NEWINGTON POLICE COMMISSION
MINUTES

There was a meeting of the Newington Police Commissioners on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the police department.

PRESENT:  Chairman Steve Prefontaine, Commissioner F. Jackson Hoyt, Commissioner Brenda Blonigen, Chief Michael Bilodeau, Captain Michael Sullivan and Diana St. Laurent.

I
CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Prefontaine called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

II
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

  1. On a MOTION by Commissioner Hoyt and seconded by Commissioner Blonigen, the Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the minutes from the January 3, 2019 meeting as written.
  2. On a MOTION by Commissioner Hoyt, on a roll-call vote of 3-0, the Commissioners voted to seal the January 8, 2019 Non-Public Minutes indefinitely.

III
POLICE COMMISSION INFORMATION

 Staff Update – The Chief told the Commissioners that Detective Sergeant Tony Harland will be submitting his letter of retirement from police work this week. The Chief said that Det. Harland has been hired by the Portsmouth Ship Yard and is waiting for the official letter from Washington, DC before he submits his letter. There was a discussion about filling the detective slot and the Chief said that he is contemplating filling it with the current officers on a rotating basis. Each officer would remain in the position for about 2 or 3 years to gain the experience. The Chief said the system worked well while he was at Durham PD. There was discussion about detective’s pay versus a patrol officer’s pay working in the detective’s slot. No final decision on that issue at this time.       The Chief told the Commissioners that the hiring process is continuing for the patrol officer vacancy. He said there are 2 certified candidates interested and the final date for submitting applications is February 10, 2019.

Other Police Commission Business –

  1. The Commissioners reviewed and signed the purchase order file.
  2. Budget Review – The Chief reminded the Commissioners that the budget review by the public is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall.

IV
OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business to discuss.

V
NEW BUSINESS

The Chief said that Commissioner Hoyt brought up the issue of candidates at the NHPS&TC requesting to be paid overtime while at the academy. The Chief said that some departments in the western part of the state have been sued by officer candidates for overtime because of the academy schedule and some judgments were found in favor of the officers. The Chief said that he will look into having officers attending the academy to be considered “salaried.”

VI
NON-PUBLIC SESSION RSA 91-A:3 II(c) PERSONNEL MATTER

On a MOTION by Commissioner Prefontaine, on a roll-call vote of 3-0, the Commissioners voted to go into Non-Public Session at 3:15 p.m. to discuss a personnel matter.

On a MOTION by Commissioner Hoyt, on a roll-call vote of 3-0, the Commissioners voted to come out of non-public session at 3:54 p.m.

On a MOTION by Commissioner Prefontaine, on a roll-call vote of 3-0, the Commissioners voted to seal the February 5, 2019 non-public minutes indefinitely.

On a MOTION by Commissioner Steve Prefontaine, on a roll-call vote of 3-0, the Commissioners voted to terminate part-time officer Timothy Gordon, effective immediately.

VII
NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME/LOCATION

The next meeting of the Newington Commissioners is scheduled for March 12, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the Newington Police Department.

VIII
ADJOURNMENT

On a MOTION by Commissioner Hoyt and seconded by Commissioner Blonigen, the Commissioners voted unanimously to adjourn at 3:58 p.m.

For Brenda Blonigen, Secretary, by Diana St. Laurent

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       Newington New Hampshire Police Department                                                 

  NEWINGTON POLICE COMMISSION
MINUTES

There was a meeting of the Newington Police Commissioners on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the police department.

PRESENT:  Commissioner Steve Prefontaine, Commissioner F. Jackson Hoyt, Commissioner Brenda Blonigen, Chief Michael Bilodeau, Captain Michael Sullivan and Diana St. Laurent.

I
CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Prefontaine called the meeting to order at 4:15 p.m.

II
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING(S)

On a MOTION by Commissioner Hoyt and seconded by Commissioner Blonigen, the Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the minutes from the December 4, 2018 meeting as written.

There were no other minutes.

III
POLICE COMMISSION INFORMATION

Staff Update – The Chief said everything is going along fine. He told the Commissioners that Officers Szopa and Meyers will be attending the NHPS&TC beginning the week of January 7, 2019 and will be gone for 16 weeks. The Chief said they have been receiving a lot of good FTO training and should be ready to go on their own about a month or so after they graduate.

  1. Other Police Commission Business –
  2. The Commissioners signed the Permanent Patrol Officer’s appointment form for Officer Patrick Costin.
  3. The Police Commissioners reviewed and signed the purchase order file.
  4. There was no discussion about the 2018 budget.

IV
OLD BUSINESS

The Commissioners and the Chief reviewed the 2019 Draft Budget proposal. The Chief told the Commissioners that, per request of the Budget Committee, he was able to reduce the 2019 budget by 2.41%. The Chief said that after the Selectmen reviewed his budget with the 2.41% reduction, they requested that he reduce some line items by another $8,000. The Chief said he told the Selectmen that he is going to present his budget as is with the 2.41% reduction in the bottom line.

V
NEW BUSINESS

The Chief said that department activity has increased. The officers made 2,908 motor vehicle stops; 521 summonses; 2,377 warnings and 189 arrests which resulted in 189 cases going to the Portsmouth District Court. Summonses in 2018 increased by 278; motor vehicles stops increased by 986 and physical arrests increased by 63. The Chief said that having one cruiser covering the industrial area and one cruiser in the residential area has helped with an increase in activity. The Chief also told the Commissioners that he received zero citizen complaints in 2018.

VI
NON-PUBLIC SESSION
RSA 91-A:3 II(c) Personnel Matter

On a MOTION by Commissioner Hoyt and seconded by Commissioner Blonigen, on a roll-call vote, the Commissioners voted to go into non-public session at 4:25 p.m. to discuss a personnel matter.

On a MOTION by Commissioner Blonigen and seconded by Commissioner Hoyt, on a roll-call vote, the Commissioners voted to come out of non-public session at 4:37 p.m. and to seal the non-public minutes indefinitely. There were no motions made during the non-public session.

VII
NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME/LOCATION

The next meeting of the Commissioners is scheduled for February 5, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. at the police Department.

VIII
ADJOURNMENT

On a MOTION by Commissioner Hoyt and seconded by Commissioner Blonigen, the Commissioners voted unanimously to adjourn at 4:38 p.m.

                                                     For Brenda Blonigen, Secretary,  by Diana St. Laurent