Operation May Flower

“Operation May Flower”


The Lawrence Police Department would like to announce that a successful multi-agency operation dubbed “May Flower” targeting motor vehicle infractions, narcotics, gang activity, warrant arrests of violent individuals, and other quality of life issues including the lawful operation of motorcycles and off-road vehicles took place Tuesday and Thursday of this week. 

As part of an ongoing effort, to address these quality-of-life issues, the Lawrence Police Department joined forces with the Massachusetts State Police, including the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing, Massachusetts, and the Essex County Sherriff’s Department. This week’s operation was led by Lawrence Police Lieutenant Jay Cerullo and Massachusetts State Police Lieutenant Peter Morawiak. 

As a result of this collaboration, 303 citations were issued for moving violations and equipment deficiencies, 34 vehicles were towed and/or seized, 9 individuals were summonsed into court, 39 arrests were made, and 5 illegal dirt bikes were seized. 

Provisional Chief Bonilla is grateful to Massachusetts State Police Colonel James Mawn and Major James Bazzinotti from Troop A, as well as Sheriff Kevin Coppinger for joining the Lawrence Police Department in addressing these serious issues, which are a nuisance to the vast majority of Lawrence residents, who are law-abiding citizens, and who care greatly for the city. This is the second of many such operations with the Massachusetts State Police and other agencies. 

Residents with information relating to the illegal operation of these recreational vehicles in their neighborhood are urged to contact the Department by emailing disorder@lawpd.com as well as Click here to Tip System found at https://new.tipsubmit.com/en/forms/lawpd.com/anonymous. This is a completely ANONYMOUS tip line via the web. Provide information on a crime that may assist us in our investigations and protect your privacy. NO NAMES, ADDRESSES or PHONE NUMBERS of tip provider needed. Simply fill in the specifics such as type of crime, name of suspect(s), location, date(s) and any other information you feel may be useful in solving or preventing a crime. In addition, any information that may help us improve or address ongoing issues

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