Lowell Police Recognize Volunteers in Mayor’s Reception Room
Lowell, MA – On Thursday, May 31st, the Lowell Police Department (LPD) formally recognized several local businesses, social service agencies, community organizations, and neighborhood groups at a ceremony in the Mayor’s Reception Room at City Hall.
Superintendent Ken Lavallee thanks Lowell Police volunteer Ray Houde. LPD Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Callery and LPD Public Safety Officer Paul Corcoran can be seen standing to the left.
Police Superintendent Ken Lavallee, who personally recognized each volunteer or group at the event, stated that “The Lowell Police Department is extremely fortunate to have the assistance of numerous volunteers who work in many areas of the organization. We are indebted to their service and grateful for their citizenship.”
Nine members of the Lowell Police Auxiliary were on hand: Lt. Dan Kingan, Sgt. Scott Carroll, Officer Don Bourgeois, Officer Duncan Irura, Officer Logan Sok, Officer Thoeuth Po, Officer Franz Nherrison, Officer Shane Collins, and Officer Johnny Chanthasen. Auxiliary members augment and assist the LPD in various capacities, which include crowd and traffic control for city and private civic affairs, emergency assistance during fires or missing persons searches, and providing backup to Civil Defense and Emergency Personnel. These unarmed, uniformed volunteers also provide traffic control at large religious gatherings, funerals, parades, dedications, and special events.
The following Lowell Police Interns were recognized for their many contributions throughout the year: Elizabeth Brady, Stephanie Burke, Jefry Cabrera, Daniela Cano, Nichole Acataldo, Adriana Ferreira, Kelley Johnson, Emily Painten, Cindy Price, Bryan Rembis, Eric Smith, and Nichole Tagiavento. In addition, several Lowell Police Volunteers were thanked by the Superintendent: Ray Houde, Claire Gagnon, Lenny Gendron, Claire Brodeur, Arthur Toupin, Linda Albert, Charliene Casey, and Dottie Berrios.
Superintendent Lavallee emphasized the importance of neighborhood groups, which serve as a vital conduit in police-resident relationships across the city. The neighborhood groups and representatives present were: Acre Coalition to Improve Our Neighborhood (Dave Oullette), Back Central Neighborhood Association (David Koch), Centralville Neighborhood Action Group (Ann Marie Page), Lowell Downtown Neighborhood Association (Nancy Peacock), Pawtucketville Citizens Council (Deb Forgione), Sacred Heart Neighborhood Improvement Group (Carol McCarthy), and the Rosemont Terrace Neighborhood Group (Paul Belley).
Community Partners recognized at the event included: Carstar, Dental Dreams, Coalition for a Better Acre, Greater Lowell Health Alliance, Kiwanis Club of Greater Lowell, Lowell General Nurses, PrideStar EMS, Target, Trinity EMS, and Toys for Local Children.
City Councilors Marty Lorrey and Rita Mercier also spoke about the important role that citizen volunteers perform as force multipliers for the police in Lowell.