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March 9, 2018

Dear Residents, City Council Members and School Committee Members,

Attached you will find the 2017 Lawrence Police Department Annual Report. In it, you will find a
breakdown of the Lawrence Police Department, from values, to staffing, to in depth crime numbers and
everything in between. More than that, this report is a play by play of the last year within the department.
While crime is down overall, we know that you cannot feel safe until you see officers patrolling your
neighborhood, decreased response times and a professional voice on the phone when you call with an
emergency.

I urge each of you to review this report, take a look at the crime numbers and the department at a glance.
This is an inclusive report that is transparent and informative. We have more police on our streets; we are
increasing foot patrols and improving our community policing tactics. We are facing an opioid epidemic
head on by going after the suppliers and increasing patrols in hot spots throughout the city. We are
responding to noise calls and ticketing those found to be in violation in an effort to increase your quality of
life.

Last, use this report as a guide. The numbers are indicative of a well-trained, dedicated and professional
police force who is working hard every day to make Lawrence safer. Chief Vasque and I will continue to
work together to make our Police Department a world class police department, a department that our
residents deserve.

Sincerely,

Roy Vasque Dan Rivera


Interim Police Chief Mayor & CEO
Lawrence Police Department

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Lawrence Police Department


2017 Annual Report

Chief Roy P. Vasque

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Table of Contents
Values Statement 4
Department at a Glance 5
2017 Highlights 6
2018: Goals and Objectives 7
Grant Funding 8
Lawrence Comparison 9
Part 1 Crimes 10
Homicide 11
Rape 13
Robbery 15
Aggravated Assault 17
Burglary 23
Felony Larceny 27
Motor Vehicle Theft 29
Detective Division 31
Special Operations 32
School Resource Officers 33
Calls for Service 34
Arrests 36
Motor Vehicle Data 38
Firearms 47
Sex Offenders 49
Youth Diversion Initiative 50
Contact Information 51

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Values Statement

The members of the Lawrence Police Department are dedicated police professionals
committed to the philosophy and practice of community policing. Within that philoso-
phy we focus on three core values, compassion, community, and commitment.

 Compassion: To instill in every member of our Department the practice of


empathy for every person we encounter. This empathy is given regardless
of race, religion, age, gender, social or mental status; promising procedural
justice.

 Community: To empower residents, stakeholders, neighborhood groups and


others identified as positive forces of change the ability to provide the man-
date on how they want their City served by the police.

 Commitment: To serve the City of Lawrence to the best of our abilities and
constantly strive to improve and increase our capacity to serve the commu-
nity better.

Slogan
*** Compassion Community Commitment ***

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Department at a Glance
Budgeted Sworn Strength: 145 Civilians: 22 Full-Time Civilians
Actual Sworn Compliment: 137 21 Part-Time Civilians (Crossing Guards)
Female Officers: 9 Total
Sergeants: 2
Detective: 1
Patrol Officers: 6

Ethnic Breakdown:
African American: 3
Asian: 1
Caucasian: 85
Hispanic or Latino: 48

Chief: 1
Captains: 4
Lieutenants: 9
Sergeants: 17
Patrol Officers: 106

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2017 Highlights
The Lawrence Police Department had a number of Part 1 Crime accomplishments in 2017. They include but
not limited to the following:

Platoon 1:
 A 40% Decrease in Robberies
 A 28% Decrease in Residential Burglaries
 A 33% Decrease in Motor Vehicle Theft
 A 16% Increase in Motor Vehicle Stops
 An Overall 8% Decrease in Crime

Platoon 2:
 A 24% Decrease in Motor Vehicle Theft
 A 23% Decrease in Residential Burglary
 An 18% Decrease in Commercial Burglary
 A 9% Increase in Motor Vehicle Stops
 An Overall 5% Decrease in Crime

Platoon 3:
 A 44% Decrease in Residential Burglary
 A 27% Decrease in Motor Vehicle Theft
 A 20% Decrease in Robberies
 An Overall 7% Decrease in Crime

Overall Numbers for the Department:


