NASHUA POLICE DEPARTMENT PROBLEM ORIENTATED POLICING UNIT
In October of 1997 the Nashua Police Department expanded its community oriented policing philosophy with the creation of the first in the state Problem Oriented Policing Unit, or POP.

The POP Unit was developed as an extension of community-based policing, which exists within the Uniformed Field Operations Bureau in the form of selected sector assignments. The selected sector officer is assigned to one geographical area or sector for a period of one year or longer. This allows the officer to become part of the area of patrol and take ownership in what occurs in his or her assigned area. If the officer assigned to a particular sector identified a problem, which may require high visibility patrol, plain-clothes surveillance, or long-term attention, he obtains as much information as possible about the problem, develops a plan of attack, and calls upon the POP unit for assistance. Together, the best plan of attack is developed and initiated. This may require the sector officer to be temporarily assigned to POP and a POP officer assigned to cover the assigned sector while the investigation takes place. All efforts are made to get the sector officer involved in the development of how the investigation should take place, the best method of deployment, and the actual carrying out of the investigation. With the assistance of a unit stressing aggressive enforcement, intelligence gathering and flexibility, the sector officer is now able to identify the problem, create a solution and see the investigation through to fruition.

The Problem Oriented Policing Unit uses surveillance, confidential informants for intelligence gathering, and aggressive motor vehicle enforcement to add a new dimension to community based policing. The flexibility of this unit allows for assistance to be rendered on all three shifts of the Uniformed Field Operations Bureau, as well as assisting both the Youth Services and Criminal Investigation Divisions along with the Narcotics Intelligence Division.

The POP Unit is comprised of four patrolmen and a supervisor. The selection process for assignment to this unit consists of an oral board review of each officer who has volunteered for this assignment, as well as a review of personnel files inclusive of a supervisor’s yearly evaluations. The assignment calls for an officer who uses good judgment, can remain flexible and possesses the ability to work within a small unit whose job it is to solve crime quickly.

Since its inception, the Problem Oriented Policing Unit has accounted for numerous felony arrests associated with a rash of auto thefts from south Nashua, as well as assisting in the arrests of several subjects responsible for over $100,000 in thefts from the New England Auto Village. This Unit continues to take a “zero tolerance” approach to crime in the Nashua area while maintaining the community policing attitude of getting the sector officers and the citizens involved in identifying problem areas and working together at solving these problems.
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