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 Interim Chief William Shupe announces that the Exeter Police Department has implemented a program designed to help protect those with Alzheimer's Disease and special needs in the community.

The initiative is part of the department's mission to protect the lives of all by creating a system where police can rapidly respond to a situation where a person wanders off, gets lost or has a medical emergency.

"We want to ensure that if someone from one of our vulnerable populations goes missing, or is in need of medical attention, that we can find or help that person as quickly as possible," Chief Shupe said. "This program is truly one of value and will help residents feel at ease knowing that their loved ones are being taken care of in the event of an emergency."

Individuals caring for someone living in Exeter who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, is an elderly person who tends to wander or get lost, or is someone with special needs, are encouraged to sign up for the program.

To do so, residents should visit the Exeter Police Department online to fill out the form and return it to the station. Necessary info will need to be provided to help police identify the person, such as height, weight, hair and eye color. Additionally, citizens should list emergency contacts, relevant medical information (preferred hospital, primary care physician, allergies and medications) and attach a photo I.D. of the person if possible.

If the individual becomes lost, call the Exeter Police Department immediately at 603-772-1212and notify officers that the resident is a participant in the program.


Town of Exeter New Hampshire Official Website

Exeter Police Investigating Armed Robbery

EXETER -- Chief Richard Kane reports that the Exeter Police Department is investigating an armed robbery at Exeter Market that occurred this afternoon and is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect.

Police received a report around 1:45 p.m. that a man, armed with a handgun, entered Exeter Market, 201 Front St., and demanded money before fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. He is described as wearing an orange ski mask, black jacket and tan pants and is estimated to be between 5-feet-5-inches tall and 5-feet-7-inches tall.

No one was in the store at the time of the robbery other than the clerk, and no one was injured. An area K-9 search was conducted with the assistance of the New Hampshire State Police. The suspect was not located during the search.

Police are working with surveillance images from the store to identify the suspect.

"This is an active and ongoing investigation," Chief Kane said. "Anyone who recognizes this suspect, or who was in the area at the time of the robbery and might have seen something, is asked to immediately call police."

Anyone with information on the robbery can call the Exeter Police Department at 603-772-1212.


Town of Exeter New Hampshire Official Website

The Exeter Police department is pleased to welcome Officer Michael Ingenito.  Town Clerk Andie Kohler officiated his swearing in ceremony on December 14, 2015.  Officer Michael Ingenito will attend the 16 week full time Police Academy starting January 4, 2016 after which he will work as a full time patrol officer.  Congratulations Officer Ingenito!


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    Message from Chief William “Bill” Shupe


    Welcome to the website of the Exeter Police Department. We are an agency of 24 dedicated officers located in the seacoast region of New Hampshire. Our men and women handle approximately 25,000 calls for service each year dispatched by our own Communications Center.

    Exeter is a unique town with a historic identity and characteristics yet is still booming with residential and business growth. All new residents to Exeter will find that they have chosen a wonderful and safe community to live, work and raise a family.

    We are a town of 21.4 square miles and a population of 15,000 and are home to the areas regional High School and the private boarding school Phillips Exeter Academy. We share a regional hospital and a downtown that is the core of Exeter with shops and dining for all interests.

    As stated in our Mission Statement, the men and women of the Exeter Police Department value Quality Services. We will be working to anticipate and prevent problems; we will listen to concerns and respond accordingly; we will seek innovative solutions; and we will respond to issues with fairness, sensitivity and compassion.


    Chief Bill Shupe (wshupe [at] exeternh [dot] gov)

    About Chief Bill Shupe

    Chief Shupe began his career in Law Enforcement with the Wolfeboro Police Department in 1994. He joined the Exeter Police Department in 1997 and has risen through the ranks being appointed Acting Chief In January of 2016. He has been a Field Training Officer, an Honor Guard Member, a member of the mountain bike unit and a detective. Chief Shupe is a resident of Exeter and is married with three children. He is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico,...

  • Town of Exeter New Hampshire Official Website

    As part of our mission to protect life and to assist the public-at-large in a manner consistent with the rights and dignity of all persons, the Exeter Police Department offers a program for individuals with Alzheimer’s and Special Needs to rapidly respond in the event that an individual wanders off, becomes lost or has a medical emergency.

    If you are the caregiver for someone living in Exeter who has been diagnosed with Alzheimers, or an elderly person who tends to wander or get lost, or an individual with special needs, please fill out the attached information sheet and contact the Exeter Police Department at (603) 772-1212.  This simple, one page form includes information that will help us identify the person, such as height, weight, hair and eye color, as well as provide names of emergency contact people and medical information such as preferred hospital, primary care physician, allergies and medications.  It is helpful to have a photograph of the person. 

    All of the information you provide will be entered into our computer system along with the photograph. 

     If the individual becomes lost, call the Exeter Police Department immediately (603-772-1212) and advise that the individual is a participant in the Program.


  • Town of Exeter New Hampshire Official Website

     Police Chief Richard Kane is pleased to announce that Officer Stephen Petroski has recently graduated from the D.A.R.E. Officer Training School at the Fire Academy in Concord, N.H.

    The D.A.R.E. Officer Training class, which was held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, educated Officer Petroski on all aspects of the D.A.R.E. program and certified him to teach the program to Exeter students.

    The course is an intensive 80-hour live-in program, and requires officers to develop lesson plans and teach an actual class before becoming certified as instructors. In addition to subjects such as learning modalities and child development, the program covers topics including classroom management, teaching techniques, lesson planning, team building, communication and public speaking.

    During D.A.R.E. Officer Training, participants also spend time working with trained staff mentors and educators who teach them about brain-based learning, youth culture trends, learning styles, drug information, effective questioning, active listening, and practicing the D.A.R.E. curriculum and material.

    Officer Petroski follows a long line of Exeter Police Officers who have taught the D.A.R.E. program at the Lincoln Street Elementary School for the past 25 years. In January 2016, he will begin teaching the 10-week D.A.R.E. program for all nine classes of fifth grade students who will have a graduation program in the spring.

    “As a department, we are very proud of Officer Petroski for completing this training so he can continue the mission of educating our youth on making smart and healthy decisions,” Chief Kane said. “The D.A.R.E. Program is an extremely valuable tool for us as public safety officers to teach children the tools they need to resist alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or any other unhealthy behaviors they may encounter.”

    Officer Petroski is currently a part-time officer with the Exeter Police Department, though he served as a...

  • Exeter residents George and Judy Dufour have worked very hard to provide us with a list of all of Exeter Chiefs of Police dating back to 1889.  They are also working on identifying all deceased Exeter officers buried at the Exeter cemetery to enable us to honor them at events throughout the year.  A big thanks to them for the time and great effort they've put into this project!  

    Please click the title "Exeter Chiefs of Police" to see the full list.


  • Town of Exeter New Hampshire Official Website

    The Exeter Police Department has taken a step further to help keep harmful, unused medications out of the hands of children as well as out of the environment.   Open Source Research shows that every day 2,500 kids abuse prescription drugs for the first time.   Seventy percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers say they got them from friends or relatives. 

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    The Exeter Police Department exists to serve and protect all people within our jurisdiction with respect, with fairness, and with compassion, without prejudice. We do this to ensure a safe, healthy enviroment in which to reside, work, and enjoy life.