Press Releases




Drug Sweep, 6 Arrests Made

June 26, 2020

The Portsmouth Police Department arrested 6 individuals yesterday, totaling 12 charges after a lengthy investigation involving the sale of narcotics at Portsmouth Housing Authority properties.


Middle School Arson Arrest

June 1, 2020

In the early morning hours of May 23rd, 2020, Portsmouth Fire and Police Departments responded to and investigated an arson fire at 155 Parrot Avenue, the Portsmouth Middle School. The NH State Fire Marshal’s Office and The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms assisted with the on-scene investigation.



Arson Investigation

May 23, 2020

In reference to the ongoing investigation into a fire at the Portsmouth Middle School in the early morning hours of Saturday May 23, 2020, the Portsmouth Police Department is asking residents to notify the Police if they discover that they are missing a propane tank typically associated with a gas grill. We would also ask residents of the south side of the City to check any personal video surveillance systems for any suspicious activity between the hours of 12:30am and 3:30am.


Subject Arrested Following Portsmouth Standoff

April 20, 2020

            At approximately 8:15 AM on April 20th, 2020, Portsmouth Emergency Communications received a phone call stating that a male suspect had threatened a group of people with a firearm near the property of 1001 Islington Street. It was reported that the male suspect threatened these people verbally while displaying a firearm from inside of an apartment.


Woodbury Avenue Traffic Accident Update

March 13, 2020

On the evening of February 27th 2020, the Portsmouth Police and Fire Departments responded to the area of Woodbury Ave and Dennett St for a traffic accident involving three vehicles. The scene stretched out approximately 100 yards of Woodbury Ave, where one vehicle landed in the back yard of 221 Woodbury Ave. Members of the Portsmouth Police Investigative Division responded to collect evidence and process the scene.


Motor Vehicle Crash on Woodbury Ave by Holiday Inn

February 27, 2020

On February 27, 2020 at approximately 6:30 P.M. the Portsmouth Police and Fire Department responded to Woodbury Avenue, between Dennett Street and Cottage Street, for a three car motor vehicle crash.  There were three injuries and all three individuals were transported to the Portsmouth Regional Hospital.  Traffic was rerouted for a short time while the crash was investigated and this crash remains under investigation. 


Safer Internet Day

February 10, 2020

February 11, 2020 is Safer Internet Day, which is a global event in more than 100 countries around the world, with this year’s theme being “Together for a better internet.”


Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee Nominees re: Open Police Commission Seat

February 7, 2020

Last evening, the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee held a public interview process to choose two people to recommend to the Portsmouth City Council. The Council will then choose one of the candidates recommended by the Blue Ribbon Committee to
fill the open Police Commission seat vacated by the current Assistant Mayor, Jim Splaine. The Council will vote at their February 18th, 2020 regular meeting.

The names of the two successful candidates are:

Mr. Thomas Hart               Mr. Joseph Plaia


Vice President Visit - Traffic and Parking Notice

February 7, 2020

   On Monday, February 10th, Vice President Pence will be at an event at the Portsmouth Sheraton on Market Street. As a result there will be an impact to both traffic and parking in the vicinity of the Sheraton to include Market Street, Deer Street, Russell Street and Green Street.

   The following will be in effect;

            1) No parking on Market Street (either side) between Deer Street and Russell Street