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About 50 people showed up for a public forum with the Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello in West Lebanon Tuesday night.

Since the November election, residents have been approaching the mayor and city councilors with questions around immigration enforcement by local law enforcement, according to Councilor Karen Liot Hill. “A lot of people seem to be really concerned about what might happen -- not necessarily what was happening, but what might happen in the future,” she said.

The forum aimed to address some of those concerns. 

The man poised to be the new chief of police in Portsmouth is accused of assault in a pending civil suit.

Robert Merner stands accused of assault while on duty as a Boston police officer in 2013.

Merner denies the allegations, which were the basis of an earlier lawsuit dismissed by a judge in Massachusetts.

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New police recruits in New Hampshire get paid by their towns to attend a 16-week police academy run by the state. New officers stay at the training facility during the week, and return home during weekends.  

Now, two officers are suing their employers, alleging they were underpaid while attending the academy.

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When police in New Hampshire use deadly force, it’s most likely on someone who is armed, intoxicated and often severely mentally ill. That’s according to an NHPR review of police shootings in the state over nearly two decades.

So how do police make a decision to shoot or not shoot when they know the person they’re pointing a gun at is suicidal, psychotic or intoxicated?

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Local police stations in New Hampshire can no longer practice the decade’s old-policy of handing out accident reports. Instead the state DMV is now in charge of that.

4.19.17: The IRS, Stop and Frisk, & The Bookshelf

Apr 19, 2017
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In February, the Trump White House directed immigration enforcement to begin detaining and deporting all unauthorized immigrants. This marked a change from Obama-era directives, telling agents to prioritize deporting individuals convicted of serious crimes.

But how do immigration agents find undocumented but otherwise law-abiding immigrants? New England News Collaborative Executive Editor John spoke with reporters Kathleen Masterson from VPR and Emily Corwin of NHPR about big differences between how the states approach working with Federal Immigration officials.

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The towns and cities on New Hampshire’s mostly white seacoast have mostly white police departments. The racial diversity among the police departments in the area differ by degrees, but several police chiefs agree that increasing the diversity of the police force is a goal worth pursuing.

Dover’s Police Chief Anthony Colarusso spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello about efforts to create a more diverse police force.

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As immigration officials ramp up deportation of new classes of unauthorized immigrants, more residents and visitors without documents fear run-ins with police.

On New Hampshire's diverse Southern border, a traffic stop in one town could lead to very different consequences than the same kind of stop one town over.

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The U.S. stands alone in sentencing juvenile offenders to life without possibility of parole. On today’s show, a new report out of Harvard finds the youth prison system costly, ineffective, and destructive.

Also today, we set aside post-election divisions and get tips for bringing good food and good friends together over the winter—and it's not a potluck!  It’s a soup swap!

Virginia talks with Chef Kathy Gunst about cooking and community. Plus, virtuoso mandolinist Joseph Brent talks about his music.

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A New Hampshire police officer who was involved in the fatal shooting of a Claremont man has been cleared for duty.

Claremont Police Chief Alex Scott said Monday that Cpl. Ian Kibbe has been returned to line-duty status, effective that day. An administrative review of the incident has been completed.

The state attorney general's office recently ruled that Kibbe was justified when he fatally shot 25-year-old Cody LaFont on Sept. 25.

 

The lawyer for a Massachusetts State Police trooper accused of beating a suspect in New Hampshire says his client's use of force was justified and the state must prove the officer acted "knowingly" if he is to be convicted.

Thirty-two-year-old Joseph Flynn has pleaded not guilty to simple assault charges for his role in the May 11 arrest of Richard Simone Jr. Prosecutors allege Flynn punched Simone as he was kneeling to surrender following a chase.

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Three months ago, the Legislature signed off on a bill to expand an anti-drug law enforcement program known as Granite Hammer.

On Wednesday, state officials announced plans to distribute more than a million dollars in grant money to municipalities across New Hampshire. 

 

A New Hampshire state trooper caught on video beating a man who led officers on two-state car chase has been given a deferred jail sentence after pleading guilty to three simple assault charges.

