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.
Diana St. Laurent
I was first hired part-time on July 9, 1979 and began full-time employment on March 15, 1982. At that time, John K. Stimson was the Chief of Police. I have attended training classes given by the US Department of Justice, the University of Delaware and MEGG Associates. I have been a member of the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Administrative Professionals (NHLEAP), formerly NHCOPSA, since 1994 and served as the Association’s Secretary from 1994 to 2001. Some of the training seminars sponsored by the NHLEAP include: expunging records, preventing identity theft, NH sexual predator act updates, communication skills, internet safety, NH RSA 91-A Right-to-Know, just to mention a few. I have enjoyed working with the Newington Police Department members and, in my personal opinion, they are the “Best” officers in the State.
Full Time Officers
Captain Michael J. Sullivan was first hired as a part-time officer in April 1988 and then promoted to full-time status in June of 1988. While serving as a full-time officer, Ptlm Sullivan was the department’s firearm instructor, crime prevention officer and DARE coordinator. Ptlm Sullivan was awarded the Public Safety Award in 1991. Ptlm Sullivan left full-time employment in 1997 to go the NH Air National Guard as a full-time Master Sergeant. With Pease ANG Base nearby, Ptlm Sullivan remained with the department as a part-time officer. In October 2014, Ptlm Sullivan was hired back with the department as a full-time patrolman. In March 2016 Ptlm Sullivan was promoted to Patrol Sergeant. Sgt. Sullivan was promoted to the position of Captain on June 20, 2017 after completing a written exam and an oral board. Captain Sullivan will be in charge of the CALEA process for the department.
Detective Sergeant Tony A. Harland was hired as a full-time patrolman by the Town of Newington in July 2005. Patrolman Harland is a graduate of the 139th Session of the Police Academy conducted by the New Hampshire Police Standards & Training Council and has attended a Liberal Arts course at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to coming to Newington, Ptlm Harland served as a corrections officer for the Strafford County Sheriff’s Department. Ptlm Harland was promoted to Master Patrolman in July 2014. As of September 2014, Ptlm Harland assumed the responsibilities of full-time detective. On September 6, 2016, Ptlm Harland was promoted to Detective Sergeant.
Patrol Sergeant Brandon D. Smart was hired as a full-time patrolman in November 2012. Ptlm Smart is a recent graduate of the 160th New Hampshire Police Academy. Ptlm Smart is a graduate of Exeter High School and attended the University of New Hampshire and was a member of the Army ROTC. Ptlm 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, Ptlm Smart served as a corrections officer for the Rockingham County Department of Corrections. After a testing process and oral board was conducted, Ptlm Smart was promoted to Patrol Sergeant on September 5, 2017.
Master Patrolman Seth Appelbaum was hired as a full-time patrolman by the Town of Newington in November 2004. Ptlm Appelbaum attended classes at Three Rivers College in Connecticut, the University of Guam, and the University of Maryland with his goal in education to attain a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Criminal Justice. Officer Appelbaum is a graduate of the 127th Session of the Police Academy conducted by New Hampshire Police Standards & Training Council. Ptlm. Appelbaum serves as the Department’s Special Olympics Coordinator and has received Field Training Officer status through classes at the New Hampshire Police Standards & Training Council in Concord, N.H. Ptm Appelbaum was promoted to Master Patrolman in November 2013.
Patrolman 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.
Patrolman Timothy A. Gordon was hired as a full-time officer in August 2015. Shortly after being hired, Ptlm Gordon was called to full-time service with the U.S. Army. He will be returning to the police department in May of 2017 to further his career as a police officer. Ptlm Gordon is attending the 174th NH Police Standards & Training Academy and will graduate at the end of December 2017.
Patrolman Andrew Wood was hired initially as a part-time officer in July 2016. An opening occurred in the department and Ptlm Wood has been appointed as a full-time officer effective January 2017. Ptlm Wood is a graduate of the 173rd NH Police Standards & Training Council Academy. Ptlm Wood also worked as a part-time officer for the Town of Madbury, N.H.
Patrolman Adin M. Sobel was hired on October 17, 2017. Ptlm Sobel will be attending the 175th NH Police Standards & Training Academy beginning January 2018.
Patrolman Patrick T. Costin was hired on November 27, 2017 as a full-time patrolman. Ptlm Costin attended Norwich University with a major in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the 168th NH Police Standards & Training Council, a graduate of the American Legion/Massachusetts State Police Student Trooper Program and has 2 years police experience with the Concord NH Police Department.
Part Time Officers
Officer Douglas J. Lorenz was hired as a part-time officer in August 2011. Officer Lorenz is currently employed 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 detective after 20 years of service to the town.
Officer Timothy McClare was hired as a part-time officer in April 2016. Officer McClare also workedfor 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.
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.