NH police budget and employment data (Hillsborough County) (Manchester Police Department)

Granite State News Collaborative filed this request with the Manchester Police Department of Manchester, NH.
Multi Request NH police budget and employment data (Hillsborough 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, Granite State News Collaborative

From: Manchester Police Department

Please see the attached document reference your 91-A RTK request.

Captain Peter Marr
Legal Division
Office Of Professional Standards
Manchester Police Department
405 Valley St.
Manchester, NH 03103

The Right-To-Know Law (RSA 91-A) provides that most e-mail communications, to or from City employees and City volunteers regarding the business of the City of Manchester, are government records available to the public upon request. Therefore, this email communication may be subject to public disclosure.

From: Granite State News Collaborative

Hello, Captain Marr —

Thank you for your acknowledgement of this request. I appreciate it and will look forward to hearing from your office again soon.

Best wishes,

From: Manchester Police Department

See attachments for letter and data requested.

From: Granite State News Collaborative

Hi Captain Marr,

Thank you for providing this data! My name is Cassidy Jensen and I'm a reporter at the Concord Monitor working on this project with Beryl.

I have a few follow-up questions as I'm going over these documents:

1) Is the number of officers working for the Manchester Police Department in the year 2000 available?
2) In this list of sworn officers, does the column titled "present" represent the number of officers who were employed at that date?
3) Does the number of sworn officers include individuals in leadership positions, like chiefs, captains and deputy chiefs?
4) Does the department have any records at all with gender or race information? We are not identifying individual officers but requesting information on officers in aggregate, which some other departments have been able to provide.

Please feel free to give me a call at 603-369-3322 with any questions. Thank you for your help.


From: Manchester Police Department


Please find attached our response to your request for records.