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Register Now for June R.A.D Session

posted May 22, 2015, 6:15 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated May 22, 2015, 6:15 AM ]

The Lebanon Police Department is offering a Basic R.A.D. class.

The course, Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Basic, is the largest women’s self-defense program in the country. It offers no-nonsense, practical techniques that women of all ages and abilities can participate in. The course is designed to give the participants realistic and dynamic hands on training.

The course is taught by certified R.A.D. instructors, Lieutenant Stephen St. Louis, Corporal Gerald Brown and Senior Officer Nicholas Alden, from the Lebanon Police Department.

There is no cost for the program and class size will be limited to 20. It is encouraged that you be able to attend all four of the basic R.A.D. sessions below. Women ages 13-17 will need parental permission to participate.

We will be offering this class from 6:00am to 9:00am in the morning. The first session will be at the Lebanon Police Department and the remaining three sessions for the class will be held at the SAU #88 office building (former Seminary Hill School, 20 Seminary Hill) on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, June 9, 2015
  • Thursday, June 11, 2015
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015
  • Thursday, June 18, 2015
If you would like to participate in this class or would like further information please contact Beth Beraldi, Elizabeth.Beraldi@lebcity.com or 603-448-8800. 

You can visit R.A.D.’s website at rad-systems.com for further information about the program.

Bi-Weekly Activity Highlights

posted May 20, 2015, 8:59 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated May 20, 2015, 9:00 AM ]

Lebanon Police Department Patch
The following are Lebanon Police Department highlights from May 1, 2015 – May 20, 2015: 

Dispatch Calls for Service

1365

Police Calls for Service

1280

Incident Based Reporting Calls

70

Traffic Crashes

28

               Property Damage

14

               With Injury

4

               Referred to Outside Agency

3

               Hit and Run

4

               Parking Lot

3

Arrests

39

DWI Arrests

4

Motor Vehicle Stops

354

               Warnings

321

               Citations

26


Notable Incidents


The School Resource Officer is investigating an assault complaint at the High School.


Officers investigated a theft of a camera from a local restaurant.


A woman reported a theft of her I-Pad.  The investigation continues.


A woman reported identity theft, an investigation is ongoing.


A woman was arrested after removing items from a local business without payment.


Detectives assisted Claremont Police Department with recovering stolen items from a local business.


A man was arrested for common law indirect criminal contempt and held at the Grafton County House of Corrections on $5,000 cash bail, after he was found to be having contact with a female party in violation of bail orders issued to him.


A man reported his skateboard was stolen from outside a local business. An investigation led to finding the responsible party and the skateboard was recovered.


A noise complaint led to the arrest of a man for false imprisonment and disorderly conduct as part of a domestic dispute.


Lebanon Police have taken several complaints of bicycles being stolen and remind residents to secure your bicycles when left unattended.


Lebanon Police responded to Timberwood Commons to assist the fire department with a reported odor investigation. Investigation showed that OC spray had been set off in the building.  The source was unable to be located.  


A woman was arrested for theft and false report to law enforcement.


Lebanon Police investigated an Internet scam involving rental property.


A man was arrested for theft from a local business.


A man was arrested for violation of a protective order.  He was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections pending arraignment.


An officer on proactive patrol at a youth baseball game located a man sitting in his vehicle with a quantity of marijuana. The man was arrested for controlled drug acts.


An officer responded to the Lebanon Airport after a passenger was found to be in possession of a controlled drug.  The man was arrested and released on personal recognizance bail.


Officers conducted directed patrols at the Boston Lot, Alice Peck Day Hospital and the Hanover Street School.


Bicycle Patrol Officers have been patrolling different areas in the city, especially parks, congested areas and the trails.


The Lebanon Police Department will begin a Basic R.A.D. class on May 19th. The course, Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Basic, is the largest women’s self-defense program in the country. It offers no-nonsense, practical techniques that women of all ages and abilities can participate in. The course is taught by certified R.A.D. instructors, Lieutenant Stephen St. Louis, Corporal Gerald Brown and Senior Officer Nicholas Alden, from the Lebanon Police Department.  

