Seabrook Police Department needs leadership, overhaul

Aug 26, 2011 Full story: SeacoastOnline 47

Sgt. Mark Preston's problems didn't start with a Sunday evening of drinking and the charges he's facing won't solve his problems while his court case winds through the system south of the border.

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yup

Exeter, NH

#1 Sep 2, 2011
Seabrook Police Department needs leadership, overhaul

9/2/2011 Send us a Letter to the Editor
August 26, 2011 2:00 AM
To the Editor:

Sgt. Mark Preston's problems didn't start with a Sunday evening of drinking and the charges he's facing won't solve his problems while his court case winds through the system south of the border. Preston's problems only add more questions regarding the Seabrook Police Department.

Not long ago, Officer Jeremy Tetreault, according to news articles, pursued a vehicle into North Hampton against a red light at a speed near 100 miles per hour. That crash resulted in injury to another and a total loss to the vehicle he was operating. As far as the public knows, Tetreault was never disciplined for his wrongful actions and if he was, the public should have been told.

Seabrook police personnel need a mission statement to live by and rules and regulations that are in place, enforced fairly from the top down. Just as important, they need a leader they respect; one who sees a potential problem and takes corrective measures before it becomes another Tetreault or Preston.

The governing body needs to look beyond the smoke-filled office of the chief and take action sooner rather than later.

They could start by enforcing the town's bylaw that states that the chief shall reside in the Town of Seabrook within one year of appointment. Seabrook's former chief Currier complied with the rule, what gives Chief Manthorn a pass or when was the bylaw voted out by the residents?

Seabrook Police personnel deserve better and the residents paying the bills should demand it.

Robie M. Beckman

Seabrook
crazy

Exeter, NH

#2 Sep 2, 2011
Seabrook people deserve better than how we get treated by all areas of the town and its leaders!
All the departments need to get a overhaul and Seabrook taxes should be going DOWN!

All Department Managers, Selectmen and Town Manager are ripping off the taxpayers.

Hire another secretary to sit around and do nothing while the town transfer station shuts down on sundays. Why dont we let the secretaries pretend to work a 4 day week at the office and work the 5th day at the transfer station on sunday!
If they take turns they would only have work one day a month!!!

The sour grapes need to let up on the police department and look around,we are getting raped by the rest of the town!!
yes

Exeter, NH

#3 Sep 2, 2011
I agree. Half the employees at the town hall sit around and do nothing 25 hours of the 40 they are actually getting paid to work. It is crazy!
crazy wrote:
Seabrook people deserve better than how we get treated by all areas of the town and its leaders!
All the departments need to get a overhaul and Seabrook taxes should be going DOWN!
All Department Managers, Selectmen and Town Manager are ripping off the taxpayers.
Hire another secretary to sit around and do nothing while the town transfer station shuts down on sundays. Why dont we let the secretaries pretend to work a 4 day week at the office and work the 5th day at the transfer station on sunday!
If they take turns they would only have work one day a month!!!
The sour grapes need to let up on the police department and look around,we are getting raped by the rest of the town!!
brook

Exeter, NH

#4 Sep 3, 2011
and the cops dont? I see them sit around doing nothing tell people "were busy with other things" when you call them everyone whose been around knows what their doin
SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDER

Newmarket, NH

#5 Sep 3, 2011
HOW ABOUT THE REC CENTER CHANGEING THERE HOURS TO HELP SO CALLED TOWN OUT. WHILE OUR CHILDREN ARE OUT ON THE STREET WITH NO PLACE TO GO.WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THERE FOR OUR YOUTH And TEENS.THEY ARE ACROSS THE STREET PLAYING WITH A SKATE BOARD WAKE UP TAXPAYERS AND CUT STAFF AT THE REC SO THE KIDS CAN HAVE A PLACE TO PLAY THATS WHY WE WERE BUILT.IT IS TIME TO TAKE BACK OUR TOWN.CHECK OUT THE FALL PROGRAMS AND SEE WHO IS DOING THE PROGRAMS SOME NEW HIRES. PROGRAMS THAT COULD BE DONE BY THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR THERE ARE SOME CUTS FOR YOU, BUT THEY WOULD RATHER CUT HOURS.NEW HOURS 9:00am to 8:00pm Monday FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 8:00AM TO 12:00 PM.WHAT AND WHERE ARE THE KIDS GOING TO BE ON A WEEKEND.PARENTS NEED TO HAVE A VOICE.
THE WAITER

Exeter, NH

#6 Sep 4, 2011
All of this sounds good to me now what are we as tax payers going to do to change all this???????? Do you think the so called Father's of this town don't know all of this is going on?They should be ashamed of them selves for helping to put our Town in this kind of debt instead of laying off there family members,so sad to watch them keep getting away with this!Our fore fathers are rolling in there graves!
Justice

North Hampton, NH

#7 Sep 4, 2011
I know whay you mean and I am going to sew for having pepper spray in my face, it ain't write. I was only helping out, its niot my faukt that the kid drNK one is it. Those cops need to get a life.
phonies

Exeter, NH

#8 Sep 5, 2011
What about Hersey strealing from the toy bank fund and getting fired from 2 departments before he had to join Seabrook dept because they have no standards. What about the cops stealing money from the shooting range donations. What about Tetrault getting "laid off" from Hampton Falls by himself because hes a nutcase who shot up a passing car and got the town sued. The cops are getting caught on camera screwing women because they think there are no cameras around. When you call them they are "busy with other things." What are they so busy with? Married cops screwing drug addicts in the back of Seabrook cop cars.
truth

