North Eastern Massachusetts
Law Enforcement Council

Public Safety through Regional Partnerships


Motor Unit

Control Chief Chief Frederick Ryan
Arlington Police Department
Assistant Control Chief Chief Michael Lyle
Melrose Police Department
Sgt. Thomas Daly
Lowell Police Department
Executive Officer-in-Charge Capt. Timothy Crowley Lowell Police Department

The motor unit was established to provide assistance to NEMLEC agencies with traffic control issues, and to act as a resource to NEMLECs Regional Response Team when called upon to provide mobile crowd control services. The units main focus is:

  • Mobile crowd control control of motor traffic, or pedestrian moving traffic (e.g. marathons, parades)
  • Funeral escorts
  • Dignitary protection
  • Supplement RRT crowd control capabilities
  • Fixed Position traffic control when cruiser response is in-effective
  • Non-adversarial traffic control (e.g. parades pedestrian traffic)
  • Specialized law enforcement duties as requested, and accepted, by the Control Chief

The Motor Unit is composed of almost 50 motorcycle officers from 21 jurisdictions. All officers receive extensive training and are highly skilled motorcycle riders that must pass annual qualification tests to remain on the unit. They are organized into three squads, each of which is led by a squad leader and two assistant squad leaders.

The Motor Unit fulfills its purpose by working consistently to meet and sustain the following goals:

  • Provide and maintain a specialized unit, composed of a highly trained and skilled cadre of professional motor officers
  • Supplement and enhance the skills and ability of individual officers that, consequently, can then be applied in the normal performance of duty in their respective jurisdictions.

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