Officers Commend Mayor’s Leadership; Five Year Reduction in Crime
MANCHESTER, NH — Today, Manchester Police Patrolmen’s Association (MPPA) and Manchester Association of Police Supervisors (MAPS) endorsed Mayor Joyce Craig in her re-election campaign.
During her two terms as Mayor, Joyce Craig has worked closely with the Manchester Police Department, officers, and community members to ensure Manchester is a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.
“In order to successfully address issues our community is facing, the Mayor and Police Department need to be on the same page, and we’re glad to have that with Mayor Craig,” said Kyle Daly, President of the Manchester Police Patrolmen’s Association. “Manchester police officers trust Mayor Craig’s leadership and vision for the city, and know she is the best choice to continue moving our community in a positive direction.”
“Mayor Craig is a leader we need to keep in City Hall,” said Joe Lorenzo, President of the Manchester Association of Police Supervisors. “As Mayor, she listens to our concerns and works with us to keep our community safe. By supporting our officers, supporting increased training opportunities and partnering with the department on safety initiatives, it’s clear Mayor Craig works every day to make our Manchester a better and safer place.”
“Thanks to the men and women of the Manchester Police Department, we’ve seen a decrease in crime for the fifth year in a row,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “Public safety is the most important issue facing our city, which is why I’m honored to have the support of Manchester’s law enforcement officials. Our officers put their lives on the line to keep us safe, and I am grateful for their efforts.”
In addition to a five year reduction in crime, Mayor Craig has continually worked with the Manchester Police Department to keep our community safe.
- Increased the police complement by 30 officers over the past three years, resulting in the largest complement we’ve ever had
- In 2021, passed an violent crime reduction initiative in partnership with the Police and Health Departments through the American Rescue Plan to have Community Health Workers respond to non-violent check condition calls
- Increased the amount of annual training for officers from 8 to 40 hours, focusing on de-escalation tactics, use of non-lethal force, implicit bias and cultural responsiveness
- Implemented CompStat360, developing a framework for MPD to more effectively address gun crime by engaging with community stakeholders and developing strategies to solve issues
- Supported the Manchester Police Department signing on to the 30×30 Pledge, establishing a goal of 30% female officers in all ranks by 2030
- Worked to make the MPD more accessible by adding substations in Veterans Park and Arms Park, and establishing an LGBTQ+ liaison in the Police Department for the first time.
- Opened lines of communication between downtown business owners and police officers by increasing foot patrols, and investing in community policing, a measure that ensures our officers build relationships in the neighborhoods they patrol.
- Increased the number of officers on patrol during overnight shifts.
- Implemented body cameras for the Manchester Police Department officers for the first time ever.
- Joins Manchester Police officers for regular ride-alongs