Brookline Police

Brookline, New Hampshire

Important Information

The Brookline Police Department is located at 3 Post Office Drive.
Our mailing address is PO Box 341, Brookline, NH 03033
Phone: 603-673-3755   Fax: 603-673-7575   Dispatch: 603-465-3636
Administrative offices are open Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Our dispatch center is located in Hollis, NH and operates everyday, 24 hours per day. They have direct radio contact with duty officers.

The above phone numbers are non-emergency, business lines.

In the event of an emergency, DIAL 9-1-1 

 

VACATION TIPS 

Shareworthy information from a recent Nationwide Insurance survey: According to an article in Time Magazine, it’s estimated that 78 percent of burglars now use social media to choose the location of their next break-in.

 

Search features like Facebook’s new Graph Search tool could make the research even easier for thieves. Now burglars can quickly find out who checked in at tourist attractions or easily comb through timeline photos for vacation pictures.

 

Don’t let your social media behavior during vacation put your home at risk. Here are seven social media safety tips for your next vacation:

 

BEFORE VACATION

1. Resist the “I’m going on vacation” social media announcement!

You might want to brag to your friends that you’ll be on the beach for the next seven days, but resist the urge to post or tweet about it.

 

2. Disable location-identifying settings

Smart phones, tablets and laptops have location services that identify where you are by using GPS or Wi-Fi hotspots. By disabling the location-identifying settings, your geographic location won’t be captured if you tweet or post.

 

3. Check your Facebook tagging settings

Facebook’s privacy settings allow you to manage the posts and photos you’re tagged in. Prevent tagged posts from automatically appearing on your timeline by enabling the timeline review control. Then you can approve pictures snapped by friends or family during vacation after you get home. While you’re adjusting your Facebook tagging settings for that vacation, take a few minutes to double check the rest of your social media privacy settings.

 

DURING VACATION

 

4. Don’t check in or post about vacation

Check-ins on Foursquare and Facebook are a no-no while you’re on vacation - and so is tweeting about it. By pinning your exact location on a social media virtual map like Foursquare, your friends will know where you are - and burglars will know where you aren’t.

 

5. Capture the incredible moments

Take photos and jot down the social media messages you’d normally say about the experience. Consider using a social media management website to write posts and tweets, then schedule them to post after you return home.

 

6. Blog now—publish later

Blogging during your vacation is a great way to capture all the details of your experience. When you finish writing the post, save it as a draft instead of publishing it.

 

AFTER VACATION

7. Share

Once you get home, recap your vacation with friends and family by sharing the photos from your trip and publishing your blog posts.

 

Pass these tips along to your fellow vacationers, friends, family and kids!

NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE LAW REGARDING HORSES ON ROADWAYS    TITLE XXI MOTOR VEHICLES

CHAPTER 265 RULES OF THE ROAD

Obedience to and Effect of Traffic Laws -- Section 265:5

265:5 Persons Riding Animals; Driving Animal-Drawn Vehicles. – Every person riding an animal or driving any animal-drawn vehicle upon a roadway shall be granted all the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter, except those provisions of this chapter which by their very nature can have no application. (Source. RSA 262-A:4. 1963, 330:1. 1981, 146:1, eff. Jan. 1, 1982)

Special Rules - Section 265:104

265:104 Approaching Horses. – Every person having control or charge of a vehicle shall, whenever upon any way and approaching any horse, drive, manage, and control such vehicle in such a manner as to exercise every reasonable precaution to prevent the frightening of such horse, and to insure the safety and protection of any person riding or driving the same. (Source. 1981, 146:1, eff. Jan. 1, 1982.)

FUNDRAISER CALLS

A Brookline resident contacted us this morning  (12/22/2017) to say they had received a phone call soliciting donations for the NH Chapter of National Law Enforcement Fund.  Our chief called the phone number and did some research.  Its website states they accept contributions and make expenditures in order to influence the selection, nomination, election, or appointment of candidates to federal, state, and local offices. It appears no funds are dedicated or directed to agencies or police officers.

 

The organization does exist, but the Brookline Police Department has no affiliation with the group and would never participate in a fundraiser to support a political organization.

 

https://nationalpolicesupportfund.com/frequently-asked-questions/

 

As always we encourage our residents to stay alert and cautious when approached for donations. We sincerely appreciate the report from our citizen and the opportunity to provide information to all who may receive such calls.

