Warming Up Vehicles In Winter

While it may be very common to look around in the winter time and see vehicles “warming up” it’s not necessary for your vehicle to warm up and in some cases, illegal in Massachusetts.   Massachusetts law allows idling up to 5 minutes – This limit is in place to reduce incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning, wasted fuel, increased pollution and the theft of vehicles. There are exceptions for vehicles under repair, delivery and emergency vehicles and any vehicle that may require auxiliary power that requires the engine to be running. Wasted Fuel – Tests in Canada reveal that with a 5-minute warm-up, total fuel … Continue reading

Billerica Police Department Receives Donation From Local Company

Safran MorphoTrust USA, located on Concord Road in Billerica has donated a year of support services for the department’s live scan fingerprinting system that Safran MorphoTrust USA manufactures. The system was purchased by the Commonwealth three years ago as part of a statewide project.  The original purchase included three years of support services which expires on 12/19/15.  The donation will continue support for another 12 months at no charge to the Town. The Police Department would like to thank Safran MorphoTrust USA publicly for this generous donation as well as other past donations and technical assistance they have provided over the years. … Continue reading

Common Scams

The Billerica Police Department has taken numerous reports this year involving scams amounting to thousands of dollars in losses to residents. Many of these scams involve the use of Green Dot MoneyPak cards, MyVanilla reload cards, Paypal prepaid cards and others. The Green Dot MoneyPak is a cash reload product that can be used to reload a prepaid debit card, add money to a PayPal account without using a bank account or to make same-day payments to major companies. Green Dot Corporation, the maker of MoneyPak, warns consumers to only use their MoneyPak number with businesses on their approved list … Continue reading

Woman’s Self Defense Classes

WHAT: RAD (Rape Aggression Defense)  is a basic Women’s self defense class.  The class consists of 3 sessions which include a classroom/lecture element accompanied by a dynamic physical element where participants learn the skills needed to help survive an attack. WHO:  Females age 16 and over, with emphasis on college aged females. WHERE: Billerica Memorial High School Cafeteria (Main Entrance), 365 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA WHEN: January 5, 6, and 7, 2016 from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Several local Law Enforcement agencies have combined their resources to offer this class at NO CHARGE. Billerica residents interested in attending should contact Officer … Continue reading

BPD Officer Charged with Assault and Battery

 BILLERICA — Chief Daniel Rosa reports that the Billerica Police Department, after an investigation, has filed criminal charges against a Billerica police officer in connection with an incident at the Billerica Elks Club. A criminal complaint has been issued against JOHN HICKEY, AGE 47, a 19-year veteran of the police department on charges of assault and battery, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon (to wit: a shod foot). He has been on administrative leave since early this year, after the police department was made aware of an off-duty incident at the bar of the Billerica Elks … Continue reading