Police Chief Appointment

The Select Board is pleased to announce that effective Monday, March 29, 2021, Jonathan Uraskevich is the new Chief of Police for the Town of Rollinsford. Today begins a new era for the Rollinsford Police Department under the capable leadership of Chief Uraskevich. The Select Board is looking forward to working with the Chief and implementing common goals.

Congratulations Chief!

Interim Police Administrator

The Select Board has decided to engage with Municipal Resources Inc. (MRI) to lead the Police Department for the next few months starting January 1st while a search for a new permanent Chief is conducted.

Having an outside firm manage the Department in the short term will provide the Board with the insight needed to objectively determine the best path forward for Rollinsford. The Police Chief is one of the most important positions in a Town. Therefore, the Select Board will take the time to exercise due diligence in filling the vacancy. All current officers have been encouraged to apply for the permanent Chief position once it is posted.

The Town has already benefited from the experience and expertise of Sean Kelly of MRI through the outside investigation of a domestic violence incident earlier this year. Through that process it became clear that outside perspectives can be helpful in assessing Rollinsford’s needs. We don’t know what we don’t know!

The cost of these services falls well within the budgeted amount for the planned full-time Police Chief position because of the savings in not paying the associated benefits.

We hope you will all provide Mr. Kelly a warm welcome.

Trick-or-Treat Guidelines

 

Town of Rollinsford

Guidelines for Trick or Treat

Friday, October 30, 2020

5 pm- 7pm

The Town of Rollinsford is not prohibiting Trick or Treat activities and encourages residents to follow the state recommendations set by the Governor’s Office.  The CDC lists trick or treat activities as High risk and residents need to take responsible action to prevent the spread of Covid 19 and ask themself if the possible risk is worth it.

If you are planning on Trick or Treating:

  • STAY HOME if you are not feeling well.
  • Wear a mask that that covers both mouth and nose. A costume mask alone is not sufficient.
  • Avoid large gatherings or parties and maintain a 6-foot distance from others not with your group, including when accepting treats.
  • Practice frequent hand cleaning-bring hand sanitizer with you and use it often.
  • Only go to those homes that you know.

If you are planning on handing out treats:

  • Do not participate if you are ill or are concerned for your health.
  • Turn on an outside light.
  • Wear a mask that covers both mouth and nose. A costume mask alone is not sufficient.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance between you and the trick or treaters by placing a table or object on your driveway or lawn and place the candy on that item.
  • Clean the table/object frequently.
  • Set up so people do not need to touch your home’s door handles and doorbells.

Additional information and guidelines can be found at CDC. gov and ReadyNH.gov

Town and Police Response to a Recent Police Incident

We appreciate the concern for the individual who was recently involved in an incident in Rollinsford. The Town of Rollinsford and the Rollinsford Police Department are committed to assuring for the public that the situation was handled in a professional, non-biased manner based upon the information known during the incident. Unfortunately, because this is an ongoing investigation we are not allowed to disclose any specific information about the incident.

We are aware that a fake Rollinsford Police Department Facebook page has been set up and we strongly disagree with the content posted by its creator.

The officer who is accused of abusing his wife has never been employed by the Rollinsford Police Department. He works for a neighboring department which is conducting its own investigation. The case is now being handled by the Strafford County Attorney’s Office and is out the hands of Rollinsford Police. The Rollinsford Police Department has demonstrated in the past that it does not and will not protect police officers. If there is probable cause to make an arrest, that person will be arrested regardless of who they are.

The Town is engaging with an outside agency to conduct a review of how this case was managed by our Police Department to assure we are continuing to meet our own high standards of equity, dignity, and respect for all those with whom we come into contact. The report of that investigation will be made available to the public as soon as possible. The Rollinsford Police Department has always treated all persons with courtesy and professionalism.

 

Robert Ducharme, Chief of Police

Denise Knowles, Select Board Chairperson

Myles England, Select Board

Paul Cass, Select Board

New Signage for Police Range

The Town has installed signs at the two main entrances to Scoutland (Scoutland Rd & Greenview Dr) to notify users of Scoutland if the police range is being used or not.

Generally the police range is scheduled to be used on Tuesdays, however there may be an occasion where it is being used on another day.

NON PERISHABLE FOOD & TOILETRIES NEEDED

Message from the Rollinsford Police Department:

With our neighbors starting to lose their jobs, we would like to assist the Seeds of Faith Food Pantry in the collection of donations of non perishable food items and toiletries. Starting this Saturday and every Saturday thereafter from 9 am to 12 pm, the PD will be available to receive donations. Items may be dropped off at our garage door and someone will then bring them inside to be delivered to the pantry. If you are able to make a monetary donation, please place the check made out to the RPBA in the secure drop box at the front door of the town hall or mail to the RPD, PO Box 438. If you can spare anything it will certainly help out your neighbor who may not be so lucky during this trying time. Thank you.