Police Department: (603) 887-2080
Aaron P. Berube
Chief of Police
84 Chester Street
Police Department general Email: email@example.com (this e-mail is not monitored on a regular basis)
Welcome to the Chester Police Department
The mission of the Chester Police Department, in partnership with the community, is to promote and maintain a peaceful, safe and secure environment. The Department recognizes its members as its most valuable resource, and will strive to maintain the quality of public service through committed leadership, supervisory direction, career development, and training.
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT:
The email address for the police department and personnel have changed. We have moved towards a more secure email provider that will allow us the ability to exchange information in a more secure acceptable manner. Please familiarize yourself with the new information.
HIRING PROCESS COMPLETE AND NEW EMPLOYEES ARE ANNOUNCED:
On August 20, 2017 I was was pleased to introduce three new candidates to the Chester Board of Selectman for our current hiring process. We were looking to hire two full time officers and part time officers. Ofc. Fencer resigned from his position for a better opportunity with a different agency which created the additional full time opening. We have had several part time officers resign for other departments that pay a higher hourly rate. The hiring process began in April and took significant amount of personnel hours to find the right fit for Chester. We begin by posting the open position in as many free media outlets as possible and one Sunday in the Union Leader. Once we receive the cover letters and resumes they are reviewed by members of the police department for the minimum qualifications for the position. A list is established and contact is made with the candidates to confirm they are interested in the position, expectations and pay. The candidates are then invited to a general aptitude test and physical ability test. The candidates must score 70% or higher on the general aptitude test and pass the minimum requirements for New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council (NHPSTC). The candidates that pass the required testing are invited to an oral board interview. The oral board consists of one member of the police department, one town employee and one citizen. The questions are general in nature and are looking for competency, integrity, compassion and someone that fits our community. The oral board members provide a list of the candidates for a Chief’s interview. On most occasions this is the first time I am meeting the candidate as to keep the process impartial. Once a candidate is chosen a conditional offer of employment is provided. The conditional offer involves a thorough background investigation, credit check, criminal record check, driving record check, home visit, neighborhood visits, any locations the candidate lived, school transcripts, personal history statement, previous employers, current employers, medical examination, psychological examination and numerous one on one interviews with the background investigators. We are mandated by NHPSTC in regards to our background checks and the process they are completed. The background can take well over a month and several employees are involved. Once the complete process is done and the candidate meets all the requirements they are presented to the Board of Selectman for final approval of hire. All full time employees that do not have full time certification are required to sign a 3 year commitment agreement with the Town. This 3 year commitment agreement has been used for years in an attempt to recoup our investment for the training, equipment and benefits. When the Board of Selectman provide final hire on the candidate they begin the field training process which may include the police academy. The full time police academy is a 16 week live in academy. The recruit arrives at the academy on Monday morning and does not leave until Friday evening. The recruit will perform homework, uniform preparation and other functions related to the academy during the weekend. Once the recruit graduates from the full time academy they enter the Chester Police Department field training program (FTO). The FTO process for a full time employee is between 12 to 14 weeks before they become a probationary SOLO officer. This process is similar for a part time police officer except they attend the academy Tuesday and Thursday evenings and all day on Saturdays. When the part time officers enters the FTO process they can be training for up to a year before the are considered a SOLO officer. I happy to introduce the following new employees : Todd Crumb of Hampstead has been a part time officer with us for about two years. Todd fell in love with law enforcement and is making a career change to follow his passion. Todd will be attending the #175 full time police academy starting in January 2018. John Gilbert of Windham is a retired Federal Air Marshall with 7 years in the federal system. NHPSTC does not accept federal training and John is currently enrolled in the #174 full time academy graduating in December. Kimberly Layne of Candia is a Registered Nurse and has been interested in part time law enforcement for quite some time. Kimberly is currently attending the #274 part time police academy with a December graduation. Please welcome our new officers to the community!!
FREE SELF DEFENSE COURSE:
On August 16, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm the Chester Police Department and Chester Recreation will be hosting a free self defense class for all ages. We have partnered with John English, owner of Karate International Martial Arts Center for this exciting opportunity. The class will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room. This is a GREAT idea for college bound students!!!!!! I hope to see you their.
On May 13 , 2017 the Town of Chester held the annual town meeting. The town meeting was attended with approximately 150 residents. The overall process was a success with the cooperation of the Board of Selectman, Budget Committee and the citizens of Chester. I want to give a heartfelt thank you to the citizens of Chester for their continued support as we move towards the future.
National Take-Back initiative for dangerous controlled substances
CHESTER, NH – On Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Chester Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public a nationwide, one day collaborative drug take-back initiative effort to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s homes. This national initiative will provide an opportunity for the public to surrender pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.
Expired, unused, or unwanted controlled substances in our homes are a potential source of supply for the increasing abuse of pharmaceutical drugs in the United States and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety. Bring your medications for disposal to Chester Police Department at 84 Chester Street, Chester, N.H. 03036. No needles or liquids can be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Citizens are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information in regards to this initiative, please contact Chief Aaron P. Berube at the Chester Police Department (603) 887-2080.
