Saturday, April 16, 2016

Traffic Warning

The fire department is working a brush fire on Governors Road by the Milton Line.  Please slow down and use caution in the area 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Traffic Stop/Investigation leads to Heroin Arrest

On 04/14/2016 at approximately 7:46 P.M. Middleton Police received information that a drug deal just occurred and the dealer was driving downs Kings Highway towards Farmington.

Middleton Police with the assistance of the Milton Police executed a motor vehicle stop on Route 153 just prior to Governor's Road.  Farmington Police responded as well as three occupants were located in the vehicle.

As a result of the investigation:

Albert Senechal (Age 23)
8 Morning Glory Lane
Rochester, NH 
was arrested for possession of a narcotic drug, heroin.   He was released on $5000 PR Bail and will be arraigned in the Strafford County Superior Court on April 29, 2016.  Because of a prior drug conviction this charge is a special felony punishable by up to 40 years in state prison and a half million dollar fine.

Senechal is pictured below:

Also arrested during the stop was:

Jesse Miller (Age 33)
29 Forrest Ave
Rochester NH
charged with transporting drugs (marijuana) in a vehicle. This charge is a class B Misdemeanor.  Miller was released on 2000 PR Bail and will be arraigned in the 7th Circuit Court in Rochester on 5/17/2016.  Miller is pictured below:

Assisting police at the scene was K-9 Raven and his handler, Chief Randy Sobel.

As a result of the arrest, police seized approximately 3.5 grams of heroin, packaging equipment and a scale.  

The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are possible.  

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Do you Know this person?

Farmington Police are looking for the below person believed to be driving a Silver BMW.  If you know him please give them a call at 755 2731.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Middleton Resident arrested on Warrant

On 03/16/2016 at approximately 7:30 P.M. Middleton Police arrested:

Timothy Lane Age 38
246 New Durham Road
Middleton, NH 

by virtue of an active arrest warrant issued out of the 7th Circuit Court in Rochester for failure to appear.  The Court set a $500.00 Cash Bail on the arrest warrant.

Mr. Lane was processed at the Middleton Police Department.  He was able to post Bail and was released with a court date of April 19, 2016.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Emergency Notification Resources

As many of you are aware, we have worked hard over the last few years growing our social media and resource pages. We typically post area related traffic issues, missing and wanted persons, scam alerts, suspicious activity and crisis notifications.

Getting information out to a large population is challenging as everyone has their own computer limits.  Some folks can surf a website, some use social media and some do not.  Relying on off the shelf public solutions such as Facebook and Twitter limits us as we cannot control when our information pops up on your screen.  Some folks don't own a computer.

In designing our method of delivery we have to look at getting real time accurate information over multiple methods in the quickest amount of time.  Here is how we do it:

Our Police News and Emergency Notification Page which you are reading now automatically feeds to the police page of the Town Website.  That website if listed below:

You can also access the blog directly by using this link:

We maintain a facebook presence at the below address:

Lastly we also use Twitter which can be located here:

We also have a mobile app which works on both the Android and IPhone.  The benefit of the mobile app is that we can control and make sure that Emergency Notifications go to your phone as soon as we press the Send button.  The alert shows up on the main screen of your phone.  Below are the download links:  

For folks without computers or cellphones, in a critical emergency we use the Reverse 911 system to place recorded phone calls to your home.  If you are not a Fairpoint Customer, you must register your phone number with the State of New Hampshire to receive these calls.  The link to Register is listed below:

Over the last several years, the Social Media and Emergency alerts have been handled by one person 24 hours a day seven days a week.  If that person was off duty, a text would be sent, often a police radio turned on and real time information would be put out to the public, most times uncompensated.

We are in the process of installing computers in our police cars that have web access.  For this reason we are changing our delivery method and creating the ability for Officers to send critical information to the public from their police cars.   Each officer will be given authorization to our Police News and Emergency Notification page.  Here they can type information and insert any photos or videos necessary.  It is simple to use and similar to a Microsoft Word Page.

The Officer will then have access to a mobile app which will allow them to log in and send this page as a Push Notification to our Mobile App and intern through the APP send the same information to our Facebook and Twitter Accounts.  So with a few button pushes our information goes to the Town Website, Blog Page, Facebook Account, Twitter Account and Android Phones and Iphones with our Mobile App Installed.

During critical events our users often share information which is put out which generally results in a reach of 25,000 to 100,000 users.  This is pretty good considering we are a population of about 1800 fulltime users.

In closing, our social media programs are not monitored 24 hours a day.  The best way to reach us in an emergency is through dispatch at 473-8288 or in an emergency 911.  We do not accept reports via social media.  

The best way to receive immediate information is to install our mobile app on your phone as that notification gets to you immediately.  In the mobile app there is also a scanner link where you can actually listen to what is going on.  

During a critical event, our purpose in posting is to get information out.  We don't constantly monitor the social media programs at events until such time as we need to put updated information out.  For this reason, comments do not get to us during critical events. 

