NH police budget and employment data (Merrimack County) (Hopkinton Police Department)

Granite State News Collaborative filed this request with the Hopkinton Police Department of Hopkinton, NH.
Multi Request NH police budget and employment data (Merrimack 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 Concord Monitor through 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 603-224-5301 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.


Cassidy Jensen, The Concord Monitor

From: Hopkinton Police Department

Response to Right to Know Request:

This is the Town of Hopkinton response to your Right to Know Request concerning NH police budgets and employment data.

In regards to your request for Budget and Funding Data, you will find an attached file with the following documents for the years 2007-2020 (our accounting software only has information back to 2007):

* Budget expenditures
* Capital Reserve Fund Appropriations
* Capital Reserve Fund Expenditures
* Income/Expenses from the Public Safety Special Revenue Fund

Additional related information is available in our Annual Town Reports which can be found at Annual Town and School Reports | Hopkinton NH (hopkinton-nh.gov)<https://www.hopkinton-nh.gov/town-administrator/pages/annual-town-and-school-reports> With regard to the two Town Reports which the Town only has physical copies I would ask that you contact me directly to make an appointment to inspect the documents.

With regard to your request for Hiring and Employment Data, the Town does not maintain a document that specifically identifies the number of employees in any department at any given time. We do generally publish a list of employees by department each year in the Annual Town Report which can be accessed at Annual Town and School Reports | Hopkinton NH (hopkinton-nh.gov)<https://www.hopkinton-nh.gov/town-administrator/pages/annual-town-and-school-reports> . 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. To the best of the Town's knowledge and information, the Town does not maintain any documents reflecting the demographic profile of any individual employed "in a position of leadership", and as such, there are no records in our procession responsive to your request.

Neal Cass, Town Administrator
330 Main Street
Hopkinton, NH 03229