The Canaan Police Department takes pride in serving our approximately 4000 residents with integrity, respect, and professionalism. We will adhere to the highest ethical standard and accept responsibility for our decisions and actions. We will treat all employees, offenders, and the public with fairness, honesty, consideration, and respect while recognizing individual diversity.
We will be firm, fair, and consistent in the performance of our duties and responsibilities. As positive role models, we will take pride in maintaining the quality of our services through our performance, appearance, and continued education and training. We will instill trust and teamwork by providing support to fellow employees and promoting cooperation and effective communication is our vision that the Canaan Police Department will continue to be a cornerstone of progress and a model Police Department in service to our citizens, caring for our employees, and constant improvement to the quality of services that we render.
We are comprised of six full time officers, and nine part time officers, and one part time administrative assistant. With approximately fifty-four square miles, Canaan is one of the largest towns in the State of New Hampshire.
Important Personnel Information
It has come to the attention of the Town that a page on a social media website has been created to address a personnel matter involving a current Town employee which seeks public response to Town officials.
Both the Town Administrator and the Chief of Police have addressed the issues in public statements. Please read their full responses in the following letters.
Press Release: 12/18/2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On Wednesday December 18, 2013 at 6:35 PM the Canaan Police Department was informed that the Danbury Police Department was pursuing a vehicle on US Route 4. The vehicle was reported to be approaching Canaan at a high rate of speed. The 2013 Christmas in Canaan was in full swing, with hundreds of people in the downtown Canaan area. Canaan Police Officers deployed spike strips on US Route 4 near the Orange town line in an attempt to stop the vehicle before it reached crowded downtown Canaan. The vehicle struck the spike strips but continued to travel westbound on US Route 4 nearly striking Canaan Police Chief Samuel W. Frank II. Canaan Police officers pursued the now damaged vehicle on US Route 4 as it recklessly traveled through the crowded downtown Canaan area, while other Canaan Police Officers cleared numerous pedestrians from the road and sidewalks.
The vehicle continued to travel westbound on US Route 4 through Enfield and into Lebanon at a reduced speed because of the severe tire damage caused by the spike strips. The vehicle eventually came to a stop near the old Lebanon Junior High School on Bank Street where Canaan and Lebanon Police officers took the driver into custody. The driver of the vehicle was identified as twenty year old JAMES ALLEN MORSE of Concord, New Hampshire. Morse was charged with:
- Reckless Conduct with a Deadly Weapon – B Felony
- Disobeying a Police Officer – A Misdemeanor
- Driving after Suspension – Violation
Morse’s bail was set at $25,000 cash and he was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections pending an arraignment in the 2nd Circuit Court on Thursday. Anyone who witnessed the event is asked to contact Sergeant Ryan R. Porter or Officer Samuel P. Provenza at the Canaan Police Department 523-7400 or by e-mail at RPorter@CanaanPolice.com or SProvenza@CanaanPolice.com.