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The purpose of the Professional Standards Bureau is to maintain the integrity of the Nashua Police Department.   PSB is composed of the following Divisions:
The mission of the Recruiting Division is to recruit and select candidates that possess the qualities that meet the department’s high standards.  
We are responsible for all aspects of hiring police officers.  Our police recruits are screened through written and physical testing, multiple interviews, polygraph examination, credit checks, background investigation, psychological testing and medical exams.  We offer a thorough but fair assessment process. In addition, we coordinate the hire of civilian employees with the Human Resources Department of the City of Nashua. 
The Recruiting Division also administers mandatory annual physical fitness testing to sworn personnel.
The mission of the Training Division is to provide relevant and effective training to all sworn personnel.
Our dedicated Firearms Training Unit provides training to everyone from the newest officer through the senior staff members.  Our expert firearms trainers are certified instructors on all weapons we issue.  Officers receive regular training including proficiency with firearms and other issued weapons, defensive tactics, and active shooter training. Our TI training simulator and other resources allow officers to receive realistic scenario experiences. We actively train our officers to prepare for situations encountered by law enforcement in today’s world.   Our Firearms Training Unit is also a resource for outside agencies including local non-profit’s and government organizations.
In addition, NPD officers receive cutting edge specialty training for their specific assignments. In our department classroom we host schools taught by Law Enforcement professionals from across the country including training in homicide and death investigation, street crimes, sex crimes and crimes against children, as well as incident command and leadership training.

The mission of the Accreditation Division is to maintain complete compliance with CALEA mandated best practice standards.

The Nashua Police Department voluntarily contracts with the Commission on Accreditation for Law En


forcement Agencies (CALEA) and agrees to comply with their 484 internationally accepted standards. We have participated in this program since 1991 and were last reviewed in 2015. We continuously review policy and procedure to ensure compliance with best practice standards, and regularly design or change policy to ensure compliance. We have to prove our compliance regularly by providing examples and hosting on-site visits by representatives from CALEA.   Our Accreditation Manager, Mr. William Pease, is a nationally recognized expert in law enforcement accreditation. The Nashua Police Department recognizes that our efforts to maintain these standards reduce civil liability to the department and instill a sense of community confidence in NPD.







Internal Affairs
Results of Investigations:

The Nashua Police Department is committed to providing the highest quality of services possible to the community. It is important for the department to be responsive to the needs of the city. Comments about our services, either positive or negative, will assist us in serving the city better.

The Nashua Police Department handled 90,383 calls for service for the year 2015. There were 20 Citizen Complaints/Internal Affairs investigations filed against employees of the department. All of the complaints were throughly investigated by superior officers of the department. The results of the complaints are listed below:

  • Complaints/Internal Affairs Received: 20


  • Unfounded: 10
  • Exonerated: 9
  • Not Sustained: 1
  • Sustained: 2

*Complaints may have multiple allegations which may result in more than one disposition per complaint.