NH police budget and employment data (Strafford County) (Lee Police Department)

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


Beryl Lipton and the Granite State News Collaborative,

I am in receipt of your New Hampshire Right to Know request. In regards to your request for Budget and Funding Data, the documents in the Town’s possession that are responsive to your request include the approved Annual Budget, the approved Warrant Articles, the Comparative Statement of Expenditures & Revenues, Statement of Payments and the report on the Capital Improvement Plan. All of these documents are publicly available in the Annual Town Report. To the extent that we retain these reports in a digital format I have provided a link (Town Reports | Lee NH<https://www.leenh.org/town-administrator/pages/town-reports> )containing the aforementioned Town Reports (2019-present), the 2021 Report will be issued in March of 2022, prior to the Town meeting. With regard to those Annual Reports which the Town has only physical copies I would ask that you contact me directly to make an appointment to inspect the documents. Should you require photocopies made of any of the pages our standard charge of $1 per page would apply.

With regard to your request for Hiring and Employment Data, the Town does not maintain a document that identifies specifically the number of employees in any Department at any given time. However, each Annual Report contains a synopsis of the year from each Department Head and it is possible that additions 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. 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.

Chief Thomas C. Dronsfield Jr.

Lee Police Department

20 George Bennett Rd

Lee, NH 03861



From: Lee Police Department

Good Afternoon,

We received the attached letter in the mail today. We had responded to your initial letter via email on 9/17/21, two days after we received your initial request. I am forwarding our original reply so you have the resource information we provided to obtain the data you requested. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Jess Miehle