 Overall 7% reduction in Part 1 Crimes, lowest number since 2009
 A 31% Decrease in Residential Burglaries
 A 30% Decrease in Auto Theft
 A 25% Decrease in Robberies

Cleared Cases:
 A 60% Homicide Clearance Rate compared to the 59.4% National Average
 A 40% Robbery Clearance Rate compared to the 29.6% National Average
 A 78% Aggravated Assault Clearance Rate compared to the 53.3% National Average
 A 97% Domestic Assault Clearance Rate
 A 24% Residential Burglary Clearance Rate compared to the National Average 13.1%
 A 18% Commercial Burglary Clearance Rate compared to the National Average 13.1%

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2018 Lawrence Police Department Goals and Objectives:


The department is undertaking a strategic and comprehensive reorganization. The goal of this review is to
recommit the department to a more community policing based strategy while allocating its resources and
crime analysis to identify and address the current crime trends to include gang and gun violence. A review of
all policy, procedures, training and supervision will be addressed to ensure accountability. Priorities in the
department’s reorganization will be to utilize increased foot, bicycle and motorcycle patrols to engage the
community in an effort to identify the most pressing concerns and addressing the root causes of crime in
their respective neighborhoods. The vision of the department is to build trust in the community through fair,
impartial and transparent delivery of police services. This effort can and will be attained through procedural
justice for all Lawrence residents.

Some of the Strategies include but are not limited to the following:

 Decrease crime by at least 3.5% overall, the lowest in Lawrence since before 2000.
 Reorganization of the Department
 Dedicated Community Policing Unit
 Implementation of a Gang/Violent Crimes Unit
 Increased Foot Patrols/Walking Beats
 Changed the currently unenforceable noise citations and executed new noise ordinance process
to streamline violator accountability.
 New Director of Police and Community Relations w/focus on Domestic Violence, Missing/
Exploited Children and Community Relations
 Replaced School Resource Officers’ Command staff. Assigned the National School Safety
Advocacy Council President as the new Lawrence Police Department School Resource Officer
Commander.
 Institute Stricter Club Controls and License Holder Accountability
 Replaced Police Liaison to Alcohol Licensing
 Community Engagements
 Increased Diversity, Sensitivity and Procedural Justice Training
 Reinstitute Commercial Burglary Building Checks and Revamp Alarm Call Protocols
 Bi-weekly Compstat Meetings
 Monthly Command Staff Meetings
 Revitalization and Improvements of the Police Building
 Professional Uniform Policy Implementation including Name Tags for Officer Recognition and
Community Engagement
 Executive Development Training
 Accreditation Process
 Increase the Departments Social Media use for Community Information

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Grant Funding:
The Lawrence Police Department was successful in securing several grants in 2017. Some of these grants
include: the Municipal Public Safety Staffing grant, the Shannon Community Safety Initiative, the Safe and
Successful Youth Initiative, the First Responder Naloxone grant and two Public Safety Answering Point
(PSAP) grants. The grant funding received by the Department is used for a variety of purposes including
hiring and retaining additional police officers as well as supporting a variety of programs, initiatives, and part-
nerships with community non-profit organizations.

The Department has been very fortunate to receive the Municipal Public Safety Staffing grant since its
inception. In 2017, this grant funding supported the hiring, training, outfitting and retention of eight (8) new
police officers. This grant also funded various overtime initiatives aimed at targeting hot spots for criminal
activity throughout the City.

The Department has been the recipient of the Shannon Community Safety Initiative and the Safe and
Successful Youth Initiative for a number of years, including 2017. The funding from these grants is used to
combat youth and gang violence in young adults. A large portion of both of these grants is distributed by the
Department to community partners including: Lawrence Family Development, the Boys and Girls Club, the
YMCA, the YWCA, ACT Lawrence, Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, and Change the Play. These
organizations provide a wide variety of positive programming as well as outreach, support, and trauma
counselling services to at-risk and proven risk youth. These programs are designed to prevent youth from
becoming involved with gangs and engaging in criminal activity. They are also aimed at providing proven
risk youth with alternatives to engaging in criminal behavior. The Shannon initiative also funds programs run
directly by the Police Department including the Junior Police Academy and the open gyms held at the
Guilmette School. These programs provide opportunities for youth to interact with police officers in a
positive setting.