Our Agency features one of the most robust Social Media and Emergency Notification Programs in the Country.  We are proud to have bragging rights to be the First Agency in the State of New Hampshire to create a Mobile Application.  All programming has been done in house at no cost to the taxpayer.  

We are always looking for ways to improve so if you have some, feel free to contact me at 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

How we plan for and respond to critical emergencies

As an organization, the Middleton Police Department has to look at data and trends around us to properly plan for emergencies.  Data can be calls for service and types of calls.  Trends can be what is going on around us in the world, country and neighboring communities.  If only we had that crystal ball to know what is going to happen and when.

Three years ago we committed to moving forward and using whatever tools we have to keep our citizens informed during critical incidents.  Since that time we have perfected it to the following methods:

  • Reverse 911 calls to homes through the State Emergency 911 Center.
  • Immediate Push Notifications through the Middleton Police Mobile App
  • Social Media notifications which are sent from the Middleton Police Mobile App.
As we move closer to the opening of our school and as we deal with everyday emergencies, I wanted to write a little about what we do.

First we train.  Our command staff has gone through critical incident training on how to manage events.  This is a three day school during which we are thrown to the wolves and given unknown situations to manage and are critiqued hard on our management skills.

Officers are trained on active shooter response.  This is a state wide program which is three days in length.  During this training we are put into live simulated situations.  We have simulated rounds (soap projecticles) shot at us and have simulated bombs (training flash bangs) thrown at us.  

All Middleton Police have been trained in battle wound first aid and CPR.  If one of us were to go down from a gun shot, the goal of this training is to be able to self treat and stay alive.  It is also there to get immediate aid to a victim during a critical event.   This training also can come in handy during severe medical emergencies such as car crashes as we await the response of emergency medical provider.s

Command Staff has attended the Explosive Training provided by the United States Homeland Security Department.  

Most recently we have attended the "Train the Trainor Civillian Response to the Active Shooter."

In July of 2015 we started planning and looking at our procedures for response to School Based incidents.  We have completed our Police Department Protocol and are in the stages of rolling out training to our rank and file.  Because we are a small agency, the lowest ranking officer has to have the same ability to lead an event until such time that they are relieved by a Superior Officer.

So what do we do to stay ready?  When a call comes into the police dispatch center, that call is logged.  The Police Dispatch software automatically sends that call to the cellphone of a police supervisor and Chief 24 hours a day seven days a week.  This enable us to know what is going on at every waking and non-waking moment of the day.  Because this call is pushed to our phone as the dispatcher is typing, we often receive the page just before the call is dispatched. 

All full time police officers are issued police radios.  If this is a critical call and a supervisor is not on duty, they will monitor the call or if it is a highly critical call, they will sign on duty and respond to the scene. 

While enroute to the scene, the Supervisor will size up the situation by communicating with the on duty officer.  The Supervisor will ensure that enough mutual aid units from surrounding communities are in place as well as any special equipment response necessary.  Off Duty personnel are called into duty when available and necessary.  We also need to assess how long an event might go.  If the event is going to be long such as a hurricane or tornado damage, we may not call some units into work as we would need to keep personnel fresh to continue our operations. 

During this time, a supervisor will access what we need for additional services.  EMS may be put on stand by and if it is a critical emergency we may request Paramedic response as well as a fire department response or staging.  Staging means to remain on duty ready to respond.  If we need to close an area we may contact our local emergency management to set up temporary shelters where folks can go until the area is cleared. 

As you saw during the LakeShore incident three years ago, the Supervisor will also look at the timing of the event.  If school is in session, we may stop busses from travelling or in the future may place the school in a lock down situation.  During the LakeShore incident, the Supervisor knew that the busses would be leaving soon and had dispatch notify the SAU to stop the busses.

When a supervisor arrives on scene, they will alert the public when necessary.  Our standard routine is to alert the public during times when there is no public threat for the sole purpose of having folks not worried or in a panic.  An example of this might be a quick blurb saying multiple units are enroute for a missing person search.  There is no public danger and we will update shortly.  As we gather information we will then update with a photo and last known direction of travel to gain the aid of our citizen partners.

We may also alert for things like road closures and hazzards.  At times we may need to evacuate homes.

During chemical or explosive situations, we have access to software provided to us through Homeland Security.  This software captures our location, we input the emergency and the software identifies where we have to evacuate.  Below is an image of the software that shows a propane emergency at Avon Lane.  

The coded dot shows the emergency type and the circle identifies our perimeter and evacuation zones. Using this software, a supervisor would immediately know that we would have to have 4 police cars close roads and sufficient personnel to assist the fire department during the evacuation process.  This software is run from our cellphone in the field.  During this time, a supervisor is most likely going to take one of those positions until we get sufficent personnel to the scene.  The supervisor will multi task and conduct traffic while monitoring and managing the event.

