Captain Paul Fulone
Airport Division Commander
In July of 2006 Londonderry Police Department took over responsibility for Law Enforcement services at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Nineteen patrol officers and five Sergeants make up the Division commanded by a Captain. The service is provided by a three-year contract with the Airport that has no tax impact on Londonderry residents.
In fact the Airport pays a 10% administrative fee to the Town, which benefits the citizens.
The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport lies mostly within the Town of Londonderry, and is categorized as a Category 1 airport. This is a designation based on Federal Government standards, with only the very largest airports in the United States, i.e. Logan, JFK, O'Hare, holding a category which ranks them higher on the scale. As such there is a need to have a dedicated police presence at the airport due to the current and ever-present terrorist threat, along with the need to protect and serve a large number of businesses, travelers, workers, and airport employees. The facility that is policed is comprised of two active runways, numerous taxiways and service roads, businesses on airport property, parking facilities, and a modern passenger terminal. In total, the area policed is in excess of 1,500 acres, along with
miles and miles of roadways.
On July 1, 2006, the Londonderry Police Department assumed the role of being the primary provider of law enforcement services to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Prior to that date (going all the way back to 1993) the Rockingham County Sheriff's Department had filled that role. To fulfill its new role the Londonderry Police Department had to undergo an expansion by starting an entirely new division within the department and hiring a sufficient number of personnel to staff that division. The cost of starting this new division was borne entirely by the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and included the recruitment and testing process, the background investigation process, and the cost of fully equipping and training the new personnel.
The Londonderry Police Department's Airport Division is comprised of a Captain who serves as the Division Commander and reports directly to the Chief of Police, five (5) Sergeants who serve as the first-line supervisors, and nineteen (19) Patrol Officers. With the exception of the Division Commander, all of the other personnel are in essence temporarily assigned to the airport. This means that the police personnel assigned to duty at the airport are subject to change based upon the needs of the Londonderry Police Department so long as we maintain the proper number of personnel within the Division.
The role of the Division is two-fold: one is that police officers assigned to the Airport are required to provide all of the services that are "typical" of police officers everywhere. These include day-to-day duties such as enforcement of the motor vehicle laws of the State of New Hampshire, and of the New Hampshire Criminal code. Police assigned to the Airport conduct investigations, make criminal arrests, intercede in various disturbances, and maintain a visible presence throughout the entire facility. The second role is to provide services that are more airport-specific such as supporting the Transportation Security Administration officers in their mission, patrolling the interior perimeter of the Airport adjacent to the runways and taxiways, and remaining vigilant to the fact that airports throughout the world are
at present still subject to the very real possibility of coming under terrorist attack.
The Londonderry Police Department now has a significant role in Homeland Security, and has grown into being one of the largest police agencies in the State of New Hampshire. With this growth, due to the addition of the Airport Division, has come a number of valuable alliances with all of the various stakeholders that play a part in the daily operations at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport to include: the Airport's administrative and operations staff, the TSA, the FBI, the NHSP, the Manchester Police Department, and other State, Local, and Federal agencies. The Londonderry Police Department foresees a long and fruitful partnership with all, and remains eager to continue the level of service thus far provided.