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Friday, September 15, 2006


Crowe named new police lieutenant

Carlisle Police Lieutenant Leo Crowe sits by the dispatcher's console at the Police Station. (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)
Sgt. Leo Crowe, a 17-year member of the Carlisle Police Department, was appointed to Lieutenant on July 25 of this year. He fills the lieutenant vacancy created when Lieut. John Sullivan was named chief of police earlier this year.

Crowe started out in Burlington in 1986 and was sent to the Northeast Police Institute in 1989. He then went to Burlington as a part-time officer, and was a part-time officer in Carlisle until October 1991 when the town needed a full-time police officer. He took the sergeant's examination and made sergeant in July, 1995, 11 years after he started to work in Carlisle. Along the way he earned a masters degree in criminal justice. He became best known in town as the officer in charge of the D.A.R.E. (Drug Awareness and Resistance Education) program in the Carlisle Schools. Crowe lives in Methuen and is justly proud of his family, which includes two sets of twins among his six children. Chief of Police John Sullivan says that Crowe is well respected by his colleagues at the police station.

Crowe spoke of the Police Department and town as places where "people respected you," where everybody was involved and worked as a team. Crowe remembers the years when Carlisle did not have 24-hour police coverage, when he took the cruiser home if he was on call and the state police answered emergencies during the hours when the station was not covered. He remembers a few dangerous times, including one where there was a man in a room with a gun. He also remembers when he was part of the team that delivered a baby.

There were four applicants for the lieutenant position vacated by Chief Sullivan, and the selection was appointive with the approval of the Selectmen. The sergeant vacancy created by Crowe's promotion will be filled on the basis of an examination drawn up for Carlisle applicants. Station personnel were asked who was interested in applying; four applications have been received so far, with the exam scheduled for September 30 and an announcement expected after that date.

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