Portsmouth Police Department

Chief Mark Newport
Address 3 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth NH 03801
Phone 603-427-1500
Website http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/police/

Current Openings

Open Jobs Salary Deadline
Portsmouth - Lateral Certified Police Officer $60,000 - $84,000 February 29, 2024
Portsmouth - Public Safety Dispatcher $54,000 - $68,000 December 30, 2023
Portsmouth - Entry Level Police Officer $60,000 December 31, 2023


The Portsmouth Police Department is budgeted for 66 full-time Police Officers, 26 Auxiliary Police Officers and utilizes the services of 27 non-sworn civilian employees including dispatchers and clerical staff.

The Portsmouth Police Department, directed by the Police Commissioners, is organized into five major divisions: Patrol, Detective, Administrative Services, Professional Standards, and Strategic Services.

The Patrol Division consists of uniformed field personnel, Seacoast Emergency Response Team, Police K-9, Motorcycle Unit, Animal Control and Community Policing..

Members of the Detective Division are responsible for major crime investigations, juvenile investigations, D.A.R.E., Crime Stoppers, and the undercover narcotics unit.

Administrative Services Division is responsible for managing Department financial programs to include the development and monitoring of the annual police department budget. The Division is also responsible for: Purchasing, Accounts payable, Payroll, Patrol shift scheduling, Grant writing and administration.

Professional Standards handles writing and reviewing of the department policies and rules and regulations. This involves constant follow-up to ensure the department is doing what the policy says and the systems outlined in the policies are in place.  The division is also responsible for CALEA Accreditation & Internal Affairs.

Strategic Services Division consists of the Personnel & Training Office, Court Office, Emergency Communication Center, Records Unit, and Information Technology.



The City of Portsmouth, NH is consistently rated as one of the top ten places in America to live and raise a family.  The Police Department is proud of the fact that our contribution to Portsmouth’s superior quality of life and relatively low crime rate plays a significant role in this determination.  The Portsmouth Police Department, much like the City itself, is a vibrant and dynamic organization. We offer qualified candidates an opportunity to join the ranks of a premier law enforcement agency that has established a 150-year history of dedicated and professional service to the community.  We invite you to consider a career in law enforcement and challenge you to join the men and women of the Portsmouth Police Department in upholding the highest standards of professional excellence through service to the community and the people we serve.

The City of Portsmouth is located on New Hampshire’s Seacoast, midway between Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts.  History abounds in Portsmouth and the city is rich in architectural heritage.  This heritage is probably best exemplified by Strawbery Banke, a living maritime community museum, and by Portsmouth’s picturesque landscape and architecture.  Portsmouth is also home to approximately 30,000 people, major industry, an international airport, and a strong economy.

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