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2012 Annual Report

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen and
Citizens of the Town of Rochester

I am pleased to submit my annual report as Chief of Police. This report follows the completion of my tenth year as Chief. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the Town Departments and employees for their continuing support of the Police Department during the past year. Without the strong support of the citizens of the community, our elected officials and other Town employees, especially Tracy Eldridge and those in the Communications Department, it would be difficult for us to successfully accomplish our mission. I also need to thank my Administrative Assistant, Suzanne Maksy, for her efforts to keep the administrative side of the department running smoothly. I would like to share some accomplishments from the past year.

This year I was very fortunate to be able to attend the FBI National Academy. The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.

The program is for 10 weeks during which officers take undergraduate and/or graduate college courses at the FBI training facility in Quantico, Virginia. Students study law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism/terrorist mindsets, leadership development, communication, and health/fitness. Officers participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training, and they share ideas, techniques, and experiences with each other, creating lifelong partnerships that span state and national lines.

The academy also involved an intense physical training component culminating in a 6.1 mile grueling run through a hilly, wooded trail built by the Marines. Along the way, the participants must climb over walls, run through creeks, jump through simulated windows, scale rock faces with ropes, crawl under barbed wire in muddy water, maneuver across a cargo net, and more. This by far was the best law enforcement training of my career. I am grateful to the Town for this opportunity.

We have tried to continue our efforts to find grant opportunities for the department again this year. Many grants have been eliminated due to funding cuts. We were awarded the following:

Grants - $8,750

  • Click it or Ticket Traffic Enforcement Grant: $2,000
  • Child Passenger Safety Equipment Grant : $1,500
  • Federal Bullet Proof Vest Reimbursement Grant: $5,250

Arrests - 42

  • Aggravated Assault - 1
  • Burglary - 1
  • Simple Assault - 9
  • Drug Violations - 2
  • Driving Under the Influence - 7
  • Protective Custody - 4
  • Other Offenses - 14
  • Juvenile Arrests - 4

Property crimes continue to be a major portion of the department's workload with a slight increase in overall criminal offenses. The total value of items stolen as a result of these crimes was $81,410 for 2012. The department still lacks a detective to follow up on many of these cases.

Criminal Offense Occurrences - 396

  • Robbery - 2
  • Aggravated Assault - 5
  • Simple Assault - 25
  • Intimidation - 13
  • Burglary/Breaking & Entering - 27
  • Purse Snatching - 1
  • Shoplifting - 2
  • Theft from Building - 24
  • Theft from Motor Vehicle - 6
  • All Other Larceny - 27
  • Vehicle Theft - 2
  • Counterfeit/Forgery - 1
  • Larceny by False Pretense - 8
  • Credit Card Fraud - 1
  • ID Fraud - 2
  • Stolen Property Offenses - 5
  • Vandalism/Destruction/Damage - 39
  • Drug Violations - 8
  • Pornography - 1
  • Weapon Law Violations - 5
  • Bad Checks - 26
  • Disorderly Conduct - 7
  • Driving Under the Influence - 9
  • Protective Custody - 4
  • Family Offenses - 1
  • Liquor Law Violations - 2
  • Peeping Tom - 14
  • Runaway - 1
  • Trespass - 7
  • All Other Offenses - 54
  • Traffic Offenses - 67

Motor Vehicle Accidents - 72

  • Fatal Accidents - 1
  • Accidents with Injury - 27
  • Non-Injury Accidents - 44

Traffic Citations and Written Warnings - 268

Firearms Permits Issued - 192

  • License to Carry a Firearm - 175
  • Firearms Identification Card - 17

Bad Check Program - 10 Cases

  • Total Funds Recovered for Victims - $1,773.10

Fees Collected $37.141.31

  • Firearms Licenses - $17,025
  • Fees for Reports & Misc. Fees - $594.00
  • Grants Received - $8,750.00
  • Gifts & Donations - $625.00
  • Detail Fees - $3845.81
  • Court Fees - $460.00
  • Registry Fees - $5635.00
  • Parking Fees - $206.50
  • Civil Marijuana Fines - $700.00

Police Department Personnel

Full-Time Personnel / Year Appointed

  • Chief Paul H. Magee - 2003
  • Sergeant Pamela Canney - 1995
  • Sergeant James Wassmouth - 1992
  • Officer William Chamberlain - 2001
  • Officer Robert Nordahl - 2009
  • Officer Sean Crook - 2001
  • Officer Donald Kemmett - 1998
  • Officer Kevin Flynn - 2004
  • Officer Robert Small - 1998
  • Officer Shaun Peterson - 2010

Reserve Officers

  • George Buler
  • Stephen Reimer
  • Robert Lavallee
  • Nathan Mendes
  • Douglas Mendes

Part-Time Officers

  • Benjamin Katz
  • Russell Litchfield
  • Adam Brightman
  • Isaac Perry
  • Elizabeth Rich

Administrative Assistant

  • Suzanne Maksy

Department Matrons

  • Patricia Knight
  • Kathleen Massey
  • Deborah Morrell

I encourage you to visit this web site (www.rochestermapd.com) to sign up for e-mail alerts, keep up to date on department activities and news releases, and to find out about and access many of the services and forms provided by the department. You can also check us out on Facebook.

The Town of Rochester currently uses the CodeRed Emergency Notification system to make reverse 911 type calls to town residents and businesses. The system is used only for official town emergency messages. This system is administered in partnership with the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department.

Most town resident and business phone numbers are already in the system but we encourage anyone who has changed their phone number, has an unlisted number, uses a cell phone, or those with VOIP lines to register the phone number at www.pcsdma.org or by calling 508-830-6200 Monday through Friday. The service is free to Rochester residents and residents in other participating communities.

Registering cell phones is strongly encouraged because you will be able to receive alerts when communications by landline are not an option due to power outages, downed phone lines, or when you are away from home.

Respectfully submitted,

Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

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