NH police budget and employment data (Stafford County Sheriff's Office, Stafford County)

Granite State News Collaborative filed this request with the Stafford County Sheriff's Office of New Hampshire.
Multi Request NH police budget and employment data


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.

I understand that many departments do not file an EEO-1 form or/or do not track all the demographic information that we are requesting. I am not requesting a new record be created. However, if there are records your agency maintains, including but not limited to hiring intake forms, employee cards, or other records that contain information about age, gender or race, I would like an electronic copy of those records or the opportunity to inspect them. We have made requests from multiple agencies in New Hampshire and have found that other small departments do maintain age or gender information in personnel files even if they do not file an EEO-1 form.

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: Stafford County Sheriff's Office

Attn: Beryl Lipton, Granite State News Collaborative

This is in reference to your NH RSA 91a request dated 10/06/2021 and received by this office on 10/12/2021.

We currently have 51 sworn deputies, which is a combination of full time, part time, and per-diem deputies.

I have attached a copy of our Recruitment Plan, which includes the demographic information that you are looking for. We are CALEA certified, and this plan is updated on an annual basis.

Funding and Budgets for the Strafford County Sheriff's Office can be found on the county website:

Go to the Finance tab (Finance Director Diane Legere) and you will find two accounts for the Sheriff's Office:
01.4140 Sheriff
01.4141 Dispatch (Under the control of the Sheriff)

These accounts are public and are approved and published on an annual basis.

Chief Deputy Joseph T. McGivern
Strafford County Sheriff's Office
259 County Farm Rd., Suite 105
Dover, NH 03820
Office (603) 742-4960
Desk (603) 516-7187
Fax (603) 743-4921



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