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In the early 1800's, there was no organized police department or police headquarters. In Parkers History of Nashua, it is stated that police headquarters were, at one time, located in a store owned by Thomas G. Banks, who later became City Marshal in 1857. It may have been the practice to locate police headquarters at some place agreed upon by the members of the force. Therefore the first known headquarters around 1844 were located at Banks' store at Railroad Square.

There is mention in 1853 City Reports of a two dollar purchase for police office chairs which indicates that police headquarters were established at the old City Hall at the time Nashua received its Charter in 1853.

The City changed and the demand for police services grew. It became apparent that City Hall was not adequate for police headquarters, and in 1890, the City began construction of a new facility on Court Street that would house the police department, the police court, and the jail. It was built at a cost of $30,000.

In 1939, the police headquarters moved to a building addition to the present City hall. The dedication ceremonies were held on November 20, 1939.

Police headquarters remained there until the present location on Panther Drive. The groundbreaking ceremonies were held November 1977, and the building was occupied on February 16, 1979.

A budget of 4 million dollars was established for the building addition/renovation project. The Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on November 22, 1999.

The focus of the Nashua Police Department is on community-oriented policing, which relies on individuals and neighborhood groups working with the police to prevent and reduce crime. The Nashua Police Department has sought to build a cooperative spirit between local area businesses, the citizens of Nashua and the police. Some of the avenues being used to enhance Nashua\'s Community Policing efforts are through Bicycle Patrols, Citizen Academies, Neighborhood Community Policing offices, Walking Patrols, K-9 Units, and the Ash Street Community Center run by the Police Athletic League.

The Nashua Police Department is located on Panther Drive, directly off of Route 111 (West Hollis Street) in the western part of the City. The Department has been located in this area since 1979, where highway access is easily gained.