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Police arrests and offenses down in November

December 16, 2010
WOLFEBORO — The number of offenses and arrests were down in November, Wolfeboro Police Chief Stuart Chase reported at the Dec. 9 commission meeting. Unfortunately, charitable giving to the Children's Christmas Fund was down as well.

Chase asked that residents consider the fund in their Christmas giving as the department is faced with cutting back purchases of clothing to the 40 or more families on its list by as much as 50 percent.

In budget matters, Chase reported that the Wolfeboro Budget Committee reviewed the department's fiscal plans for 2011 on Nov. 22 and made no significant changes. He noted in particular that the estimate for the repeater system, which should eliminate most of the communication dead zones in the call area, is down from original estimates by about $58,000 to $142,000.

Contractors are expected to complete the HVAC project on the police side of the public safety building within a few weeks. The lockers have been put back in place and the handicap accessible bathroom is functioning.

In the past month, said Chase, his officers covered the polls for the duration of the Nov. 2 election and assisted at the "Turkey Trot" race. Lt. Dean Rondeau escorted Santa through the downtown area and back to his hut on Nov. 27. Santa will be entertaining requests from youngsters from his hut until Christmas.

The chief also met with the Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors to discuss the parking control program as they look ahead to 2011.

Officers have completed all required in-service classes for the year. Officer Scott Todisco attended an eight-hour session at the Police Academy on dealing with the emotionally disturbed.

The next police commission meeting is scheduled to take place on Jan. 13, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wolfeboro Public Library meeting room.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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