Robert Merner


Many local communities across the U.S. and around the Granite State are reassessing how they handle school threats and school safety and security. This follows a mass shooting at a high school last week in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead.

Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Merner has called for a public forum at Portsmouth High School to encourage dialogue between students and faculty. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with him about community response to last week’s tragic events.

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.