Bradford Police Department
On December 4, 2013, I visited the Bradford Police Department, where I spoke with Chief Jim Valiquet about his department’s operation. Chief Valiquet is employed as the part-time (20 hours per week) Chief, and oversees a force of three full-time, and six part-time personnel. The department’s 2012 budget was $314,252.00. There are two major roadways in Bradford, NH Route 103, and NH Route 114. The department is physically located on Route 114, just north of the intersection of Route 103, in a strip mall that also houses space for the Bradford Post Office. The first floor area of the police department consists of approximately 912 square feet, which is basically open space divided only by filing cabinets and a partition and vestibule at the entrance to the building. The arrangement for holding a
prisoner consists of a bench, with a metal pipe secured to the floor and handcuffs attached to the pipe. In the basement of the PD (an area which is shared by another tenant), are three, partitioned rooms, which serve as the evidence, storage and armory rooms for the department.
The Town of Bradford has several retail businesses located along Routes 103 and 114, and also in the Main Street section of the town.
Pictures of the department are as follows….
A picture showing the open space concept on the 1st floor. Patrolman’s space is on the left, past the filing cabinet.
This picture shows the Chief, at his desk, which is separated from the Patrolman’s section by the filing cabinet.
This picture was taken from the rear of the first floor area, looking back toward the entrance to the station. The bathroom is located on the left, and the reception area is in the front, near the large window. The holding area is on the left, just past the bathroom.
A picture of the holding area.
These pictures show the area in the basement, which consists of three, partitioned rooms that are used for evidence, storage and the department’s armory. Chief Valiquet informed me that the armory houses weaponry for the area’s Special Reaction (SWAT) Team, in addition to his department’s firearms.
Newbury Police Department
On December 4, 2013, I visited the Newbury Police Department, and met with Chief Robert Lee. Chief Lee is employed as the full-time Police Chief, and oversees four full-time and three part-time personnel. His department’s budget for 2012 was $478,901.00. There are two major roadways in Newbury; NH Route 103, and NH Route 103A. The police department is physically located in a safety complex, situated on Route 103, at the intersection of Route 103A, which is also home to the fire department. The area of the safety complex that is dedicated to the police department consists of approximately 900 square feet, according to Chief Lee. We discussed what arrangements the department has for holding detained arrestees, and the Chief responded that they don’t house any detainees at the department. He
went on to say that there is too much liability associated with placing detainees in holding cells. He also told me that he presented the Selectman with plans for a new police station a couple of years ago, and those plans were void of any holding cells.
There are several retail businesses in Newbury, mostly located along Route 103.
Pictures of the current police station are as follows….
This is a picture of the area where the receptionist sits, which is just inside the entrance to the department.
This picture is taken looking back from the reception area, toward the rear of the department. There is a storage closet on the left, and the patrolman’s section is in the rear.
This picture shows the patrolman’s section, looking back toward where the previous picture was taken from. The doorway on the left, at the end of the desk, leads into the IT closet.
Booking area, located to the rear of the patrolman’s section. The door in the rear accesses the garage/sally port.
Small conference area, which is in an el at the end of the patrolman’s section.
IT closet and records room.
Storage closet (formally used as an interview room…notice the window on the left, which provides view from the adjacent Chief’s office).
Springfield Police Department
On December 4, 2013, I stopped at the Springfield Police Department, in an attempt to meet with Chief Tim Julien. I was advised by a person in the Selectman’s Office that Chief Julien was not on duty, and I was forced to leave a message for him. The police department occupies space in the basement of the town hall. The Town of Springfield appears to have very few, if any, retail businesses, but is home to Durgin & Crowell Lumber Company, Hemphill Power Company, and what was formerly Cote & Reney Lumber Company. There are three major roadways running through Springfield; NH Route 114, NH Route 4A, and Interstate 89. A picture of the town hall is as follows (the picture was pasted from the town’s website)……
On December 4, 2013, I arrived at the Grantham Police Department, where I was able to meet with Chief Julien, who also works part-time for Grantham Police. Chief Julien told me that the Springfield police department personnel consists of himself, and one other officer, both of them employed on a full-time basis. His department’s 2012 budget was approximately $120,000.00. The department’s space within the basement of the town hall consists of approximately 644 square feet. The total area is divided into a 40X12 foot open area, a 10X10 office space, and an 8X8 evidence room. Chief Julien told me that he has no storage space, and is forced to utilize space at the town’s highway garage for storing police department items not of an evidentiary nature.
While at the Grantham Police Department, I attempted to meet with Chief Walt Madore, but was informed that he was at a conference. Chief Julien showed me around the department (in his capacity as a part-time officer on that day), but I was uncomfortable with taking any pictures without the approval of Chief Madore. What I can report is that the police department shares space within the town hall (total square footage of the entire building is listed on the assessing record as being 5547). The complex was built in 2004, and appears to afford sufficient space for police operations. The office space includes an area specifically designated for use by the NH State Police. There is a “holding area”, which is approximately 64 square feet and has a toilet and chair as its only furnishings. Chief Julien said the area is seldomly used, and is far from being a secure area by virtue of the fact that it is constructed with only sheet-rocked walls. Chief Julien told me that his department
does not have a holding cell, and opined that the Washington Selectmen would be well-served to check with its current insurer to see what impact a holding cell would have on its liability coverage. The Grantham police department consists of five full-time and four part-time personnel, and had a budget in 2012 of $357,954.00. There are three major roadways going through Grantham; NH Route 10, NH Route 114, and Interstate 89. There are several retail businesses located in Grantham, most of them being located along Route 10.
