NAMI New Hampshire Honors the Manchester Police Department

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NAMI New Hampshire Honors the Manchester Police Department

On Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH, New Hampshire’s chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) presented the Manchester Police Department with its Law Enforcement Award.  The award cited Chief David Mara’s leadership, identifying a number of initiatives undertaken by the department since his appointment to Chief of Police in 2008.

The Manchester Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is comprised of 22 officers specially trained to more effectively respond to persons affected by mental illness.  In addition, the Manchester Police Legal Division has played key roles in the effective implementation of the community’s Mental Health Court.  Finally, the Community Policing Division has also played a major role in the planning, implementation and operation of the new Homeless Service Center, working closely with the Homeless Outreach Worker and engaging homeless persons in need of mental health services.

In presenting the Law Enforcement Award, NAMI- NH stated “The Manchester Police are effective community partners and clearly support mental health as they serve and protect.”

Teens Robbed of I-pod/Cell Phone


MANCHESTER, NH- On Monday, February 11, 2013, at about 6:30 PM, Manchester Police responded to a Clay Street address for a report of a robbery.  On arrival, they met with two 16 year old Manchester teens who reported they had been the victims of a robbery a short time earlier on Somerville Street, near Belmont Street.


According to the boys, they were walking in the area when they were approached by two men, one of whom demanded their belongings, indicating his companion had a gun, although no gun was observed.


One of the boys surrendered his I-pod Nano and Galaxy S3 cell phone and the men left.  They were last seen leaving the area as passengers in an older, dark colored 4-door sedan operated by a third individual who was possibly wearing a red sweatshirt.


The first suspect was described as a white male in his forties, about 6’3” tall with a slender build and dark “stubble” on his face.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored vest and a green “beanie” style hat.  The second man, alleged to have possessed a gun, was described as a clean-shaven white male in his forties with an average height and build.  He was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and khaki pants.


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711.  Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at