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First Night in Portsmouth

December 31, 2017

To facilitate a safe and entertaining First Night, the following traffic and parking changes will occur on December 31st


With the exception of Pleasant Street from State Street to the Square, Church Street (next to the North Church) and Parrot Avenue (from Richards to Junkins - no entry from Rogers), streets are open Downtown to vehicular traffic and parking.


Fraud Alert/Identity Theft

December 19, 2017

The Portsmouth Police Department has been investigating several recent mail fraud and identity theft cases involving an organized crime enterprise operating in the Portsmouth area.  These organizations have been targeting local neighborhoods, and more specifically the south end of Portsmouth.  These individuals are obtaining personal identities such as names, DOB’s, social security numbers, and addresses and using that information to go online and order items, specifically newly released smart phones such as the IPhone 10 and Samsung Note 8 through several different nation


Salvation Army Thrift Store Armed Robber

December 19, 2017

On December 18, 2017, at approximately 8:37 PM, the Portsmouth Police Department was called to the Salvation Army Thrift Store located at 2458 Lafayette Rd for a report of an armed robbery.  Upon arrival officers located two employees who reported while exiting the store after closing they were approached in the parking lot by a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a ski mask pointing a gun at them asking for the money bag.  The suspect obtained the bag and fled on foot towards Lafayette Rd.  The two employees returned to the store and called police.


Portsmouth Police in collaboration with Market Basket are organizing the 3rd Annual 5-0

December 10, 2017

Food drive to benefit Gather (formerly known as Seacoast Food Pantry). The food drive will be Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Market Basket, 1465 Woodbury Avenue.

Several officers, department employees and their family members will be in front of the store handing out flyers listing specific items that the food pantry needs to meet demands during the holiday season. Shoppers who wish to participate can purchase items on the list and drop them off at Portsmouth Police cruisers on their way out.


Holiday Parade 2017 Information (Street Closures & No Parking Information )

December 2, 2017

Street Closures and No Parking in the Greater Downtown Area for the Portsmouth Holiday Parade Saturday, December 2nd, 2017


Effective from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 the Chief of Police will be invoking his emergency powers, prohibiting parking and vehicular travel on certain streets in the City due to the Annual Portsmouth Holiday Parade.


Recent Car Break-ins

November 21, 2017

Reference:Recent Car Break-ins

The Portsmouth Police Department is currently investigating numerous car break-ins that have occurred throughout the City in recent weeks. Many of the acts are believed to have been committed by a group specifically targeting parking lots of gyms, athletic facilities and commercial buildings. Entry is generally made by breaking a window in the vehicle and they are specifically looking for driver’s licenses, credit cards, and checkbooks.


Wanted Person-UPDATE

November 1, 2017

Yesterday, the Portsmouth Police Department issued a Press Release seeking the public’s assistance in locating a wanted person for Animal Cruelty. An arrest has now been made in conjunction with that broadcast.

On October 31, 2017 at approximately 7:00pm the following individual surrendered himself to the Portsmouth Police Department and was charged with the following crimes:

Kenneth Hale

DOB: 07-28-1958

Last Known address 886 State Street Unit #33


Animal Cruelty - Wanted Person

October 31, 2017

Reference: Animal Cruelty / Wanted Person

From: Sergeant Kuffer R. Kaltenborn

Date of Release: Tuesday, 31 October, 2017

On September 22, 2017, Officers with the Portsmouth Police Department began an investigation into a report of Animal Cruelty at 886 State Street Unit #33 , Portsmouth NH.


Granite Shield Drug Arrest

October 27, 2017

On October 26, 2017 with the funding provided by Granite Shield Opioid Grant the Portsmouth Police Department working with the Seacoast High Intensity Drug Interdiction Team made up of local officers and detectives from Seabrook, Hampton, Greenland and Newington Police Departments, along with the assistance of the New Hampshire State Police Mobile Enforcement Team, the Drug Enforcement Administration and New Hampshire Probation and Parole arrested the following individuals:

Trevor Mackenzie

Age: 26

214 Bellemarsh Road

South Berwick, ME


Sex Offender Duty to Report

October 12, 2017

Date of Release: October 12, 2017

Subject: Sex Offender Duty to Report

On October 11, 2017 the following subject voluntarily turned himself in at the Portsmouth Police Department on an arrest warrant for Sex Offender Duty to Report, which is a class B Felony.

Joseph G. Diment

Date of Birth: 02/05/1940

12 Crescent Lane

Wells, Maine