Lowell Police Department

The Lowell Police Department (LPD) has the primary responsibility for law enforcement and investigation for a population of about 107,000 in the 14.5-square-mile (38 km2) city of Lowell, Massachusetts. Lowell is the fourth-largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is county seat of Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Raymond Kelly Richardson, a 30-year veteran of the department is the current superintendent of police. The department is a member of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, which provides specialized units throughout the region.

Lowell Police Department
"Art is the handmaid of the human good"
Common nameLowell P.D.
Agency overview
Annual budget$21.5 million
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionMassachusetts, U.S.
Size14.5 square miles
Legal jurisdictionCity of Lowell, Massachusetts
General nature
Headquarters50 Arcand Drive Lowell, Massachusetts 01852
Police Officers230
Agency executives
  • Raymond "Kelly" Richardson, Superintendent of Department
  • Deborah Friedl, Deputy Superintendent
City Jails1
Marked Patrol Vehicles76
Unmarked Vehicles57
Watercrafts21' Boston Whaler
K-9 Units2
Lowell Police Department


Superintendents of Police
Hugh Downey 1925–1935
Michael Winn 1935–1949
John Sayers 1950–1955
Francis O'Loughlin 1956–1963
Peter Gouduras 1964–1971
Leonard O.MacPhail 1972–1981
John Sheehan 1982–1995
Edward F. Davis III 1995–2006
Kenneth E. Lavallee 2006–2013
Deborah Friedl (Interim) 2013
William Taylor 2013–2018
Jonathan "Jack" Webb (Interim) 2018
Raymond Kelly Richardson 2018–Present

Like other urban American police forces, the Lowell Police Department was founded in the nineteenth century in response to rapid urbanization and industrialization. This brought an influx of immigrants in search of employment, increasing the city's population dramatically.

In the late 1990s, Edward F. Davis implemented innovative "community policing" strategies, which reduced Lowell's crime rate faster than any other American city with over 100,000 residents.[1] In 2006, he left Lowell to become the commissioner of the Boston Police Department. Kenneth Lavallee succeeded him, continuing the community policing approach and reaching out to community and youth groups.[2]

In 2013, Deborah Friedl, although appointed temporarily, became the first woman chosen as police superintendent in the department's history.[3]

Community Policing PhilosophyEdit

The Lowell Police Department serves its community in the following ways:[4]

  • Providing emergency responses to crime
  • Working with neighborhoods and businesses to identify and solve problems
  • Sponsoring comprehensive recreational and educational programs for youth, including the in-school DARE program, the DARE Summer camp, and other collective efforts with community organizations
  • Developing specialized responses to crimes such as domestic violence and gang activity
  • Ongoing training of police personnel to best address community needs
  • Community-based policing, with neighborhood precinct stations, immersing police into the neighborhoods to most effectively interact with residents
  • Specialized foot, bike, and boat patrols to improve visibility of officers
  • Use of technology to enhance the delivery of public safety services
  • Mobile van command center to address pressing needs throughout the city.

Mission statementEdit

To work with the community to reduce crime, the fear of crime, and improve the quality of life in the city of Lowell.

Training AcademyEdit

Training Division station

The Lowell Police Department's Training Academy has been in operation since 1996 and has schooled over 350 men and women from 48 cities and towns about the ins and outs of police work. The LPD Academy consists 50 classes over the course of 24 weeks of training (880 hours). It is held in conjunction with the Cambridge and Lawrence Police Department. In 2010, the LPD moved its Training Division from the CrossPoint Towers to the Early Garage downtown. The director of the academy is Captain Timothy Crowley.


