Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, Police Chief Announce Crackdown on Noise, Police Sweeps Through Troubled Areas


Chief Says Weekend Patrol Shifts to be Dedicated to Noise Complaints

By: Tom Duggan and Jon Bergeron – May 24, 2014

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, flanked by Police Chief Fitzpatrick and more than a dozen Lawrence Police Officers stood on the steps of the Lawrence Police Department Saturday and announced a new crackdown on noise in the troubled city.

According to statistics released by the mayor, Lawrence police received 1,345 noise or disturbance complaints last summer from June to the end of August. “It can’t be tolerated anymore,” Rivera said. 

“Noise complaints are a symptom of lawlessness in this city. People do not care that they are disturbing others with their music because they think the authorities do not care, and they can’t do anything about it” said Rivera.

“That, then becomes a problem for us and that has to stop now. All residents and visitors of Lawrence will be held to the letter of the law with regard to our noise ordinances to ensure that our quality of life here in Lawrence is not at risk.”

 Starting May 23rd, Lawrence Police will have one patrol car with two officers patrolling the city from Friday through Sunday between the hours of 9PM-2AM. The noise car operation will play a key role in the summer street crime prevention initiative that began last week. 

Rivera says that the “noise car” operation will enforce all noise ordinances. When a noise complaint is reported, the offender will get an automatic two hundred dollar fine as well as an automatic court summons. 

FITZ-CHIEF2“Our enforcement efforts will have a zero tolerance policy on noise complaints,” Police Chief James Fitzpatrick said.

“The hope is that this operation will be successful and we will be able to continue these efforts through the summer.”

In another Summer Street Crime Prevention Initiative that the mayor called a “quality of life” sweep, Rivera and a few dozen police officers went door to door in what the mayor called, the Tarbox School Community Engagement Initiative.

Police went door to door to educate the public on suspicious behavior, and how to report it. The mayor says that the Summer Crime Prevention Initiative led to 44 arrests last week. 

The mayor also released crime numbers from June to august, 2013 which showed that in that three month summer period there were zero murders, 6 rapes, 59 robberies, 131 aggravated assaults, 106 residential burglaries, 51 commercial burglaries, 109 larcenies, and 276 auto thefts and 1,345 noise or disturbance complaints.

Mayor Rivera said during his campaign last fall that if elected he intended to take on noise violations and what he called “quality of life issues” that he said “leads to much more serious crimes.”

“The one thing people have to understand is that letting the little things slide by, ends up with bigger problems for the city down the road. If we take care of the quality of life issues like noise complaints what you see is fewer confrontations, fewer assaults and other crimes. People who think this is just an issue of noise are not thinking that through. While some people see these minor crimes as not worth our time to deal with given the other problems Lawrence has, you have to think long term, plan long term, and stop the small things from becoming bigger problems down the road.” 

The mayor released the following information on the initiatives taking place in Lawrence. 

Lawrence Summer Street Crime Prevention Initiatives:

Targeted Neighborhood Engagement Operations

* Tarbox School Neighborhood & Others-600 Community Contacts, 2 warrant arrests,  30 vehicle stops

*Building Neighborhood Association Infrastructure

Strategic Crime Spike Taskforces

* February Armed Robbery Taskforce- 42% drop in armed robberies

* Community Engagement

* Added patrols and Park & Walks

Hotspot Sweeps – Focused on prostitution arrests and narcotics violations, using local, state and federal law enforcement resources-Broadway Sweep netted 44 arrests.

Nuisance Property Enforcement- Working with Inspectional Services to ID properties with the highest police calls for service and ensure the property is up to code.

Noise Ordinance Enforcement – Zero tolerance noise pollution ticketing, and enforcement

To report loud music or noise complaints, please send an email with address/location of noise to


Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover Massachusetts, a #1 Best Selling Author, Host of the Paying Attention Radio Program on WCAP in Lowell, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to

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39 Responses to Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, Police Chief Announce Crackdown on Noise, Police Sweeps Through Troubled Areas

  1. Quiet riot Reply

    May 25, 2014 at 11:22 PM


  2. Lisa Reply

    June 3, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    If this works then we can stop calling Methuen PD to please ask Lawrence” to turn it down”.

  3. WAITING Reply

    June 3, 2014 at 11:05 PM


  4. BREWEN Reply

    June 3, 2014 at 11:07 PM


  5. Tom Duggan

    Tom Duggan Reply

    June 9, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    what email link?

  6. Manuel Reply

    July 24, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    That’s funny to heard! People that spend 10000 in a car system, don’t care about 200 fine!! And it is very hard to hold a good argument in curt. Does the police have a device to measure the level of noise? What level of noise is acceptable? Without a standar in decibels, it is hard to hold ground in curt. Some people can argue that they are being discriminate because it something of culture.

