2014 Year In Review
As reported in the Town Report
Town Report 2014
Henniker Police Department
The year 2014 was a challenging one for the police department. We were understaffed due to injuries, paternity leave and sickness the entire year. With this being said, I am very proud of the job that our administrative staff and officers did during this time of increased workload.
As a department we continue to focus on being highly visible, and to provide outstanding customer service. We are not perfect, but aggressively work to fix any mistakes that we may make.
Officer Matthew O'Connor left the department after five years to accept a position with the Manchester Police Department. As a result we hired one of our part-time officers Matthew Mitchell. Matthew graduated from the full-time police academy in December of 2014 and has been a great addition to the department. Animal control officer Walter Crane retired after more than 20 years of service to the community. He was a valuable resource for us and will be missed, however we wish him good luck in his retirement.
We were very fortunate this year to have Sally Creighton assist us through the Senior Community Service Employment Program. She was paid by the program to work for the department and is a great help. Unfortunatly the program ended for her in October, but she continues to volunteer her time. She is a pleasure to work with and I am very grateful for her commitment to the department.
We continue to work with New England College, John Stark and the Community School on our plans to keep students and staff safe. We appreciate the cooperation and the input that we have received from all of the schools.
This year I received input from John Kjellman about the way that we reported departmental numbers in the Town Report. He found them confusing and provided me with suggestions to make the information clearer. I appreciate his input and welcome any feedbakc about the new format. In the new format you will note "calls for service"; this is a situation where an officer or department resources are utilized. You will also note "dispatch calls"; this is the number of times that the Merrimack County Dispatch is contacted, either by the police department or anyone else requesting services or information.
Please remember to sign up for the Nixle.com information alerts. I maintain my prommise to only send out alerts when important information needs to be broadcast.
Please contact the department if you should observe anything that seems suspicious or unsafe in our community. Call 911 in an emergency and 428-3213 after normal business hours.
The staff and officers of the Henniker Police Department are invested in the safety and security of our community. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 428-3213.
Ryan Murdough, Chief of Police