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Portsmouth PD assists the CAC in Beards for Bucks Fundraiser Event!

September 28, 2017

Portsmouth, N.H. – It's a campaign called “Beards for Bucks.’' Starting October 1st, law enforcement officers across Rockingham County will go razor-less to raise awareness and funds for the Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County (CACRC), a local non-profit organization that collaborates with law enforcement to provide safe, child-friendly spaces for investigative services of child abuse.



Police Instagram

September 7, 2017

PORTSMOUTH – The Portsmouth Police Department has made another step to keep itself connected to its community through technology by now having a presence on Instagram.

The police department currently has a very strong presence on Facebook, which they joined in 2009, and also has a presence on Twitter, which they joined in 2015. Joining Instagram will give the department more exposure to the millennials of their community as research has shown that Instagram is one of several growing social media platform choices amongst this genre.


Sobriety Checkpoint Results 08 28 17

August 28, 2017

On Friday, August 25th the Portsmouth Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Lafayette Road. The checkpoint, which was authorized by the Rockingham County Superior Court, screened drivers heading southbound on Lafayette Road between 10:00 PM and 3:00AM. One hundred ninety (190) drivers were screened five were charged. Assisting in the operation were members of the Portsmouth Police Explorer Post. Those charged are as follows, no booking photos available at this time.



Untimely Death

August 7, 2017

At approximately 3:10 AM on Friday, August 4, 2017, the Portsmouth Fire Department was responding to a call from station one on Court Street when they passed through the intersection of Court Street and Middle Street and observed a male lying on the sidewalk. Upon further investigation they found a deceased male with an apparent head injury. The Portsmouth Police Department was notified and began an investigation.


Sobriety Checkpoints / DWI Enforcement

July 24, 2017

Chief Robert Merner of the Portsmouth Police Department, will continue the effort to apprehend drunk drivers in the City of Portsmouth by conducting a sobriety checkpoint this week. The Rockingham County Superior Court has authorized the checkpoint.


Vehicle accident into gas service station

July 23, 2017

On July 23rd at approximately 7:50 PM. The Portsmouth Fire and Police Department responded to the Buzzy’s Bypass Gas located at 500 Maplewood Ave. for the report of a motor vehicle accident. A 2009 Chevy Pick-up truck being operated by;

Harold Brill
187 Wentworth Rd.
Portsmouth NH. 03801


Firearm Arrest/Car Breaks

July 20, 2017

Shortly after 6:30 AM this morning Portsmouth Police received a phone call reporting a suspicious male inside of Dunkin Donuts at 531 Islington Street. The male suspect was describes as being “out of it” and was in possession of a firearm. No threats were made and the firearm was described as being removed from the suspect’s waistband and placed on a chair.


Felony Drug Arrests

July 18, 2017

The Portsmouth Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Patrol Division and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) arrested the following subjects:

Michael Anderson
DOB: 07/11/95
377 Leslie Drive
Portsmouth, NH

Charges: 2X Sale of a Controlled Drug and Criminal Liability (Accomplice to Sale of a Controlled Drug). Michael Anderson’s bail was set at $10,000 Cash.

Russell Anderson
DOB: 08/22/69
377 Leslie Drive
Portsmouth, NH


Sale of a Controlled Drug / Death Resulting

July 13, 2017

On July 12, 2017, Kelly Barry, age 31, of 30 Second Street Apartment B, Dover, New Hampshire, turned herself in at the Dover Police Department on an arrest warrant by the Portsmouth Police Department and Dover Police Department for the charges of Sale of a Controlled Drug, Death Resulting and Sale of Controlled Drug for selling fentanyl that caused the death of Patrick Swain, age 32, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.