NEWINGTON POLICE COMMISSION
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There was a meeting of the Newington Police Commission on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the police department.

PRESENT:  Captain Michael Sullivan, Commissioner Brenda Blonigen, Commissioner F. Jackson Hoyt, the new Commissioner William Wright and Administrative Assistant Diana St. Laurent. Chief Bilodeau was on annual leave and unable to attend the meeting.

I
CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Blonigen called the meeting to order at 4:03 p.m.

The Commissioners welcomed Mr. Wright and he was provided with the RSA covering the responsibilities of the police commission. Commissioner Wright provided his email address and phone number for the record. Chairman Blonigen told Commissioner Wright that the minutes of each meeting are forwarded via e-mail after completion.

II
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING(S)

On a MOTION by Commissioner Hoyt and seconded by Commissioner Blonigen, the Commissioners voted to accept the minutes from the June 4, 2019 meeting as written.

There were no other minutes.

III
POLICE COMMISSION INFORMATION

Staff Update – Captain Sullivan told the Commissioners that the Chief accepted Officer Adin Sobel’s resignation, effective August 25, 2019. The Captain said that the advertising process has been posted and we are waiting on applications. The physical agility test is scheduled for applicants on the 28th of September, the assessment board will be on the 4th of October and the Chief will be asking the Commissioners to review the top 3 applicants for the final selection of a candidate. Captain Sullivan said the assessment board will consist of a ranking member of the police department, at least one town resident, one prominent employee from the business district and a non-commissioned officer from the Air National Guard at Pease. Chairman Blonigen asked if there will be an exit interview with Officer Sobel. Captain Sullivan said he and

the Chief have been discussing having an exit interview with the Commissioners. Captain Sullivan said he would look into setting up the interview. Commissioner Wright asked if the Chief has procedures to go over strengths and weaknesses with his staff.  Captain Sullivan said that each officer gets an annual review to include a semi-annual performance review. Captain

Sullivan said the department uses another very helpful program called “Guardian Tracking” where complaints and compliments go into a data base for each officer. The Captain said the Chief meets weekly with his staff members.

Other Police Commission Business

The Commissioners reviewed and signed the purchase order file

The Commissioners reviewed the 2019 budget print out. – Commissioner Wright asked if the loss of Officer Sobel would impact the overtime line item. Captain Sullivan said that the Chief has assigned Detective Costin as the second cruiser to fill the day shift which will minimize the impact on overtime. Chairman Blonigen said that part-timers can fill the shifts at a lower rate of $23/hour. Captain Sullivan asked Adm. St. Laurent what happens to grant money the police department receives. St. Laurent told Captain Sullivan that the grant money comes into the police department and gets posted to a line item titled “revenue-grants.” When the books are audited the money from the grant gets posted back to expenditure line item of the police department budget.

IV
OLD BUSINESS

Chairman Blonigen went over the request by the selectmen to have police personnel procedures of hiring and firing to be handled through the selectmen and town policy and their request to have all meetings at 6:00 p.m. Chairman Blonigen said she would like to have a work session with the Chief and come up with some type of written procedures for the commissioners.

V
NEW BUSINESS

Commissioner Wright asked where is the department in regards to the 2020 budget process. Adm. St. Laurent said that the Chief is working on his figures for 2020 and it is expected he will have a “draft” copy for the Commissioners to review at the September meeting. Commissioner Wright asked if the selectmen have input in the police budget. Commissioner Hoyt said that the Chief, as a courtesy, presents his proposed budget to the selectmen before it goes to the budget committee.

Commissioner Wright asked what type of life insurance coverage is available to the employees of the police department. Adm. St. Laurent said it is a percentage of the officer’s annual income. Commissioner Wright asked if the officer can purchase more insurance on his own if desired and the answer was yes; more coverage can be purchased through Davis and Towle.

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

None at this time.

VII
NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME/LOCATION

The next meeting of the Commissioners is scheduled for September 3, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the police department.

VIII
ADJOURNMENT

On a MOTION by Commissioner Hoyt and seconded by Commissioner Wright, the Commissioners voted unanimously to adjourn at 4:45 p.m.

For William Wright, Secretary

by Diana St. Laurent

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        NEWINGTON POLICE COMMISSION
MINUTES

There was a meeting of the Newington Police Commissioners on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the police department.
PRESENT: Commissioner Steven Prefontaine, Commissioner F. Jackson Hoyt, Commissioner Brenda Blonigen, Chief Michael Bilodeau, Captain Michael Sullivan, Sergeant Brandon Smart, and Admin Assistant Diana St. Laurent.

