Mission Statement & Overview
The Portsmouth Police Department actively works in partnership with our community to protect, prevent crime and respectfully, justly and compassionately help all people.
The Portsmouth Police Department is budgeted for 68 full-time Police Officers, 27 Auxiliary (part-time) Police Officers and utilizes the services of 26 non-sworn civilian employees, including dispatchers and administrative staff.
The Portsmouth Police Department, directed by the Police Commissioners, is organized into three divisions: Patrol, Investigative, and Administrative.
The Patrol Division consists of uniformed officers, police K-9, motorcycle patrol, animal control, several members of the Seacoast Emergency Response Team, and a Police Explorer Post.
Members of the Investigative Division are responsible for major crime investigations, juvenile investigations, Crime Stoppers, crime analysis and the undercover narcotics unit.
The Administrative Division includes several major components: Professional Standards, Personnel and Training, Records Unit, Legal Offices, Information Technology and Fleet Management. The Professional Standards Unit is responsible for the maintenance of all department policies and rules & regulations; the CALEA Accreditation Program; citizen complaints; Internal Affairs Investigations and proper handling of all Right-to-Know Requests. Additional administrative services are overseen by the Operations Manager, to include the department's financial services, the police facility, and grant management.