The Portsmouth Police Department’s Bureau of Investigative Services comprises detectives who serve in a variety of capacities. Many of our detectives have advanced college degrees and/or prior military experience, and every detective has specialized training and experience in their field of expertise. All detectives started their careers at the Portsmouth Police Department in the Bureau of Patrol Services. We have a full time civilian who serves in an administrative capacity, as well as two part time civilians who serve as Evidence Technician and Youth Advocate respectively. We have a proud tradition of serving the community through proactive programs and investigations, and we are the founding agency and headquarters of the Northern New England Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Our detectives investigate both Felony and Misdemeanor level offenses as well as Federal crimes to include, but not limited to:
Narcotics, illegal gambling, fraud, white collar crime, homicides, sexual assaults of adults and children, elder abuse, juvenile crime, cyber crimes, internet predators, sex offender registrant non compliance, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, burglaries, robbery, criminal mischief, thefts and other property crimes.
Three of our detectives are School Resource Officers dedicated to the high school, middle school and elementary schools, where they not only investigate crimes committed by and against children and young adults, but also teach a variety of classes. The Portsmouth Police Explorers and the Police Athletic League are also coordinated by our School Resource Officers.
Crime Stoppers and New Hampshire’s Most Wanted programs are coordinated by detectives, as well as the Alcohol Compliance Program, the sex offender registry program, prosecution of juvenile offenses at the Family Court level, the preparation and presentation of all felony level cases for the Rockingham County Grand Jury, and security surveys and speaking engagements to area businesses and community groups. Detectives continue to actively investigate the unsolved homicides of Laura Kempton, Tammy Little, Stella Bolton and James Moore, as well as the 1986 fatal fire that took the lives of Terry Giles, Joseph Poulin and Linda Plummer.
Detectives also volunteer their time in the community by coaching school athletic teams, and are members of various agencies such as Rotary, Big Brother/Big Sisters, the Community Diversion Program and other worthwhile organizations.
Many of the programs that the Bureau of Investigative Services participates in have been modeled by other law enforcement agencies and communities throughout New England. The men and women of the Portsmouth Police Department’s Bureau of Investigative Services continue to dedicate themselves to solving crime through the highest standards of police work.
Our detectives continue to educate themselves in the latest technological advances in fighting crime. Even more importantly, our detectives know that we are the voice for the victims of crime, and that protecting and serving the community are our highest priorities.