Alstead Police Town Report


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2017 was a year of changes and transitions for the Alstead Police Department. Keeping that in mind, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself and update you on our personnel.  My name is Stephen Murrell and I relocated here from NJ with a law enforcement background.  I worked for the NJ State Park Service for almost 6 years and then became a law enforcement officer for the Town of Andover in NJ.  I was with Andover Township for 15 years including my last 4 years as a Sergeant.  I was also an EMT and on the volunteer fire department for 10 years.  After moving to NH in 2014, I worked as the Director of Campus Safety at Landmark College in Putney, VT.  I was hired in Alstead during the Spring and began this career as Chief on June 6th.  Ex-Chief Robert Bromley returned as Chief of Police for the first half of 2017.  Bob continues to assist our department as a Detective.


Sergeant Roger Landry transferred to a neighboring town in February and Officer Adam Howard was promoted to Corporal in July.  I attended the NH Police Academy in Concord from the end of August through the beginning of December and am now a certified NH Police Officer.  Corporal Howard and I are working full-time to supply the coverage for the needs of the town.  Administrative Assistant Penny Gendron continues to work part-time hours scheduled to allow her to be available to our residents.


All three of us have been attending various training opportunities throughout the year.  In addition to the academy, I attended a Supervisor Leadership Institute put on by the FBI-LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association).  Corporal Howard and I have received certification as LE providers for Narcan, which means we can administer Narcan to the general public if an overdose situation arose.  Corporal Howard attended courses in Law Enforcement Interview & Interrogation, Juvenile Mental Health, and Identifying Sexual Predators.  Penny has attended Sex Offender Registration training, and was instrumental in getting nearly $10,000 in traffic safety grants which will allow us to have extra targeted patrols on a varying schedule.  All three of us are up to date on CPR, Blood Borne Pathogens and other yearly training.


Corporal Howard continued his involvement with the elementary and middle schools including having lunch with students as often as possible.  Penny and I have updated the police department website and aside from all of the day to day responsibilities, Penny consistently monitors Facebook and adds public announcements as needed to keep everyone informed as much as possible.

Last year's statistics indicate that there were 398 calls for service handled by our department.  Some of these included:


             Accidents, Arrests, Criminal Investigations, Animal Complaints and Citations for miscellaneous violations.


Finally, the department replaced the 2009 Ford Explorer with a 2017 Police Interceptor SUV.  This vehicle is now fully equipped and out on the road along with the 2016 Police Interceptor SUV.  Thanks to a very generous donation by an anonymous citizen, (I cannot begin to thank this person enough) both of our cruisers will be outfitted with in-car computers.  These computers will enable us to be in constant contact with Cheshire County Dispatch, contribute to officer safety and resident's privacy by allowing us to go to sensitive calls without communicating via radio for anyone to hear, and aid early identification of wanted/dangerous persons.


Alstead has welcomed my warmly and I thrilled to be a part of this wonderful community.  On behalf of our department, we appreciate and thank you all for the support and patience you have presented as we transition and move forward into 2018 and beyond. 

Respectfully,

 Stephen D. Murrell

 Chief of Police