State Criminal Justice Profile

New Hampshire

BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $2 million* in state and local funds to New Hampshire.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $1,106,573
Justice Assistance Grant Program—6 Local Awards $343,325
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $785,317

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
State of New Hampshire 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 New Hampshire JAG Program $1,106,573

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Concord 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program $27,786
City of Laconia 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 City of Laconia 2014 JAG $17,085
City of Manchester 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 JAG for Manchester, Nashua, and Hillsborough County $214,197
Keene Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Radio Communication System, Diagnostic Evaluation/Operational Continuity Assurance Project, and Mobile Data Terminals Connectivity Continuation Project $14,657
Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Rockingham County Law Enforcement Initiatives $31,113
Strafford County Commissioners 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Strafford County JAG $38,487

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
New Hampshire Administrative Office of the Courts 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Rockingham County Adult Drug Court $174,148
New Hampshire Administrative Office of the Courts 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Southern Hillsborough County Adult Drug Court $324,960
New Hampshire Department of Justice 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 New Hampshire Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $48,747
State of New Hampshire 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 New Hampshire FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $30,853
State of New Hampshire 08/01/2012 – 07/31/2015 New Hampshire Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Program $62,806
Sullivan County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Sullivan County Department of Corrections Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Project $143,803

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 155

Sworn Officers: 2,612

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 94% of the 155 law enforcement agencies in New Hampshire have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 28% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.
Note: Detail may sum to more than 100% due to rounding.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 3 officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and no officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 249 officers were assaulted (0.50% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for New Hampshire:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 2,481 2,849 14.8
Murder and Manslaughter 15 22 46.7
Forcible Rape* 449 1,165 N/A
Robbery 472 649 37.5
Aggravated Assault 1,545 1,492 -3.4
Property Crime 30,693 29,040 -5.4
Burglary 5,444 4,936 -9.3
Larceny-Theft 24,226 23,164 -4.4
Motor Vehicle Theft 1,023 940 -8.1
*This state’s agencies submitted rape data according to the revised UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (44,554) decreased 2.06% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 0.91% (871), and property-related arrests increased 13.47% (5,222).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
General Jurisdiction:    Superior Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    District Court


Prisoner Admissions: 1,659
Prisoner Releases: 1,633
Total Prisoners: 3,018

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 3
Recidivism Rate*: 43.1%
Top Offenses: Crimes against persons, crimes against property, drug/alcohol crimes (FY 2014)

Source: New Hampshire Department of Corrections
*Recidivism rate is the percentage of offenders who return to prison within 3 years of their release.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN), a RISS Center, serves New Hampshire. There are 199 New Hampshire criminal justice agencies that are members of NESPIN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of New Hampshire


In New Hampshire, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • New Hampshire Attorney General’s Task Force. In place since 1986 to support local law enforcement with the investigation of street-level drug crime, the task force has 4 regional teams providing statewide coverage. It complements the efforts of other drug enforcement entities within the state, such as the State Police Narcotics Investigation Unit, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) groups. Although it investigates all types of illicit drugs throughout the state, the task force is currently focusing on the more rural northern and western parts of the state and on heroin, prescription drugs, and cocaine.

  • Technology and equipment purchases for the Attorney General’s Office. These purchases help increase the overall efficiency of the office, which is the chief law enforcement agency for the state and the principal prosecutor for homicide cases. Projects have included enhancing the security of the office, technology upgrades for computer systems, and enhanced communications capabilities for prosecutors and investigators.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

New Hampshire Department of Justice Kathleen Carr, Director of Administration

New Hampshire At-A-Glance

Total Population: 1,323,459
Population Under 18: 271,122
Population Over 65: 203,205

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
New Hampshire Division of State Police Colonel Robert L. Quinn, Director

Local Governments: 541
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 0
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: Emily Gray Rice—District of New Hampshire, Concord Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Perry Plummer, Director

Drug Courts: 10
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center