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Nashua Police Department Community Services Division

   The Community Services Division consists of one Youth Relation Specialist’s, a Crime Prevention Specialist, a Community Policing Coordinator, an Outside Detail Specialist and a Senior Relations Specialist. These personnel report directly to the Captain and Lieutenant.

   The Youth Relations Specialist is a sworn officer assigned to work with the Police Athletic League (PAL) to assist in fostering and improving communications between the police and the youth of the City of Nashua. This is done through the officer’s involvement in PAL events, programs offered at the PAL Community Center and the Youth Safe Haven Program. The Youth Relations Specialist provide mentoring and counseling to "at risk" youth in the inner city of Nashua. They counsel the youth in areas such as substance abuse, gang prevention, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and peer relations. This officer performs a multifaceted approach to community policing by taking part in Neighborhood Watch groups, community events, and school activities. They also work closely with the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Incorporated, Nashua Housing Authority, Juvenile Probation, and the Nashua School District.

   The Crime Prevention Specialist assists in the fostering and improving communications between the police and the community by developing, coordinating, and presenting crime prevention programs in the community. He is trained in recognizing and appraising crime risk situations and targets programs based on analysis of local crime data. Other responsibilities include initiating positive action to remove or reduce crime risks to all citizens and proprietors, conducting security surveys, organizing crime prevention groups and conducting speaking engagements regarding safety and crime prevention issues. The Crime Prevention Specialist participates in Crime Watch meetings and activities throughout the City. He act’s as a liaison with community groups and participates in a variety of organizations such as the Ethnic Awareness Committee, the Tree Street Task Force and Crime Line. The Crime Prevention Specialist has the responsibility of being the departments Grant Manager. He is responsible for researching new grant opportunities, completing the application submittals, and providing the required reporting to Federal, State and Local agencies.

   The Community Policing Coordinator is a civilian position that oversees & coordinates the Nashua Police Department’s Community Policing Program. This is done through enhancing public relations with the community and media, acting as a representative of the Services Bureau Commander at community-policing and public information based meetings and activities. The position requires knowledge of local, state and federal programs designed to enhance the Nashua Police Department’s community involvement. His duties entail coordinating Community Policing activities within the City, interacting with the business community and neighborhood crime watch groups. He attends monthly meetings and follows up on issues of concern raised by the businesses and neighborhood groups, participates in civic organizations, develops new partnerships for the department, and holds memberships on related boards, commissions and groups designed to promote community policing. He is responsible for coordinating the Citizens Academy, is a member of Crime Line, and distributes Community Policing reports to various Bureaus and city entities to ensure that the concerns of the public and our officers are addressed.

   The Senior Relations Specialist is a sworn Police Officer that assists in fostering and improving communications between the police and the senior citizens of the City of Nashua. Duties include recognizing and appraising crime risk situations, and targeting programs based on analyzed local crime data against senior citizens. He maintains close relationships with senior citizen agencies, facilitates and instructs crime prevention activities, and coordinates various safety programs geared towards the senior citizen community. The position is responsible for attendance at monthly meetings and following up on issues of concern raised by the senior citizens and neighborhood groups. The Senior Relations Officer participates in senior related civic organizations, and develops new programs and presentations for the seniors. Some of the notable programs include the Senior Citizens Academy, Senior Volunteer program within the Department and the Vial of Life program.

   The Outside Detail Specialist is a part time civilian position that is responsible to act within accordance of SOP parameters. He documents outside detail jobs by receiving telephone calls from businesses and individuals wanting to hire police officers. The Outside Detail Specialist accepts telephone calls from officers to establish overtime eligibility so that they can be assigned to outside details. He assigns or cancels officers that work outside details due to last minute calls from businesses, individuals, or police officers. He verifies all outside detail slips turned in by police officers before forwarding them to payroll for payment.