Photo from December selectmen's meeting about the police department

Feb 23, 2016 4:10 PM

Future of Canterbury's police department may be put to town meeting vote

CANTERBURY - The future of the town's police department may become the subject of a vote at town meeting.

Resident Joe Halla has submit a petition that would ask voters decide whether to dissolve the Canterbury police department and contract with the Merrimack County Sheriff's Office to provide law enforcement until a new chief and officers can be hired locally.

“I felt it was important there was some sort of voice at the town meeting to talk about the police department," Halla told the Concord Monitor.

Back in December, about 70 residents spent more than two hours complaining to selectmen of unprofessionalism and incompetence from officers.

The former chief, John LaRoche, resigned in January. He currently faces aggravated sexual assault charges stemming from incidents alleged to have taken place more than 10 years ago while he was with the Boscawen Police Department.

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