Melrose Police Department http://melrosepolice.net Working to Make Melrose a Safer Place Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:14:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 *Joint Press Release* Melrose Police and Public Schools Welcome School Resource Officer to Middle School http://melrosepolice.net/2017/01/04/357566/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/01/04/357566/#respond Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:28:51 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=357566

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*Joint Press Release* Melrose Police and Public Schools Welcome School Resource Officer to Middle School

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle and Superintendent Cyndy Taymore are pleased to announce that Police Officer William (Bill) Higgins began as the School Resource Officer (SRO) at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School (MVMMS) this week.

Left to right: Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Principal Brent Conway and Police Officer William Higgins, who began as the School Resource Officer this week. (Courtesy Photo)

Officer Higgins will be assigned to the middle school and will serve as a positive role model to students, working to assist them with any problems that may arise inside or outside of school. His first day at MVMMS was Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Students and families should also keep an eye out for Officer Higgins at after school extracurricular activities and events, all of which he will make an effort to attend on a regular basis.

Melrose High School has had an SRO in place for more than 20 years. To launch the same program at MVMMS, the Melrose Police Department received a $125,000 grant from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to be used over three years.

“Officer Higgins’ presence in the middle school certainly adds value to this community, as he will work to build relationships between the middle school and the police department,” Chief Lyle said. “I’m confident that a continued police officer presence at the school will be beneficial to students, as it has been at the high school.”

A 1990 MHS graduate, Officer Higgins worked as a police officer at the Nantucket Police Department from 1999 to 2012 — when he joined the Melrose Police Department.

Officer Higgins holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Salem State University, is an active member of the Massachusetts National Guard and is EMT certified.

“We’re extremely pleased to have a full-time law enforcement presence at the middle school to interact with and assist students,” Superintendent Taymore said. “I know Officer Higgins will be a positive influence on our middle school community and I look forward to working with him and the Melrose Police Department.”

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Massachusetts Police, Fire and School Departments Respond to Automated Bomb Threats http://melrosepolice.net/2016/04/14/massachusetts-police-fire-school-departments-respond-automated-bomb-threats/ http://melrosepolice.net/2016/04/14/massachusetts-police-fire-school-departments-respond-automated-bomb-threats/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:42:13 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=280245 Guilfoil_Logo_Black

Massachusetts Police, Fire and School Departments Respond to Automated Bomb Threats

Numerous cities and towns throughout the state have received automated bomb threats this morning.

The threats came via “robocalls” on Thursday, April 14. Schools followed established protocols, issuing temporary shelter in place orders before doing a sweep of the buildings. Schools resumed their normal class schedules after police determined there was no risk to students or faculty.

Among clients of John Guilfoil Public Relations, communities affected by the threats include:

  • Andover High School — The school received a call at 7:34 a.m. and police cleared the building at 8:15 a.m.
  • Arlington Catholic High School
  • Arlington High School – The school received the bomb threat at approximately 7:40 a.m.
  • Chelmsford High School – Police will maintain a presence at the high school for the remainder of the day to ensure the comfort of all students, faculty and staff.
  • Dracut High School — Police received notification of the call at 7:53 a.m. The entire school was cleared at 10:01 a.m.
  • Littleton High School – School officials received the call at 8 a.m., and after a sweep of the building, police cleared the scene at 8:45 a.m.
  • Melrose High School – The school received a call at 8:51 a.m. Police followed established protocols and searched the building, clearing it around 9:30 a.m. They will continue to monitor security at MHS throughout the day.
  • Methuen High School — The school received the call at 7:22 a.m. Police cleared the building and continue to monitor the school.
  • Stoneham High School – Police received notification of the call at 8:11 a.m. and cleared the building at 9:23 a.m.
  • Tewksbury Memorial High School – The school received threats this morning and yesterday morning. Police cleared the high school today at 8 a.m.
  • Tyngsborough High School
  • Woburn Memorial High School — School administrators, police and fire departments followed the protocol established by the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council and cleared the building around 9:40 a.m. They will continue to monitor security at WMHS throughout the day.

Police departments and school officials are also working with the Massachusetts State Police and the Commonwealth Fusion Center.

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*Joint Press Release* Melrose Police/Schools Respond to Bomb Threat http://melrosepolice.net/2016/04/11/police-respond-to-bomb-threat/ http://melrosepolice.net/2016/04/11/police-respond-to-bomb-threat/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:16:16 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=280239
MELROSE POLICE DEPARTMENT
Michael Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176
MELROSE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Cyndy Taymore, Superintendent
360 Lynn Fells Parkway
Melrose, MA 02176

For Immediate Release
Monday, April 11, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*Joint Press Release* Melrose Police/Schools Respond to Bomb Threat

No Danger to Community — School Cleared by Police 

MELROSE – Police Chief Michael L. Lyle and Superintendent Cyndy Taymore report that the Melrose Public Schools was one of many school districts around Massachusetts to receive an anonymous bomb threat this morning.

Students have returned to classes at Melrose High School and Middle School after undergoing a temporary shelter in place. Melrose police and fire departments swept the complex and have determined there is no risk to students or faculty. The building’s security will be monitored throughout the day.

The school district followed an established protocol recommended by the Massachusetts State Police and Department of Fire Services, which included immediate notification to Melrose Police.

The bomb threat came via robo-call. At least one dozen other districts throughout the state received a similar call.

“I am pleased that the established security and response protocols worked flawlessly in this case,” Superintendent Taymore said. “The security and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount, and we are grateful for the rapid and professional response of the Melrose Police and Fire Departments.”

Guidance staff is available to meet with concerned students, parents, or faculty throughout the day.

“We are aware that a number of districts have been threatened today and in recent months, and as law enforcement officers, we take each and every instance seriously,” Chief Lyle said. “We will continue to work with our state and federal partners to aggressively pursue those responsible.”

If anyone has information regarding the source of these messages, please contact the Melrose Police Department at (781) 665-1212.

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