THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE SANDWICH POLICE DEPARTMENT
As we close 2015 I would like to thank the residents for their continued support for your police department. It was another active year for the department and your officers have worked very hard to keep our town safe and protected.
In June the department hosted Carroll County Coalition for Public Health’s Forum: “Pathways from Silence to Solutions; Carroll County Tackles Heroin” on the Sandwich Fairgrounds. Approximately 200 people representing a wide spectrum of the community attended this event ranging from Law Enforcement, Health Care Providers, Mental Health Providers, Educators, Clergy and others. At the forum there were two keynote speakers: Justice Tina Nedau, Chief Justice of the Superior Court and Jack Wozmak, Governor Hassan’s Senior Director for Substance Misuse and Behavioral Health. The Heroin Epidemic continues to plague every community in our county and State. Representatives of law enforcement, healthcare, your State and federal representatives and many other still continue to work very hard in passing legislation, getting services and trying to come up with solutions to bring this threat to public safety and health under control.
In September I was appointed to a two year term on the Executive Board of Directors for the New England Association of Chiefs of Police. I will also be serving on the Committee for Community Policing. This organization, founded in 1926 recognizes the need for a unified effort to promote and maintain the highest level of professionalism in the field of law enforcement and to gain the full support and cooperation of the public we serve. The association in partnership with Roger Williams University also operates the Command Training School for law enforcement supervisors, managers and executives for New England. I am very honored to have been appointed to this position.
In addition to my duties with the New England Chiefs, I continue to serve on the Board of Officers for the Carroll County Chiefs of Police and have been working with the legislative committee with the New Hampshire Chiefs of Police. I am also a member of the Public Health Advisory Council of Carroll County.
In all of these positions I am proud to be representing you and the Town of Sandwich.
In 2015 the department saw a 50% decrease in crimes against persons. In the property crime category the department saw a 38% decrease in burglary, an 11% decrease in fraud offenses, thefts remained steady at 0%. Overall property crime resulted in a 57% decrease. In the category of crimes against society the department saw a 100% increases in the categories of driving under the influence and drug possession.
Training: Over the past year in order to maintain our professional certifications and to serve you better, officers participated in the following Continuing Education Courses:
· Introduction to American Law: University of Pennsylvania Law School
· Dealing with People with Alzheimers: NH Alzheimer’s Association
· Emergency Management and Operations: NH Homeland Security/ Emergency Management
· Ethnic and Racial Diversity: NH Dept. of Juvenile Justice
· Suicide Prevention and Response: National Alliance on Mental Illness
· Identifying Clandestine Drug Labs: US Drug Enforcement Administration
· Web Emergency Operations Center: NH Homeland Security/ Emergency Management
· Bloodborne, Biological and Chemical Pathogens at Crime Scenes: Trauma 24
· Managing the Political Environment and Labor Relations: Daigle Law Group
· Police Operations Post Ferguson and the 21st Century taskforce on Policing: Daigle Law Group
Programs and Projects:
The department continued our Cooperative Agreement with US Forest Service to patrol the Sandwich Notch. We have two newly assigned Rangers to our District: Scott Howlett and Diron Tompkins and it has been a pleasure working with them over the past year. The Department did not receive a Highway Safety Grant, however, we plan to try again in 2015. We continue to deliver our community based programs with our partners: Ice Cream Ticket program, DARE, Flag Care, Bicycle Safety, Project Good Morning, Driver Education, Sandwich Toy Drive, House Watch Program and Volunteers in Police Service Program.
Please remember to visit your police department on the web! The Police Department’s page on the Town’s website has a lot of useful information, downloadable forms and the ability for you request a house check via e-mail. Additionally, follow your police department on Facebook, our page has lots of useful information and several photo albums that illustrate your department, your town and what it is like to live in Sandwich!
In closing I would like to thank the members of the department, they are a truly dedicated and motivated group of individuals, also a big thank you to our Volunteers who do an incredible job assisting the Police Department with House Watch Program. I would also like to thank the remainder of Team Sandwich, who we work with very closely to provide you with the best municipal services possible. Thank you to: Selectmen’s Office, Town Clerk’s Office, Fire Department, Highway Department, Park & Rec., Library and the Transfer Station for all of their assistance. Thank you to our other partners: Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, NH State Police, U.S. Forest Service and the Moultonborough Police Department for the assistance they have provided us over the past year. Finally, thank you to all of you and your continued support of your Police Department.
Douglas F. Wyman, Jr.
Chief of Police