Police Chief Selection Announcement

TOWN OF ROLLINSFORD

MEDIA RELEASE

RE: Police Chief Selection

March 18, 2021

ROLLINSFORD – The Rollinsford Select Board is pleased to announce the Board’s unanimous decision to promote Lieutenant Jonathan Uraskevich to Police Chief pending negotiation of terms of employment and compensation.

A lifelong resident of New Hampshire, Jon graduated from Nute High School before beginning his career as a Police Officer in Milton, New Hampshire. In 2002 he was appointed as a full-time Patrol Officer with the Rollinsford Police Department.  In 2005, he was promoted to Patrol Sergeant, and to Lieutenant in 2012.  During Jon’s time as an officer in Rollinsford, he has built strong relationships within the community on patrol, as a prosecutor, and as an executive leader.

Jon was selected after an internal process to replace Police Chief Robert Ducharme, who retired December 31st.

The Rollinsford Select Board looks forward to working with Jon in the best interest of the Town of Rollinsford and the Rollinsford Police Department.

Help Us Celebrate the Retirement of Chief Ducharme!

After 38 years of continued service for Rollinsford, Chief Robert “Bob” Ducharme is retiring as of December 31st! Starting in 1982 when he became a part-time officer, he quickly moved into a full-time position in 1986, and has served as Chief since 1992.Throughout those years has been an active member of our community including spearheading the Police Benevolent Association drive for holiday food baskets for needy residents.

The Town would like to take this opportunity to show our appreciation for his dedicated service and we need your help.We would love to host you all in person and allow you the opportunity to say your fond farewells, but current social distancing requirements make that difficult.

Yet there is a way to celebrate and it takes each of you. We hope you will help Bob remember his time with us and remember it fondly. Maybe you could write him a letter recounting a story of a time he helped you. Perhaps you and he shared a funny moment together. So many things have happened over those years. If you remember things, even as a bystander, now is the time to compliment his service. Most of us were part of his time here in some way, even if it was just a simple “hello” at the Post Office. It could even be a thank-you for that warning he gave you when he pulled you when he could have given you a ticket. Let’s get creative!

We will compile the submissions and put them into a nice book to present to him that he can enjoy for years to come.

Help us make this moment special for him. You can mail them to the Town Hall (PO Box 309,) or put them in the drop box at the Town Hall. We ask that you have your submissions in by Tuesday, January 19th.

 

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

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.

Snow Removal Reminders

Now that we are in snow season, residents are reminded that the pushing or placing of snow from driveways across or onto public ways or sidewalks is prohibited by NH RSA 236:20 and Town Ordinance # 15.01, and carries a minimum fine of $100.00.

Jessica’s Law requires all motorists to remove all snow from their vehicles prior to travelling on a public way. The fine for this offense is a minimum of $310.00. Please remove all snow off your vehicle.

Trick or Treat 2019

Trick or Treat is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30th, 6 pm-8 pm.

The Police Department will be delivering reflective Halloween bags and glow sticks to the students at RGS.  The PD will be open for Trick or Treat and will have goodies for the kids.  Officers in the cruisers will also have goodies for the kids.
We remind all to be safe on Trick or Treat.  Only go to those homes with outside lights on, and have parents check candy before eating it.  Watch for vehicles as you travel down or across any roads.  The drivers may not see the children in the costumes.