Merrimack Crimeline sponsors and participates in other programs:
Merrimack Crimeline coordinates an annual Magic Show fundraiser
in April each year. All proceeds from admission, concessions, donations
and raffle ticket sales go directly to the Merrimack Police Department's
K-9 program. Annually, Crimeline donates over $1000 to support this
Neighborhood Watch, Block Watch, Town Watch, Crime Watch – whatever the name, it’s one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear. Neighborhood Watch fights the isolation that crime creates and feeds upon. It forges bonds among area residents, helps reduce burglaries and robberies and improves relations between police and the communities they serve. The Watch also is a good mechanism to avoid overt acts.
The Neighborhood Watch is sponsored by Merrimack Crimeline for the Merrimack Police Department. Crimeline has successfully implemented 22 Neighborhood Watch areas and has revamped 2 previously defunct areas. We encourage any neighborhoods who would like to become a Neighborhood Watch area to contact Detective William Vandersyde for further information on how to establish their own Neighborhood Watch. Any community resident can join – young, old, single, married, renter or home owner.
A few concerned residents, a community organization or a law enforcement agency can spearhead the effort to organize a watch. Members learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood and report activities that raise their suspicions to the police. Watch groups can be formed around any geographical unit: a block, apartment, park, business area, public housing complex, condominium complex or office. Watch groups are not vigilantes. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime and helping neighbors.
For more information contact:
Detective William Vandersyde at 603-424-3774
Merrimack Crimeline offers two (2) scholarships of $1,000 each annually.
The scholarships are available to any student graduating from Merrimack
High School. Special consideration is given to students who are entering
the fields of Law Enforcement, Fire/Rescue, EMT, Nursing, Teaching, Law
or Social Service. Students may apply for the scholarship in their senior
year through the Guidance Department at the high school.
A Scholarship Committee within Crimeline reviews the applications and
makes a choice of two recipients and two alternates. The scholarships are
awarded at the Awards Night just prior to graduation. Payout of the
scholarship will be made when the student completes the first semester
and enrolls into the second semester of higher education. Payment is
made directly to the learning institution upon notification from them via
a request for payment.
When Merrimack Police Chief Joseph Devine retired, Merrimack Crimeline honored him by establishing a $1,000 scholarship. Three years later Chief William Mulligan retired and Crimeline added a second $1,000 scholarship. In 2011 we added another retiree to the ranks, Chief Michael Milligan. So, we voted to change the name of our scholarships to include ALL the Chiefs so that we could honor them all for their service. The name of the new scholarship is "The Merrimack Chiefs of Police Scholarship". There will still be two $1,000 scholarships awarded.
Merrimack Crimeline provides door hangers to the Merrimack Police Department. In areas where unsolved crimes have occurred, door hangers let residents know that police are seeking information about those crimes. Neighbors sometimes have knowledge that may be helpful to an investigation. Door hangers give basic details about the information being sought and display the anonymous Crimeline phone number.