Croydon Police Department
On December 4, 2013, I stopped by the Croydon Police Department, where I attempted to meet with Chief Richard Lee. The department shares space within the town hall, located on NH Route 10. I was informed by a person in the town clerk’s office that Chief Lee was not on duty. That person agreed to show me the space within the town hall that is dedicated to police operations. She led me through the clerk’s office and up a couple of stairs to an area in the rear of the building. This area can best be described as being approximately 288 square feet, and houses a conference table and a desk, in very cramped quarters. She informed me that the conference table was where the selectmen conduct their business, and the desk area was designated for the police chief’s use. Later that
evening, I corresponded with Chief Lee via e-mail. He informed me that he is the only member of the department, and he works on a part-time basis at 32.5 hours per week. The department’s 2012 budget was $39,553.00. The major roadway through Croydon is NH Route 10. Pictures of the department are as follows…..
Picture of the Croydon town hall. The police department’s area is located in the rear of the building.
Access to the police department is gained through the town clerk’s office space (the doorway at the rear of this picture).
Police department’s office space (desk in the rear).
Goshen Police Department
On December 4, 2013, I went to the Goshen Police Department, in an attempt to meet with Chief Ed Anderson. I was advised by a female subject in the town clerk’s office that Chief Anderson was not working. She directed me to the second floor of the town hall, where the police department occupies shared space. There, I met with another female subject, who told me that she was the selectmen’s administrative assistant. She allowed me to take a picture of the area that contains a desk where the police department conducts its business. The total area of the room measures approximately 400 square feet. While at the town hall, I was able to secure a copy of the town’s last annual report. According to information contained in the report, Goshen police department has two, part-time personnel.
The department’s budget for 2012 was $74,936.00. There are two major roadways that run through Goshen; NH Route 31 and NH Route 10. There are only a few retail businesses in the town, including a convenience store, a campground and the Lumber Barn.
Pictures of the Goshen Police Department are as follows…….
A picture of the stairs leading up to the second floor of the town hall from the front entrance of the building. The second floor area can also be accessed through a door located at the rear of the building.
A picture of the door that leads into the shared office space, where the police department conducts its business.
A picture of the desk that is utilized to conduct police department business. The entrance door is on the right, and there is a small bathroom located through the open door in the rear of the picture.
Marlow Police Department
On December 5, 2013, I went to the Marlow Town Hall, in an attempt to locate the Marlow Police Department. The town hall was closed, and there were no indications on or around the building that indicated the police department was housed there. I spoke with NH State Police Lieutenant Jerome Maslan on the phone later in the day. Lt. Maslan is the Troop Commander at Troop C, in Keene, whose area of responsibility includes the town of Marlow. Lt. Maslan told me that the Police Chief in Marlow, Ken Avery, is employed on a part-time basis, and is the only member of the department. According to Lt. Maslan, Chief Avery had some recent medical issues and had not worked in an active capacity in quite some time. Lt. Maslan did not know where the police department operations were physically located. I was
able to obtain information via the town’s website that showed the department’s 2012 budget to be $27,150.00. There doesn’t appear to be many, if any, retail businesses in Marlow. There are two major roadways that run through Marlow; NH Route 10 and NH Route 123.
I have tried calling and e-mailing Chief Avery, but have not had any success in contacting him. If I am fortunate enough to hear from him in the near future, then I will obtain information regarding the physical location and description of the police department and provide an addendum to this report.
Acworth Police Department
In speaking with Lt. Maslan on December 4, 2013, he told me there is no local police presence in the Town of Acworth. There are few retail businesses located in Acworth. The singular one that this writer is familiar with is the Acworth Village store, which is located on the only major roadway running through Acworth; NH Route 123A.
Stoddard Police Department
On December 4, 2013, I went to the Stoddard Town Hall in an attempt to meet with Constable Dave Vaillancourt, who is the ranking officer in the Stoddard Police Department. I was told by a female subject in the town clerk’s office that Constable Vaillancourt was not on duty, and that the physical location of the police department was at 47 Old Forest Road. She provided me with the assessing record of the property located at 47 Old Forest Road, which shows one building with a total area of 288 square feet. She also told me that the police department consists of two, part-time personnel. The department’s 2012 budget was $42,200.00. There are several retail businesses located along NH Route 9, which is one of two major roadways that run through Stoddard. The other major road is NH Route 123,
which also has a couple of retail businesses located along the route.
A picture of the building that houses the Stoddard Police Department.
Lempster and Unity
Police coverage for the Towns of Lempster and Unity is provided by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department and the NH State Police. The towns contract with the Sullivan County SO for coverage on a Monday through Friday basis. Mondays are covered from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and Fridays from 4:00 PM to 12:00 midnight. Each town is required to have an office space available for the on-duty deputy, and each town will pay $44,751.20 for the 2014 coverage. NH State Police covers all other times when the Sullivan County SO doesn’t.