Chief of Police
Michael D. Bilodeau
Feb 1, 2017 – Present
Michael D. Bilodeau was sworn in as the new Chief of Police for the Newington Police Department on February 1, 2017. Chief Bilodeau received his Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice major from Southern Vermont University, Bennington, VT in 1993; He attended the FBI National Academy, Quantico VA, Session #242 in 2010; attended the PSTC NH Academy Class #116 and the Virginia Basic Police Academy, Richmond, VA. He worked as a Police Officer for the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department, from 1993 to 1997. In 1998 he began his career with the Durham NH Police Department where he worked as Detective from 2001 to 2006, during that time he became Master Patrolman. In 2006 Chief Bilodeau was promoted to Sergeant from 2006 to 2014. In 2014 he was promoted to Detective Sergeant. Chief Bilodeau received the Medal of Valor from the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department, the Meritorious Unit Award; Meritorious Police Service Award and the Good Conduct Award. We welcome Chief Bilodeau to the Town of Newington.
Executive Administrative Assistant
March 29, 2021 – Present
Taylor joined us on March 29th, 2021. She graduated from Epping High School and joined the United States Air Force shortly after graduation. She served in the New Hampshire Air National Guard from 2012-2021 as a Personnel Specialist. Prior to joining the Newington Police Department, she worked full time as an Administrator for the Command Section, and also as the NCOIC of Wing Staff Personnel Programs, Pease Air National Guard Base, NH.
Part-Time Administrative/Accreditation Assistant
On April 12th 2021 Keri moved from full-time to part-time. Keri is the full time Accreditation Manager for the Portsmouth Police Department. She graduated from Nashua High School South and attended classes at the University of New Hampshire. She served in the Army from June 2009 to June 2019 as an Aviation Operations Specialist. She deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012 and to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve in 2014. Prior to joining the Newington Police Department she worked full time as a Federal Technician at the Concord, NH Army Aviation Support Facility as a National Guard Soldier and in support of the UH-60 Blackhawks and the State Search and Rescue mission. Upon her Honorable Discharge from the Army, she was a Title 5 Federal Technician at the Pease Air National Guard Base as an Administrative Technician for the Command Support Staff in the 157th ARW Maintenance Group.
Full Time Officers
Captain Brandon D. Smart was hired as a full-time patrolman in November 2012. Capt Smart is a graduate of the 160th New Hampshire Police Academy. Capt Smart is a graduate of Exeter High School and attended the University of New Hampshire and was a member of the Army ROTC. Capt Smart served in the U.S. Army from April 2005 until April 2011 and was deployed to serve in the Combat Deployment District of Zormat Paktia Province, Afghanistan as a MRAP Driver, Turot Gunner, M249 Light Machine Gunner, and .50 Cal Machine Gunner. Prior to coming to the Newington Police Department, Capt Smart served as a corrections officer for the Rockingham County Department of Corrections. Capt Smart was promoted to Captain in June 2021.
Sergeant Andrew Wood was hired initially as a part-time officer in July 2016. An opening occurred in the department and Sgt Wood has been appointed to the full-time sergeant position in September 2021 . Sgt Wood is a graduate of the 173rd NH Police Standards & Training Council Academy. Sgt Wood also worked as a part-time officer for the Town of Madbury, N.H. from 2011-2016. Sgt Wood is a Field Training Officer (FTO), O.C. Instructor, Physical Fitness Instructor, Background Investigator, and an Explosive Detection K9 Handler. Sgt Wood is also a Task Force Officer (TFO) with the Rockingham County Drug Task Force. He is the recipient of the Retail Association award for the state of NH. Sgt Wood is an Army veteran who served as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear NCOIC.
K9 Augie is a yellow lab who came to the Newington Police Department in January 2020. He is a certified Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) through the Connecticut State Police and also certified through the federal agency- Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
Detective Sean J. O’Reilly was hired in December 2011. He is a 2005 graduate of the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council Full-time Police Officer Academy. He attended the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and was also a member of the Air National Guard. Officer O’Reilly was previously employed with the Middleton Police Department. He has prior training in several areas of police work to include K-9 Drug dog handler, Critical Incident Management, Taser Electronic Control Device Academy, Advanced Car Control and FTO Officer training.
Patrol Officer Jessica Auger was hired in April 2018. Officer Auger is a graduate of the 176th Session of the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council. Officer Auger studied Criminal Justice at Great Bay Community College.
Patrol Officer James Meyers was hired in October 2018. He is currently doing Field Officer Training and will be attending the NHPS&TC Academy in January 2019. Officer Meyers has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law/Justice from Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. Officer Meyers was previously employed with Sig Sauer Academy in Exeter, N.H.
Patrol Officer Jared A. Arsenault was hired in April 2019, Officer Arsenault is a 2014 graduate of the New Hampshire Police Standards & Training Academy. Officer Arsenault comes to Newington Police Department with prior police experience with the Brentwood and South Hampton Police Departments.
Patrol Officer Ethan H. Jones was hired in April 2019. Officer Jones has obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Norwich University. Officer Jones is a graduate of the 2019 New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Academy where he graduated at the top of his class scholastically and received several recognition awards at graduation.
Patrol Officer Brian Whyte was hired in November 2021. He is currently performing Field Officer Training and will be attending the 187th NHPS&TC Academy in January 2022. Prior to being hired by the Newington Police Department, Ptlm Whyte had an extensive 30 year career in the Power Generation and Maintenance Industry with various Maintenance and Leadership roles. Having a career in Law Enforcement as a Police Officer has always been a desire for Ptlm Whyte, and is now ready to serve and protect the town of Newington. Ptlm Whyte states that it is never to late to fulfill your career dreams and he is looking forward to being part of the community.
Part Time Officers
Officer Douglas J. Lorenz was hired as a part-time officer in August 2011. Officer Lorenz worked part-time with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy. Officer Lorenz previously retired from the Newington Police Department as a full-time sergeant after 20 years of service to the town.
Officer Timothy McClare was hired as a part-time officer in April 2016. Officer McClare also worked for the Greenland and Hampton NH Police Departments as a part-time officer and previously was employed full time as a Conservation Officer with the NH Fish & Game Department. Officer McClare received his full-time police officer certification from NHPS&TC in June 1985.
Officer Scott Blaisdell returned to the Newington Police Department as a Part Time Officer in 2018. Officer Blaisdell had previously worked as an Officer for our agency from 1999-2003. Officer Blaisdell has been in Law Enforcement for 23 yrs, working full time for the Rye Police Department where he currently holds the rank of Lieutenant. Officer Blaisdell is a Field Training Officer, Taser and Defensive Tactics Instructor and is also a Crisis Negotiator on the Seacoast Emergency Response Team.
Prosecutor Brian S. Newcomer – Captain Newcomer retired from full-time employment on December 31, 2016 after 30 years of service to the Town of Newington and its residents. Captain Newcomer was sworn in as Interim Chief on January 1, 2017 where he will serve until February 1, 2017 when the new chief is sworn in. After that date Brian Newcomer will serve in a part-time capacity as Prosecutor for the department.