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On May 5th, officers from the Lebanon Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.
All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 8:00AM on May 5th at Lebanon Diner, Hanover Street Mall, Lebanon. Please contact Captain Tim Cohen with questions: (603) 448-8800 or email@example.com
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Lebanon’s neighborhoods.
The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.
The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.
Each year, the Lebanon Police Department prepares an annual report to highlight statistics, specific divisions within the department, training, programs, department activity and events. These reports are located on our webpage under Crime & Call Statistics. The 2015 Annual Report can be found here: http://goo.gl/jmZAES
Two Lebanon Police Officers participated in Lebanon Youth Baseball's Opening Day Ceremonies this past Saturday. Officer Peter Begin, who serves on the Board of the Youth Baseball Association, led the Opening Day Parade and Captain Tim Cohen volunteered his services to DJ the Opening Day Ceremony. These two officers are a great example of the commitment our officers have to being part of our community.
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. classes. Women ages 13-17 will need parental permission to participate.
We will be offering these classes from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The first session will be at the Lebanon Police Department and the remaining three will be held at the SAU #88 building (former Seminary Hill School) on the following dates:
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
If you would like to participate in this class or would like further information please contact Beth Beraldi, Elizabeth.Beraldi@lebcity.com or 448-8800.
You can visit R.A.D.’s website at http://goo.gl/U9LZ2O for further information about the program or our department webpage at http://goo.gl/7O6qew
On April 5, 2016, the Lebanon Police Department hosted seven middle school students from local schools as part of a job shadow program set up by the Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership.
Taken from their website, “Job shadowing is an opportunity for a student to follow an employee for a short period of time to learn about a particular occupation or industry. Shadowing gives students the opportunity to learn how skills taught in the classroom are applied beyond the school walls.”
The students who visited the police department actively participated in hands-on learning sessions including basic police roles and equipment presented by Officer Zachary Lawrence, K-9 operations and a K-9 demonstration with Officer Tracy and K-9 Briggs, special investigations, as well as tactical operations and equipment with Detective Nicholas Alden and Lieutenant Richard Smolenski.
On April 19, 2016 at the “Shield Our Children from Harm” annual professional conference at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Corporal Michael Wright was one of three people to receive the “Unsung Hero” award for his efforts to go above and beyond the call of duty in dealing with issues of abuse in our region. The conference is a joint effort between Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Grafton and Sullivan Counties at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and The Family Place in Norwich, Vermont.
The CAC provides services to children and families who may have been impacted by sexual abuse, physical abuse or where violence was witnessed. The Lebanon Police Department and the CAC work closely together in our mission to not only seek justice against those who violate the law but also to care for those affected by these life changing events.
Cathy Brittis, Program Manager of the Child Advocacy Center of Grafton and Sullivan Counties, presented Corporal Wright with his award and is quoted saying, “Through his work with the CAC, Mike exemplified courage and dedicated himself to helping children and families whose lives have been impacted by child abuse. His heroism is noted not only by the CAC and those professionals who work alongside him, but also the families he serves, always striving to give children a voice and bring offenders to justice.”
The Lebanon Police Department would like to congratulate Corporal Wright and commend him for his “Unsung Hero” award.
If you would like more information about the CAC, please visit: http://goo.gl/ZI6CxM
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.