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Dec 7, 2015 8:42 PM

Petition calling Canterbury Police Department 'unnecessary' discussed at town meeting


CANTERBURY - A selectman meeting Monday evening discussed a petition that seeks to change the "state of affairs" of the town's police department.

The petition had more than 100 signatures calling the Canterbury Police Department 'unnecessary."

Retired Canterbury Police Chief Harry Heath is one of people who has signed their name asking for the department to be disbanded.

Town selectman ensure there is an operating guideline for the Canterbury Police Department, despite petitioners arguing the police do not do anything about crimes.

The meeting comes after the current Canterbury Police Chief, John Laroche, is facing accusations that he sexually assaulted a woman between January 1999 and August 2000 when he worked in Boscawen.

A town selectman said Monday that he cannot condone removing the police department but said new leadership of the force is likely.

LaRoche is placed on paid administrative leave.

Selectman said to the crowd at the meeting Monday that they are looking into the issues but their hands are tied when it comes to eliminating the town's police department.


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