In 2017, the Department was also the recipient of a grant to combat opioid overdoses. This grant allowed
the Department to purchase nasal naloxone and to train officers in the administration of the naloxone when
responding to overdose calls. Funding can also be used for community education to increase awareness
about the dangers of opioids and the community resources available to individuals and families dealing with
addiction.

The State 911 Department provided the Department with two grants to support the Department’s role as the
primary emergency 911 call center for the City. The Support and Incentives grant covered a portion of the
staffing costs for the Department’s civilian call takers. The Training and EMD Regulatory Compliance grant
allowed the Department to provide sixteen (16) hours of continuing education training to all Department call
takers and any officers working as dispatchers or call takers.

The Department was also the recipients of other grants during this calendar year. These grants allowed for
the purchase of bulletproof vests, funded a female street worker to specifically target troubled females, and
funded an afterschool program targeting middle school aged children and partnering teachers with police
officers to provide positive role models.

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Lawrence Comparison
The chart below is based on 2016 FBI/ UCR data1. It looks at population, violent crime, total number of
officers, and total number of civilians.

Violent Violent Aggravated Total Total


Rank City Crime Population crime Murder Rape Robbery Assault Officers Civilians
per 1000
1 Fall River 10.9 88,371 966 1 67 190 708 218 47
2 Brockton 10.8 95,189 1,029 3 83 169 774 187 21
3 New Bedford 8.7 94,524 819 3 31 238 547 255 42
4 Lynn 7.7 92,443 714 4 43 175 492 181 19
5 Lawrence 7.4 80,622 597 5 30 202 360 129 18

1. https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016

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Part 1 Crimes
Part I Crimes include: Homicide, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Felony Larceny, and Motor
Vehicle Theft. The graph below shows the total number of Part I Crimes for each year.

Since 2013 the department has had a steady decrease from year to year in overall Part 1 Crimes. The total
number of Part 1 crimes in 2017 is down 33% from the 2013 total, and the total number for 2017 is the lowest
number dating back to 1999.

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Homicide
FBI/ UCR Definition1: Criminal homicide―a.) Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter: the willful (nonnegligent)
killing of one human being by another. Deaths caused by negligence, attempts to kill, assaults to kill, suicides, and
accidental deaths are excluded. The program classifies justifiable homicides separately and limits the definition to:
(1) the killing of a felon by a law enforcement officer in the line of duty; or (2) the killing of a felon, during the
commission of a felony, by a private citizen. b.) Manslaughter by negligence: the killing of another person through
gross negligence. Deaths of persons due to their own negligence, accidental deaths not resulting from gross
negligence, and traffic fatalities are not included in the category Manslaughter by Negligence.

Homicide

2016 2017 % Change

Total 5 11 120%

There were eleven (11) Homicides reported in 2017. Homicide Clearance Rate
This is a 120% increase from the previous year. Two
2016 2017
(2, 18%) were domestic related. However the depart-
ment is waiting on final word from the Essex County 60% 55%
DA’s office on classifying one of the Homicides as un-
determined, possibly a suicide. This would bring the
total number to 10 and the clearance rate to 60%. Ac-
cording to the FBI/UCR website2 the national clearance
rate is 59.4%; putting the department in line with the
national average.

1. Source: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/offense-definitions
2. Source: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016/topic-pages/clearances

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Rape
Prior to 2013, the offense data for rape was collected under the legacy UCR definition: the carnal
knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will. As such, data collection on rape was limited to
incidents of rape were “force” was used. Other categories of sexual assault, attempted sexual assaults,
statutory rapes, and the like, were classified under other categories.

In 2013, the FBI UCR Program began collecting rape data under a revised definition within the Summary
Reporting System. Beginning in 2013, the term “forcible” was removed from the offense title and the
definition was changed. The revised UCR definition of rape is: penetration, no matter how slight, of the
vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without
the consent of the victim. Attempts or assaults to commit rape are also included in the statistics
presented1.

