Queen City Crime http://nhpr.org en Chief's Son Among 14 New Manchester Police Officers Sworn In http://nhpr.org/post/chiefs-son-among-14-new-manchester-police-officers-sworn <p></p><p>The Manchester Police Department swore in 14 new officers Monday morning.</p><p>It’s the city’s largest crop of new officers in recent years.</p><p>Ten men and four women were sworn in Monday.</p><p>(You can read the bios of the new officers <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/nhpr/files/newofficers.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>).</p><p>Police Chief David Mara says the new additions bring the department to 226 police officers total, still far below the 265 he says a city the size of Manchester needs.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:36:55 +0000 Michael Brindley 51462 at http://nhpr.org Chief's Son Among 14 New Manchester Police Officers Sworn In Queen City Crime: Lessons Learned http://nhpr.org/post/queen-city-crime-lessons-learned <p>Over the last few months, NHPR’s Newsroom has been examining the crime landscape in the city of Manchester. The series Queen City Crime comes to a close this week and All Things Considered host Brady Carlson interviews the lead reporter for the series, NHPR’s Ryan Lessard, to hear what he learned.</p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:20:05 +0000 Ryan Lessard 35361 at http://nhpr.org Queen City Crime: Lessons Learned Anatomy Of A Murder http://nhpr.org/post/anatomy-murder <p>Manchester has seen four homicides so far this year. That’s twice the city’s annual average of two, but police say these types of violent crimes are often anomalies, making it difficult to call this year’s spike a trend, and only one of this year’s cases remains unsolved.</p><p>As part of our Queen City Crime series, we examine the anatomy of how these homicides are solved by taking a closer look at a 1999 case that proved to be one of the most taxing investigations ever undertaken by the Manchester Police Department.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Sara Plourde 35364 at http://nhpr.org Anatomy Of A Murder Manchester's Strategy For Crime Prevention http://nhpr.org/post/manchesters-strategy-crime-prevention <p>The latest in our series, Queen City Crime, is a story about Manchester’s struggle to prevent violent crime through urban planning and social services. Rising poverty in the city has made an uphill battle for police and nonprofits working together to stem crime at the source.</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Ryan Lessard 35133 at http://nhpr.org Manchester's Strategy For Crime Prevention From Batons To BearCATs: The Tools Of Policing Over The Years http://nhpr.org/post/batons-bearcats-tools-policing-over-years <p>Law enforcement officials use myriad tools to help them work better, faster, and smarter. These tools have changed greatly over time, as needs shifted and technology advanced. This graphic outlines some of the most significant changes in the tools of policing of the 19th and 20th centuries.</p><p></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 22:06:00 +0000 Sara Plourde 34494 at http://nhpr.org From Batons To BearCATs: The Tools Of Policing Over The Years Residents Raise Frustrations At Manchester Crime Meeting http://nhpr.org/post/residents-raise-frustrations-manchester-crime-meeting <p>More than 100 people turned out for a community meeting on crime in Manchester Thursday evening.</p><p>Many expressed frustration over the rise in crime and pressed police for answers on how they’re working to make the city safer.</p><p></p><p>Longtime resident Doris Ploss says she’s never seen her city like this.</p><p>“Manchester’s changed an awful lot, with all the crime and the drugs. We didn’t have that. It’s very bad.”</p><p>She lives on the west side and, like many over the summer, was a victim of burglary.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 13:11:34 +0000 Michael Brindley 34476 at http://nhpr.org Residents Raise Frustrations At Manchester Crime Meeting As Burglaries Spike, Manchester Police Turn To Mapping, Database For Clues http://nhpr.org/post/burglaries-spike-manchester-police-turn-mapping-database-clues <p>Burglaries tend to increase in the warmer weather, but Manchester saw its numbers spike significantly in the recent summer months.</p><p>From Memorial Day to Labor Day, there were 338 burglaries in the city, a 23 percent increase over the same period last year.</p><p></p><p>The man who showed up at her front door one day in July seemed like a Godsend to 94-year-old Lorraine Fitzgerald.