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The Lebanon Police Department is excited to unveil our Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Program. We have been working on this project and feel it will truly enhance our capabilities to better connect with the public, identify and creatively solve problems through citizen involvement, and better understand the issues that are of high concern to residents and businesses in the City.
For this program to work, officers will be given neighborhood areas of concentration where they will spend time getting to know people on a more personal level. They will work to improve these areas through public input, crime solving strategies, and creative response to problems. The overall goal of this program is the reduction of crime in Lebanon and to enhance Lebanon’s overall quality of life.
We will begin the program with a survey for residents and businesses. The survey can be found at:
Please bring your bike and join us at the Annual Jim Wechsler Memorial Bike Rodeo Health/Safety Fair on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10:00am to 2:00pm on the CCBA basketball courts located on Taylor Street, Lebanon. Here are some of the things you can enjoy:
On May 20, 2016 at approximately 10:30PM, Lebanon Police and Fire responded to a drug overdose at a residence on Barrows Street. The 35-year-old male victim was revived by Narcan and transported to DHMC where he is expected to recover.
A subsequent investigation lead to the location and arrest of Douglas Larocque, Age: 45, of Romano Circle in Lebanon, who was determined to be the supplier of the heroin to the victim.
Larocque was charged with Possession of the Narcotic Drug Heroin with the Intent to Distribute, a Class B Felony. He was held on $5,000 cash bail, and will be arraigned Monday morning at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire 2nd Circuit Court.
The investigation is on-going, and the heroin that was recovered, stamped “ANONYMOUS,” appears to have a high potency level. Although all heroin should be considered potentially lethal, this particular batch led to an overdose and near death and people should be cautioned accordingly.
Authorized by Chief Richard R. Mello
were both arrested on charges of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute.
Coppez and Barton were held on $10,000 cash bail and transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections and will be arraigned at Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on May 20, 2016.
The Lebanon Police Department is now accepting applications for the position of Full-Time Police Officer with a deadline for submission of Friday, June 3, 2016 at 11:59PM. Minimum qualifications include: United States citizen, high school diploma or equivalent, must be 21 years of age at the time of appointment and the ability to pass a written, physical agility and oral board examination in addition to an extensive background check. Starting salary for non-certified candidates is $51,480. Full-time certified officers are encouraged to apply and will be compensated according to experience. New Hampshire Full-Time Certified applicants are waived from the written test. The 2016 salary range for Patrol officer is $51,480 to $62,108 along with a comprehensive benefits package.
(Full-Time certified candidates who are hired will receive a $5,000 signing bonus!)
Interested candidates can register for testing through www.PoliceApp.com/LebanonNH no later than 11:59PM on Friday, June 3, 2016. Additionally, a City of Lebanon application can be downloaded from our PoliceApp site, or from http://lebcity.net/Jobs/EmploymentForm.pdf, and must be completed and brought on the first day of testing or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to the first step in the process, the written and physical agility tests, tentatively scheduled for early June 2016. The Lebanon Police Department reserves the right to limit candidates eligible to take the physical agility test to those scoring 70% or higher on the written test. Candidates will be tested at the 35th percentile for physical fitness and the standards can be found at www.pstc.nh.gov/faqs.htm#coopers
The City of Lebanon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We continue to hear input from within our community regarding the ongoing drug and opioid epidemic that the entire region has been struggling with. Yes, we do utilize police enforcement in an effort to stem the tide of these drugs entering our community and we will continue to do so. However, the Lebanon Police Department also realizes that enforcement alone is not going to solve this problem.
In January, we held a community forum on the ongoing opioid problem that focused on the causes behind addiction and the resources that are available within our community and surrounding area. This coming Friday, March 11th, City Manager Dennis Luttrell and Chief of Police Richard Mello will be taping a Lebanon in Depth segment that is dedicated to discussing the resources available to those who need assistance battling addiction. Susan Thistle, Executive Director of Headrest, will be among the guests who will be discussing services and treatment options. The Lebanon Police Department and the City of Lebanon is dedicated to addressing this ongoing crisis through a collaborative effort.
"The mission at Headrest is to assist those who are addicted, in crisis or without support by developing, maintaining, and delivering effective programs, regardless of their ability to pay."
Headrest provides a 24-hour crisis hotline service to individuals living in NH, VT, and Nationwide. Trained Crisis Intervention Counselors provide information and referral services to populations at risk for substance use disorders and suicide. Through active listening, Counselors assist with the following: suicide lethality assessments and intervention, domestic violence intervention, substance use assessments and other relevant issues.
We offer a 90 day Low-Intensity Residential Treatment Program where we provide services for 10 individuals. These are individuals who have recently completed some form of substance use disorder treatment and are in need a safe, sober environment to help transition them back into the community. While here, they may receive substance use disorder counseling, case management and referrals with obtaining employment, securing housing and other critical services.
In our Out-Patient Counseling programming, we provide individual, couples, family and group counseling services to adolescents and adults. Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors also provide DWI aftercare services and conduct substance use evaluations.
The Intensive Out-Patient Program is a 12-week, graduated program for individuals requiring more intensive treatment. Individuals participate in 9 hours of group and 1 hour of individual counseling per week.
We offer a Woman’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy group to integrate concepts from Cognitive Behavior Therapy with the Eastern Wisdom Philosophy of Mindfulness. Clients are educated successively in 4 areas: Mindfulness – the core of DBT, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulations and Stress Tolerance. We also offer a Women’s Group using the Seeking Safety Program designed by Dr. Lisa Najavits to treat individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and trauma disorders.
Headrest offers State and Community Education to schools, businesses, and other organizations. Please call for details.
The Lebanon in Depth segment will be available from CATV in the near future and we'll post a link when available.