2012 Year In Review
As reported in the Town Report
Town Report 2012
Henniker Police Department
The year 2012 has again proven to be a busy year for us at the Henniker Police Department.
This year we continued to focus on visibility. I strongly feel that visibility on our roadways and in our neighborhoods is an effective way to reduce criminal activity. We did experience 13 burglaries this year, compared to 21 burglaries last year. We have arrested suspects in more than half of these burglaries and more arrests are expected.
This year due to the resignation of Officer Jeffrey Summers as a full-time police officer and the retirement of Officer Neal Martin, we went through the first six months of the year down two full-time officers. We utilized our part-time officers and were able to continue business as usual. Officers Matthew O’Connor and Nicholas Rinaldi attended the New Hampshire Police Academy and were certified as full-time police officers in June.
Officer Matthew O’Connor had previously been with the department for about 5 years as a part-time officer before his promotion to full-time. Officer Nicholas Rinaldi had previously worked for the Vermont State Police for 3 years prior to being hired in Henniker. Both officers have been a great fit for the department and the community.
After about three years of not having our full compliment of 5 part-time officers, we hired Officer Matthew Mitchell as our fifth part-time officer. He had no previous police experience and has completed the part-time officer academy and is currently in our field training program. Matt has a great personality and is excited to begin work as a police officer in the community.
This year we received a grant from the State of New Hampshire and received four new portable radios for the department. The cost of these radios that was covered by the grant was $12,928.00 with no cost to the town.
This year we had two instances in which we used the A Child is Missing Program and Nixle program. I am happy to report that these programs were critical in the success of finding the people. In February we had a mentally ill woman walk away from her family while at Pats Peak, she was located by a Hillsboro Rescue Squad member the next day walking on Bear Hill Road in Hillsboro. In October we had a 3 year old walk away from a residence on Peasley Road and he was located a few hours later on Baker Road by a resident. We credit theses two programs for getting the word out. There is no cost for us to utilize these programs, please feel free to sign up for Nixle alerts at www.nixle.com.
Henniker is a great community and relatively safe. With this being said, I urge you to contact the police department if you observe something that appears suspicious or does not seem right. With a population of about 6000 people for 2/3 of the year and 92 miles of roadway, it is impossible to be everywhere. The eyes of the community will assist us all in maintaining a safe community.
I am very proud of our officers and staff. They are well trained, professional, and care about the community. It gives me a great sense of pride to hear when we do something right, but I also need to know when you think that we don’t. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Ryan Murdough, Chief of Police