March 9, 2011

Airport, Londonderry PD ink five-year deal

Union Leader Correspondent
LONDONDERRY -- With the Town Council’s blessings, the Londonderry Police Department will renew its contract with Manchester-Boston Regional Airport through June 2016.
During the March 7 Town Council meeting, councilors voted unanimously in favor of the contract renewal. 
Londonderry police have been providing law enforcement services at the airport since July 2006. 
According to police Chief Bill Hart, the department’s current contract expires June 30, 2011. The contract initially was for three years, and that term was lengthened by two one-year extensions. 
Twenty-three police officers are currently employed to provide coverage at the airport. The town of Londonderry has also been collecting administrative fees from the airport, with between $125,000 to $175,000 collected and placed into the town’s general fund annually since the contract began. 
This past July, the city of Manchester’s department of aviation, on behalf of the Manchester- Boston Regional Airport, began accepting contract proposals for a new, five-year security contract, with various organizations and agencies placing their bids, though ultimately Londonderry’s police department was selected to continue the job. 
On Monday, Hart said he was pleased to continue working with the local airport for another five years. 
“Until this (new) agreement, the longest contract we’d had with the airport had been three years. Prior to that, only oneyear options were exercised by the airport,” the police chief said. “Having a five-year agreement, it represents a long-term commitment between the town of Londonderry and the airport.” 
Under terms of the new contract, the airport may opt to extend its contract with Londonderry police for five, two-year option periods. Services provided to the airport include general law enforcement services, investigative functions, patrol of airport facilities, enforcement of parking regulations, support to the Transportation Security Administration, and recruitment and screening of all police personnel. 
Hart said the new contract is expected to take its officers through a 20-year career in law enforcement, noting the working relationship between the town of Londonderry and the airport has been extremely positive. 
“The police department meets regularly with the airport officials,” Hart said. “Frankly, a very, very successful five-year run has led to this opportunity for the people of Londonderry.” 

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