Department News


Beware of scams, online, phone, email

Please be aware of ongoing scams via phone and email.  The latest one was brought to our attention by someone who works in Tyngsborough was sent to us today. (see below)

This included an official looking email, the scammers will send these out to numerous employees in various companies, and they will typically sign the email with the name of a real executive at the company in the hope of making it look realistic.  

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Please I need to get a Gift card for my niece but I can’t do this now because I’m not feeling well. I’ve got the flu and i tried purchasing online but i don’t know what’s wrong with my Amazon account it’s not going through and have called Amazon but it has not been resolved yet, please can you can get it for me from the store or online?I’ll pay back as soon as I get better

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Please never provide your information over email or phone, unless you have called the person/company directly and you are able to 100% verify that the person you are talking to is legitimate.  Please spread the word, especially to those who may be more vulnerable to these types of scams.  If you have questions, please contact the Police Department.

Suspicious fire on Bowers Ave.

Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, along with the Tyngsborough Police and Fire Departments, are investigating a suspicious fire that occurred on June 6, 2020 at 40 Bowers Ave, Tyngsborough. Any person with credible information related to this fire are asked to contact 1-800-682-9229. Please see the attached picture and click on the link for the reward flyer. All calls are confidential.

Thank you, Chief Howe

Arson Reward Program Flyer (1)

Comments from the Chief regarding upcoming protest

A protest is scheduled for Thursday June 11th at 4:30 pm. The protester’s plan is to march down Kendall Road on the sidewalk, then assemble on the side of Middlesex Road, spreading out from the Kendall / Middlesex Rd. intersection to Notre Dame.

We have been assured that this will be a peaceful protest. I spoke with the organizer today and it is clear with all parties that there will be zero tolerance for violations of the law.

The Tyngsborough Police Department, and any additional resources deemed necessary, will ensure the safety of our community and those who travel through it, the safety of the protesters while they express their 1st Amendment rights, and to keep traffic flow clear.

We are asking everyone to please respect all points of view and show everyone why this is such a great community. We don’t always have to agree, but we should always treat each other with respect and tolerance.

Thank you, Chief Howe

We are aware of the planned protest

We are receiving numerous calls and messages notifying us of the protest scheduled for June 11th by people supporting “Black Lives Matter”.   We are aware of the planned peaceful protest and and have been contacted by the organizers.  We will work with them to protect their rights to peacefully protest , and will work with all parties to ensure minimal impact to Tyngsborough residents and traffic.

Thank you, Chief Howe

Firearms Licensing process; New guidelines for processing

Firearms licensing applicants,

The Firearms Licensing process will restart on June 8th  with new safety  guidelines in place.   The process will involve specific changes which enhance the safety of the public and our department personnel who will be assisting in the licensing process.   These guidelines will remain in place until further notice.

  • There will be two (2) four (4) hour blocks designated each week for the fingerprinting and photographing portion of the firearm licensing process.   All blocks of time are from 3-7 pm.
  • You will receive a call from our department providing you choices from the schedule below.   We ask that when you arrive at the police department for your appointment to please call the dispatch desk @ 978-649-7504, but remain in your vehicle.
  • When our personnel are ready they will call you and you will be asked to enter the Police Department through the garage door on the South side of the building.
  • All people coming into the building are required to wear a facemask, unless a legal exemption exists.   Due to the fingerprinting and photographing process requiring close contact, and the inability to maintain social spacing, all personnel from the Police Department who are processing firearm license applicants will be wearing a facemask as well.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we navigate through these changes.   If you have any questions regarding the firearm licensing process please contact Sgt. Cynthia Shay @ 978-649-7504 x 131 or Chief Dispatcher Walesca Gomez @ 649-7504 x 172.

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Richard D. Howe

Chief of Police

Chief Howe comments on the death of George Floyd

Police Chief Richard D. Howe denounces the actions of the four police officers in Minneapolis that resulted in the death of George Floyd last week.

The incident involving Minneapolis Police needs to be openly talked about not just within our individual departments, but in law enforcement and society in general. We need to take responsibility and acknowledge what it was: an unnecessary, violent and inexcusable use of excessive force, which in just a matter of minutes destroyed good faith with the public that takes years or even generations to build.

I stand with my fellow police chiefs and denounce the actions of these four officers in Minneapolis, and join all peaceful protesters and concerned citizens in calling for an end to racism and police brutality. I also thank the vast majority of police officers who put their life on the line everyday, and do it professionally and ethically.

The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, representing Police Chiefs in all 351 cities and towns and most college campuses has this week denounced the egregious actions taken by four members of the Minneapolis Police Department, whether by action or inaction, that resulted in the death of George Floyd on May 25. Massachusetts Police Officers have thoroughly embraced the six pillars of the principles embodied in the final report of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and remain committed to professional conduct, democratic policing and procedural justice for all people.

The methods used by these few officers are not in compliance with training standards provided by the Massachusetts Police Training Council, nor consistent with any training Tyngsborough Police Officers receive.

Police officers take a solemn oath to defend human life, and the Tyngsborough Police Department frequently trains its members on the safest and most modern and appropriate tactics. These training sessions include crucial topics such as de-escalation techniques, mental health, diversity and inclusion, fair and impartial policing, procedural justice and police legitimacy.

The need for ethical behavior by each of us which is beyond reproach, cannot be understated. We each have a responsibility to lead the charge on this, and send a clear message to our community: We are compassionate professionals who will work hard to understand cultural differences and embrace them, which in turn will create new cultural bonds. Most importantly, we need to be models in our community for unimpeachable behavior.

We are extremely fortunate to be part of a community in Tyngsborough that supports us and we want them to know that we are wholly dedicated to the safety and well being of all our residents. We will work every day to maintain that trust, as our profession is nothing without it.

Chief Richard D. Howe

Birthday parades ending

While everyone has been stuck at home for the last couple of months we have done dozens of Birthday parades, and have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in each one.   However, as the quarantine is lifted, our call volume has increased and we will bringing this program to an end.  If you have already scheduled with us we will still make every attempt to be there as promised.

Thank you Tyngsborough!