Department News

Halloween Safety Tips

TYNGSBOROUGH — During Halloween festivities this weekend, Chief Howe and the Tyngsborough Police Department ask that the community put safety first, especially for those who plan on trick-or-treating or who will be out at night.

The Centers for Disease Control provides best practices for Halloween trick-or-treaters by asking that people follow the “Safe Halloween” motto.

Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape on costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before you eat them.

Hold a flashlight while walking to ensure that you are visible. Walk and don’t run from house to house.

Always test make up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent  possible skin and eye irritation.

Lower your risk of serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever  possible.

Only walk on sidewalks wherever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe and to prevent accidents or injury.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.

Eat only factory-wrapped candy. Avoid eating homemade treats offered by strangers.

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t accept rides from strangers.

Never walk near lit candles or devices with open flames. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Those who are planning on attending a party should remember:

  • Many young children are out for the evening, especially during the peak hours of 5:00-7:00 p.m., so drive slowly!
  • Not to drive a vehicle while wearing any sort of mask. Your visibility could be obscured.
  • To have a designated driver if attending an adult Halloween party where alcohol is served.

If there are any concerns on safety please contact the Tyngsborough Police Department at 978-649-7504.

Criminal charges via summons process


Norman Dubois, 59 yrs. old of Lowell – charged with operating a motor vehicle with a revoked drivers license


Garrett Ennis, 30 yrs. old of Westford – charged with OUI Liquor & operating to endanger


All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law

Tyngsborough Trick or treating, 10/31 5-7pm

Tyngsborough Trick or treating will be on Saturday October 31st, 5-7 pm


NYPD officer killed in the line of duty

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Randolph Holder and the NYPD, Officer Holder was murdered in the line of duty on Tuesday night.

Trump Event

I want to thank all members of the Tyngsborough Police Department who took part in the preparation and implementation of the Trump event on Friday, your professionalism and skill were noticed, you were an essential part of creating a safe event.  I also want to thank the various Police Departments, who assisted us through mutual aid, including NEMLEC (Northeast Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council), the resources and personnel they supplied were significant and were also essential in creating a safe event for all.  In addition, I want to thank the Tyngsborough public school administration for their work in coordinating the event with the Police Department as well as the Tyngsborough Fire & Highway Department for all they did in ensuring the event went smoothly.

Finally, I want to thank all the people who came to the event (including protesters) who were law abiding and respectful, quite often these type of events result in clashes between people of varying political beliefs, other than a few minor issues, this was not the case at our event.


Chief Richard Howe

Arrests / criminal charges via summons



Frank Lawson, 66 yrs. old of  N. Chelmsford – OUI Liquor (3rd offense)


23 yr. old male of Tyngsborough (name withheld per public records law) – Violation of an abuse prevention order




Daniel Dalton, 28 yrs. old of Tyngsborough – operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license


Marc Drolet, 27 yrs. old of Dracut – operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

Domingos Centeio, 38 yrs. old of Brockton – failing to stop for police, operating to endanger


All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law

OUI Arrest


Frank Lawson, 66 yrs. old of Chelmsford – OUI Liquor, 3rd offense


All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law

Trump event update

A zone for allowing protestors, supporters or others, who wish to express their 1st Amendment rights, is being established at the entrance of the Tyngsborough Elementary school at Westford Road. These zones will be specifically established to ensure safety at this event, persons in these areas are prohibited from interfering with traffic or pedestrians.  We ask that anyone wishing to use these areas to not begin their activities until 4:15pm or after to ensure that all school children and parents have left the school.

Thank you.


Chief Richard D. Howe


Update on Donald Trump event

This is a reminder that the Donald Trump for President event being held at the Tyngsborough Elementary School is a private venue, ticket holders will be allowed inside the building beginning at 5pm.  A ticket does not guarantee your entry into the building. Once the building reaches capacity, as determined by Fire safety personnel, no further entry will be allowed.  Also, nobody will be allowed to enter the Tyngsborough Elementary School property until 4:15pm, this is to ensure that all students and parents have left the property after the school day.

Parking will not be allowed on any public roadways in the area, vehicles that park on public roadways will be subject to being towed.  Additional “no parking” signage has been added in the area for the safety of our residents and travelling public.    The Trump event organizers will make every attempt to park as many people as they can on the Elementary School property, there will be additional parking on the field next to Flint’s plaza. Trump organizers are providing shuttle buses which will be travelling back and forth from the event to the flint parking area as well.

We ask that people not bring duffle bags, large pocketbooks or wear bulky jackets; all persons on the property are subject to search or may be asked to leave. We also ask that people conduct themselves in a rational and respectful manner during the event.  People causing a disturbance or acting in a threatening manner of any kind will be removed from the property.

There will be significant traffic delays prior to and at the end of the event, we will make every effort to move traffic as quickly as possible and ask people who are coming to the event to be patient and expect delays.

Residents and others travelling in the area (specifically Westford Road), please use alternate routes if possible.

Our priority is to make this a safe event for all; we appreciate your anticipated cooperation.


Thank you.


Chief Richard D. Howe


Trump town hall event

Presidential candidate Donald Trump is coming to Tyngsborough for a town hall style event at the Tyngsborough Elementary School this Friday (10/16). This will be a private event and only those holding tickets will be allowed entry, a specific area near the front entrance of the school (sidewalks on Westford Rd) will be designated for those wishing to protest or rally.  There will be a staging area created for media vehicles near the entrance to the school as well. Residents are advised that there will be significant traffic in the area around the school from 4-9pm on Friday, the intersections of Swan Rd/Westford Rd & Dunstable/Westford Rd will have police officers monitoring traffic.

Our intention is to minimize the impact of this event on the community, we ask residents who are not attending to avoid this area on Friday evening if possible.

We will provide additional updates during the week.


Chief Richard Howe