The Lowell Police Department is made up of 175 Police Officers, 30 Sergeants, 13 Lieutenants, 9 Captains, 2 Deputy Superintendent, and a Superintendent. Making a total of 230 sworn officers.[5]

Rank StructureEdit

Superintendent (1)
Deputy Superintendent (2)
Captain (9)
Lieutenant (13)
Sergeant (30)
Police Officer (184)

Geographic responsibilityEdit

Through a strategic planning process known as Geographic Responsibility, as well as input from the people of Lowell, it was determined that Crime and Disorder could be most effectively fought with the presence of a constant officer in neighborhoods. This method also seemed to be the most logical thing for supervision and accountability of each officer. There was frustration experienced by both officers and residents regarding the ability of officers to investigate neighborhood crimes. It was determined that officers who have the knowledge of a specific area and a relationship with the residents were to be assigned there, where they could best police the area. With this assignment method it is hoped that officers and residents will become more readily acquainted and will be more helpful to each other. Geographic assignment, the final phase of the Reorganization of the LPD, commenced on 17 January 1999. The city has been divided into three sectors which is each commanded by a Captain who has overall responsibility for the administration, neighborhood problems and concerns, as well as the success of his/her sector.[6]

Patrol ShiftsEdit

Platoon 1


Late Nights

Platoon 2

Day Shift

Platoon 3

Early Nights



Acre, Centralville, Downtown, Pawtucketville


Belvidere, Back Central, Highlands, Lower Highlands, Sacred Heard / South Lowell

K9 UnitEdit

The Lowell Police Department currently has 2 K9 teams: Lt. Steven Gendreau and his Bloodhound named Hope; Officer Chris Hanson and his German Shepherd named Bossi. These K9's perform vital functions for the LPD such as: tracking, searching, and apprehension of criminal suspects, searching for missing persons and children, assisting patrol officers with the detection of various types of illegal drugs or contraband in vehicles, luggage, or packages, assisting other officers in crowd control, responding to assist police departments from area communities when they are in need of a K9, as well as many other functions.

Line of duty deathsEdit

Christos G. Rouses memorial statue in Lowell's JFK Civic Center

Since its inception, the Lowell Police Department has lost four police officers in the line of duty. In 1978, Officer Christos Rouses, was shot and killed while responding to a silent alarm at a local pharmacy. In 1980, there was a memorial depicting an officer with his hand on the right shoulder of a young child placed in his honor directly in front of Department headquarters at JFK Plaza. The memorial, which sits in the center of a fountain has the names of:

  • Officer George F. A. Pearsall, killed by gunfire on 24 April 1957
  • Officer Christos G. Rouses, killed by gunfire on 17 November 1978
  • Officer Patrick F. Leavitt, died after a heart attack on 18 December 1941
  • Officer John J. Winn, killed by assault on 3 May 1971[7]

In popular cultureEdit

  • The department plays a prominent role in the 2010 film The Fighter, an Academy Award-winning biographical sports drama about Lowell boxer Micky Ward and his brother Dicky Eklund. Shot in and around Lowell, Sergeant Mickey O'Keefe played himself in the film.[8]
  • Multiple episodes of the Fox show Cops follow Lowell police officers while on duty.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Lehrer, Eli (2001), "The police behind America's biggest crime drop.", The American Enterprise, 12 (2)
  2. ^ Favot, Sarah (29 March 2013). "BRIDGE BUILDER: Chief regularly reached out to youth, neighborhood groups in community". Lowell Sun.
  3. ^ Scott, Christopher (22 March 2013). "Friedl chosen interim Lowell police chief: First woman to lead department". Lowell Sun.
  4. ^ Community Policing Philosophy Archived 12 February 2011 at WebCite
  5. ^ Number of Officers in Each Position Archived 12 February 2011 at WebCite
  6. ^ LPD Operational Philosophy Archived 12 February 2011 at WebCite
  7. ^ Officer's who have Died in the Line of Duty Archived 12 February 2011 at WebCite
  8. ^ Sullivan, James (22 December 2010). "It's the role of his life: Police sergeant shines playing himself in "The Fighter". The Boston Globe.
  9. ^ "Cops episode 1914". Missing or empty |url= (help)

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