New Hampshire Police

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New Hampshire Law Enforcement a Brief History

One of the original 13 Colonies, New Hampshire was not initially named so. It was named by Captain John Smith, who after settling Virginia, sailed north along the coast. On finding the region, he was so enthralled by the land he give it the name North Virginia in 1614. Nine years later, several prmominent Englishmen sailed with Captain James Mason to the region with land grants from the King.

Eventually, King James would rename the area New England, a regional title which remains to this day.

New Hampshire today is best-known as the one of the key launching pads for Presidential elections. It is the first location for Presidential Primaries and will remain so, regardless of what any other state decides. This is because by state law, the primary is to be held either on the second Tuesday of March OR at least seven (7) days before primaries in any other state.

This does two things in the state of New Hampshire.

  1. Ensures that the citizens of the state hold considerable sway in national elections and
  2. Ensures that state leadership pay close attention to security.

Naturally, law enforcement agencies in the state provide some of the finest training to be found in the nation.

Since 1971, the Police Standards and Training Council located in Concord, NH has provided the training regime for all police officers in the state. Whereas many states divide training among different agencies or governing entities, New Hampshire maintains consistency via the PSTC.

In fact, the PSTC certifies not only law enforcement officers, but correctonal and parole/probation officers as well. This level of consistency in agency certifications and training is rarely seen in United States law enforcement.

Anyone interested in a law enforcement or corrections career with the state of New Hampshire should start with the PSTC FAQs page. There, interested applicants can find answers to important questions related to

  • basic entrance requirements
  • physical fitness requirements
  • medical requirements including visual and hearing standards
  • disabilities
  • transfers from other states
  • standards to be maintained
  • firearms training
  • ongoing training
  • revocations of certification
  • and more

List of Law Enforcement Agencies in New Hampshire

There are 2936 police officers in New Hampshire’s criminal justice system. In all, there are 14 state, 10 county, 70 city, and two university police departments in the state.

14 State Law Enforcement Agencies in New Hampshire

  1. Division of Fire Safety
  2. Division of Motor Vehicles
  3. Division of Safety Services
  4. Law Enforcement Division/Conservation Officers
  5. New Hampshire Bureau of Liquor Enforcement
  6. New Hampshire Department of Corrections
  7. New Hampshire Department of Safety
  8. New Hampshire Division of State Police
  9. New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
  10. New Hampshire Highway Patrol
  11. New Hampshire Marine Patrol
  12. New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office
  13. New Hampshire State Park Rangers
  14. New Hampshire State Parks

10 County Agencies/Sheriff’s Departments in New Hampshire

  1. Belknap County Sheriff’s Office
  2. Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
  3. Cheshire County Sheriff’s Department
  4. Coos County Sheriff’s Office
  5. Grafton County Sheriff’s Office
  6. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
  7. Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office
  8. Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office
  9. Strafford County Sheriff’s Office
  10. Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office




70 City Police Departments in New Hampshire

  1. Allenstown Police Department
  2. Amherst Police Department
  3. Bedford Police Department
  4. Bennington Department
  5. Berlin Police Department

    New Hampshire State Police
    New Hampshire State Police (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  6. Bow Police Department
  7. Brookline Police Department
  8. Campton Police Department
  9. Canaan Police Department
  10. Claremont Police Department
  11. Concord Police Department
  12. Conway Police Department
  13. Derry Police Department
  14. Dover Police Department
  15. Durham Police Department
  16. East Kingston Police Department
  17. Enfield Police Department
  18. Exeter Police Department
  19. Franconia Police Department
  20. Gilford Police Department
  21. Goffstown Police Department
  22. Greenland Police Department
  23. Hampton Police Department
  24. Hanover Police Department
  25. Holderness Police Department
  26. Hollis Police Department
  27. Hudson Police Department
  28. Jaffrey Police Department
  29. Keene Police Department
  30. Kensington Police Department
  31. Laconia Police Department
  32. Lebanon Police Department
  33. Lisbon Police Department
  34. Litchfield Police Department
  35. Londonderry Police Department
  36. Loudon Police Department
  37. Manchester Police Department
  38. Marlborough Police Department
  39. Merrimack Police Department
  40. Milford Police Department
  41. Mont Vernon Police Department
  42. Moultonborough Police Department
  43. Nashua Police Department
  44. New Castle Police Department
  45. New Ipswich Police Department
  46. Newton Police Department
  47. North Hampton Police Department
  48. Northumberland Police Department

    New Hampshire Department of Safety patch
    New Hampshire Department of Safety patch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  49. Nottingham Police and Fire Rescue
  50. Ossipee Police Department
  51. Pelham Police Department
  52. Pembroke Police Department
  53. Plymouth Police Department
  54. Portsmouth Police Department
  55. Raymond Police Department
  56. Rindge Police Department
  57. Rochester Police Department
  58. Rye Police Department
  59. Salem Police Department
  60. Sandown Police Department
  61. Seabrook Police Department
  62. Somersworth Police Department
  63. South Hampton Police Department
  64. Surry Police Department
  65. Thornton Police Department
  66. Tilton Police Department
  67. Washington Police Department
  68. Waterville Valley Police Department
  69. Weare Police Department
  70. Windham Police Department

2 College/University Police Departments in New Hampshire

  1. Plymouth State University Police Department
  2. University of New Hampshire Police Department




 

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