NEWINGTON POLICE COMMISSION
There was a meeting of the Newington Police Commissioners on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the police department.
PRESENT: Commissioner F. Jackson Hoyt, Commissioner Brenda Blonigen, Commissioner Steve Prefontaine, Chief Michael Bilodeau, Captain Michael Sullivan and Diana St. Laurent.
CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Prefontaine was unable to attend the meeting until 4:25 p.m. and he called the meeting to order at 4:25 p.m.
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 November 15, 2018 meeting as written.
There were no other minutes.
POLICE COMMISSION INFORMATION
- Staff Update – The Chief said there is nothing to report at this time; things are moving quite smoothly. The Chief told the Commissioners that Officers Szopa and Meyers will be doing the physical agility test on December 10, for entrance into the NHPS&TC and he does not expect any problems.
- Other Police Commission Business –
- Purchase Order file – The Commissioners reviewed and signed the purchase order file.
- Budget Review – The Chief told the Commissioners that the Selectmen cut funds from several line items in the 2019 budget. For example, they are recommending cutting the prosecutor’s salary by $8,000; professional training by $500; general supplies by $300 and equipment purchases by $906. There was a discussion about the selectmen cutting line items and it was decided by the Commissioners to present the complete 2019 police budget to the Budget Committee. The Chief said he is meeting with the Budget Committee on December 12, 2018 and he will be prepared to justify his budget requests as presented. The Chief and the Commissioners agreed that if the Budget Committee recommends a cut in the bottom line budget, then the Chief will make the changes where he sees fit.
The Commissioners reviewed the 2019-2020 meeting schedule and signed the form for posting.
Guardian Tracking System – Cpt. Sullivan explained that the Guardian Tracking System is a cloud-based program for supervisors used to track employee performance. The Chief said that he will be able to track when the officers read new policies and procedures he can track results if there should be a citizen complaint against an officer, etc. The Chief said the CALEA program he was looking purchase was going to cost $2,600 per year. The initial cost of the Guardian program is $1,162 with an annual fee of $861. The Chief said that this program is approved by CALEA and is less expensive. The Commissioners agreed that the Chief should purchase the program.
RSA 91-A:3 II(c) PERSONNEL MATTER
NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME/LOCATION
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 3, 2019.
On a MOTION by Commissioner Blonigen and seconded by Commissioner Hoyt, the Commissioners voted unanimously to adjourn at 5:05 p.m.
For Brenda Blonigen, Secretary
by Diana St. Laurent