The Lebanon Police Department hosted the annual K9 Awareness Day on Saturday May 16, at West Lebanon Feed and Supply on Railroad Avenue in West Lebanon. Lebanon Police K9 teams were joined by several other teams from throughout the Twin State region. 


Officer Callie Barrett, a certified Child Safety Seat Technician, participated in the Child Safety Seat Awareness Day at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Saturday, May 16.


The Speed Monitoring Trailer is being deployed daily at different locations in the city.

Child Safety Seat Awareness

posted May 20, 2015, 8:58 AM by Lebanon NH

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, Officer Callie Barrett, a certified Child Safety Seat Technician, participated in the Child Safety Seat Awareness Day at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. 

Did you know that every infant car seat and child booster seat carries an expiration date, usually marked somewhere on the seat's labeling? If only a manufacture date is shown, the guideline is that its expiration is six years from that date. 

Because car seats are made of plastic, which becomes brittle and can develop cracks over time, they lose their effectiveness year by year. Since there are very few recycling programs in effect nationwide, most seats are disposed of in the regular trash. Manufacturers recommend disassembling and destroying the seats so that no one else will pick up and reuse them, thinking they're safe.

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LPD Participates in K9 Awareness Day

posted May 20, 2015, 8:58 AM by Lebanon NH

Police K9 Teams have become very common throughout the United States. Do you know why they are so important? Do you know what K9 dogs can do? Do you know how much training goes into a K9 unit? Where a K9 dog sleeps when he's not working? 

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, the Lebanon Police Department was onsite at West Lebanon Feed and Supply to answer these questions during their Annual Canine Awareness Day. 

Canine Awareness Day is held yearly to allow community members to see their local police dogs at work and to learn more about the important functions they serve in our communities. K9 Teams from the Lebanon Police Department, Vermont State Police, and Burlington, Vermont Police Department spent the day performing and educating both young and old about the areas of K9 training which include obedience, handler protection, drug detection, agility and more. 

This year, the Lebanon Police Department is raising funds for the Vermont Police Canine Association – a non-profit organization where many police K9 teams train – including Lebanon’s Police K9 Unit

Also, during the event the Lebanon City Clerk’s office named "Chelsea" as Lebanon's 2015 Top Dog Winner

Press Release: K9 Awareness Day

posted May 16, 2015, 7:57 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated May 16, 2015, 7:57 AM ]

K9 Awareness Day 2013
Police K9 Teams have become very common throughout the United States. Do you know why they are so important? Do you know what K9 dogs can do? Do you know how much training goes into a K9 unit? Where does a K9 dog sleep when he is not working? Find out all the answers to these questions and more at our Annual Canine Awareness Day. 

Join the Lebanon Police Department K9 unit and K9 teams from throughout the Twin State Region as we do live K9 demonstrations on May 16th. We will be at West Lebanon Feed and Supply on Railroad Avenue in West Lebanon, NH from 10AM until 2PM with exciting demonstrations, and your chance to meet and greet K9 Handlers and their partners. 

Also – the Lebanon City Clerk’s office will be naming the City of Lebanon’s Top Dog from eligible doggy-contestants in their yearly contest. The Top Dog and two Runners-up will be crowned at noon and there will be great prizes for the winner! 

Canine Awareness Day is done yearly to allow community members to see their police dogs at work and to learn more about the important functions they serve in our communities. This year, we are raising funds for the Vermont Police Canine Association – a non-profit organization where many police K9 teams train – including Lebanon’s Police K9 Unit. 

The event is free for all – and there will be food, live radio remotes, games, prize giveaways, photos with a Police K9 and fun for the entire family! Watch as K9 Teams from Lebanon, NH, and other Vermont Police Agencies associated with the Vermont Police Canine Association perform and educate both young and old. Areas of K9 training include obedience, handler protection, drug detection, agility and more. 

Please join us in supporting this very special program on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10AM to 2PM at West Lebanon Feed & Supply located at 12 Railroad Avenue in West Lebanon, NH. 