***CONCEALED CARRY LAW / CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY***
Now that the Chester Police Department has had time to review the concealed carry law, we want our residents to know that if you still feel the need to have a permit, we will happily process the request with the required fee and within the required allotted time. However, be aware, they are not necessary unless you plan on visiting one of the 28 reciprocating states (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CO, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, IA, KY, LA, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, SD, TN, UT, VA, WV, WY).
I have provided the following links for additional information:
****PUBLIC MEETING UPDATE****
February 28, 2017
Re: Home invasions / burglaries meeting update
Thank you for everyone that attended the meeting in regards to the burglaries. The discussions that took place were open and inviting. This type of transparent communications is essential for your police department to provide the best service it can.
RECENT BURGLARIES, 11-01-2016
The Town of Chester recently had an increase in residential burglaries and attempted burglaries.
I want to take this opportunity to make the community aware of this type of activity.
The current Opiate epidemic has created an environment that forces addicts to use any means necessary to provide for their habit, often with burglaries.
In an effort to stop these egregious crimes I want to remind the folks in Chester to :
-Lock your doors, windows and close your garage doors in your absence
-Report suspicious activity, no matter what type, to the police department
-Neighbors watching out for neighbors / neighborhoods
-Turn your alarm system on, if applicable
I am aware of the seriousness of this, and am currently implementing additional resources to be more “proactive” and not “reactive” in addressing this problem.
Let’s all work together to make this a safer community and send a message to the criminals that we won’t tolerate this and take the appropriate measures to stop these crimes before they happen.
If one resident makes an unwelcoming environment for a burglar, the burglar will move on to the next home. If an entire neighborhood creates an unwelcoming environment, the burglar will move on to the next neighborhood, if an entire community creates an unwelcoming environment, the burglar will more onto the next community.
It is my goal, along with the women and men of the Chester Police Department to make the Town of Chester a safer community.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.
SCAMS / FRAUD 09-02-2016
Dear Chester residents,
The Chester Police Department has had an influx in scam and fraud calls recently. The scams range from victims being told they owe the I.R.S. money to insurance companies telling you a family member was injured and in the hospital. I ask that you carefully consider the information being relayed to you. If it sounds to good to be true, it is probably not true. A majority of the scam and fraud investigations we handle are unfortunately from another country. When they are from another country, it drastically reduces what enforcement actions Unites States law enforcement can take.
Please call the Police Department and speak with an officer if you have any questions or feel you have been scammed.
I have attached several websites for review that provide good information and ways to protect yourself in the future.
NEW HANDS-FREE ELECTRONIC DEVICE LAW
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2015.
BE A SAFE DRIVER, BE A FOCUSED DRIVER
What does this mean?
• No use of hand-held electronic devices capable of providing voice or data communication while driving or temporarily halted in traffic for a stop sign or traffic signal or other momentary delays
• This includes cell phones, GPS, tablets, iPods, iPads or other devices that require data entry
• Emergency calls to 911 or other public safety agencies will be allowed
• Bluetooth or other hands-free electronic devices will be allowed
• One hand non-cellular 2-way radio use will be allowed
• Teen drivers under the age of 18 will not be allowed to use any electronic devices (hand-held or not) except to report an emergency. Anyone violating this will be subject to penalties and license suspension or revocation.
• If your vehicle is not equipped with Bluetooth functionality, auto service centers can install after-market systems or over the ear devices can be purchased at retailers such as Staples, Best Buy or your cell phone carrier.
Penalties for Violations
• 1st Offense
• 2nd Offense
• 3rd Offense within 2 years
• $100 fine
• $250 fine
• $500 fine
Penalty assessments will be added to the fines
Why is the NH Law Important?
• During the past 4 years, 116 fatal crashes in New Hampshire were caused by distraction
• The increasing use of electronic devices is fast becoming the primary distraction
• While texting, a driver is 23 times more likely to crash
• Sending or receiving a text distracts the driver for almost 5 seconds
• At 50 miles per hour, we travel longer than the length of a football field during that 5 seconds
• Even dialing a phone number increases the risk of crashing by 3 times
Chief of Police:
Aaron P. Berube
Detective Lieutenant :
Full Time Officers:
Sergeant / FTO Timothy Loveless
Sergeant/ DARE / DRE William Sable
Officer / FTO Andrew DiPerri
Officer Ryan Goulet
Officer Todd Crumb
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Officer John Gilbert
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Full Time Administrative Assistant:
Part Time Officers:
Officer / DARE Scott Haggart
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Officer Robert McConn
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Officer Randy Kerkman
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Auxiliary Police Officers :
Auxiliary Officer Trevor Gardner
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Auxiliary Officer Heather Paquette
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Auxiliary Officer Kimbery Layne
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Chester Police Association: Please click on the link above for Association Website
Search for Registered Sexual Offenders: http://www.familywatchdog.us/
NH State Police Sexual Offender Site: http://www4.egov.nh.gov/nsor/
Commonly used documents and forms: http://www.nh.gov/safety/forms.html
Resident Pistol / Revolver License Application : https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/nhsp/ssb/permitslicensing/documents/dssp85.pdf
Printable Vacation Notice Form: Vacation NoticePDF
Printable Statement Form: Statement-FormPDF
How to pay an Animal Control fine or Parking Ticket