Robert Merner

Chief of Police

September 22, 2020

To the men and women of the Portsmouth Police Department and the citizens of Portsmouth – I have decided to retire from policing after just shy of 40 years of service, having begun my law enforcement career in January of 1981.

It has been an honor and a pleasure working with all of you and the men and women of the Portsmouth Police Department over the last three plus years.

One of the highlights of my thirty-nine and a half years as a law enforcement officer has been collaborating to work on best practices in policing and to having the Portsmouth Police Department work hard and achieve Advanced Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This police department will continue to grow into one of not only the finest agencies in New Hampshire but New England and across the country. The talent here is some of the best I have worked with over the past thirty-nine plus years.

There are a number of internal candidates who could assume the chief’s role immediately and seamlessly.

To the citizens of Portsmouth, thank you for the opportunity to work for you and lead such a fine organization of men and women as the Portsmouth Police Department. I wish you all the best.



Chief Robert Merner