View Official Press Release
Authorized by: Captain Tim Cohen 
Date: 5/15/2015

Lieutenant Isham Receives NAMI NH Award

posted May 4, 2015, 10:10 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated May 4, 2015, 10:36 AM ]

On April 11, 2015, Lieutenant Matthew Isham of the Lebanon Police Department was presented the 2015 Outstanding Law Enforcement award at the 2015 NAMI NH (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Annual Conference. The event was held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH with Governor Maggie Hassan in attendance. The award represents the Lebanon Police Department's longstanding commitment to helping improve the lives of those affected by mental illness. 

In 2009, Lieutenant Isham, who was the Lebanon Police Department Prosecutor at the time, became involved in the Citizen’s Planning Committee to develop the Halls of Hope Mental Health Court. Despite his heavy caseload, Lieutenant Isham played an instrumental role in observing operational programs, gathering information and moving from the theoretical to the actual.

Jennifer Grant, Chair of the Planning Committee, stated “Without Matt’s involvement and commitment to success, we would not have been able to establish a Lebanon Mental Health Court. I valued his professionalism and good humor as we wrestled to make Halls of Hope a reality.”

With great dedication, Lieutenant Isham continues to be a valuable member of the Lebanon Mental Health Court Team.

Retired Lebanon Police Chief Jim Alexander shared: “Matt carried the ball and demonstrated true commitment to integrating a new approach in our department for interacting with people with mental illness; a true believer who influenced other officers.”

Recently retired Lebanon Police Chief Gary Smith appreciates Lieutenant Isham's enthusiasm in organizing Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for police officers to use more effective responses to people with mental illness. This established the Lebanon Police Department as one of the first in the state to receive this training. His work has had far reaching effects for the City of Lebanon and for the Upper Valley.

Katie McDonnell, MSW who worked with Lieutenant Isham on the first CIT shared: “Matt’s thoughtfulness, respect, and interest in understanding mental health issues and improving the way law enforcement interacts with people who are experiencing a mental health crisis is remarkable.”

The Crisis Intervention Program
In February 2013, the Lebanon Police Department announced the formation of a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) after ten members of the department completed a week long training session in Crisis Intervention. This specialized team provides the department with a group of officers who are able to respond to, and actively engage with, individuals who may be in crisis due to a mental health issue. 

The three major tenets of CIT are to identify, de-escalate, and divert. It has been shown that the use of CIT leads to a decrease in the use of force and reduces recidivism. Most importantly, CIT is about doing the right thing for the right reason. Lebanon is only the fourth agency in the state to have a Crisis Intervention Team. 

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Hands Free: It's Coming & It's the Law

posted Apr 29, 2015, 10:02 AM by Lebanon NH

NH's New Hand's Free Electronic Device Law
New Hampshire's new hands free electronic device law will be in effect July 1, 2015.

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.

Penalties for Violations

1st Offense................................. $100 fine
2nd Offense............................... $250 fine
3rd Offense within 2 years.......... $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.

2015 Annual Golf Tournament

posted Mar 16, 2015, 9:46 AM by Lebanon NH

Join Us! Donate! Be a Sponsor! These are ways you can be a part of our Annual Child Health and Community Programs Golf Tournament on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the Lake Morey Resort.

For over twenty years, the Lebanon Police Department has raised funds to support our youth and community programs. Last year, the monetary donations raised allowed us to make donations to local nonprofit organizations in Lebanon.  As well, we provided pizza for the Lebanon Middle School Lock-Ins at the CBA, bike helmets for kids who did not have them and made a donation to Toys for Tots. 

We used money raised to add another instructor to our popular self-defense class for women, Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) and to create a handout card on internet scams which was distributed to various locations and people in the city including businesses, senior citizens, and neighborhoods.

Raffle donations and participation from the corporations, local businesses and individuals in the Upper Valley have made this tournament a success each year, as well as a fun time for those participating. This year we are proud to partner with CHaD, The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, who are our two shirt and golf ball sponsors. We are excited to have their sponsorships and look forward to others joining us to support our child health and community programs.


Please use the following registration form if you have an interest in making a donation to our raffle or being a sponsor for our tournament on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the Lake Morey Resort. Merchandise donations are also greatly appreciated. Our tax identification number is 02-6000473.

If you would like additional information, please contact Sergeant David Young (David.Young@lebcity.com) or Administrative Assistant Beth Beraldi at 448-8800 (Elizabeth.Beraldi@lebcity.com).

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