    • Bob Reply

      April 25, 2016 at 12:13 PM

      I was told by a Lawrence Police officer, that there is no measurement
      needed for loud music, he stated if it’s coming into your home &
      you are being disturbed, then it’s too loud & they can pursue it on that charge.

    • Francisco Reply

      April 26, 2016 at 9:55 AM

      Something of Culture? If you mean blasting loud music and disturbing neighbors is part of the Dominican culture you are very wrong. My father is Dominican and I visit family there often, whenever I have stayed at my grandparents home I’ve never heard loud music and if there was any loud music I’m sure the neighbors in that neighborhood would put a stop to it. Spending $10,000 on a sound system on a car means that car shouldn’t be allowed to blast music on the streets and belongs at a car show.

  7. Jenn Reply

    March 29, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    The Lawrence Noise ordinance is here in Section 9.04.040:

    The limit is 70 decibels measured at 25 feet, but I have found that when you call the local police, they usually do nothing.

  8. Antoine Azmar Reply

    March 31, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Mr Duggan, it says in your box above, that amongst other things, you are a 1990 Police Survivor. Could you please clarify for me that term, as I’ve never heard that phrase used before. Thank you in advance, Rob.

    • Tom Duggan

      Tom Duggan Reply

      April 25, 2016 at 8:57 PM

      A police survivor is an immediate family member of a police officer killed in the line of duty. Much like a gold star family is the family of a military member killed in action.

      • Bob Reply

        April 25, 2016 at 9:12 PM

        Hey Tom, I went to high school with your dad & remember when he got on the force.He was good people.

  9. Jessica Reply

    April 24, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    He needs to worry about other things instead of just noise especially Friday through Sunday so people can’t enjoy there weekends now

    • Bob Reply

      April 25, 2016 at 12:20 PM

      You can still enjoy your weekend, without sharing your loud music with the rest of the neighborhood, The rest of us would appreciate the peace & quiet in our own home. There is no reason to have it blasting, because then instead of music, it becomes disturbing noise.for everyone else.

  10. A c Reply

    April 24, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    This guy is a legit idiot. So many other things are going on this city and he decideds to waste money and peoples time on noise complaints. There’s people that will complain even if you close your own car door to hard

    • Bob Reply

      April 25, 2016 at 12:27 PM

      You sound like your one of the offenders.
      Listen get a life instead of disturbing everyone else’s, with
      that ridiculous noise, nobody is enjoying it. I for one am sick of it.
      Why do you think it’s ok to disturb others, you my friend are the idiot,
      not the mayor. He’s doing the right thing, they should ban those large speakers in these systems.

  11. Malik VanDerVeer Reply

    April 24, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    How bout this poor excuse for a mayor worry bout fixing the roads so i dont need a front end allignment everytime i drive to the damn corner store. NOISE LEVEL ARE YOU SERIOUS?

    • j Reply

      April 24, 2016 at 7:38 PM

      Seriously these streets are destroying my car , you cant drive normal without thinking your car will fall into a whole everywhere every second

      • xc Reply

        April 24, 2016 at 7:40 PM

        Thats right!

  12. Maria Reply

    April 24, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Is all about the money. What happens when a
    Someone call just because they don’t like your
    Music even if is not loud, is not fair to get an Automatic 200
    Fines just because some person complaint
    For not reason….those people that call with
    False complaint should be fine as well..

  13. Casandra Reply

    April 24, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Not only the noise but also the gun fire almost every night on alder st is ridiculous. We need more cops coming around in the wee hours of the am. We have kids and are afraid of stray bullets.

  14. nelson rivera Reply

    April 24, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Is not working,every weekend around Hilltop ave area..Hint Hint!!

  15. Jermaine Reply

    April 24, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    This is the worst mayor in history i rather have lantigua back atleast he didn’t bother and he fix most of the streets but this “wanna be mayor” thinks he doing something for this city when in reality he ain’t lie beat it I don’t give a fuck you are a piece of shit

    • Bob Reply

      April 25, 2016 at 12:35 PM

      Just reading your foul language, we can see your one of the Lantigua cronies,
      he was the worst Mayor this city ever had. You like him cause he did nothing for the city, he just partied with the rest of you, who don’t care about no one but yourselves. Time to go back to Law & Order.

    • Francisco Reply

      April 26, 2016 at 10:04 AM

      Lantigua was an embarrassment to the city of Lawrence. He tried using corrupt Dominican Politics just look at the mess he created at city hall. Hiring non qualified friends and family to work in city positions. Sending vehicles to DR as part of deals he made with contractors. That type of behavior and politics has no place here. My father is Dominican but I’m from Lawrence and I hate seeing my city stripped from it’s resources to help another country/peoples who don’t want to adapt to the country they decided to move to.

