New Hampshire Department of Safety
More than 200 law enforcement professionals from across the state are increasing their readiness for large-scale events this week by participating in the Critical Incident Response course presented by the New Hampshire Department of Safety and hosted at the University of New Hampshire.
The course is taught by law enforcement experts from across the country and demonstrates how incorporating lessons learned from real-world large-scale events can increase coordination and planning throughout local and state law enforcement.
“It’s great to see police partners from across the state join with the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to offer these important programs and continue to make our state one of the safest in the nation,” Perry Plummer, director of New Hampshire Department of Safety’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said.
On Monday forty police chiefs, sheriffs, and law enforcement executives conferenced on best practices and policies for a coordinated response to large-scale incidents. Participants examined case studies of real-world events and discussed how those lessons can translate into policy here in New Hampshire.
“We are a small state and rely on each other to provide mutual aid during large-scale events,” Dover Police Chief Anthony Colarusso Jr. said. “Today’s seminar was an excellent example of how New Hampshire law enforcement continuously works together to improve public safety.”
Monday’s seminar for executives will be followed by a daylong course for field officers, and a three-day class for supervisors and managers. The supervisors and managers course will also be taught in the North Country.
“Critical Incident Response is at the forefront of what law enforcement is facing today regardless of the specific community,” University of New Hampshire Chief of Police and Vice President of Student Affairs Paul Dean said. “These seminars make us work smarter with limited resources and become better partners with our public safety stakeholders.”
This course is the first of a series of courses and is offered in partnership with the New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security, the University of New Hampshire Police Department and the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council. The course was paid for through a Department of Homeland Security grant and in sponsorship with the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police and the New Hampshire State Police. Additional assistance was provided in the North Country by the Grafton County Sheriff and Coos County Sheriff.