The Tewksbury Police Department Community Engagement Unit. From left are Sgt. Peter Murray, Officer Jennie Welch, Officer Matthew O’Brien, Sgt. Lauren Strong, Officer Mike Jones, and Officer Jacob Saad. (Courtesy Tewksbury Police Department)

Chief Ryan Columbus reports that the Tewksbury Police Department has launched a Community Engagement Unit with a goal of creating better connections between police and the community it serves.

Two patrol sergeants and three patrol officers will participate in the unit in addition to their regular assignments.  

The Community Engagement Unit seeks to enhance public safety and trust by connecting law enforcement and residents.

Through strategic programs, education, and the dissemination of public information, members of the Community Engagement Unit will work to engage with residents, businesses, youth, seniors, and community organizations in partnership with the Police Department, to network, raise crime prevention awareness, build relationships, and improve quality of life in Tewksbury. 

“Our goal is for our department and residents learn more about one another, and better understand one another’s concerns and challenges,” said Chief Columbus. “We are always looking for ways to better serve our community, increase positive interactions, identify problems, and work with residents.”

If you would like to contact a Community Engagement Officer, please email:

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