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August 13, 2018

Portsmouth Police Department

Press Release

On today’s date at approximately 7:08 A.M, the Portsmouth Police Department with the assistance of the Seacoast Emergency Response Team (SERT) arrested the following individual:



Celebrate National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 7

August 7, 2018

Portsmouth neighborhoods will take to the streets to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime (NNO) on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm. Portsmouth’s neighborhood-based NNO celebration aim to strengthen and connect our community and foster partnerships between Portsmouth residents and members of the Police Department. Sponsored by the Citywide Neighborhood Committee and the Portsmouth Police Department, NNO is an evening outdoors filled with social activities and block parties.


Portsmouth Police are going to get HUGGED!

July 19, 2018

Visit from, Rosalyn Baldwin

Rosalyn’s quest to visit police departments in all 50 states gets a little closer to completion this week as she visits the Portsmouth Police Department this Thursday, July 19th.  Rosalyn is heading to New England this week, and will visit the police departments in Boston, Portsmouth, Dover, and Portland.


Motorcycle Community Informational Session

July 7, 2018

On Saturday July 7th, 2018 the Portsmouth Police Department, with assistance from the New Hampshire State Police, will be conducting a motorcycle informational session for the general public at the Masonic Temple Parking Lot located at the corner of Miller Ave. and Middle St.  This session will be held from 9:30am until 1:30pm.



Portsmouth Annual Fireworks Celebration Tuesday, July 3rd

July 3, 2018

The City of Portsmouth and Wilcox Industries will be sponsoring the annual fireworks display on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at the South Mill Pond across from the Portsmouth City Hall beginning at 9:15 p.m. sharp; the rain date is scheduled for Thursday, July 5th at the same time. This celebration is an alcohol-free, family event. 


2 Year Old Saved by First Responders 

June 22, 2018

On Friday, June 22, 2018 at 5:39pm, Police and Fire Officers of Portsmouth, New Hampshire responded to 325 Little Harbor Road for a report of a two year old trapped in a rock pile. Upon arrival, first responders found a two year old boy pinned between large slabs of stone. Moments before, the child had been playing atop this pile with his grandfather when the slab he was standing on dislodged. This caused the boy to fall forward with the stone he was just standing on, coming to rest on his head.


Assault on May 29th

June 14, 2018

The Portsmouth Police Department has concluded its investigation into an altercation which had been reported at 12:38 AM on May 29th on Fleet Street, and as a result the following two individuals have been arrested and charged:

Arrestee #1


Market Square Day in Portsmouth - Sat. June 9, 2018

June 9, 2018

Market Square Day in Portsmouth

Chief Merner will be invoking his ‘Emergency Powers” and orders that NO Parking will be permitted on the following Portsmouth streets on Saturday, June 9th, due to the Annual Market Square Day and Market Square Day Road Race.



May 29, 2018

The Portsmouth Police Department was called by staff at Gilley’s PM Lunch cart located at 175 Fleet Street in the early morning hours of May 29th at approximately 12:38 AM, for a reported fight occurring between two groups of males inside the restaurant.  Staff reportedly asked both parties to leave and the confrontation continued outside and into Fleet Street.  Upon our arrival one of the subjects involved was found with a stab wound and needed immediate medical attention.  Officer Jordan Wells applied emergency first aid until the fire department arrived on scene to tran