Portsmouth Police Department (Department) provides outstanding public safety services to the residents of New Hampshire’s premier seaport city. This strategic plan is the blueprint for building upon the excellence the Department has demonstrated since its formation in 1850. The Chief and members of the Department used a collaborative process—which solicited input from police staff, community leaders and members, and academia—to develop the departmental priorities and outcomes for 2010 to 2015.
Strategic Plan Introduction
The Department embraces the community policing philosophy. Community policing is based on community partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving. The graphic on the bottom of the page summarizes the seven strategic goals that resulted from the strategic planning process. The Department will use these goals and the 19 deliverables as a guide and a performance measure over the next five years, and beyond.
We, the Portsmouth Police Department, have been serving the residents of Portsmouth since 1850. In the 100-plus years since its formation, our community has grown in size and diversity. The nature of criminal activity in the 21st century is very different than the past—criminals have become more mobile and technologically sophisticated. However, while the details and the way crimes are committed have changed, human nature remains the same, and much of the crime and human drama the Department deals with on a daily basis continues to present familiar challenges. The Department, partnering with the community, must develop innovative responses to the changing landscape of criminal activity. To meet these challenges, we developed this plan with the input and support from the community.
The Portsmouth Police Department actively works in partnership with our community to protect, prevent crime and respectfully, justly and compassionately help all people.
To accomplish our Mission, we are committed to the following Beliefs:
- In fair, equitable, and impartial treatment for all.
- Our Community must be a part of the law enforcement and crime prevention process; with active community involvement, we will achieve our goals.
- The Police and the Community are accountable to each other.
- All people in our Community have a right to live in a safe, crime free environment.
- A harmonious and healthy work environment improves the quality of our services to the Community.
- Employee involvement in the creation of Department policy, procedures and objectives is essential to the attainment of our mutual goals, and the delivery of effective police services.
- Open and honest communication within our Department will promote an atmosphere of trust, cooperation and respect.
- Self-improvement is an individual responsibility.
- The Department must continuously provide for the development of personnel.
- That holding ourselves to the highest ethical and professional standards will maintain the public's trust and support.
On the following pages, we outline our strategic goals for the next five years. We will measure our success by our ability to accomplish the deliverables related to each strategic goal. We will assign one individual with overall responsibility to accomplish each deliverable and this individual will rely upon other members of the Police Department and Community to provide input and support. On a quarterly basis, the Department will update the plan and provide progress reports to the public and the Police Commission.
Community Policing and Performance Based Strategy
The Portsmouth Police Department is a community policing-based department. Community-based policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies—which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques—to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues. Community policing comprises three key components: community partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving. The Department used this philosophy to develop the goals and deliverables in this strategic plan. We will use a performance-based strategy to gauge our progress in accomplishing the clear mission, goals, and deliverables outlined in the plan.
For more information please download the Portsmouth NH Police
Department Strategic Plan