In Massachusetts, rape is defined as the penetration of any bodily orifice by any part of the body, or by an
object, performed against the victim's will, without consent, and with the threat of or actual use of force 2. In
conformance with, and in addition to, the revised definition, Massachusetts courts have also seemingly
expanded the interpretation of “penetration.” Previously, “penetration” was established where the perpetra-
tor actually inserted his/her digits (fingers, hands) penis, tongue, or objects into the victim’s orifice(s). Now,
the “penetration” element is established in situations where even the slightest separation of the lips, anus,
or labia is concerned. This includes incidents of licking and fondling which would have traditionally been
categorized under indecent assault and battery and other statutes.

As a result, incidents of sexual assaults, attempted sexual assaults, statutory rapes, sex and heavy fon-
dling between intoxicated individuals where consent was ambiguous or where even the slightest penetra-
tion (as statutorily defined) is involved, is now categorized as rape although such incidents may not have
been categorized this way under the legacy definition. Even instances of groping that meet the new
“penetration” element give rise to charges of rape.

This change has had a direct and notable effect on rape statistics and is particularly pronounced in cases
of domestic sexual assaults. In these cases, where indecent assault and battery charges would have been
appropriate against family members and friends committing sexual acts against children and other family
members, the statutes require rape charges.

The graph on the next page shows the number of rapes in Lawrence per year from 1999 through 2017.
Due to the above mentioned definition change Lawrence saw a 39% increase in the number of rapes be-
tween 2013 and 2014. Looking at the FBI/UCR data3 for cities like Brockton, Fall River, and New Bedford,
who started reporting under the new definition in 2013, notable increases are seen. For example, Fall Riv-
er reported 52 rapes in 2012 and 73 in 2013; a 40% increase. Brockton reported 48 rapes in 2012, and 87
in 2013; a 81% increase.

1. U.S. Department of Justice- Federal Bureau of Investigation, released Fall 2017


2. Thomson Reuters, FindLaw: http://statelaws.findlaw.com/massachusetts-law/massachusetts-rape-laws.html, March 8, 2018.
3. https://ucr.fbi.gov/ucr-publications

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Rape
2016 2017 % Change

Total 26 32 23%

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Robbery
FBI/ UCR Definition1: The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of
a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

Robbery
2016 2017 % Change

Total 202 153 -25%

There were 153 robberies reported in 2017. This is a Robbery Clearance Rate
25% decrease from the prior year, and the lowest total 2016 2017
number of robberies since 2008. Additionally the clear-
ance rate nearly doubled between 2016 and 2017. The 21% 40%
national clearance2 rate is 29.6%. The department’s
2017 clearance rate is nearly 10% over the national
average.

1. Source: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/offense-definitions
2. Source: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016/topic-pages/clearances

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Aggravated Assault
FBI/ UCR Definition1: An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or
aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means
likely to produce death or great bodily harm.

The Lawrence Police Department Crime Analysis Unit breaks down Aggravated Assault into two categories:
Domestic and Non-Domestic. The Crime Analysis Unit classifies Domestic Aggravated Assaults as those
where the relationship between the victim and offender is that of an intimate partner, ex-intimate partner,
family or household member. Non-Domestic Aggravated Assault are those where the relationship is an ac-
quaintance, school-mate, friend, or a stranger.

Aggravated Assault
2016 2017 % Change

Total 361 393 9%

There were 393 aggravated assaults in 2017. Although Aggravated Assault Clearance
Rate
this is a 9% increase from the prior year it is still the
second lowest number since 2009. The clearance rate 2016 2017
for aggravated assaults has increased from 68% to
68% 78%
78%. Both years are well above the national average2
of 53.3%

1. Source: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/offense-definitions
2. Source: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016/topic-pages/clearances

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Domestic Aggravated Assault


2016 2017 % Change

Total 132 152 13%

There were 152 domestic aggravated assaults in 2017. Domestic Clearance Rate
This is an increase of twenty (20) cases from 2016,
2016 2017
and remains the second lowest number since 2009.
The clearance rate for domestic aggravated assaults 96% 97%
remains at nearly 100%.

