October 23, 2009
Dunbarton Police kick off Cop Card Program with Contest for Kids
The Dunbarton Police Department will be holding a contest for children ages K-16 to see who can collect the complete series of department Cop Cards. The program, which was initiated by Officer Jacqueline Pelletier, is designed to help the youth of the community connect and build trust with Dunbarton Police Department personnel.
Cop Cards are like baseball trading cards only they have a photograph of each department member on them. To collect the cards all one has to do is to approach one of the officers or employees of the department and ask for a card. Department members will have cards with them when they are on patrol and some cards will be available at the police station. Adults are welcome to collect the cards as well although the contest is only open to youngsters.
Officer Pelletier began the behind the scenes work on the program several months ago. The intent of the program was publicized and within a very short amount of time all of the sponsorships necessary for the individual cards were committed to. The department was overwhelmed with the offering of sponsorships in such a short period after the program was announced. Each card is sponsored by and individual or business committed to community service and support of law enforcement.
The program is made possible through the generosity of several anonymous residents of the community along with the following individuals, businesses and groups Rabbitt Enterprises, Caleb Farm, Dunbarton Fire Association, Country Side Golf Course, Auto City Collision Repair, Coca-Cola Northern New England, Alfred Santilli, Remillard Family, Mr. Gee’s Tires, Dunbarton Congregational Church, Capital Well, J&J Landscaping, Watson Insurance and Ken Perkins.
The contest will kick off on October 31, 2009 and conclude on November 30, 2009. The first two children to collect all 17 of the trading cards will win and IPOD.
There are a couple of rules that contestants need to follow and understand. Department members will only give out their own card so you will need to meet each member to obtain their card. Several cards such as the card in Memory of Officer Rene Forcier, the card depicting the department cruisers and our Office Administrators card will be available at the police station for collecting purposes. Contest participants are also reminded that officers should not be approached while conducting motor vehicle stops or while engaged in other enforcement activities. Officers are not able to predict the outcome of situations that they are involved in during their duties and do not wish for anyone to get hurt by approaching them at unsafe times.
Have fun with the contest and good luck collecting all 17 cards. Members of the department are very excited about the program and are anxious to meet and interact with all of you. Once you have collected all 17 cards in the series please bring them to the Dunbarton Police Department for verification and prize awards.
August 5, 2009
DUNBARTON POLICE MAINTAIN THEIR STATUS AS THE SMALLEST DEPARTMENT IN THE NATION TO HOLD NATIONAL ACCREDITATION RECOGNITION
On August 1, The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) awarded the Dunbarton Police Department “Accreditation Recognition” status at its Hampton, Virginia conference. With only three full time officers Dunbarton is the smallest agency to have achieved the “Recognition” status not only nationally but also internationally. This award represents satisfactory completion of a process of thorough, agency wide self-evaluation, concluded by an exacting outside review by an independent assessor.
CALEA, which is an international accrediting body, was created in 1979 through the combined effort of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs Association and the Police Executive Research Forum. CALEA’s purpose is to establish standards of professional excellence for police agencies through a process of self-assessment and providing proofs of compliance, on-site assessment and a final review hearing.
Once accredited a department must undergo this process every three years. In essence the accreditation process involves a constant review and self-assessment of policies, procedures and practices by the agency throughout the years in between awards.
In 2003, Dunbarton achieved New Hampshire Level I and II Accreditation. This achievement provided a foundation for the department to build upon as it undertook its effort to attain international accreditation “Recognition”. In order to achieve this goal the agency faced a significant challenge in that it utilizes part time officers and there is a specific CALEA standard that pertains to the training that part time officers receive. To gain compliance with this standard the Dunbarton Police Department completed an enhanced training program for its part time officers, which was above and beyond the training they had received at the part time officer police academy.
In 2006 the Dunbarton Police Department became the first department in New Hampshire to achieve CALEA Recognition with part time officers. This status was attained through and alliance with the NH Police Standards and Training Council that was in effect at this time.
The Dunbarton Police Department has used the accreditation process to build the department from the ground up. This involved creating a written directive system that addresses important high liability issues such as rules of conduct, discipline, internal affairs, pursuits, use of force, investigations and patrol functions. CALEA standards are based on a best practice approach created and updated by committees of internationally recognized law enforcement authorities. The overarching goal is to enable departments to strive for excellence and instill confidence and trust within their communities through meeting professional standards. Being CALEA accredited can limit an agency’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally recognized standards for law enforcement have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.