Welcome to the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office Website
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Michael G. Hureau
Thank you for taking the time to visit and become acquainted with the many services this agency offers to the community. We hope that you will easily find the information you are in search of as you review our site. Not only is there information concerning the duties of the Sheriff's Office, but there are also many self help resources available to better assist you.
It is the mission of the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office to enforce the laws of the State of New Hampshire and the United States of America, faithfully and impartially; and to provide public safety services for the citizens, businesses, and other Law Enforcement Agencies within our jurisdiction, emphasizing professionalism, cooperation, competence and integrity, in order to foster a partnership which will preserve and improve the quality of life in Rockingham County.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person's attention from the primary task of driving. All forms of distracted driving endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.
At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on America's roadways.
3,154 people were killed in 2013 and an estimated 424,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes that involved distracted drivers. Our youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk, with 10% of all distracted driving crashes involving drivers under the age of 20. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. Click here for more facts.
While the provisions of each State's distracted driving law vary, the majority of these State laws contain a common element that addresses texting or talking while driving. In 2015, NH implemented the Hands-Free Electronic Device law. What does this law mean for you?
- No use of hand-held electronic devices capable of providing voice or data communication while driving or temporarily halted in traffic for a stop sign or traffic signal or other momentary delays
- This includes cell phones, GPS, tablets, iPods, iPads or other devices that require data entry
- Emergency calls to 911 or other public safety agencies will be allowed
- Bluetooth or other hands-free electronic devices will be allowed
- One hand non-cellular 2-way radio use will be allowed
- Teen drivers under the age of 18 will not be allowed to use any electronic devices (hand-held or not) except to report an emergency. Anyone violating this will be subject to penalties and license suspension or revocation.
- If your vehicle is not equipped with Bluetooth functionality, auto service centers can install after-market systems or over the ear devices can be purchased at retailers such as Staples, Best Buy or your cell phone carrier.
Are You Ready In The Event Of A Disaster?
Disasters can happen at any time, without warning. Are you prepared? Do you have an emergency kit in your home? Do you have an emergency plan ready for your family? To increase the preparedness of individuals and households in New Hampshire, the NH Department of Safety Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management created the ReadyNH campaign. This is a free resource to help you and your family be better prepared in the event of a disaster. You can find more information on the ReadyNH Website.
NH Alerts App
The New Hampshire Department of Safety has announced the launch of its NH Alerts Mobile App, a free tool that notifies users of hazards in their area based on cellphone location. The app provides warnings via an audible alert to inform the user of potential hazards ahead. The types of alerts received are customizable and this app is compatible with iPhone® & Android™ devices. For more information please visit the NH Alerts Page at ReadyNH.Gov
Don't have a Smartphone? You can sign up to receive emergency information by landline here.
The Opioid Epidemic
An opioid and prescription drug abuse epidemic is sweeping New Hampshire and the rest of the country, impacting all segments of society.To help raise awareness of this epidemic and to help educate young people on the dangers of addiction, the FBI and DEA have released the documentary Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict, a compilation of heart-wrenching first-person accounts by addicts and family members of addicts about their experiences.
To watch or learn more about this documentary, please visit www.fbi.gov/ChasingTheDragon.
**Please note that the documentary does contain some foul language and images that may be disturbing to some viewers.**
Rockingham County Narcotics Tip LineThe Rockingham County Sheriff's Department has set up a Narcotics Tip Line so that individuals can report suspected drug activity. Tipsters may remain anonymous or leave his/her name and phone number for a follow up by a Deputy. Messages left on the Tip Line are checked on a regular basis.
How to make a report
- Leave a message on the Tip Line at (603) 679-9497
- Please include the following:
- Location of the activity
- A description of what was observed
- A description of the person(s) or vehicles involved
- Date and time of the occurence.
- Your contact information (optional)