Canterbury, NH Building Needs Committee - 2001

Minutes of Meeting
– June 6, 2001 –
(as reported by Secretary Jeremy Slayton)



Meeting June 6, 2001 at 7:00 PM at Canterbury Police Station


Ken Jordan
Bob Fife
Ted West
Kent Ruesswick
Jeremy Slayton
Gordon Jackson
Gwen Deurell – Canterbury Police Chief
Mike Capone – Selectman Representative

Meeting began with Chief Gwen Deurell at 7 PM.

Chief provided written summary notes of her needs as requested.

The chief gathered information from other departments in neighboring communities. Considering a 4-5 year time frame for growth and needs.

Bob Fisk of Loudon Police Department was able to give insight into the needs of a similarly sized department. Chief Fisk (Loudon) suggested that you really need two garage bays, especially when impounding vehicles.

Loudon is an example of a combined police and Fire Department. Chief Deurell suggest that there might be significant benefits to the community by doubling up on common meeting and other spaces that the PD and FD have in common.

Officers in Canterbury (at full recruitment):
One full time chief
One full time officer
3-4 part time officers
16 hours a day/ 7 days a week coverage
administrative help (part time)

Major immediate concern is secure holding space, to detain individuals in the event they become violent.

Chief Deurell feels that the current facilities are adequate for now… she can "make it work". But she would like a little more time to consider further what "interim" needs may arise once she has filled her personnel roster.

Kathleen (administrative assistant) has requested a half-door to prevent people from just walking in to the station… for safety reasons.

Jeremy suggested, and Chief Deurell agreed that a brief follow up meeting might be useful in 3-4 weeks once she has completed hiring personnel and has had more time to consider the facility she is working in and things that may be lacking


The next meeting will be in two weeks, on 6/20/01 at 7 PM at Canterbury Town Hall as a community meeting, to invite input from community members.

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