We are also implimenting laptop computers in the field.  This will give us direct communications with the dispatch center and officers in the field with two way messaging.  This allows us to keep critical information off the airways.

The Dispatch software also allows the supervisor to see where our units are positioned.  It also allows for the Supervisor to enter information directly into the log from the field keeping radio traffic to a minimum.  The mobile computers also give us access to the NCIC system which allows us to run motor vehicle checks and warrant checks from the field.  

Our cellphones and laptops also allow us to access checklist on what needs to be done.  This ensures that every member of the police department has the tools needed to manage the event in the same way.  

So how do you as a citizen help us during a crisis.  First and formost, use a method to allow us to keep in touch with you.  The best way is to download the Middleton Police App on your smart phone and allow us to send push notifications.  This allows us to reach you immediately with critical information.  Please follow our directions.

If you do not have a smartphone, you can follow us on Facebook and twitter.  Our blogs are also pushed to the Town website at

Please do not call Dispatch during a critical emergency unless you have an emergency.  This ties up phone lines and keeps a dispatcher occupied when we may need them from the field.

Please do not attempt to go to the scene of an emergency.  You will not get through the scene and will hamper our ability by adding another layer of what we need to deal with.

Keep in mind that a critical emergency has several things going on that keeps us extremely busy.  Once we put out information, we do not monitor the social media pages.  We will update information when we can and as quickly as we can.  In the Middleton Police mobile app there is a scanner section located under the More button.  You can click on the link and listen to what is going on.  Keep in mind that we are aware of the public monitoring and intentionally communicate by phone, text and two way messaging with dispatch on information that would be dangerous to put out over the air. 

 A huge help in critical incidents is the public following directions.  Last week we closed Silver Street as we did not know if we had a shooter or victim in the woods.  We asked folks to stay inside and avoid the area.   This was to ensure that the public was not placed in danger.  The public followed this direction which allowed for us to manage the scene more effectively.  With that cooperation and coordiantion we make our community a safer place.

This year, the Middleton Elementary School will open.  Over the next several months we will be conducting some internal training to make sure we are prepared for the unexpected.  Our role in the community requires us to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.  

There is more to planning for a school than active shooter training.  We will be training for such things as threat response.  What do we do for suspicious packages or phone calls of threats or electronic threats.  What if a stranger gains access to the school?  

What do we do if multiple children become sick at school?  What do we do during a weather related emergency such as a hurricane or tornado.  How do we handle a fuel leak in the parking lot?  How do we handle the notifications if a child becomes critically ill or dies outside of school hours.  How are the counseling and crisis teams activated?  What happens if a truck carring acid has a spill on the Kings Highway?  What if we have an emergency involving firearms in the neighborhood?  What about an out of town bus crash?  

While we know the answer to these situations, our training becomes critical so that handling these events when and if they happen becomes second nature to us.  Our plans do not become a public record as we don't want to educate the bad guy on what we do to be ready.  

Lastly, post critical events, we debrief.  We look at the good, bad and the ugly and change policy or procedure so we get better.  This blog, social media and the Middleton Police App were a direct result of our critique of an incident where we learned we need to reach the citizens with real time accurate information. We are proud of our communication skills are are often told we have the best system around.  

Thanks for taking the time to read what we do.  Rest assured that our Agency as a Team will be ready for whatever is thrown at us.  We appreciate the support that has been shown to us by the Community during emergency events and will continiously strive to get better.  We will always respond as if the people we are protecting are our own mothers, fathers, grandparents, sons and daughters.  

During our most recent event, our social media reached over 30,000 people.  This is evidence that our programs are working and for that we thank you for your partnership.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Press Release on Silver Street Incident

On today's date at approximately 5:48 P.M. Middleton Police were dispatched to the 200 area of Silver Street for a reported disturbance with shots fired.  Due to the nature of the call, Milton and Farmington Police were immediately dispatched and Middleton EMS was put on stand by.

Upon arriving at scene, Police units confirmed by speaking with two separate residences that a single vehicle entered a driveway from Silver Street.  There was a heated exchange of words and what both witnesses describe as a single shot fired.

Upon examining the scene, police located fresh footprints leading to a wooded area.  The NH State Police was contacted and responded with a K-9 and multiple units.

We did locate forensic evidence at the scene which may assist us in locating a suspect.

Upon searching the area, police learned through the use of the K-9 and a thermal imaging unit provided by the Fire Department that the person had left the wooded area.

A State of New Hampshire reverse 911 call was placed to a 5 mile area until such point that we confirmed that an armed person was not in the wooded area.  At approximately 8:40 P.M. that reverse 911 call was cleared.

We are looking for an older model gray  Mitsubishi with an unknown registration.  The last known direction of travel was down Silver Street in the direction of Farmington.    Anyone having any information is requested to contact Middleton Police at 473-8548.

We would like to thank that public for their cooperation and patience during this incident.  We will update additional information as we receive it.  We are still in the early preliminary stages of this investigation.