Police Department


The mission of the Rye Police Department is to work in partnership with the citizens of the community. The Department enhances public safety and reduces the occurrence of crime. Members of the Rye Police Department work with the citizens and other public safety agencies to protect and serve our community and its citizens with respect and dignity. Under the leadership of Chief Kevin Walsh, the Rye Police are committed to these goals and continue to serve with pride and honor.

In addition to the Police Chief, the department has eight full time and five part time officers. Other staff members include an Administrative Assistant, an Animal Control Officer and, during the summer months, four parking enforcement officers.

The Police Department is located with the Fire Department at 555 Washington Road in the center of Rye. The Police Department is open 24 hours a day. The business hours for the office are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The business phone number is (603) 964-7450. The fax number is (603) 964- 7458.

Uniformed officers perform responsible and visible law enforcement duties, including patrol, investigation, traffic control, and a variety of other duties to preserve the peace and protect life and property in the Town, and enforce Federal and State laws and local ordinances and by laws.

The Rye Police Department has a website www.ryepolice.us and a face book page facebook.com/ryepolice. The purpose of these sites is to provide easily accessible information to residents and visitors. New information is added to the sites daily. Visit the website for forms you may need such as pistol permits or to register your home when you are on vacation.

The Police Department enforces parking ordinances. The average parking fine is $30.00, and an additional 5% is added if the fine is not paid within 5 days. Parking appeals can be initiated by visiting our website or filling an appeal form at the police station during business hours.

Rye Police do respond to business and home alarms. The Town of Rye has an ordinance allowing three false alarms per calendar year without billing. If you have questions you may visit the police website and review the ordinance or call during business hours at (603) 964-5522. The policy of the Rye Police Department is to err on the side of safety and respond to any alarm call received, even if it has been cancelled.

The Rye Police are dispatched through the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department 24 hours a day seven days a week at (603) 964-5521. Call 911 for an emergency. To report a crime: file a police report, or request an officer to respond call (603) 964-5521. If you wish to report a crime anonymously you can call Seacoast Crime Stoppers (603) 431-1199 or www.seacoastcrimestoppers.org. No concern is too minor. Remember the small issue or concern may be the information the police need to solve a crime or help prevent a crime from occurring.

The message is: See it. Hear it. Report it.

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