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:29:41 +0000 Michael Brindley 34428 at http://nhpr.org As Burglaries Spike, Manchester Police Turn To Mapping, Database For Clues Manchester Police Seize Record Amount Of Heroin http://nhpr.org/post/manchester-police-seize-record-amount-heroin <p>Manchester police have seized the largest amount of heroin in the city’s history.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:10:19 +0000 Ryan Lessard 34064 at http://nhpr.org Manchester Police Seize Record Amount Of Heroin Manchester Skate Park Drains Police Resources http://nhpr.org/post/manchester-skate-park-drains-police-resources <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In our Queen City Crime series, we’ve been looking at violent crime, drugs and burglaries but one issue the police deal with on a daily basis is unruly kids. And it often centers on Manchester’s skate park.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Ryan Lessard 33919 at http://nhpr.org Manchester Skate Park Drains Police Resources Manchester Police Deal With Cultural Conflicts Within Refugee Community http://nhpr.org/post/manchester-police-deal-cultural-conflicts-within-refugee-community <p></p><p>Close to 3000 refugees have arrived in Manchester in the last decade, many from the war-torn regions of Somalia, Sudan and Iraq.&nbsp; Another 200 are expected to arrive in the city this fall. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Sheryl Rich-Kern 33589 at http://nhpr.org Manchester Police Deal With Cultural Conflicts Within Refugee Community Monitoring Program Part Of State's Plan To Curb Prescription Drug Abuse http://nhpr.org/post/monitoring-program-part-states-plan-curb-prescription-drug-abuse <p><a href="http://www.nhpr.org/post/manchester-police-fight-rising-tide-drugs">Police in Manchester are dealing with the effects of a rising rate of prescription drug abuse</a>. But it's not the only part of New Hampshire seeing the problem.</p><p>To learn more about the state's approach to curbing abuse of prescription drugs, All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talks with <strong>Dr. Seddon Savage</strong>, who serves on the state's Call to Action prescription drug task force. That multidisciplinary group is developing New Hampshire's prescription drug monitoring program.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:43:04 +0000 Brady Carlson 33265 at http://nhpr.org Infographic: Drugs In The Queen City http://nhpr.org/post/infographic-drugs-queen-city <p>With any black market, it's impossible to track the full extent of its reach. One way to estimate the relative quantity of various drugs in the city is to track undercover drug buys and seizures by the police department. This system of measurement, however, is an imperfect science; large busts (see: cocaine, 2009) skew numbers for a particular year, throwing off the curve, and budgetary and tactical considerations can restrict potential drug buys.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:02:02 +0000 Sara Plourde 33255 at http://nhpr.org Infographic: Drugs In The Queen City Manchester Police Fight Rising Tide Of Drugs http://nhpr.org/post/manchester-police-fight-rising-tide-drugs <p>The abuse of prescription drugs and heroin in the city has been on the rise in the past decade. For police that means a rise in related crime and overdoses.</p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Ryan Lessard 33252 at http://nhpr.org Manchester Police Fight Rising Tide Of Drugs Manchester Police Cautiously Weigh Ramping Up Social Media Presence http://nhpr.org/post/manchester-police-cautiously-weigh-ramping-social-media-presence <p></p><p>More and more, police are using social media as a way to connect directly to residents in their communities.</p><p>But the Manchester Police Department has yet to join the ranks of agencies on Facebook and other popular sites.</p><p></p><p>As the events of the Boston Marathon bombing unfolded and police hunted for the perpetrators, reporters turned to Twitter for the latest developments.</p><p>Their best source? The Boston Police Department.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 19:52:14 +0000 Michael Brindley 32742 at http://nhpr.org Manchester Police Cautiously Weigh Ramping Up Social Media Presence Manchester's Club Scene Still Occupies Police Time But Is Much-Improved Environment http://nhpr.org/post/manchesters-club-scene-still-occupies-police-time-much-improved-environment <p>A concentration of police resources are spent dealing with disturbances and crimes in and around the popular club scene in downtown Manchester. But it’s not as bad as it used to be. A crackdown on several problem clubs in the past decade have set an example for club owners today.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Ryan Lessard 32064 at http://nhpr.org Manchester's Club Scene Still Occupies Police Time But Is Much-Improved Environment