Newmarket, NH

#9 Sep 5, 2011
phonies wrote:
What about Hersey strealing from the toy bank fund and getting fired from 2 departments before he had to join Seabrook dept because they have no standards. What about the cops stealing money from the shooting range donations. What about Tetrault getting "laid off" from Hampton Falls by himself because hes a nutcase who shot up a passing car and got the town sued. The cops are getting caught on camera screwing women because they think there are no cameras around. When you call them they are "busy with other things." What are they so busy with? Married cops screwing drug addicts in the back of Seabrook cop cars.
max you are right,we need new boss for spd.
OCC

North Hampton, NH

#10 Sep 6, 2011
truth wrote:
<quoted text>max you are right,we need new boss for spd.
And the Town Hall, Highway Dept., Fire Station, Water Dept, Sewer, Rec. Dept., School System, Library,
Civil Def., did I miss anyone?? The whole town needs cleaning up, call the Maids in ASAP!! This town has go to you know where! We need to work as a team and take it back, or forever let it go.
OCC

North Hampton, NH

#11 Sep 6, 2011
Starting with the BOS and TM!!!!! What was so important for BM to use money that belongs at the transfer station. He was not about to take no for an answer. He had his own agenda and he had his mind all made up. The heck with the voters, he is in command. But I can't image why it was SO important to him to make sure that it was agreed on right then and there. And Mr. K how rude behaving the way he did with the public. I am telling you all you need to clean house on that board. They have been there too long and are on their own agenda.
OCC

North Hampton, NH

#12 Sep 6, 2011
SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDER wrote:
HOW ABOUT THE REC CENTER CHANGEING THERE HOURS TO HELP SO CALLED TOWN OUT. WHILE OUR CHILDREN ARE OUT ON THE STREET WITH NO PLACE TO GO.WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THERE FOR OUR YOUTH And TEENS.THEY ARE ACROSS THE STREET PLAYING WITH A SKATE BOARD WAKE UP TAXPAYERS AND CUT STAFF AT THE REC SO THE KIDS CAN HAVE A PLACE TO PLAY THATS WHY WE WERE BUILT.IT IS TIME TO TAKE BACK OUR TOWN.CHECK OUT THE FALL PROGRAMS AND SEE WHO IS DOING THE PROGRAMS SOME NEW HIRES. PROGRAMS THAT COULD BE DONE BY THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR THERE ARE SOME CUTS FOR YOU, BUT THEY WOULD RATHER CUT HOURS.NEW HOURS 9:00am to 8:00pm Monday FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 8:00AM TO 12:00 PM.WHAT AND WHERE ARE THE KIDS GOING TO BE ON A WEEKEND.PARENTS NEED TO HAVE A VOICE.
Normal kids should be off the streets by 8pm doing their homework. 8 pm is a very reasonable time, I do not understand why you are so upset? WHo cares who is doing the programs as long as their being offered, and why would you be so upset about that? What is so wrong with cut backs, every town in New England is doing it. You must have a lot of kids that go there to be so upset. Maybe you can bring them to the Library, they are open, with no cutbacks.
OCC

North Hampton, NH

#13 Sep 6, 2011
Sorry, I'm on a roll tonight!
Seriously

Exeter, NH

#14 Sep 6, 2011
Yeah.......and I see your from Stratham, NH.....Mmmmmmmm.....Do you live in town? Just asking? If not, how or why do you assume you know so much????
SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDER

Newmarket, NH

#15 Sep 6, 2011
OCC wrote:
Sorry, I'm on a roll tonight!
Maybe you dont have any kids that go there it is not so much about 8:00pm it is about saturdats and sundays not being open and the kids are on the street behind west marine with a jump broad and a rock skate broading on at someones house playing bb.
SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDER

Newmarket, NH

#16 Sep 7, 2011
OCC wrote:
<quoted text>
Normal kids should be off the streets by 8pm doing their homework. 8 pm is a very reasonable time, I do not understand why you are so upset? WHo cares who is doing the programs as long as their being offered, and why would you be so upset about that? What is so wrong with cut backs, every town in New England is doing it. You must have a lot of kids that go there to be so upset. Maybe you can bring them to the Library, they are open, with no cutbacks.
Maybe you dont care where your kids are it is people like you that dont promote being in a safe place and enjoy themself with out the fear of drugs being around.
nuts

Exeter, NH

#17 Sep 7, 2011
Is anyone surprised by Preston getting drunk again? How about when he got caught in the parking lot by his wife for having an affair? Or getting in a fight with his girlfriend and pushing her in front of cars? Or never showing up when he was a rep for Seabrook? Was he taking money from the gun range like the other cops?
2 left feet

Exeter, NH

#18 Sep 7, 2011
Isn't the town gun range free to use?,The only money would be from the sale of pistol permits and don't those have a number on them. I would think it would be easy to track that down
2 left feet

Exeter, NH

#19 Sep 7, 2011
Patrick Manthorn is a good honest man and so is his Deputy Chief Lee Bitomske. I don't think they would put up with that kind of stuff going on. Bitomske will be a good chief when his turn comes.
crazy

Exeter, NH

#20 Sep 8, 2011
OCC wrote:
<quoted text>
Normal kids should be off the streets by 8pm doing their homework. 8 pm is a very reasonable time, I do not understand why you are so upset? WHo cares who is doing the programs as long as their being offered, and why would you be so upset about that? What is so wrong with cut backs, every town in New England is doing it. You must have a lot of kids that go there to be so upset. Maybe you can bring them to the Library, they are open, with no cutbacks.
I believe this person was saying that they are overstaffed and if the town would look at every department that is overstaffed and do cut backs of all their family that hangs around and gets a paycheck then cutbacks would not need to be made!!
Lay off a few employees and you can still do the JOB!

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