Public Safety

Governor Maggie Hassan has made public safety her highest priority since taking office, and she works every day to ensure that the state is prepared for any emergency. She has worked to put more State Troopers on the road, supported active shooter training programs, funded drug task force teams, and helped launch a new effort to address youth violence and “Text-to-9-1-1,” a new service to make traditional 911 emergency services available via text messaging. The Governor also signed legislation establishing a specific crime of domestic violence to help law enforcement and prosecutors better identify and stop repeat abusers, strengthened protections for human trafficking victims and provided funding to support child victims of crime through New Hampshire’s Child Advocacy Centers. And she recently signed legislation to support federal border patrol agents so they can continue providing critical assistance to help keep North Country communities safe.

Governor Hassan is leading bipartisan efforts to stem – and reverse – the tide of the heroin and opioid epidemic, focusing on a comprehensive approach that includes supporting law enforcement and those on the front lines while strengthening prevention, treatment and recovery efforts. And in the Senate, she will continue working to ensure that public safety professionals have the tools they need to keep New Hampshire’s communities safe, including adequate resources to support the state’s response to the heroin and opioid epidemic.

In the Senate, Governor Hassan will work to ensure that local and state-level public safety officials are connected with federal officials to help make sure that relevant public safety information is shared vertically. And she supports funding federal grant programs, such as the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) programs, to help support the efforts of local law enforcement and fire fighters and ensure they have the equipment and resources they need to protect New Hampshire families.

The Governor also believes we must act now to prevent mass shootings and daily gun violence from becoming the new normal. She stood with members of law enforcement by vetoing a measure that would have allowed individuals to carry a concealed weapon without even having a license. In the Senate, she will fight to truly close the loophole that allows terrorists to purchase guns—including supporting efforts to strengthen the criminal background check system to prevent terrorists and other dangerous individuals from purchasing guns online and at gun shows.