NH police budget and employment data (Rockingham County) (Chester Police Department)

Granite State News Collaborative filed this request with the Chester Police Department of Chester, NH.
Multi Request NH police budget and employment data (Rockingham County)


From: Granite State News Collaborative

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Hampshire Right to Know Law, I respectfully request the following records related to this municipality's police department hiring, employment, and funding for the budget years 2000 through 2020:

BUDGET and FUNDING DATA - Records sufficient to show funding for municipal law enforcement offices and activities for the years 2000 through 2020.

If possible, please provide the itemized budget allocated for public safety and police department activities for each year, as well as records sufficient to show any additional funding received through other means, including but not limited to:
• funds for capital expenditures
• grants
• donations

HIRING and EMPLOYMENT DATA - Records sufficient to show the following data regarding police department employment for the years 2000 through 2020.
• The number of employed law enforcement officers (as defined by RSA 105-D:1). Please provide the date on which the provided numbers were accurate.
• Annual demographic information (age, race, gender) of law enforcement officers employed by this municipality
• Annual demographic information (age, race, gender) of any individual employed in a position of leadership within this municipality’s public safety or law enforcement department

If any of the requested information is available in aggregate form, provision of this aggregate information by year would likely satisfy this request. If there are any known caveats involved with the data and information your office is able to provide, I would really appreciate it if you could share them with me.

*Please note* that if any of the requested information is held by another office or agency, direction to the appropriate office would be greatly appreciated.

This request is being made on behalf of the statewide nonprofit Granite State News Collaborative. This request is not being made for commercial purposes. It is being made as part of a journalistic data collection effort to benefit news organizations and the public good throughout the State of New Hampshire.

If your office anticipates that fees associated with the processing of this request, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request be filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Please call 617-500-7123 with any questions about this request. If your call is not answered, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

I look forward to receiving your response to this request within five business days, as required by law.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I really appreciate your time and help.


Beryl Lipton

From: Chester Police Department

Good morning,

I have received this request and it has been forwarded to the Town Administrator and the Chief of Police, who is on vacation. One of the two, or both of them, should get back to you shortly. This is not something I would handle as it does not pertain to arrest records.

Take care,



Dear Ms. Lipton,

Our Police Department has forwarded your Right to Know email to my office for disposition.

In response to your request for Budget and Funding Data, the documents in the Town’s possession that are responsive to your request include, depending on the year, the approved Annual Warrant and Budget, the Budgeted Revenues Summary, the Anticipated Revenues, the Actual and Budgeted Expenses, the MS-737, the Vendor Payments report, and/or the MS-535. All of these documents are publicly available in the Annual Town Report; all are digitized and searchable. I have created a Google Drive containing these Town Reports (2000 – 2020). You may feel free to print any of these document you wish. If you would like us to make photocopies for you, our standard charge is $0.50 per page after the first five, which are at no charge. Certified copies are $10 each. You may certainly come in and peruse hard copies of the Town Reports at your convenience as well; just let me know so I can ensure that they’re readily available.


In response to your request for Hiring and Employment Data, the Town doesn’t maintain a document that specifically identifies the number of employees in any Department at any given time. However, many Annual Reports contain a page listing Town Officials and Departments, and each Department provides a synopsis of the year and it’s possible that additions to and departures from the Department are contained therein. Additionally, as an employer with fewer than 100 employees, we are not required to file an EEO-1 form and therefore do not have documents for the period 2000 – 2020 which would be responsive to your request for annual demographic data. The Town does not maintain any documents reflecting the demographic profile (age, race, or gender) of any individual employed as a law enforcement officer, or in a position of leadership, and as such, there are no records in our possession responsive to your request.

Please let me know if you’re unable to access the documents in the Google Drive. If there’s anything else I can help you with, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Debra H Doda
Town Administrator
Town of Chester
84 Chester Street
Chester, NH 03036
(603) 887-3636 x131

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. -- Gandhi

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