourly wage range is $23.00 to $26.89 based on experience. There is an evening shift differential of 6% and late-night shift differential of 8%.

Candidates must be able to work all shifts including holidays and weekends for a 24/7 operation.  Responsibilities include receiving emergency and non-emergency calls for Police, Fire and EMS, and dispatching Public Safety Personnel. Other duties would include, record keeping, warrant management and other administrative tasks.  Applicants must be able to multi-task in a fast-paced and stressful environment. Experience and training in this field is a plus and must be able to earn and maintain required state certifications.  Applicants will be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period.

Applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalency, good typing and communications skills, a valid driver’s license and have no criminal convictions.  Successful candidates must have a good work history, references and be able to successfully complete a thorough background check. 

To apply, please send cover letter and resume by mail to Human Resources Director, Town Hall, 173 Main St., Groton, MA 01450 or by email to For questions please call 978.448.1145. Job description is available by request.

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