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Police Department News
The following are Lebanon Police Department highlights from June 12, 2015 - June 25, 2015.
The department has seen an increase in vehicles being gone through during the night. Please remember to secure your vehicle and remove valuable items.
retirement of Police Chief Gary Smith, the search for our next Chief of Police is underway. The Mercer Group has been retained to assist us in our search and has created this Recruitment Brochure to best inform potential candidates.
This Profile is intended for use as a resource in the search for the City of Lebanon’s next Chief of Police, both to provide prospective candidates with key information and to provide a framework for discussions between individuals involved in the search process and prospective candidates.
View complete details at: http://hr.lebnh.net/index/jobs/police-chief
On May 28, 2015, the Lebanon Police Department, in conjunction with New Hampshire Probation and Parole, made two arrests:
Nitacia Pero, age 19, of Lebanon, NH was arrested for controlled drug acts prohibited, heroin and cocaine.
She is being held without bail and was transported to Grafton County House of Corrections pending her arraignment in Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on May 29, 2015.
David Reyes, age 24, of Springfield, MA was arrested for three counts of controlled drug acts prohibited with intent to sell, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.
He was held on $35,000 cash bail and was transported to Grafton County House of Corrections with a Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court arraignment date of May 29, 2015.
Charges for both are felony level offenses punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than 7 years, a fine of not more than $100,000, or both.
The drugs confiscated have a street value of over $10,000.
Date: May 29, 2015
Authorized by: Deputy Chief Phillip Roberts
The Lebanon Police Department participated in the 2015 NH Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics on May 28, 2015.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is a year-round fundraiser and spreads awareness of Special Olympics in the community. Lebanon Officers and dispatchers were joined along the approximate nine mile route from Lebanon Fire Station 3 on the Dartmouth College Highway to the Canaan Police Department by members of the Enfield and Canaan Police Departments, New Hampshire State Police and Mascoma High School students and faculty.
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.
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!
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.