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In 2017, 1,396 restraining orders were issued. This is the second highest number of restraining orders is-
sued since 2000. A 5% decrease was seen between 2016 and 2017.

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Non-Domestic Aggravated Assault


2016 2017 % Change

Total 228 241 6%

There were 241 non-domestic aggravated assaults. Non-Domestic Clearance


Rate
This was a 6% increase from the prior year; however it
is the second lowest number since 2009. The clear- 2016 2017
ance rate increased by 15%. 51% 66%

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Burglary
FBI/ UCR Definition1: The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. Attempted forcible en-
try is included
The LPD Crime Analysis Unit breaks this crime into two categories: Residential and Commercial

Residential Burglaries
2016 2017 % Change

Total 220 154 -30%

There were 154 residential burglaries in 2017. This Residential Burglary Clearance
was a 30% decrease from the prior year. The total Rate
number of residential burglaries has fallen steadily
2016 2017
since 2010, and the total number for 2017 is the lowest
since at least 1999. Although the clearance rate for 30% 24%
residential burglaries decreased slightly between 2016
and 2017 both numbers remain above the national bur-
glary clearance rate2: 13.1%.

1. Source: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/offense-definitions
2. Source: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016/topic-pages/clearances

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Commercial Burglaries
2016 2017 % Change

Total 59 72 22%

There were 72 commercial burglaries in 2017. This Commercial Burglary Clearance Rate
was an increase of only 13 cases, and is the second 2016 2017
lowest number since 2002. The clearance rate for 2017
is above the national clearance rate1 of 13.1%. 10% 18%

1. Source: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016/topic-pages/clearances

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Felony Larceny
FBI/ UCR Definition1: theft (except motor vehicle theft)―The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding
away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. Examples are thefts of bicy-
cles, motor vehicle parts and accessories, shoplifting, pocket-picking, or the stealing of any property or article
that is not taken by force and violence or by fraud. Attempted larcenies are included. Embezzlement, confi-
dence games, forgery, check fraud, etc., are excluded.
The Crime Analysis Unit follows Massachusetts legislature and classifies Felony Larceny as those where the
value of the property is over two hundred and fifty dollars.

Felony Larceny

2016 2017 % Change

Total 301 414 38%

There were 414 felony larcenies in 2017. This is 38% Larceny Clearance Rate
increase from the prior year. As stated above the Mas- 2016 2017
sachusetts legislature uses a property value of $250
when classifying a felony larceny. The increase costs/ 16% 14%
values of personal electronics, such as phones, allows
for the increase in reported larceny cases. The legisla-
ture is being revamped to increase the felony statue to
items valued over $1,000; this would most likely de-
crease the number of reported felony larcenies cases.

1. Source: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/offense-definitions

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Motor Vehicle Theft


FBI/ UCR Definition1: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. A motor vehicle is self-propelled and runs
on land surface and not on rails. Motorboats, construction equipment, airplanes, and farming equipment are spe-
cifically excluded from this category.

MV Theft
2016 2017 % Change

Total 581 407 -30%

There were 407 motor vehicle thefts in 2017. This is a MV Theft Clearance Rate
30% decrease from the year prior. This is the lowest
2016 2017
total number since 2008 and the second lowest dating
back to 1999. The department’s clearance rate in this 2% 10%
category has increased by 8%.

1. Source: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/offense-definitions

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Detective Division
In 2017 the LPD Detective Division investigation 1,653 cases. Of these cases 11 were Homicides. One of
these Homicides revealed evidence that suggestions that this death could possibly be a suicide. This case
is still active and ongoing. Out of the remaining ten, six have been solved by arrest. Of the remaining four,
all are active and ongoing. One of these four has recently generated some information from an individual
being questioned and interviewed in an unrelated case. This information has possibly revealed a suspect
name and the division is currently following up on this information aggressively.

The division also highlights that a 2016 homicide has generated some new information involving a person
of interest who is currently incarcerated. Lab results in this 2016 case have come back with a DNA profile
extracted from biological evidence on clothing left at the scene by the suspect. This evidence will be used
to possibly link person of interest with the crime.

