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Date of Release: August 25th, 2008

Reference: Chief wins national award

Chief Michael J. Magnant of the Portsmouth Police Department received a national award last week in recognition of his accomplishments and continued efforts in the field of combating underage drinking.

The Law Enforcement Partner of the Year award was presented to Chief Magnant at the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center’s National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The award is given to a law enforcement agency or sworn law enforcement officer whose commitment to reducing underage drinking at their local community or state level has resulted in notable accomplishments in at least three areas:

- Measurable reductions in alcohol availability to youth.
- Innovative implemented programs.
- Training of law enforcement, community or merchants.
- Recognition by peers, local community and/or media.

Chief Magnant’s nomination was given to the national committee by the state of New Hampshire’s Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Coordinator, Johanna Houman. New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, among many others, also supported Chief Magnant’s nomination.

Portsmouth has ninety six bars and restaurants, the most per capita in the entire state. As a result of Chief Magnant’s leadership, innovative programs such as alcohol compliance checks, party patrols, and educational programs through the school resource program have gone hand in hand with DUI check points and enforcement efforts with the New Hampshire Liquor Enforcement.

Also in attendance at the conference were three supervisors from the Portsmouth Police Department who have also assisted in these efforts throughout the years;
Sgt. Michael Schwartz, Sgt. Corey MacDonald and Sgt. Russell Russo.

PHOTO: Chief Magnant receiving the award from Marilyn Roberts, Deputy Administrator of Programs for OJJDP (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention).


 Emergency Dial 911, Portsmouth Police Department, 3 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Tel: (603) 427-1500