NH State Police Reviewing Policies on Immigration

Sep 13, 2017

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The New Hampshire Division of State Police is reviewing its policies on immigration.

State Police Col. Chris Wagner says right now there is no policy for how troopers should address immigration status during a traffic stop or other encounter.

Wagner says with a national conversation about immigration ongoing, he wants a clear policy in place as soon as possible so that troopers and the public will know what to expect.

“We want to make sure that the New Hampshire State Police is doing what they’re supposed to be doing – meeting the lawful obligations. And making sure that we’re building the trust with the public, we’re building the trust with the immigrant communities.”

Wagner says he has been consulting with the Attorney General’s office, and with outside groups like the New Hampshire ACLU and immigrants’ rights advocates.

He says a new policy for state police could be in place by the end of this year.