Overall the division cleared cases at a highly efficient rate. This was done through the hard work, and
dedication of the men and women assigned to the Lawrence Police Department detective division.

It should be noted that a large number of their cases being solved were a result of using technology and
social media. Most notably the LPD video unit was integral in the recovery, enhancement, and documen-
tation of crimes which lead to the identification and arrests of suspect (s) for crimes that would more likely
than not have not been solved without their hard work and expertise. Social media platforms and applica-
tions, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and What’s App have been used in many different
ways to identify and arrest suspects, solve crimes, find missing persons, and locate witnesses.

The detective division continues to grow to include some changes in personnel highlighted by assigning
the first Latina female detective to the division in the history of the department.

In 2017, the division made tremendous strides by going to a paperless computerized case tracking system
and adding an interview and interrogation room that is hard wired to record audio and video as well as the
ability to monitor from a remote location.

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Special Operations
During 2017 the Lawrence Police Department Special Operations Unit posted the following numbers:

 239 arrests made by the officers in the unit of people on various charges and offenses
 Conducted 94 Impact Operations / Joint operations with State Police Cat Team
 5351 Impact operations Motor Vehicle Stops were conducted by Officers (State Police Joint)
 4,730 Impact operations Motor Vehicle Citations were issued by Officers (State Police Joint)
 760 Motor Vehicles were towed for improper registration of vehicles other related tows
 1,528 Citation issued for crosswalk stings, speeding and other chapter 90 offense and com-
plaints
 Reduction of the number of Vehicles Stolen in the City by 168 cars
 Special Operations conducted 98 Auto theft / Tire and Rim Theft operations throughout the City
in an effort to reduce the number of vehicles and rims being stolen. During these operations the
unit conducted warrant sweeps, surveillance operations and targeted patrols, Hot Sheets. As a
result of their efforts and arrests they reduced the number of vehicles that were stolen by 168
vehicles. Tire and Rim Thefts have dropped from a monthly average of 27-30 Tires and Rimes to
only 2-5 a month. Key arrests of identified offenders has been key in this reduction.
 ’59 Arrests of suspects in occupied stolen motor Vehicles
 Worked with IFB as well as NICIB on multiply investigations and warrant sweeps
 Over the course of the year the unit also conducted 38 crosswalk crackdowns in which hundreds
of citations were issued
 Attended over 100 Neighborhood meetings and took part in several community engagement op-
erations.
 Weekly Checks of the Homeless and Cold weather checks as well shelter and Cold Weather pro-
tocol setup.
 Marine Patrols plus conducted several safety operations to address reckless boating
 The unit was involved in such special events as: Hispanic Week, Feast of Three Saints, Road
Races, Walk-a-Thons, Vigils, Crime Scenes, Dignity Protection, Earth Day, Special Olympics,
Escorts, countless Funeral escorts
 Club Checks as well as Licensing Board meetings.
 Extra Mountain Bike Patrols on Broadway and high crime neighborhoods
 7 Multi agency Gang operations
 Assisted Haverhill PD with gang issues
 Rooming House Liaison Program
 Administrative Inspections of Auto repairs shops (Stolen Parts) and Convenience Stores (K2
Sales)
 Inspectional Services Liaison

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School Resource Officers


During the calendar year of 2017 the School Resource Officers:
 Took 244 Incident Reports
 Made 17 Arrest, and 91 Summons
 Issued 25 Marijuana Citations
 Confiscated a total of 27 weapons which includes:
 16 Knives
 1 Razor Blade
 1 BB Gun
 4 Bullets
 1/2 firearm– located outside of the Oliver School
 1 Cleaver– located outside of the Arlington School

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Calls for Service


The below graph shows the total number of calls for service per year from 1999 to 2017. The 2017 total is
the highest total number since at least 1999, and is a 4% increase from 2016. It is important to note, “Calls
for Service” is not a standardized term across all police agencies. For example, one agency might consider a
phone call received as a call for service when another might consider a police car being dispatched as a call
for service. The Lawrence Police Department quantifies calls for service as incidents that were entered into
our computer aided dispatch software that resulted in an officer being dispatched to service a citizen.
The total number of calls for service for 2017, 65,912, rivals major cities such as Cambridge and Boston.

