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Detective Division

  • The Detective Division is responsible for investigating a number of different types of complaints. Some of these include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Internet Crimes
    • Identity Theft and Identitiy Fraud
    • Bad Checks
    • Follow-up Investigations
    • Burglaries
    • Theft
    • Rape
    • Assault
    • Larceny
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Additionally, if you need to contact the Prosecutor, Attorney Adria Verrocchi, for information regarding a pending case that is being prosecuted in the Salem, NH District court, please contact her via email at

Internet Safety

  • Exposure to inappropriate materials and harassment are only a few of the safety issues parents must be aware of today when they have children who are using the Internet. Child safety on the Internet has become an ever-increasing problem facing parents, students, teachers and law enforcement. We as adults have a responsibility to provide our children with access to various types of learning experiences through hands-on experiences. Using the Internet has and/or will continue to become a very vital part of our children’s day to day lives. In providing access to resource, we must also provide guidance and guidelines for the various hazards that can be encountered when using this medium.

  • The Internet is known to be an untamed frontier. The rules and etiquette are evolving from those who use it. You can find unparalleled richness in human expression and the opportunity to obtain information from all sources which at one time was only available to a few. The quality of information and the behavior of individuals on the Internet vary. As members of this vast new electronic community, you and your family must ask yourselves how you will contribute to make it a safer environment for all users.

  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children offers a free brochure to parents entitled "Keeping Kids Safer on the Internet". NCMEC offers electronic versions of this brochure and other helpful information for parents. Please see "Useful Links" below.

  • The Atkinson Police Department also encourages parents to use filtering software to screen out adult sites on the Web.

In Case Of Emergency Program (ICE)

  • The ICE concept was the brainchild of Cambridge-based (U.K.) paramedic Bob Brotchie, who works for the East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust. Most accident victims carry no next of kin details, yet most carry a mobile phone. There is no simpler way of letting the emergency services know who to contact should you be involved in an accident than by using ICE.

  • Standing for "In Case of Emergency", ICE will allow ambulance crews, fire fighters, and police officers to quickly contact a nominated person who can be informed of the incident.

    • - Type the acronym ICE followed by a contact name (for example, ICE - mom or ICE - David) into the address book of your mobile phone
    • - Save their phone number
    • - Tell your ICE contact that you have nominated them
    • Follow these hints to get the best out of ICE:
      • - Make sure the person whose name and number you are giving has agreed to be your ICE partner
      • - Make sure your ICE partner has a list of people they should contact on your behalf - including your place of work
      • - Make sure your ICE person's number is one that's easy to contact, for example a home number could be useless in an emergency if the person works full time
      • - Make sure your ICE partner knows about any medical conditions that could affect your emergency treatment - for example allergies or current medication
      • - Make sure if you are under 18, your ICE partner is a parent or guardian authorized to make decisions on your behalf - for example if you need a life or death operation
      • - Should your preferred contact be deaf, then prefix the number with ICETEXT
    • Is ICE a Virus:
    • Email hoaxers are threatening the campaign to encourage people to store contact details in their mobile phones.

    • The ICE (In Case of Emergency) scheme gained widespread coverage in the wake of the London bombings as word spread by email throughout the world. People can add into the mobile’s address book ICE and the name and number of the person they would like contacted in an emergency.

    • But a subsequent email circulated by malicious hoaxers suggests that ICE is a type of mobile phone virus which accesses your address book and drains pay-as-you-go phones of its credits. Matt Ware, spokesman for the East Anglian Ambulance Service, asked people to ignore the hoax email.
      • “I have been inundated with emails and phone calls from people worried that, having put ICE into their mobiles, they are now going to be charged for the privilege,” he added.
      • “We would like to assure people that that’s not the case. Whoever began this second email chain is obviously a malicious person with way too much time on their hands.”

Important Statutes

  • RSA 261:176 Misuse/Failure to Display Plates:
    New Hampshire is a two plate State. All vehicles are required to have two plates on there vehicle unless otherwise permitted to have one plate by the Director of Motor Vehicles (i.e. dealer plates, etc.)

  • RSA 265:107-a Child Passenger Restraint Required:
    Any person under the age of 18 as a passenger or operator of a motor vehicle shall wear a seat or safety belt which is properly adjusted and fastened. Any driver who violates this statute shall be guilty of a violation and shall be subject to a fine according to the statue.

RAD Kids Personal Empowerment Safety Education

  • The R.A.D. Kids objective is to provide educational opportunities for children and parents, concerning awareness and self defense strategies, instilling confidence and reducing the possibility of adverse physical control or harm. Violence against children is not restricted by class, age, race or the community that you live in, it affects us all. R.A.D. Kids can be the tools that your children can use to enhance their ability to defend themselves and make them aware of the dangers in today's increasingly hostile environments. This is an internationally renowned program for children and parents that is simple and effective. This is not a martial arts program that would take years to master. R.A.D. Kids is awareness/self esteem building coupled with self-defense movements. Other topics covered include:
    • Stranger safety
    • Out and about safety
    • Good touch/Bad touch/Uncomfortable touch
    • Fire safety
    • Vehicle safety
    • School safety
    • Home safety
  • Classes are divided into two age groups: 5-7 year olds and 8-10 year olds. The 5-7 year old class meets 5 days for 1 hour and fifteen minutes. The 8-10 year old class meets for 5 days for 1 hour and thirty minutes. Parents are required to fill out a registration form and are highly encouraged to attend and participate when needed. Classes are limited to 10-15 students. Parents are provided with a comprehensive manual, which we strongly recommend be reviewed with their children. The instructor is a certified R.A.D. Kids Instructor and a member of Atkinson Police Department. R.A.D. Kids is the only children's self defense program with a FREE LIFETIME RETURN AND PRACTICE POLICY, ANYWHERE R.A.D. Kids program is offered until your child's' 11th birthday.

Available Forms and Documents

Useful Links

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