Archive for August, 2012
The Lowell Police Department Receives $950,000 to Revitalize the Centralville Neighborhood and Assist Ex-Offenders
LOWELL, MA (August 22, 2021) – On August 22, 2012, the Lowell Police Department (LPD) was notified by the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) that the department would be receiving a $900,000 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant, one of six awards made nationwide. The LPD also received a $50,000 Second Chance Act Adult Offender Reentry Program planning grant from the USDOJ this week.
The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant will fund the Centralville Friends for Improvement, Revitalization, and Enforcement (C-FIRE) program. This program will utilize comprehensive, community-based crime prevention strategies that will strive to decrease crime, increase resident safety, provide positive alternatives for at-risk youth and enhance the Centralville neighborhoods revitalization efforts. Through this grant the LPD will work closely with the Centralville Neighborhood Action Group (CNAG) and partner with the Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board/Career Center, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell, the United Teen Equality Center, Coalition for a Better Acre, Community Teamwork, Inc., International Institute of New England and Mill City Grows. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts –Lowell Center for Family, Work and Community will assist the LPD and project partners to implement and evaluate the program.
In addition to the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant, the LPD also received the Second Chance Planning Grant, which will focus on creating a five-year strategic plan that addresses the needs of ex-offenders returning to the community from incarceration. The LPD along with the Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board/Career Center founded the Greater Lowell Ex-Offender Reentry Partnership in 2010. This Partnership includes representatives from a variety of stakeholders, including City and State agencies, as well as local service providers. Through the Second Chance Planning Grant, the group will work together to design a five-year strategic plan that will focus on identifying and addressing the greatest needs of ex-offenders and providing them with comprehensive services both before and after their release from incarceration in an effort to reduce recidivism in the Greater Lowell area.
Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee stated, “The Lowell Police Department is eager to begin work on both the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation and Second Chance Planning grants. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with CNAG through the C-Fire program and this grant will provide a variety of much needed resources to the Centralville area. We are also excited to strengthen the Greater Lowell Ex-Offender Partnership through the Second Chance grant. Recidivism of ex-offenders has long been a concern in the City and putting together a solid five-year strategic plan will allow the LPD to apply for additional grant funding in the future to benefit ex-offenders and reduce their likelihood of re-offending. The LPD is extremely grateful to the USDOJ, as well as Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and Senators Brown and Kerry, who have been instrumental in supporting our efforts to secure grant funding in recent years.”
Lowell Police Department
Launches Intensive Crackdown on Impaired Driving
Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Lowell Ma. – Lowell Police Department today announced it will join 128 other law enforcement agencies statewide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving from August 15 to September 3 as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization, funded by a federal grant administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS-HSD).
Impaired driving is one of America’s most often committed and deadliest crimes. In 2010, 115 people died in impaired driving related crashes in the Commonwealth. Moreover, there were an additional 2,750 impaired driving related personal injury and property damage crashes and almost 14,635 impaired driving arrests.
On average, there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America. The number of drivers operating under the influence increases during holiday weekends, especially during summer holidays.
“There have been too many incidents where innocent law-abiding people driving our roadways suffer tragic consequences. This is a result of a conscious decision made by people to drive impaired and is a careless disregard for human life. We here at the Lowell Police are committed to roadway safety; we will be increasing our enforcement efforts during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired crashes occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads,” said Deputy Superintendent Deborah Friedl.
Lowell Officers will be aggressively looking for any impaired drivers during the crackdown. Arrest will be the response for anyone found driving our roadways under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
“The message is simple: if we find you driving impaired, you will be arrested. No exceptions, no second chance” said Deputy Friedl. “Even if happen to beat the odds and walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life.”
According to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, violators often face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. All told, a first offense can easily cost well over $5000. Driving impaired is simply not worth all the consequences. Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
The Lowell Police Department is investigating 2 separate incidents of explosives being ignited in the city. The most recent incident happened over this past weekend. On August 12, 2012 at approximately 7; 10 p.m. Officers were on patrol in the area ofWannalancit Street. At which time they heard a loud explosion. They were unable to locate the exact location as the noise echoed throughout the neighborhood. As they drove ontoW.Bowers Streetthey could see a large plume of smoke bellowing into the air from the rear of theBartlettSchool. Officers drove to the field in the rear of the school. Officers then located remnants of what appeared to be a homemade pipe bomb. The Lowell Fire Department and detectives from the Lowell Police Criminal Bureau were requested to respond. Upon searching the area, remnants of the pipe bomb were found 200-220 feet from the ignition point.
On August 10, 2012 Officers were on patrol in the area ofGorham Street. At approximately 10: 07 p.m. an officer heard a loud explosion come from the area of the South Common. As the officer drove to the location he observed smoke bellowing from the center of the common. Lowell Fire and Lowell Police detectives were requested to respond. In both incidents a thorough search was conducted to ensure that there were no other explosive devices in the area. Evidence has been collected in both of these incidents.
The Lowell Police Department is actively investigating both of these incidents and is requesting the public’s help. If you witness such an incident please contact us immediately at (978) 937-3200. If anyone has any information on past incidents please contact LPD Crime Stoppers at (978) 459-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to 847411. (Tip must start with LPDtip) You will remain anonymous and if your information is deemed credible and reliable it could result in a cash reward.
Under Massachusetts Law (GL:266;102A) possession of a infernal machine is a Felony and is punishable by up to 10 years in State Prison and not less than 2 ½ years in the House of Correction.