public safety

Legislative Update to RSA 128: Town Health Officers

During the past year, the local health officer has fulfilled an important role in New Hampshire’s cities and towns by responding to COVID-19 concerns and questions. Often, health officers were on the front lines investigating sanitary conditions and COVID-19 cases. Many took on the role of learning the executive orders and reopening guidance, which required them to perform compliance inspections and respond to COVID-19 concerns in businesses, housing complexes, schools, community centers, and other public locations.

The Taser®: When is Deployment Prudent?

By Jack Ryan

Over the past few years, use of the Taser electronic restraining/compliance device has become more common among law enforcement agencies nationwide. Recent literature from the U.S. Department of Justice indicates that electronic control devices (ECD) are being used by 11,500 agencies, with approximately 260,000 of the devices deployed.

Dogs and Cats: Some of the Laws Affecting Our Four-Legged Friends

Dogs are especially fortunate—at least that is how it must seem to the thousands of New Hampshire cats who, unlike their dog friends, do not get to experience the privilege of being licensed by their human owners. You see, while the law allows a municipality to require the licensing of cats it does not require licensing as it does for dogs. At just four months of age, a dog is eligible for an official license from the town or city it lives in and can proudly show off its shiny license tag to its less fortunate feline friends!

Special Event Permits: A Useful Tool

In the 1800s, it was not at all unusual for traveling revival meetings to go from town to town, setting up huge tents for outdoor events led by the famous preachers of the day. These events could be held over several days and brought hundreds of people together in one place to hear sermons and lectures. The circus was also popular for many years as traveling entertainment, moving from town to town, bringing hundreds of circus performers, workers and animals to put on the show and also visitors to town to see the show.

Regulating Drilling and Blasting Activities: Municipal Issues

According to the United States Geological Survey, a significant portion of the commercial explosives produced annually is used in the construction trades or to mine rock as a valuable product. In New Hampshire, this amounted to over 11,500 tons of explosive detonated in 2003. Many examples of these events are evident in New Hampshire's granite quarries and gravel pits, but increasingly explosives are used to remove rock during the construction of water and sewer lines, widening of highways and installation of new subdivision roads.

Leading by Example: Local Fire and Police Departments Get Pumped When It Comes to Fitness

Few careers—in any field—require the level of physical fitness needed by police and firefighters in departments throughout the state. We (the people they keep safe) directly benefit from first responders who keep themselves in shape. And safety departments that provide quality, worksite fitness programs help their employees stay in optimal physical condition. Here are profiles of two departments in New Hampshire which are truly “walking the talk" when it comes to promoting worksite fitness.

Salem Police Department