The men and women of the Tilton Police Department work extremely hard to bring closure to your cases. Our Detectives work very hard to solve cases like the armed robbery of Tilton Kay Jewelers Store at Tanger Outlets in 2011, in which a robbery crew from Los Angeles California committed three violent armed robberies in New Hampshire over a 3-month period. The suspects were eventually charged and convicted of the Tilton Kay Jewelers armed robbery, Hannoush Jewelers armed robbery and the Northeast Credit Union armed robbery.
The Tilton Police Department were also proudly recognized by the New Hampshire Retail Merchants Association as the “ 2012 Law Enforcement Partners of the Year” and recognized and asked to be keynote speakers at the National Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail Annual Conference in Dallas. In 2014 the Tilton Police Department was recognized by the New England Organized Retail Crime Association in Worcester Massachusetts for agency and case of the year award. Through dedication and a partnership with New Hampshire retail merchants, we have been able to identify and arrest several multi-state organized retail crime groups who targeted New Hampshire. These groups included a nationwide counterfeit check and identity theft ring from Philadelphia and a east-coast based organized retail crime ring from Brooklyn New York who had been stealing toner ink cartridges from Staples, Target and Office Max for a couple years. In that case the suspects stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in office products from Maine to Florida before being caught in Tilton.
In 2019 the Tilton Police Department worked very hard in many areas to reduce crime and keep the roads safe. Utilizing Highway Safety and the Granite Shield Grants, Uniformed Patrols partnered with Detectives and area agencies to make a significant impact on drug traffic coming to the lakes region. Our Detectives took a lead role in the Belknap County Drug Task Force. It was truly an all hands on deck year by Patrol, Investigations, Dispatch and Prosecution to prevent crime, apprehend suspects and successfully prosecute them. Operations, which includes Patrol, worked closely with Detectives to stop and interdict a large amount of drug traffic, passing through Tilton. This collective enforcement resulted in the seizure of a large amount of dangerous and illegal drugs such as Methamphetamine and Fentynal. This combined effort produced some significant state and federal cases for illegal drug sales, conspiracy and weapons violations. Overall, this resulted in 711 arrests and over 176 felony drug related charges. As a result, this effort also reduced the amount of people either driving under the influence of drugs or transporting illegal drugs in a vehicle and was part of a larger effort to address the Opioid Crisis. We also increased prevention in the schools through our LEAD Program in grades 6 through 9 and continued to provide more resources for individuals struggling with substance misuse.
Patrol Operations also continued their focus on daily directed patrols in and around our school zones each day to keep the children safe. They also worked with Highway Safety to do enforcement grants which put out dedicated patrols looking for violations such as texting and driving or bicycle and pedestrian related violations in the downtown area. They also participated in statewide initiatives like Operation Safe Commute where several times a year, all Law Enforcement around the state would focus on one major traffic safety issue for that day. The goal of all of the Highway Safety initiatives is to change driver behavior and make our roads safer.
The Tilton Police also continued many great community initiatives, events and partnerships to help bring good things to Tilton in 2019. We worked with the town’s 150th anniversary committee to make all of our anniversary celebrations safe and successful. We also continued to co-host “Movies in the park” at Riverfront Park for local families and Cruise Night fundraisers at Tiltn Diner. Other events we organized were the TNS Toy Drive and assisted with fundraisers at Applebees and Irving Circle K for Special Olympics and other local programs such as the Senior Center and Every Child is Ours.
Dispatch Communications staff began a new program called “Cops and Caregivers” which created a call list of home bound seniors who opt in to receive a wellness call each day from our dispatch center. The program is designed to make sure seniors in town get a call each day from one of our dispatchers or a senior volunteer to make sure they are OK and know that the community cares about them. They also added a registry ability in our dispatch system for individuals with disabilities such as Autism or Alzheimer's who may require our assistance in an emergency. We also added a field in the Alert Tilton message system to message people who use our parking permit system downtown, in the event of a snow storm or other emergency requiring them to move their vehicles. Working with Patrol, Dispatch realigned the parking sticker system for the municipal lots downtown to begin January 1st of each year and to expire each December 31st. Lastly Dispatch updated the 911 CAD system with updated street mapping, cross intersections and updated house numbers.
I would like to say thank you to SRO, Officer Bill Patten, who served as School Resource Officer for 7 years and was also a dedicated coach on the High School football team. He returned to Patrol and that position was filled by Officer Jeremiah Trott, who we are confident will also do a great job. We also welcomed a new Officer, Tyler Colcord to the team. He graduated from the Police Academy in December of 2019 and will bring Patrol back to full staff going into the spring of 2020. With these changes, we will be able to add more directed patrols to downtown, our parks and walking trails by this summer.
Lastly we want to extend our deepest gratitude to the hard working Police Study Building Committee for all your dedication over the last year to bring what we believe is the best and most cost effective plan to build a new Police facility. It would replace our existing building which has a long list of identified safety issues and lack of space. We really need a new facility that will be safe and functional in the community for many years to come. On March 14th at Town Meeting. the voters approved a new Police Station on Rt. 132 which will replace the existing station located at 179 East Main Street. Your support was greatly appreciated at Town Meeting and we hope that you can be at the opening ceremony when it is completed, hopefully by the end of this year or beginning of 2021.
I am fortunate to have a great team of professionals who really care about the community and take pride in their work to keep you safe. Please let us know if there is anything we can assist you with and thank you for all your support.
Thank you again for all your support,
Chief Robert Cormier
Tilton Police Department
603-286-8207 X 201