I
CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Prefontaine called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.

II
MINUTE(S) OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

On a MOTION by Commissioner Hoyt and seconded by Commissioner Blonigen, the Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the minutes from the May 7, 2019 meeting as written.

There were no other minutes.

III
POLICE COMMISSION INFORMATION

Staff Update – The Chief said that the department is running smoothly. He said that Officer Meyers is doing a good job and will be completing FTO in a few weeks.

 Other Police Commission Business –

A. The Commissioners reviewed and signed the purchase order file.

B. The Commissioners reviewed the 2019 budget print out. There was discussion about the FT
salary line item and the Chief said that the figures are correct and there may be a balance left over.

IV
OLD BUSINESS

Presentation to Commissioner Prefontaine. The Chief thanked Commissioner Prefontaine for his service to the police department. Commissioner Prefontaine was presented with a plaque and a personalized street sign.

V
NEW BUSINESS

Letters of interest for open Commissioner’s position –

               The Chief told the Commissioners that three residents have expressed interest in being appointed to the police commission. Letters of interest have been received from Jennifer Weiner, Bill Wright, and David Obertanec. The Board of Selectmen will appoint the new commissioner.

Meeting with Board of Selectmen –

Commissioner Blonigen requested that the Commissioners meet with the Board of Selectmen
prior to the appointment of the new commissioner. The Chief said he will contact the Board of Selectmen through Martha Roy and request a meeting.

Staff Updates –

There was a discussion about having staff updates in non-public session. There was discussion that any negative personnel matters be in non-public session. It was agreed by the Chief and the Commissioners that any negative issues dealing with personnel have been and will continue to be in non-public session according to the statute.

New Chairman –

               On a Motion Commissioner Hoyt and seconded by Commissioner Prefontaine, the Commissioners voted to appoint Brenda Blonigen as the new Chairperson.

Flags –

               Commissioner Hoyt said that Margaret Lamson and members of the Cemetery Committee want to thank Chief Bilodeau, Captain Sullivan and Commissioner Blonigen for the flag raising ceremony held at the town cemetery this past Memorial Day.

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

Not needed.

VII
NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME/LOCATION

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, 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 4:30 p.m.

For Brenda Blonigen, Secretary
by Diana St. Laurent

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                                                                   NEWINGTON POLICE COMMISSION                                                                                                                                                                            MINUTES
                                                                   

There was a meeting of the Newington Police Commissioners on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the police department.

PRESENT:  Commissioner Steve Prefontaine, Commissioner Brenda Blonigen, Commissioner F. Jackson Hoyt, Chief Michael Bilodeau, Captain Michael Sullivan and Adm. Assistant 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 April 2, 2019 meeting as written.

There were no other minutes.

III
POLICE COMMISSION INFORMATION

  1. Staff Update – The Chief told the Commissioners that Officer Meyers has been riding with Officer Gregor and she said he is doing a good job. The Chief said the staff is doing fine.
  2. Other Police Commission Business –
  3. The Commissioners read and signed the purchase order file.
  4. The Commissioners reviewed the 2019 budget print out. Chairman Prefontaine requested that we check on the FT Salaries line item.

IV
OLD BUSINESS

None at this time.

V
NEW BUSINESS

  1. Firearms Upgrade – Captain Sullivan told the Commissioners that Sig has made an offer to the department to trade the department’s Sig 226s for brand new Sig 320s, one for one. The holsters will be included in the trade and our ammunition distributor will trade our ammo one for one also. Captain Sullivan said there will be about 4 hours of transitional training to go with the new handguns. On a MOTION by Commissioner Blonigen and seconded by Commissioner Prefontaine, the Commissioners voted unanimously to make the change over in weapons with Sig Sauer.
  2. Commissioner Prefontaine – Commissioner Prefontaine said that the June commission meeting will be his last meeting.
  3. The Commissioners were told that there will be a retirement recognition get together for Tony Harland on Friday, May 17, at 5:00 p.m. at the police department.
  4. Meeting with Selectmen – The Chief told the Commissioners that the BOS is looking for a town policy for hiring procedures and promotions for all town departments to follow. After some discussion of the matter, Chairman Prefontaine said he would write a letter for all to review and upon approval, the letter will be signed by all three Commissioners and delivered to the Board of Selectmen.

VI
NON-PUBLIC SESSION

Not needed.

VII
NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME/LOCATION

The next meeting of the Newington Police Commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, 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 4:55 p.m                                                                                                                                                                                                             

For Brenda Blonigen, Secretary –  by Diana St. Laurent

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                                                                           NEWINGTON POLICE COMMISSION
                                                                                                        MINUTES

There was a meeting of the Newington Commissioners on Tuesday, April 2, 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 Admin Assistant Diana St. Laurent.

