Celebrating the Tilton Police Department’s latest award as the Retail Merchant Association of New Hampshire’s 2012 Law Enforcement Partner of the Year are Attorney General Michael Delaney, Selectman Katherine Dawson, Detectives Matthew Dawson and Nate Buffington, Selectmen Pat Consentino and Joe Jesseman, and Chief Robert Cormier. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
February 15, 2012TILTON — The Retail Merchants Association of New Hampshire invited officials from the Town of Tilton to the Holiday Inn in Concord on Wednesday, Feb. 8, where they presented the Tilton Police Department with the association's 2012 Law Enforcement Partner of the Year Award.
RMANH has been in operation for 46 years, and has annually recognized merchants and state legislators for their efforts in customer service and the promotion of the economic climate of New Hampshire. In 2009, they developed another award for law enforcement, thanking officers and police departments from across the state for their work in prevention of retail crime.
Chief Robert Cormier, Detectives Nate Buffington and Matthew Dawson, Lt. Richard Paulhus, and members of the Tilton Board of Selectmen were on hand for the presentation.
"We worked really hard in 2011 to apprehend any thefts from our local merchants," said Cormier. "Any time a retail merchant in Tilton is affected by a theft, be it large or small, we're going to prosecute."
Tilton police were kept especially busy in the past year when a rash of retail thefts struck the region. A large, three-state counterfeit check operation was broken up last August when an off-duty theft prevention officer contacted TPD about counterfeit checks being dispersed at Tanger Outlet Center merchants. In November, retailers at Tanger were hit hard once again when a brazen armed robbery occurred at Kay Jewelers. Other smaller crimes also occurred throughout the year and TPD was quick to respond, diligent in their efforts to arrest those responsible.
"We want to send the message out that stealing from merchants is not going to be tolerated in Tilton," Cormier said.
That mindset, and the hard work put forth in apprehending those involved in retail crimes, caught the attention of the RMANH, making it an easy choice to select TPD as the association's 2012 law enforcement partners.
"This past year, we've really seen an explosion of sophisticated, organized thefts in the middle of the state. It seemed like the Tanger Outlet Center in Tilton was being featured on the news repeatedly for counterfeit ID/check problems, armed jewelry store thefts, and much more," said Nancy Kyle, president and CEO of RMANH. "Fast action on the part of the Tilton Police Department has stopped many thieves before they can head to other states."
Among those presenting the award to the TPD were Kyle, Attorney General Michael Delaney, Executive Councilor Ray Burton and Tanger Outlet Center general manager Eric Proulx.
Tilton follows the cities of Concord and Salem in receiving the annual honor.
"We're very honored and privileged to have such a wonderful police force and dedicated detectives looking out for our merchants and residents," said Selectman Pat Consentino.
Cormier said that among the many accolades his department received, this one meant a lot. He praised the officers and detectives for the many long hours of work that went into solving these retail crimes, and those investigations that continue today and are nearing an arrest.
"While the detectives do the lion's share of the work on these types of crimes, everyone here works hard to take care of the businesses in these incidents. Out of all the cities in the state who fight retail crime every day, we feel really blessed to have received this type of recognition," Cormier said.