Press Releases




National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

October 21, 2021

The Portsmouth Police Department will be joining the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other seacoast communities on the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, this Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 at the Portsmouth Police Department from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The event is being offered to the community to provide an opportunity to turn in prescription drugs which may be in your household and are no longer needed. The department will take pills, patches and liquid medicine. No needles or sharp items will be accepted.


Identity Fraud Arrest

October 20, 2021

On October 18, 2021 at 12:23pm, the Portsmouth Police Department responded to the Citizens Bank on Pleasant St. in Portsmouth for a report of a possible fraud. Employees of Citizens Bank believed an illegitimate check was presented to them and contacted police. Investigating officers determined that a male attempted to cash a fraudulent check using a fake Massachusetts driver’s license. The male was taken into custody on-scene and brought to the Portsmouth Police Department for processing. The male was identified as:



September 20, 2021

On 09/19/2021, the Portsmouth Police Department responded to 565 Islington St, Sunoco Gas Station, for a report of a robbery.  At approximately 2:40 pm, a male entered the store and walked behind the counter demanding money. The male immediately began to assault the clerk before leaving the store. The clerk sustained minor injuries but was not transported to the hospital. 


Air Show Parking Restrictions

September 7, 2021

Effective Thursday, September 9th, parking restrictions will be in place along Grafton Drive in Portsmouth for the Thunder Over New Hampshire Air Show.


Drunk Driver Collides with Portsmouth Police Cruiser

July 8, 2021

Shortly after 10:30 PM on July 7th, the Portsmouth Police Department was investigating a multi-car crash on Lafayette Road in Portsmouth. In doing so, traffic travelling north on Lafayette Road was temporarily diverted down Constitution Avenue until the roadway was clear.


Pursuit leads to manhunt, subject now wanted for various offenses

June 20, 2021

On June 19, 2021, Portsmouth Police Officer Keegan Pearl conducted a traffic stop on Gosling Road in the City of Portsmouth. As Ofc. Pearl approached the stopped vehicle on foot, the vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed. Ofc. Pearl attempted to stop the vehicle which continued west on Gosling Road. The vehicle entered onto the property of the U.S. Air Force Base on Pease Boulevard where the male operator bailed on foot. He briefly ran through the secured base before scaling a perimeter fence and exiting.


Motor Vehicle Accident - DWI Arrest

June 12, 2021

On June 12, 2021 at approximately 12:37AM, Portsmouth PD officers were dispatched to the area of Bartlett Street and Cate Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident. Units arrived on scene quickly and found a single motor vehicle in the roadway evidencing significant damage. The vehicle was found to be unoccupied and information developed indicated someone had fled from the vehicle prior to police arrival.


Portsmouth Police Basketball Tournament - Middle School Students

June 11, 2021

This summer, the Portsmouth Police Department will be hosting two 3 v. 3 basketball tournaments. The first will be held on Saturday, June 26th and the second will be on Saturday, July 24th.

These tournaments are open to any Middle School student going into the 6th, 7th or 8th grades. The tournament will be free to the public and will be either single or double elimination, depending on the number of teams.