Manchester Crime Prevention Progress


Office of Mayor Frank C. Guinta

For Immediate Release, September 25th, 2006

Contact: Craig Smith  (603) 624-6500; (603) 759-5870

 Mayor releases results of ongoing federally funded High Intensity/High Visibility Program

Manchester- Mayor Frank C. Guinta and Manchester Police Chief John Jaskolka today released the current statistics on crime prevention due to the federally funded High Intensity/High Visibility (HIHV) Units Program which were implemented last month. This announcement comes two days after Guinta participated in a police ridealong to see the work of the HIHV teams firsthand.

Participating in HIHV teams are members of the Manchester Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies and State of New Hampshire Probation Officers. As of this morning, the special program has netted 53 arrests, 32 ordinance violations and 36 motor vehicle violations.

"I am very pleased at the results to date of this ongoing special program," Guinta said. "This program will go a long way in not only stopping the spread of crime now, but also preventing crime in the future. Having these teams patrolling the streets of Manchester sends a clear message to criminals: ‘If you break the law in the City of Manchester, you will be caught and prosecuted.’"

"The mere presence of these additional patrols has shown that Manchester is taking a strong stand against crime and disorder in the city," Jaskolka said. "Since the inception of these zero tolerance patrols, incident occurring in around identified problem areas has decreased. When an incident does occur, these patrols are usually on scene in less than a minute from the time the call is received and in most instances are able to either resolve the situation or identify those involved."

"This is yet another example of our city identifying a problem area and taking swift, calculated action to fix it. That is what the people of Manchester expect of their leaders," Guinta added.