Good afternoon. As we enter our fourth week dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, I’d like to take the time to update everyone on the Nashua Police Department’s response. As a police agency, our primary mission is to provide essential police functions to the public to ensure the public’s safety and well-being. This will not change! We are still responding to calls for service and will continue to do so. We are working closely with Nashua Public Health, Nashua Fire Rescue, AMR Ambulance, and other local and State partners to ensure the safety of our members while maintaining the level of service that Nashua residents are accustomed to.
As this situation is fluid, our responses to calls for service may change. We will take measures to maintain safety and minimize exposure, while still providing our high level of service to the community. If you call the Nashua Police, you will be asked some additional screening questions by our call takers. You will be asked to step outside to speak with Officers. You might notice that the Officers maintain a social distance. These measures are designed to assist with our increased safety protocols. If for some reason you see police personnel wearing different styles of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), you should not assume that the COVID-19 virus is present on a call. PPE items include gloves, gowns/coveralls, masks, and eye protection. While we have a very important job to do, we also need to do our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, protect the community, and keep our members safe.
It is our responsibility to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. We will be assisting the city and state mandates to respect social distances and avoid group gatherings. If we observe groups together which may pose a health risk to community members, we will request that you separate and explain why this is important. If you see large groups gathering, please call the Nashua Police Department’s non-emergency number at 603.594.3500.
We at the Nashua Police Department recognize that while social distancing and staying home is helpful to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, it can be a struggle for those who are in unsafe home environments. Resources are available for victims of domestic violence from Bridges 24 hours a day and 7 days a week at (603) 883-3044 and via www.bridgesnh.org. Assistance is also available through the Nashua Police Department and anyone in need is encouraged to call (603) 594-3500 to speak with someone.
This can also be a difficult time for children. In New Hampshire, all adults are mandated reporters of suspected abuse and neglect. Incidents of suspected child abuse and neglect should be reported to DCYF’s Central Intake at 1 (800) 895-5533 or (603) 271-6562. You may also report these matters directly to the Nashua Police Department at (603) 594-3500. We encourage parents to monitor children’s online activities to prevent online exploitation. More information about Online Enticement can be found by visiting the website for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at www.missingkids.org in “The Issues” tab. Any immediate safety concerns, or other emergencies, should be reported by calling 911.
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