For more information on policing in Massachusetts, see entry on Boston Police.
- Association/Collaboration – Amazon
The Needham Police Department participates in Amazon’s "Ring network," which as reported in The Verge, "lets law enforcement ask users for footage from their Ring security cameras to assist with investigations." The Ring is an Amazon-produced "video doorbell, which allows Ring users to see, talk to, and record people who come to their doorsteps," and which "sends notifications to a person’s phone every time the doorbell rings or motion near the door is detected."
- Partnership/Ownership/Membership – Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (Metro LEC)
The Needham Police Department is a member agency of the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (Metro LEC). Like other Law Enforcement Councils (LECs) in Massachusetts, Metro LEC functions to increase regional collaboration between police and sheriff's departments, organizing SWAT teams and obtaining military equipment for use by its member agencies, while operating largely out of public view as a semi-private organization.