The PPD brings the community of Portsmouth together through community policing. Portsmouth is a safe, vibrant, and desirable place to live, and, in large part, as a direct result of this philosophy. This model of policing is community-focused, problem-oriented, and proactive rather than reactive. This is done successfully through the “Community Policing” philosophy that is grounded in the belief that the police are part of the community, and, as such must work in partnership with those they serve.
Community Policing is about developing and maintaining partnerships to prevent the conditions that bring about crime and disorder. Toward this end, the department works internally with the city manager, Legal Department, Human Resources, Health and Welfare departments, Planning, Zoning, the Library, Schools, Department of Public Works, and the Fire Department. Externally, the PPD works with the Traffic & Safety Committee which is comprised of city employees and members of the public. The department also works with the Portsmouth Housing Authority, to curb the higher anxiety level among some elder residents now that “Senior Housing” is no longer “seniors only.” Partnerships also exist with Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Seacoast Mental Health, Sexual Assault Support Services, A Safe Place, Community Diversion, Leadership Seacoast, and the Child Advocacy Center. This department is also the designated liaison for the Police Department to the LGBTQ community.