During 2016 the Police Department covered 110,252 miles on our seven vehicles and received 2,618 complaints and requests for assistance. Investigations by the Department officers included 160 criminal cases, resulting in 105 criminal arrests. Officers responded to 94 animal-related calls. Officers’ efforts in the area of highway safety resulted in 28 motor vehicle arrests, 546 summonses and 2,277 motor vehicle warnings. Officers assisted motorists on 63 occasions and assisted other law enforcement officers 190 times. There were no fatal vehicle accidents in Newington in 2016. However, officers handled 26 personal injury accidents and 180 property damage accidents.

Police activities resulted in 546 cases being prepared for either the Rockingham County Superior Court or the Portsmouth District Court. The Police Department’s service and prevention program resulted in 164 commercial and residential building checks being conducted. Officers responded to 209 burglar alarms, 71 fire calls and assisted with 71 ambulance calls. The Great Bay Wildlife Refuge and Pease Trade Port received 639 and 1,228 security patrols respectively.

The Police Department continues to collect unwanted prescription drugs from residents via a drug drop box located in the Police Department lobby. Residents are encouraged to use this service to ensure that unwanted controlled drugs do not become available to unauthorized persons.

There were numerous personnel changes in 2016. Chief Jon Tretter retired after 31 years of service, with the last 11 years as Chief of Police. The new Chief, Michael D. Bilodeau, will be sworn into office on February 1, 2017. He comes to Newington from the Durham NH Police Department. Captain Brian S. Newcomer retired after 30 years of service. Captain Newcomer will be appointed Interim Chief until February 1, 2017 and then will remain with the department on a part-time basis as the Prosecutor. Officer Daniel Hurley resigned to take a position with the Seabrook Police Department. Officer Tim Gordon, a member of the Army Reserve, was deployed overseas and is scheduled return sometime in April 2017. Master Patrolman Michael Sullivan was promoted to Patrol Sergeant and Detective Tony Harland was promoted to Detective Sergeant. The three new part-time officers hired during 2016 are Timothy McClare, Andrew Wood and Justin LeDuc. On January 1, 2017 Andrew Wood will be hired as a full-time officer, replacing the opening created by Officer Hurley’s resignation.

I take this opportunity to thank the Newington Police Commissioners Steven Prefontaine, Douglas Ross, and F. Jackson Hoyt and all the members of the Police Department for their service in 2016.

Respectfully submitted,

Brian S. Newcomer, Acting Chief