Department News

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


Domestic Arrest


52 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault & Battery of an intimate partner & Improper Storage of Firearms

Part/time public safety dispatch positions

Tyngsborough Public Safety Dispatch Center – Public Safety Part/time Dispatcher


The Tyngsborough Police Department is now accepting resumes for part-time (per-diem) public safety dispatchers for our combined Police/Fire/EMS dispatch center. Certifications in E-911, CPR, EMD, LEAPS, and experience with IMC preferred, but not required. Dispatchers must be willing to work all shifts (7-3, 3-11, 11-7). Pay is $ 22.31/hour.

Tyngsborough Public Safety Dispatch serves a residential community population of 12,000 which doubles during the day with local industry.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, possess a High School diploma and have a valid Driver’s license.  Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to:

Tyngsborough Police Department

Attn: Dispatch Supervisor Walesca Gomez

20 Westford   Rd,

Tyngsborough, MA 01879

All Applicants will be subject to a thorough background investigation conducted by the Tyngsborough Police Department. Tyngsborough is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Cover letter and Resume must be received no later than 9:00 A.M. October 24, 2016.

Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons 9/23 – 10/1


James Tsoumbanikas, 31 yrs. old of Lowell – Receiving a stolen motor vehicle, operating with a revoked drivers license, receiving stolen property over $250

Emmalee Fixler, 19 yrs. old of Kingston, NH – Warrant for past drug related charge

Felicia Kim, 21 yrs. old of Dracut – Warrant for past criminal motor vehicle charges

Steven Espada, 21 yrs. old of Lowell – Warrant for past criminal motor vehicle charges


28 yr old male of Lowell – Operating an uninsured vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a revoked registration

23 yr. old female of Chelmsford – Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked registration, no inspection sticker

49 yr. old male of Lowell – Operating  a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

32 yr. old male of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

28 yr. old male of Andover – OUI Drugs, destruction of property over $250


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




Reserve Police Officer testing

We will be holding a reserve police officer test in October (date yet to be determined).  All interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Deputy Chief Chronopoulos postmarked no later than September 30th.   The testing will comprise of a physical test, followed by a written exam and then interviews at a later date.  Each candidate will be contacted regarding the date of testing, and the requirements of the physical and written test.

Changes in communications / promotion and new appointment

Please join us in congratulating Walesca Gomez who has been promoted to Communications supervisor, she was unanimously appointed by the Board of Selectmen last night.  Walesca has shown great leadership in the past 2 years during the absence of Glenna Greenslade, who sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer.  Walesca will be instrumental as we prepare for a new enhanced 911 system and changes to our training and policy standards.

Also, please join us in congratulating Kim Desmarais who was unanimously appointed as our new full time communications specialist.  Kim has worked as a part time communications specialist since 2012.

Congratulations Walesca and Kim, we are lucky to have you!

Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons process 9/8 – 9/11


Dontay Whitney, 19 yrs. old of Methuen – Unarmed Burglary (2 counts), Malicious Destruction of property over $250 (2 counts), Assault with a dangerous weapon (2 counts).


23 yr. old male of Groton – OUI Liquor

30 yr. old male of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

35 yr. old male of Dracut – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration

22 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, uninsured motor vehicle


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