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Office of the Hillsborough County Sheriff

Sheriff James A. Hardy

Fiscal Year 2010 Annual Report

 

To the Citizen's of the County of Hillsborough, Members of the County Delegation and Board of County Commissioners,

Greetings,

      I am respectfully submitting my eighth Annual Report as Hillsborough County Sheriff. I want to thank the citizens of the county for the privilege and opportunity to serve as the 28th High Sheriff of Hillsborough County. 

     The Office of the Hillsborough County Sheriff continues its tradition of service to the county's citizens. Hillsborough County is the most populated county in the state. Within the county boundaries, are New Hampshire's two largest cities, Manchester and Nashua and several of the state's largest towns among the total of twenty-nine towns that comprise the County of Hillsborough. Changing demographics within the county present a continuing challenge to our ability to effectively provide services.

     I, along with my command staff, provide direction, control and guidance of office operations, personnel and the workload. As Sheriff, I have the dual responsibilities of providing leadership and managing the budget.

     This office is fortunate to employ dedicated, well-trained employees throughout the various divisions that comprise the office of the Sheriff. Our mandated tasks and other related duties are completed thoroughly and professionally thanks to our employees. I am proud to lead this group of men and women.

     Our force of deputies all possess New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council police certifications, in short, each are state certified police officers. Training and continual updates are the key to effectively carrying out our duties.  I expect a high degree of professionalism from all employees. The office of the Sheriff deals on a daily basis with the negative side of a person's life. Domestic violence related issues, child custody issues, landlord and tenant issues, bank levies and attachments, other family court issues are but a few of the challenges we meet everyday. A neutral professional presence in a person's home is critical to successfully conducting our mandated duties. Our deputies conduct their duties and enforce the law while treating all with dignity and respect.

     Our deputies perform inherently dangerous duties every hour of every day. The workload is distributed among the various divisions within the office of the Sheriff. While division assignments are made, the workforce is ready to assume other responsibilities on a moment’s notice, every day, to handle emergencies that need immediate attention and render assistance to other law enforcement agencies during critical incidents.

     The following is a summary of the various primary duties of each division within the Office of the Sheriff.

The Communication Division continues to provide emergency dispatch services for the Sheriff’s Office as well as a number of other communities within the county.

Police dispatch services are provided for the towns of Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, Litchfield, Lyndeborough, Mason, New Ipswich, Peterborough, and Temple. Fire and Highway dispatch is provided for the towns of Greenville and Mason. EMS dispatch services are provided for the Souhegan Valley Regional Ambulance Service.

Fees for sheriff’s Communication Center services are reviewed by the Executive Committee and the Board of Commissioners, The fee schedule is based on an assessment of the costs of providing emergency communications services to the towns we service. These fees were reviewed and adjusted this year,

In the Superior Courts, our court security officers are responsible for perimeter security, maintaining decorum within the courtrooms and security for the judges and staff and the general public.

Our staff of court security officers provides and promotes a safe and efficient judicial process. We are responsible for custody and control of all prisoners in the District and Superior Courts within the county.  I am hopeful that the upcoming 2009 legislative session will address and fund the recommendations to establish minimum statewide standards for court officers, contained within the Final Report of the Commission Relative to Court Security Issues. House Bill No. 2, Chapter 263:49, Laws of 2007.

A primary duty and responsibility of the Office of the Sheriff is transporting prisoners. I note that the Office of the Sheriff is not responsible for the operations of the county's correctional facilities. The Board of County Commissioners, through an appointed Jail Superintendent, oversees these duties.

However, the office of the Sheriff is responsible for transporting prisoners to courts within the County from correctional facilities across the state. With the enormous volume of prisoner transports handled around the clock by this office, it remains a challenge to safely move, maintain custody and control incarcerated individuals every day.

 Any time an inmate is outside the confines of a secure correctional facility, the inherent risks to the public increase .A well-trained force of deputies minimize this risk.

 

This office serves the two Superior Courts facilities in the state with the largest workloads, the southern and northern districts of Hillsborough County. As of January 1, 2010, the Northern District Courthouse located at 300 Chestnut Street has closed for asbestos abatement and renovations with a planned re-opening of July 2011. All Superior Court operations have been temporarily merged into the Southern District Courthouse located at 30 Spring Street in Nashua. This temporary re-locations does impact our budget regarding prisoner transport responsibilities.

In addition this office also serves five District Courts, two of which, Nashua District Court and Manchester District Court have the largest workloads state wide.

This division is also responsible for twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week on call transports to the cities and towns across the county. This provided service allows local police to avoid a timely trip to the jail with an arrested individual, allowing them to remain in their jurisdictions for patrol and emergencies.

            The Civil Division of the Sheriff’s office provides service of all forms of civil process for the courts within the County.  The Division also provides service of process to the county’s residents from courts outside of Hillsborough County.
           
                Domestic violence and child custody issues continue to be an important facet of the division’s workload.  In such instances, the Sheriff’s Office strives to provide a neutral, professional presence so as to ensure the safety of all involved, while preserving the rights of all parties.

            The Warrants Division of the Sheriff’s Office is responsible for tracking, investigating and apprehending wanted persons following the issuance of capiases from the County’s Superior Courts.

The Superior Courts, Northern and Southern Districts of Hillsborough County issue warrants for the arrest of wanted parties for felony level crimes as well as civil offenses. Our detectives are also responsible for locating and apprehending ‘deadbeat’ parents who attempt to avoid their child support obligations. This division also handles civil bench warrants issued by District Courts from across New Hampshire.
           
           Investigating the location of fugitives and coordinating the extradition of fugitives from other jurisdictions remains an important function of the Warrants Division. When a wanted person flees the state of New Hampshire to escape justice, it is our responsibility to return these fugitives to New Hampshire

 

        Provided at the conclusion of this report is a statistical summary that includes the activities of the Office of the Sheriff and related revenues.  

       Our force of deputies assists local and state law enforcement every day in their assigned areas of duty around the county.
 
      I look forward to meeting future challenges. I will continue to provide professional services to the county’s citizens in a cost effective manner.

     On behalf of the men and women of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, I want to thank the citizens and elected officials of Hillsborough County for their continued support.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

James A. Hardy, Sheriff

 

Transportation

 

On Call

 

199

Superior Court

5,703

District Court

11,193

Local PD

 

415

Juvenile

 

201

Misc*

 

347

IEA

 

304

REHAB

 

52

PROBATION VIOLATION

165

 

 

 

Total Transports

18,579

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warrants

 

 

Felonies Cleared

545

Civil Cleared

1,029

Marital Cleared

392

Total Warrants Cleared

1,966

 

 

 

Extraditions

119

 

 

 

 

 

 

Civil

 

 

Eviction Orders

1,526

Landlord & Tenant Actions

6,429

Restraining Orders

831

Attachents & Siezures

2,142

In Hand Services

5,724

Other

 

12,902

 

 

 

Total Writs Served

29,554

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communications

 

Dispatch Calls For Service

26,422

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

Civil Process

$548,809

Bailiff Reimbursement

$834,443

Grants

 

$68,509

Juvenile Transports

$2,508

Detail Revenue

$32,703

Dispatch Revenue

$140,931

Drug Forfieture  
 57,380

 

 

 

Total Revenue

$1,685,293