Thirty-one-year-old Andrew Monaco was arrested in July on charges stemming from his use of force in the arrest of Richard Simone Jr. on May 11 following a 50-mile pursuit through Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Video captured by a TV news helicopter appears to show Simone surrendering and officers then punching him repeatedly.

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While they say there’s much more work to do, advocates and law enforcement officials alike say have some reason to be optimistic about the future of police-community relations in New Hampshire.

“The community as a whole is discussing things a lot more,” Portsmouth Police Chief David Mara said on Tuesday’s episode of The Exchange, which focused on the relationship between law enforcement and minorities. “People are talking a lot more.”

Two state police troopers have been arrested and charged with simple assault after an incident in May in which the troopers allegedly beat a man who led them on a chase northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. 

Attorney General Joseph Foster announced the charges Tuesday afternoon against Trooper Andrew Monaco of the New Hampshire State Police and Trooper Joseph Flynn of the Massachusetts State Police. 

 

Police in New Hampshire's largest city have gotten the Pokemon Go bug, trying to lure fugitives with the popular app.

A post on the Manchester Police Department Facebook page announces that police recently detected one of the more rare Pokemon characters — a Charizard — in the booking area. The post invites those whose names appear on a list linked to the post to be "one of the lucky ones" to come capture the Charizard.

The list includes the names of the more than 500 fugitives on the department's wanted persons roundup.

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  A few hundred gathered for a Black Lives Matter march down Elm Street in Manchester Saturday evening.

A Week of Turmoil and Violence: N.H. Perspective

Jul 11, 2016
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New Hampshire reacts to the Dallas police shootings and what motivated them.  We'll get a Granite State view on the national debate over race, policing and guns.  We'll talk with those most involved -- from New Hampshire law enforcement....to minority community activists.....and get their ideas for a way out of this cycle of violence and turmoil.  


Manchester Police To Set Sobriety Checkpoints

Jul 11, 2016
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  Police in Manchester are conducting a DWI checkpoint this coming weekend. 

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  Manchester's police chief says the city's officers will not be featured on the TV show "COPS" as originally planned. 

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Both of the Manchester police officers shot and wounded while chasing an armed robbery suspect have been released from the hospital. 

The state is investigating whether police used an inappropriate amount of force as they took a Massachusetts man into custody Wednesday in Nashua. 

 

New Hampshire's governor is calling for a full investigation into the use of force by police after video surfaced of officers appearing to pummel a suspect who had led them on a high-speed chase from Massachusetts to New Hampshire.

News helicopter video of the police pursuit Wednesday showed Richard Simone, of Worcester, Massachusetts, stepping slowly out of his truck, kneeling and putting his hands on the ground before several officers rushed him.

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With more attention to problems in police-community relations around the country, one change that nearly everyone agrees on in the Granite State is the need for more body cameras. We'll discuss a bill that proposes rules for New Hampshire law enforcement that may opt to use the technology, addressing questions of privacy, effectiveness, storage, protocol, and cost.

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The southeast New Hampshire town of Barrington has hired its first female officer since the police department was founded in the 1950s. 

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Departments nationwide and in the Granite State are struggling to attract new officers. With the career being seen as less rewarding than it once was, and police themselves under more scrutiny, some would-be recruits are hesitant to join the force.

Police officials say the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council, responsible for training every law enforcement officer in the state, is in "financial crisis."

Capt. Benjamin R. Jean, PSTC support bureau commander, tells The Portsmouth Herald that there are two main reasons for the council's dire financial state.

First, Jean says, was the removal of millions of dollars from the PSTC's budget to put toward the state's general fund.

11.03.15: Snitching, Tig Notaro, and Cancer

Nov 3, 2015
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Snitches, rats, finks, and narcs – criminal informants may not be popular among their peers, but are crucial to the work of law enforcement. Today, the risks investigators face when it uses criminals to catch other criminals. Then, 2012 was a rough year for comedian Tig Notaro. She suffered a serious intestinal infection, the death of her mother, a major break-up, and the kicker, she was diagnosed with cancer. She explains why she chose to announce her cancer diagnosis to a roomful of strangers during a stand-up set.

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