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The below graph shows the number of E911 calls from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017; this data is col-
lected by the Essex County Regional Dispatch Center. As shown in the graph Lawrence receives the most
E911 calls of the selected cities. Furthermore it receives the most E911 calls of any city/town listed in the
Essex County Regional Dispatch Center data. Finally, Lawrence receives a significantly higher amount of
calls than bordering towns: Andover, Methuen, North Andover.

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Arrests
As shown in the graph below the total number of arrests per year has been trending downward since 2014.
This number does not reflect those arrests made by the DEA, ATF, FBI, Massachusetts State Police; who all
have a heavy presence in the city.

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The Crime Analysis Unit further breaks down arrests and looks into the number of drug arrests made per
year. This data is displayed below. Again, this does not reflect arrests made by other agencies that work
within the city.

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Motor Vehicle Data


The graph below shows the number of motor vehicle stops made per year. As shown the number of motor
vehicle stops has significantly increased since 2014. The number of motor vehicle stops increased 132%
from 2014 to 2015, 36% from 2015 to 2016, and another 21% between 2016 and 2017. A 283% increase is
seen between the total number of stops in 2014 and the total number for 2017.

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In 2017 the Lawrence Police Department gave out 4,136 motor vehicle citations. This is the highest total
since 2014, and a 36% increase from 2016.

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In 2017 the Lawrence Police Department gave out 48,027 parking tickets. This is the highest total since
2014, and a 21% increase from 2016.

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The department has seen a steady increase in the number of auto accident calls for service since 2013. In
2017 there was a 3% increase from 2016.

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In 2017 the total number of hit and run calls for service decreased by 5%. This is the first decrease in hit and
run calls since 2012.

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The Lawrence Police Department Hackney Unit is responsible for the issuance of all hackney licenses, me-
dallions, and taxicab/ livery licenses. Prior to being issued a hackney licenses or business license the appli-
cant must go through a criminal background check, operator license check, and be fingerprinted. The unit
also coordinates with the RMV Vehicle Compliance Unit to have a yearly taxicab/ livery vehicles inspection.

Hackney License Issue Total Amount


Year
2015 519 $30,500.00
2016 488 $29,200.00
2017 398 $21,750.00
2018 282 $14,600.00

Taxi Company Year Medallion Issue Taxi Company Year Medallion Issue
American 2015 17 American 2016 21

Liberty 2105 60 Liberty 2016 56

Merrimack 2015 22 Merrimack 2016 22

Popular 2015 51 Popular 2016 51

Taxi Company Year Medallion Issue


American 2017 22
Liberty 2017 52
Merrimack 2017 26
Popular 2017 50

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Interstate Livery Company Year Total Vehicles Amount


Five Stars Express 2015 6 $1,500.00
Go United Express 2015 8 $2,000.00
AAF Transportation 2015 10 $2,500.00

Interstate Livery Company Year Total Vehicles Amount


Five Stars Express 2016 4 $1,000.00
Go United Express 2016 8 $2,000.00
AAF Transportation 2016 8 $2,000.00

Interstate Livery Company Year Total Vehicles Amount


Five Stars Express 2017 2 $500.00
Go United Express 2017 8 $2,000.00
Eight Zero Nine Express 2017 7 $1,750.00
AAF Transportation 2017 0 0
(Business Closed)

Livery Company Year Total Vehicles Amount


JC Transportation 2015 5 $1,250.00
Integrity Medical Transp. 2015 3 $750.00
Valley Transportation 2015 2 $500.00
Samaritan Express 2015 2 $500.00
Helping Hands Transp. 2015 3 $750.00

Livery Company Year Total Vehicles Amount


JC Transportation 2016 8 $2,000.00
Integrity Medical Transp. 2016 7 $1,750.00
Valley Transportation 2016 5 $1,250.00
Town Livery 2016 1 $250.00
Samaritan Express 2016 1 $250.00
Vega Transportation 2016 3 $750.00
Helping Hands Transp. 2016 4 $1,000.00
Roger Transportation 2016 3 $750.00
Reliable LLC 2016 5 $1250.00

