Press Releases




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


Elwyn Road Rollover Crash Results in Arrest

May 9, 2018

Date of Release:  May 9, 2018

Reference: Rollover Crash Results in Charges

     The Portsmouth Police and Fire Departments responded to the area of 264 Elwyn Road at 11:43 PM on May 8th for a report of a rollover motor vehicle crash. First responders arrived to find 2016 Jeep Cherokee on its roof in the middle of Elwyn Road.


Resident Survey of the Portsmouth Police Department

May 4, 2018

In October of 2017, the Portsmouth Police Department began meeting with the University of New Hampshire’s Survey Center to conduct a survey of Portsmouth residents. The Department was seeking input from residents regarding their perceptions of the police department’s strengths, weaknesses, level of community involvement, feelings of safety, among many other survey points.


Drug Take Back Day

April 26, 2018

Portsmouth Police Department

Press Release


Date of Release: April 26, 2018

Subject: Drug Take Back Day


Attempted Murder

March 16, 2018

On today’s date at approximately 10:12 A.M, the Portsmouth Police Department arrested the following individual:

Jasmine Henderson

Age: 32  

2755 Morris Ave. Apt. 2E

Bronx, NY