I
CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Prefontaine called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m.

ELECTION OF COMMISSION OFFICERS

Chairman – On a MOTION by Commissioner Hoyt and seconded by Commissioner Blonigen, Steve Prefontaine was appointed Chairman.

Vice Chairman – On a MOTION by Commissioner Blonigen and seconded by Commissioner Prefontaine, Commissioner Hoyt was appointed Vice Chairman.

Secretary – On a MOTION by Commissioner Prefontaine and seconded by Commissioner Hoyt, Commissioner Blonigen was appointed Secretary.

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 March 12, 2019 meeting as written.

On a MOTION by Commissioner Blonigen and seconded by Commissioner Hoyt, the Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the March 12, 2019 minutes as written. On a MOTION by Commissioner Prefontaine and seconded by Commissioner Blonigen, the Commissioners voted unanimously to seal the March 12, 2019 Non-Public Minutes indefinitely.

III
POLICE COMMISSION INFORMATION

A. Staff Update – The two new officers, Jared Arsenault and Ethan Allen, will be sworn in at a ceremony upstairs after the meeting adjourns.

B. Other Police Commissioner Business –

1. The Commissioners reviewed and signed the purchase order file.

2.  The Commissioners reviewed the 2019 budget printout.

IV
OLD BUSINESS

Incentive Policy – The Commissioners read the new Incentive Policy SOP. There was discussion about the exit physical requirements. Commissioner Blonigen suggested that the SOP be amended to change the percentage on the exit requirements to 40%. On a MOTION by Commissioner Blonigen and seconded by Commissioner Hoyt, the Commissioners voted unanimously to amend the Incentive Policy to read 40% exit physical requirements.

V
NEW BUSINESS

There was discussion about the deadly 10-25 accident on McIntyre Road and concern for the well-being of the officer who covered the report. The Chief and the Captain both said they have spoken with the officer and he appears to be doing fine.

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

Not needed.

VII
NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME/LOCATION

The next meeting of the Newington Police Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 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 the meeting at 4:17 p.m. to go upstairs for the swearing in ceremony for the two new officers.

For Brenda Blonigen, Secretary – by Diana St. Laurent

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NEWINGTON POLICE COMMISSION
MINUTES

There was a meeting of the Newington Police Commissioners on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the police department.
PRESENT:  Commissioner Steve Prefontaine, Commissioner F. Jackson Hoyt, Commissioner Brenda Blonigen, Chief Michael Bilodeau, Cpt. Michael Sullivan and Adm. Assistant Diana St. Laurent.

    I
CALL TO ORDER 

Chairman Prefontaine called the meeting to order at 4:02 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 February 5, 2019 meeting as written.

There were no other minutes.

III
POLICE COMMISSION INFORMATION

Staff Update The Chief told the Commissioners that the oral boards for the police candidates went well and there are four candidates for the Commissioners to interview.

Other Business –

The Commissioners reviewed and signed the February purchase order file.

There is no budget print-out review until after town meeting on March 16, 2019.

IV
OLD BUSINESS

Salary pay while at NHPS&TC – The Chief told the Commissioners that he spoke with Attorney Mansfield in reference to putting police candidates attending the academy on “salary” so there are no issues about over time. The Chief said the attorney told him that the officer positions do not qualify as “Salaried.” The Chief said he does not expect any issues at this time.

V
NEW BUSINESS

Incentive Policy – tabled for next meeting.

VI
NON-PUBLIC SESSION

On a MOTION by Commissioner Blonigen and seconded by Commissioner Hoyt, on a roll-call vote of 3-0, the Commissioners went into non-public session at 4:08 p.m.to discuss personnel matters according to RSA 91-A:3 II(c) and (b).

On a MOTION by Commissioner Blonigen and seconded by Commissioner Hoyt, on a roll-call vote of 3-0, the Commissioners came out of non-public session at 5:20 p.m.

On a MOTION by Commissioner Prefontaine and seconded by Commissioner Blonigen, the Commissioners voted unanimously to extend “Conditional Offers of Employment” to candidates Jared Arsenault and Ethan Jones.

VII
NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME/LOCATION

The next Commission meeting is scheduled for April 2, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the police department.

VIII
ADJOURNMENT

On a MOTION by Commissioner Blonigen and seconded by Commissioner Prefontaine, the Commissioners voted unanimously to adjourn at 5:20 p.m.

For Brenda Blonigen, Secretary
by Diana St. Laurent

 

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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