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Livery Company Year Total Vehicles Amount


JC Transportation 2017 7 $1,750.00
Integrity Medical Transp. 2017 11 $2,750.00
Valley Transportation 2017 5 $1,250.00
Town Livery 2017 1 $250.00
Helping Hands 2017 4 $1000.00
Reliable Transportation 2017 7 $1,750.00
Quality Care Transportation 2017 1 $250.00
Genesis Transportation 2017 1 $250.00

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Firearms
The Lawrence Police Department has recovered 687 firearms between 2008 and 2017. This number does
not reflect those guns recovered by outside agencies like: ATF, DEA, and Massachusetts State Police.

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A total of 422 firearm permits were issued in 2017; this is 50 more gun permits than 2016.

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Sex Offenders
The Sex Offender Tracking Unit is responsible for processing sex offender registry forms as well as meeting
and contacting sex offenders. Some of the other responsibilities of the unit include home visits, employment
verification, investigations, and court duties. This unit processed 286 sex offenders in 2017.

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Youth Diversion Initiative

SSYI
The Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) is a multi-faceted strategy for reducing youth violence.
SSYI provides funding to support a coordinated intervention strategy in partnership with community-based
organizations, education, training, and workforce development programs that also include street outreach,
trauma counseling, and case management support. The program’s main objective is gang prevention and
diversion through education, work, counseling and other services. Lawrence Police (LPD) is responsible for
all grant reporting, selection of eligible individuals and ensuring that the contract with the Program Agency
(Lawrence Family Development) is adhered to.

The Lawrence Police Department is responsible for selecting eligible individuals that meet the parameters
of the grant. An eligible individual is a male who is 17-24 years old who currently resides in the community,
or is expected to be released into the community, and is known to law enforcement as meeting at least two
of the following criteria: 1. Repeatedly engages in weapons violence or crimes against persons, or 2. Was a
victim of weapons violence or crimes against persons, or 3. Engages in high volume of drug-related criminal
activity, or 4. Is in a leadership role in gang or street violence.

To be eligible individuals are deemed to be the most high-risk and tend to have violent histories. Lawrence
Police collects data via CORI, Police reports, Gang lists, Probation records and or other appropriate media.
LPD also works closely with Lawrence Family Development to ensure that all eligible individuals are con-
tacted as efficiently as possible.

Open Gyms
The Lawrence Police Department currently staffs open gyms for children between Seventh and Twelfth
grade. These provide city youth with the chance to play a multitude of sports, catch up on homework, and
socialize in a safe and positive environment. Lawrence Police officers play sports, interact and provide a
sense of security and community during their engagement with the youth. The gym hours are held four
times a week as follows: Mondays and Thursdays at the South Lawrence East School from 5:30 pm- 8:30
pm; Tuesdays and Fridays at the Guilmette School between the hours of 5:30 pm -8:30 pm.

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Lawrence Police Department


Important Phone Numbers

Emergency…………………………….911

Non- Emergency line……...978-794-5900

Chief’s Office……………...978-794-5900 Ext. 640

Patrol Division .....................978-794-5900 Ext. 506


Officer in Charge (24 hours a day)

Detectives…………………..978-794-5900 Ext. 625

Drug Hotline……………….978-794-5918

Professional Standards….. .978-857-3200


Unit

Animal Control ..978-794-5856 (M-F 9AM-11PM)


(All other hours Non-Emergency line listed above)

Runaway Assistance Program…211

Emails Addresses/Text to Tips


Loudnoise@lawpd.com
(In addition to the Non-Emergency Line this email address
may be used to report loud noise)

Disorder@lawpd.com
(In addition to the numbers listed above this email ad-
dress maybe used to report drug activity as well as all oth-
er quality of life issues.)

Text to Tip text: 274637 then type “LAWPD” followed


by your message.
(Completely ANONYMOUS tip line via text or web. Pro-
vide information on a crime that may assist us in our inves-
tigations and protect your privacy.)

www.lawpd.com
Department’s Website with helpful information, as well as
a link to the (Police Department Civilian Complaint Form)

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