 

 

 

Please Note:

NH RSA 265:54 Overtaking and Passing School Buses
    I. The driver of a vehicle upon a way upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus, plainly marked with school bus signs or such other distinguishing identification as the director may require, which has stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging school children shall stop his or her vehicle before reaching such school bus at least 25 feet away from such school bus. The driver shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion, or until flashing red lights cease to operate.
    I-a. Testimony under oath from the school bus driver or other witness that a vehicle failed to stop and remain stopped as required by paragraph I shall be sufficient evidence to prove that the owner of the vehicle was driving and has violated the provisions of paragraph I, unless such evidence is rebutted or contradicted.
    I-b. Except as provided in paragraph IV, a person who violates the provisions of paragraph I shall be guilty of a violation and shall be fined $150 plus penalty assessment for a first offense, and shall be fined not less than $250 nor more than $1,000 for a subsequent offense. In addition, the director may suspend the person's license to drive or nonresident driving privilege for a period of 30 days for a second or subsequent offense.
    II. Whenever road conditions and space permit and whenever the number of vehicles following a moving school bus is 5 or more, the driver of the school bus shall pull over and let the following vehicles pass. A driver passing the school bus must do so without driving any part of his vehicle to the left of or across any unbroken painted line marked on the highway.
    III. The driver of a vehicle upon a divided highway with separate roadways need not stop when meeting or passing a school bus which is traveling in the opposite direction on the other half of the divided highway, or when upon a controlled access highway if a school bus is stopped in a loading zone which is part of or adjacent to such highway and pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.
    IV. Except as provided in paragraph III, no driver of a vehicle who is required to stop his or her vehicle in accordance with paragraph I shall overtake and pass a school bus on the right. A person who violates the provisions of this paragraph shall be guilty of a violation and shall be fined $500 plus penalty assessment. In addition, the director shall suspend the person's license to drive or nonresident driving privilege for a period of up to 30 days for a first offense. For a second or subsequent offense, the person must appear before the court and shall be fined not less than $500 nor more than $1,200 plus penalty assessment. The director shall suspend the person's license to drive or nonresident driving privilege for a period of 30 days for a second offense, and for a period of not less than 30 days nor more than 120 days for a third or subsequent offense.

 

NH DOG LAWS

Our agency has been receiving an inordinately high number of calls regarding loose dogs. It not only presents a safety risk for both the pet and the public; NH RSA 466:30-a clearly establishes the law regarding owners' responsibility to control their dogs. The Brookline Police Department enforces the laws.

Dogs at Large specifics, as well as mandatory licensing and other related information is available at: 

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XLV/466/466-mrg.htm

ACCIDENT REPORT REQUESTS 

A motor vehicle crash is stressful for all involved parties. We, at the Brookline Police Department, understand and appreciate what our citizens are faced with and do our best to make the process easy.  

 

The fee for a crash report is $10.00. In most cases your insurance premiums cover that cost and insurance companies will request/pay for the report. A written request and payment should be submitted to the Brookline Police Department. 

 

Unless there are extenuating factors (i.e.: a criminal investigation, arrest, fatality), officers have five days from the date of an occurrence to submit their report for supervisor approval. Once a report is approved, requests are generally processed the day they are received.

 

 

NH Marijuana Law

Effective September 17, 2017, possession of less than 3/4 of an ounce of marijuana by anyone 21 or older has been reduced to a violation and will not affect the violator's criminal record.

Brookline Police maintain zero tolerance for drug-related offenses.

 

SCAM ALERTS 

The Better Business Bureau has identified the five most common scams committed on the phone. If you receive any of these calls, hang up immediately. Don't be a victim!

1. Tax Scam
The caller, who says he is with the Internal Revenue Service, informs you that you owe money in back taxes and will be arrested if you do not pay. The caller ID number is fake and appears to be from Washington, D.C.

2. Debt Collection Scam
You receive a phone call from someone claiming that you have an unpaid debt. You are threatened with garnishments, lawsuits and even jail time if you don't pay now.

3. Sweepstakes/Prizes/Gifts Scam
The caller congratulates you for winning a prize in a sweepstakes, but to receive your prize, you must send money to cover the expenses associated with the delivery, processing or insurance of the prize. Guess what? There is no prize.

4. Tech Support Scam
A "technician" calls, claiming to have detected a virus or security threat on your computer. But don't worry! For a fee, he can log in to your PC and correct the problem remotely. Not only will this hacker steal the money you pay in the fee, but also gain access to your private passwords and other information on your computer.

5. Credit Card Scam
The scammer, who pretends to be from your bank or credit card issuer, claims you are eligible for a lower interest rate. In another variation on the scam, he tells you he wants to verify a recent credit card transaction. In both cases, the scammer asks you to provide your credit card number and security code for verification.

How can you protect yourself from telephone scams? Barbara Parrott McGinity, program director for the BBB Education Foundation, offers these tips:

  • Stop answering every phone call you receive. Instead, screen your calls.

     

  • Do not respond to pressure tactics.

     

  • Never provide your personal information to strangers who call you on the phone.

     

Never send money by wire transfer or prepaid debit card to someone you do not know or have not met in person.

DID YOU KNOW?:

The Brookline Police Department offers and encourages our residents to utilize our parking lot to conduct custody exchanges and transactions (i.e.: Craigslist or classified ad purchases or sales). The public parking area in front of the building (adjacent to the post office) is monitored by surveillance cameras at all times. No appointment or notification is required.  

