As we are all aware, the potential issues related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have created operational concerns within the facility.  In an effort to provide a safe environment for inmates, staff, and the public, we are instituting the following:

At 7:00 pm today we will cease personal visits at the facility.  We will expand our visitation times that are allowed through our tablet program.

All volunteers for ALL programs will be stopped until such time that it is deemed safe to continue.  We will remain in close contact with state and federal officials to make an informed decision that is safe for all.

This action is being conducted out of an overabundance of caution.  There has been no indication that there has been any exposure to the COVID-19 Coronavirus or Influenza within this facility.

We appreciate your patience at this time and thank you for your cooperation.


Chris Brackett


Strafford County Department of Corrections




Justice & Administration Building,

259 County Farm Road, Suite 204, Dover, New Hampshire 03820


April 3, 2020

Over the last several days, Governor Chris Sununu and State Epidemiologist, Dr. Benjamin Chan, Department of Health and Human Services, have advised the media/press of clusters of COVID-19 showing up in group living facilities. The Governor and Dr. Chan refused to name the facilities, indicating that it is the individual facility’s obligation to do so.

In Strafford County, we have taken great measures to protect our nursing home residents, detainees/inmates at the House of Corrections, and our employees. These measures include following all Federal and State recommended infection precautions and consist of employee screening prior to entering the work place, the use of masks and other preventative gear (PPE) beyond the basic recommendations, and good hand sanitizing. To date, we have had no cases of COVID-19 for Riverside Rest Home residents or House of Corrections detainees/inmates.

In order to offer full disclosure to the public, and to alleviate the concerns for the unknown from families and staff, we are pledging to immediately release numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 of our residents and/or detainees/inmates. The information will not include specific names, but will include general methods of treatment and the status of the resident and/or detainee/inmate.

Please remember to keep all employees who are working hard to keep you and those they serve safe during these challenging times in your thoughts and prayers.

We are in this together and we will get through this together.

                                                       Strafford County Commissioners

                                                          George Maglaras, Chairman

                                                          Robert J. Watson

                                                          Deanna S. Rollo, Clerk





Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Strafford County Courthouse will be closed to the public, with the following exceptions:

  • Individuals who need to do business with Circuit and Superior Court clerk’s offices;

  • Individuals involved in court hearings permitted by the New Hampshire Supreme Court Order dated March 16, 2020; and

  • Individuals with pre-approved business with County or State personnel.

For those entering the Courthouse, a brief survey will be conducted to ensure the health and safety of yourself and personnel.

All essential State and County personnel will be allowed into the building to conduct business. Please be supportive and patient as we work together to fight this pandemic and keep our personnel safe. We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

Based on the potential devastating effects of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), we are taking all steps suggested by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to deter the disease’s progress. Strafford County’s Team has been working diligently and the closure of the Courthouse was determined the best course of action to continue to protect staff from the likely spread of the Corona virus (Covid-19).

                                                                        Raymond F. Bower

                                                                        Raymond F. Bower

                                                                        County Administrator


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Sgt. Leonard Nadeau has been with the Strafford County Department of Corrections for twelve years. Prior to becoming the Training Director in 2017, he functioned as a Shift Supervisor/ Shift Sergeant.

Supervisory/departmental duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Interviews, orientation and training of newly hired correctional officers.
  • Testing and training for the facility Career Ladder Program, including the supervision of the Field Training Officer (FTO) Program.
  • Logistical Support
  • Coordinate and schedule training sessions and events for all staff to promote the professional development and efficient job performance of each employee. Ensure that the certification/re-certification training of all correctional staff is conducted in accordance with established policies and procedures and the provisions established by the New Hampshire Association of Counties (NHAC.)
  • Accountability for all uniforms and equipment.


Use of Force Training

Use of Force Training  

Training Program Description

Phase 1: Orientation

Phase 1 is one week long, and is described as an orientation to the facility and operations within the Training Department prior to the introduction of On-the-Job Training (OJT.) This is also each trainee’s first opportunity to meet each of the departmental Field Training Officers (FTO.) Topics of instruction include, but are not limited to:

  • Facility organization (Chain of Command).
  • Staff rules and regulations.
  • Interpersonal Communications training.
  • Introduction to the Direct Supervision philosophy.
  • Introduction to Operational Guidelines and Emergency Procedures Manuals.
  • Working conditions.
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Searches
  • Sexual Harassment training.

Phase 2: On-the-Job Training (OJT)

Phase two is typically four weeks long, consisting of training on a minimum of two separate shifts and two separate FTOs. During OJT, The trainee will closely follow the FTO. The trainee will be introduced to the facility, each unit, and assigned equipment. S/he will participate in a general orientation, review officer practices, schedule of daily activities, and will be gradually introduced to new officer tasks. The FTO will act as a mentor, and performance of all probationary trainees is rated daily by their assigned FTO during this phase. Rating standards are based on established and standardized evaluation guidelines. Trainees are not expected to meet all job standards as they begin OJT however are expected to show consistent improvement throughout the Training Program to a final conclusion of proficiency. The trainee should gradually become more comfortable in his/her role as a Correctional Officer as the training progresses and should be showing initiative. Trainees must be able to meet and maintain the acceptable job standards as determined by the Training Supervisor and assigned FTOs by the end of phase 2.

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Phase 3: Shift Assignment

Upon successful completion of Phase 2, the trainee will be assigned to a standard shift with assigned and consecutive days off. Phase 3 lasts the remainder of the employee’s probationary period, and the employee is eligible for overtime at this point in their training. During this period, The FTO will continue to act as a mentor to the trainee and will assist him/her with any questions or problems that may arise.

Moving Forward

After the probationary period, opportunities to train will continue to present themselves. All officers are required to receive a minimum of 30 training hours each year in many topics such as Use of Force, First Aid/ CPR, Cultural Diversity, or Interpersonal Communications to name a few.  Staff may choose to test for openings within our Career Ladder Program, and receive specialized training for Booking, Central Control or to become a Field Training Officer themselves. Other opportunities include membership on the facility Special Response Team (SRT) or honor guard. Staff development training is also available for employees as they are promoted into supervisory or administrative positions.

 Less Lethal 2015

SCDOC SRT hosting other area response teams


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