  16. Jermaine Reply

    April 24, 2016 at 10:00 PM


    • Bob Reply

      April 25, 2016 at 12:40 PM

      Take you culture back to where ever it came from
      it’s not welcome here. If you like it that much that you can’t listen to it at a reasonable volume without disturbing everyone in the process, then you should also go back to where your culture comes from. Get a life.

  17. Jose Reply

    April 25, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Great job mayor Rivera!

  18. J Reply

    April 25, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Here lies the problem, it’s not that people don’t like the music or they don’t want you to have fun but when the music is blaring and you have to close ur doors and windows because it’s just to much. Nobody has to listen to it as well, especially when people yes people have to work the next day. It’s also crazy that people have it going every night till 3 in the morning. Play ur music but not everyone in the city has to hear as well.

  19. Cesar Reply

    April 25, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    What he need to worry about is all the heroin taking over the youth instead of noise ordinance

  20. Carmen Reply

    April 25, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Really? Some people are rediculously stupid. Obviously most crimes come from people getting drunk at parties with loud ass music or clubs. So if they crash most of these parties le tumban la nota a cual quiera. On top of that if it was you sleeping to go to work on a weekday how would you like it if your neighbor was partying all night and you couldnt get a good nights sleep because of the noise? Think outside of the box this can be really good for our city and our people. Havent we lost more than enough lives in lawrence already?

  21. Carmen Reply

    April 25, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Lol lantigua fixed the streets huh? More like wasted the cities money! He was warned that if he fixed those streets in that weather that they wouldnt be able to seal them therefore more potholes. He only did what he did to be reelected and keep scamming the cities money. How many of those streets already have potholes? And the ones that dont is because our wonderful mayor rivera has sent to do the job correctly

  22. Molly Reply

    April 25, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Im so happy he is doing this , i work in a hospital and leave by park st, and its so ennoying when i come home tired as hell from the hospital and cant sleep because my neighbors had a freaking speaker with some music that i cant stand and then they expect fast service when they come in all sick in the hospital. How about keep the music to you self because not everyone enjoy what you do and some people want to get some rest like i know some of you want to as well when you come home tired.

  23. Derek Vasquez Reply

    April 25, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    We should call it what it is, another way to make revenue. With everything that has happened in this city within the last couple of months you’d think that resources and time could be placed elsewhere. For people that supposedly think they know how to better Lawrence none have no plan but seek means of bleeding the people. How about the city leaders take time to talk to the people on the streets. Maybe they can talk to young adults looking to change their lives around that are going to school or programs that aim to get them jobs. Nah… Let’s come up with a way to automatically give someone an instant $200 fine.

    • Bob Reply

      April 25, 2016 at 5:16 PM

      Apparently your either one of the offenders or your in a quiet neighborhood where you don’t here it. Trust me this needs to be addressed cause I don’t have any peace in my own home. The Mayor is absolutely doing the right thing. It’s not about the revenue, it’s because the Police get so many complaints & giving the offender a warning doesn’t seem to work, cause they still do it. Kudos to the Mayor

      • Derek Vasquez Reply

        April 26, 2016 at 11:45 AM

        Have you heard this saying before? Assuming makes an ass out of you and me. But yeah to answer your assumption, no I’m not making all kinds of loud noises. But before you assume that his plan is the best idea how about you grow a pair and ask your neighbors to lower the music. Most of the time they will. If they don’t then you can call for a noise complaint. Most of the time those noise complaints go out its because someone just calls them directly before asking the offenders if they can lower it themselves.

        • Bob Reply

          April 26, 2016 at 2:44 PM

          You have got to be kidding me. You are absolutely wrong. I have already been down that path, asking people to turn down the music, All I get is crap, they don’t care. I don’t like calling the cops but I’m 72 yrs old & not in the best shape anymore, but I did try talking with the people with no results. Also I don’t need to grow a pair, I have them. If I had my way, I’d end up the one who gets locked up.One other thing I shouldn’t have to be going to my neighbors home asking for them to turn it down on an every day basis, which is what I had to do. Why in heavens name don’t these people know without being told it’s to loud. I’ll tell ya why, cause they don’t give a dam. No consideration for others.

  24. Lisa Reply

    April 25, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    With all the money coming in from the tickets…the revenue can repair the streets…..very logical thinking!!

  25. Francisco Reply

    April 25, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Great Job Mayor Rivera. I grew up in Lawrence and my family still lives there. I moved out not to long ago but I’m glad he’s taking these small steps to help improve peoples quality of life. It’s not fair for the working family who have actual jobs Mon-Fri and need to rest to be up all night on a Tuesday listening to horrible dembow. I remember trying to study at night for finals when I was in college and my drug dealing neighbors had extremely loud music during the weekdays.

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