When conducting private purchases or sales, we offer this partial list of cautionary advice:

ALWAYS:

       Deal locally so you can meet the other party in person

       Insist on a public meeting place, such as our front parking lot

       Avoid deals involving shipping or escrow services

       Try to have an adult friend or family member present during private sales/purchases

       Tell a reliable friend or family member where/when you're meeting someone for a private sale/purchase or meeting, set up through Craigslist or a classified ad

       Have a cell phone with you

 

NEVER:

       Meet in secluded places or invite strangers into your home

       Wire funds via Western Union, Money Gram or any other wire service

       Give out personal or financial information

       Purchase or sell expensive items on a sight-unseen basis

       Never buy, rent or lease property without

o   physically seeing and touring the location

o   a legal and binding agreement

       Submit to a credit check or background check for a job or house listed on Craigslist until you are certain of its legitimacy   

 

BE AWARE:

       Fraudulent cashier's checks/money orders are common. Banks will often cash them and the submitter will legally be liable for the funds.

       Most private sales do not include or require buyer protection or seller certification

       It is wise to be especially careful when buying/selling high-value items

 

When in doubt: Trust your instincts!

 

 

NH’s Hands Free Electronic Device Law

No use of hand held electronic devices capable of providing voice or data communication while driving or temporarily halted in traffic for a stop sign or traffic signal or other momentary delays

• This includes cell phones, GPS, tablets, iPods, iPads or other devices that require data entry

• Emergency calls to 911 or other public safety agencies will be allowed

• Bluetooth or other hands-free electronic devices will be allowed

• One hand non-cellular 2-way radio use will be allowed

• Teen drivers under the age of 18 will not be allowed to use any electronic devices  (hand held or not) except to report an emergency. Anyone violating this will be subject to penalties and license suspension or revocation.

Penalties for Violations:

1st Offense................................. $100 fine *(+ $ 24.00)

2nd Offense............................... $250 fine *(+ $ 60.00)

3rd Offense within 2 years.......... $500 fine *(+ $ 120.00)

* A 24% penalty assessment will be added to the fines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

FREE GUN LOCKS

The Brookline Police Department, cooperatively with Project ChildSafe ,is offering free gun locks to Brookline residents. The locks are available at the PD, during administrative office hours.

For more information on Project ChildSafe and firearm safety, please visit:  http://www.projectchildsafe.org/

 

 

SCAM ALERTS!!!

The Brookline Police Department is NOT conducting a fundraising drive of any kind!

Some Brookline residents have received calls from a subject claiming to be raising funds on behalf of the Brookline Police Department. The caller has actually given the department phone number.

Other NH agencies have had similar occurrences and the NH Attorney General's Office is aware.

As always, be alert and please share this information with others.

In addition:

·         A caller making a bogus request for bail or other money “to assist a relative”

·         A caller informing a recipient of prize money and asking for bank account information "so the funds can be direct deposited"

·         A caller claiming electric service or another utility will be disconnected unless a payment is made immediately during the call (again, legitimate companies do not conduct business this way)

·         Emails from scammers asking for credit card and address confirmation to facilitate an order or shipment

·         Emails from scammers informing you of a court hearing you are required to attend and instructing you to open and print attached, required documents. DELETE the message. The attachment is a malicious virus!

·         A phone call from someone claiming to be associated with computer software, asking for assistance to access your computer remotely “to correct a serious issue”

Remember:

NEVER…NEVER…NEVER provide personal and/or financial information to an unknown caller or via email.

Inform and try to assist elderly friends or relatives, to ensure they do not fall victim to a scam.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.

For more information, visit;  https://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Reiterates-Warning-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam

 

NH RSA 265:33

Driving of Vehicles on Approach of Authorized Emergency Vehicles.

Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle making use of audible or visual signals or of a police vehicle properly and lawfully making use of an audible or visual signal, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right of way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway clear of any intersection and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer. This section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the way.

 

 

BROOKLINE POLICE DEPARTMENT

ACTIVITY FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2018

 

 

Responded to 6 Disturbance Calls

Responded to 14 Burglar Alarms

Responded to 7 Motor Vehicle Complaints

Assisted Other Agencies  10

565 Business Checks

87 Community Policing Events

136 House Checks

10 Animal Complaints

Responded to Assist with 14 Medical Emergencies

Responded to/investigated 1 MV Crashes; 0 with injury

Conducted 338 MV Stops

Responded to 18 Suspicious Activity Complaints

Responded to 4 Welfare Checks

Served 2 Arrest Warrants

Issued 5 Pistol Permits

 

ARRESTS:

License Offenses - 4            

Drug Possession – 3

DUI - 2

Sexual Assault - 1

Domestic Assault - 3

Aggravated Assault - 1

Arrest on Warrant - 2

Endangering Child's Welfare - 1

Alcohol Offenses - 3

Breach of Bail - 1

 

INVESTIGATIONS:

Drug Activity – 2

Attempted Suicide - 1

Domestic Disturbance – 4

Theft - 2

Criminal Mischief - 1

Juvenile Issue - 3

Sexual Assault - 1

Identity Theft - 2

Criminal Threatening - 3

Harassment - 2

Calls for Service  - 1596

    Year To Date Comparison

    MAY  2017

    MAY 2018

     

     

     

    TOTAL ARRESTS

    59

    65

     

     

     

    DUI

    9

    7

     

     

     

    DRUG POSSESSION

    25

    21

     

     

     

    ACCIDENTS

    25

    25

     

     

     

    CALLS FOR SERVICE

    8,005

    8,963