The Lowell Police Department saw a slight uptick in the number of cases it handled in March as compared to February.
Other than some relatively small thefts, Police Chief Chris Hurst said there was no serious crime during the month. However, he adds that officers have been busy training, and several attended a session on responding to active assailants. The department also made some staffing changes with Gordy Lauren being promoted to the position of sergeant and Officer Aubrey Culver moving from part-time to full-time hours.
In total, the Lowell Police Department logged 221 reports for the month and those included the following:
- 36 assists to other agencies
- 20 suspicious situations
- 19 general and motorist assists
- 6 traffic accidents
- 4 civil disputes
- 4 larcenies
- 2 disorderly conducts
- 2 frauds
- 2 road kill permits
Lowell officers also made 107 traffic stops that resulted in 8 citations.
March Case Report
Lowell police officers spent most of the month assisting citizens and other agencies, but they also investigated a number of suspicious situations and mediated a handful of civil disputes. The department also took reports for several larcenies as well as an incident of breaking and entering.
- A window at the former RollAway building was broken, and it is believed someone entered the premises.
- A resident reported a gun stolen from their home. No information on the gun was apparently available to provide to the police though.
- A man decided to help himself to a phone charger at Self Serv Lumber. The manager apparently knew the person, and he later paid for the item. He has been barred from returning to the store.
- A power washer and string trimmer were taken from a home. They are believed to have been taken without permission by someone who had access to the property.
BolaWraps Have Arrived in Lowell
Thanks to a grant from the LCTV Endowment Fund, the Lowell Police Department was able to purchase BolaWraps. Sgt. Lauren has already been trained on use of the devices and will be training other officers in the department.
BolaWraps – which are reminiscent of something that might be used by Batman – shoot out a string that wraps around a person’s legs or midsection. They are meant to be a way to restrain a person without harm to the person or the officer. Lauren says he believes they will be particularly helpful in situations in which a person is having a mental health crisis and threatening to harm themselves.
Lauren and Officer Dave Oesch offered to demonstrate the device for us, and you can (mostly) see that in the video below.