Department News

Presentation at Tyngsboro council of aging this morning

Chief Rich Howe and members of Enterprise Bank (Prema Nagathan, Kyra Howe & Nicole Baroni) speak to Tyngsborough seniors this morning regarding scams and financial crimes.  Special thanks to Enterprise Bank for being a great partner in our community, and as usual thanks to Director Barbara Roach for bringing these important programs to our seniors.





Police Appreciation day at Elementary School

Thank you to the Elementary School, staff and students, for Police Appreciation day held in September, we are honored by your support!law-enforcement-appreciation-day

Baystate Marathon – Sunday October 16th, starts at 8am

The Baystate Marathon is this Sunday, October 16th, it begins at 8am in Lowell.  The marathon will come down Middlesex Rd. from Chelmsford, cross the Tyngsborough Bridge and then travel down Pawtucket Blvd. back into Lowell.    All roads in Tyngsborough and the Tyngsborough Bridge will remain open, however there will be delays as portions of the roadways will be coned off for runners safety.  Please avoid the area if possible.

Up to $5,000 reward offered for information regarding recent arson in Tyngsborough

TYNGSBOROUGH — State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, Tyngsborough Police Chief Richard Howe and Tyngsboro Fire Chief Timothy J. Madden are asking for the public’s help as they continue to investigate a series of motor vehicle fires that occurred this past weekend.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, Tyngsborough Police received calls for the following vehicle fires:

• At approximately 2:26 a.m., police received a report of two scooters on fire in the driveway of a residence on King David Road. As a result of the fire, the two scooters and two vehicles were damaged.

• At approximately 2:32 a.m., police received a call reporting a vehicle on fire in the driveway of a residence on Bowers Avenue. Two vehicles were damaged.

• At approximately 2:41 a.m., police received a call for a vehicle fire in the driveway of a residence on Chester Avenue. The vehicle and residence were damaged due to the fire.

• At approximately 3:05 a.m., police received a call for multiple vehicles on fire in the driveway of two different residences on Mascuppic Trail. As a result of the fire, three vehicles were damaged.

Additionally, a motor vehicle fire was reported on Althea Street on Friday, Oct. 7, at approximately 10:45 a.m. Officials believe this incident is connected to the spree that occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A total of 11 vehicles and one home were damaged due to the fires.

Anyone with information about these fires is asked to call the Arson Hotline at 1-800-682-9229. All calls are confidential. The Arson Hotline is part of the Arson Watch Reward Program that provides rewards of UP TO $5,000 for information that helps to solve the crime of arson. The program is funded by the property and casualty insurance underwriting companies of Massachusetts.

These incidents are being actively investigated by the Tyngsborough Police and Fire Departments, and the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Office of the Fire Marshal.

“The perpetrators of this act will be found and held responsible,” Chief Howe said. “They not only intentionally destroyed the property of law abiding Tyngsborough residents, but also endangered people as their actions could have caused a much more serious fire.”

Anyone with information about any of these incidents can also call the Arson Hotline above or the Tyngsborough Police Department at 978-649-7504 and press 9 for the anonymous tip line, or ask for Detective Sgt. Cindy Shay.

Hoping for quick recovery for Boston Police Officers who were shot

We stand with our brothers and sisters of the Boston Police Department, hoping for a quick recovery for the two officers who were shot last night.

Tyngsborough – Trick or treating date / safety

Trick or treating in Tyngsborough will be held on Monday October 31st, 6-8pm.


Halloween safety tips from the Tyngsborough Police Department;


  • Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and any exterior lights on.
  • Patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and crimes against children.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately.  For Tyngsborough call 911 from a land line or 978-649-7504 from your cell.
  • Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.


Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle.  Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.


Make sure your kids dress up safely

  • Make sure costumes are flame retardant so children aren’t in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns.
  • Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.
  • Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable, and they can obstruct a child’s vision, a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
  • Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.

Make trick-or-treating trouble free

  • Create a map of a safe trick-or treating route and set a time limit for your children to “trick-or-treat”.
  • Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups so they aren’t a tempting target for real-life goblins. Parents should accompany young children.
  • Make sure older kids trick-or-treat with friends. Together, map out a safe route so you will know where they are going. Tell them to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
  • Try to get your kids to trick-or-treat while it’s still light out. If it’s dark, make sure someone has a flashlight and pick well-lighted streets.
  • Do not go inside anyone’s home. Remain on the porch at all times.
  • Do not accept rides from strangers.
  • Remind kids to keep a safe distance from moving cars.
  • Cross only at street corners, never between parked cars, and never diagonally across an intersection.
  • Look in all directions before crossing the street, and obey all traffic signals. Walk, never run, across the street, and use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.
  • Do not take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.
  • Do not eat any treats until parents have inspected them.
  • Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.


Check all treats before eating

  • What to eat? Only unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers. Don’t forget to inspect fruit and homemade goodies for anything suspicious. By all means remind kids not to eat everything at once or they’ll be feeling pretty ghoulish for while!
  • Halloween can be a lot of fun for parents and kids alike–if everybody remembers the tricks and treats of playing it safe.


check online resources for additional safety information!



K-9 narcotics deterrent sweep at Tyngsborough Schools

This morning the Tyngsborough Police K-9 unit, as well as (7) other K-9 units from the NEMLEC K-9 unit, completed a proactive narcotics deterrent sweep of the Tyngsborough High & Middle School.  The K-9 units conducted narcotics sweeps of other area communities school’s this morning as well.  These sweeps are being done as part of a program of zero tolerance for narcotics in our schools,  and in cooperation with each school’s administration.


Chief Richard Howe


Health & Safety Fair – Saturday October 22nd 9am-1pm

In addition, there will be health professionals on site to provide information regarding opiod abuse and prevention.



Lowell Technical High School incident

The Tyngsborough Police Department responded to the Lowell Vocational Technical High School at 7:05 this morning, October 5th, located on Pawtucket Blvd. in Tyngsborough, after being informed of a threatening Facebook post by a student.

Officers conducted a search of the school as students were just entering the building for the beginning of classes.  The student in question, an 18 yr. old male, was subsequently located and removed from the student population.  The student, who we are not identifying, apparently posted a picture of himself on Facebook with what turned out to be an air soft handgun, the student made statements on his page that were interpreted by others as a direct threat of violence at the school.  At this time there does not appear that a direct threat of violence was made by the student.  A search of the students’ residence was conducted by Tyngsborough officers as a result of this incident, the airsoft handgun was located.

School operations were not interrupted, the Vocational School will be handling the situation with the student and his parents administratively.  There are no pending criminal charges at this time.


Chief Richard D. Howe


Traffic stop safety

A common question and concern from the public often concerns what to do when stopped by the Police for a traffic infraction.  Below are some basic procedures that should always be taken to ensure a safe stop for the citizen and police officer.  Some of the information below has been provided by a Tyngsborough resident which we thought is very helpful.  The goal here is to create a sense of ease in an already tense or stressful situation.  When stopped for a traffic infraction you should;

  • Pull to the side of the road as soon as possible safely, do not stop in the middle of an intersection though
  • Lower the window in order to communicate with the police officer (you do not need to roll it down all the way)
  • Put your vehicle in park or turn the car off
  • Keep drivers license and proof of registration easily accessible
  • If there is a firearm in the vehicle let the officer know right away, keep your license to carry with you and easily accessible
  • Keep your hands visible at all times