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The fire service borrows the emblem of the cross from the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem (Knights Hospitallers), a charitable, non-military, organization that existed during the 11th and 12th centuries that helped the sick and poor in setting up hospices and hospitals. Later, they assisted the Knights of the Crusades through their goodwill and also through military assistance in an effort to the Island of Malta, the island for which the Maltese Cross was named.The need for an identifiable emblem for the knights had become crucial. Due to the extensive armor which covered their entire bodies and faces, the knights were unable to distinguish friend from foe in battle. They chose the cross of Calvary as their symbol, since they fought their battles as a holy cause. The cross was later called the "Maltese Cross" and represented the principles of charity, loyalty, chivalry, gallantry, generosity to friend and foe, protection of the weak and dexterity in service.
During the Crusades, many knights became fire fighters out of necessity. Their enemies had resorted to throwing glass bombs containing naptha and sailing their war vessels containing naptha, rosin, sulfur, and flaming oil into the vessels of the knights. Many knights were called to perform heroic deeds by rescuing fellow knights and extinguishing fires. In acknowledgement of these feats, the cross worn by these knights was decorated and inscribed. This was considered a most honorable acclaim.
I) If you purchased your car from a New Hampshire dealership you will need to bring the blue title application marked ‘Town Clerk’s Copy’. (If the vehicle that you purchased is newer then the current year, you will need to bring in the vehicles window sticker).
II) If you purchased your vehicle out of state you will need to bring the original title or certificate of origin, and a bill of sale.
III) If you purchased your vehicle from a private sale you will need to bring a bill of sale and the original title correctly assigned by the SELLER.
IV) If you have purchased a vehicle that is a model year 1999 or older, you will need a bill of sale, and one of these three items; an original title, a previous NH registration for that vehicle, or a verification of the vehicle identification number. Verification of Vehicle Identification (PDF)
I) License plates are solely owned by the first person listed on the registration. You can transfer plates from the same name to the same name only, ie. John and Jane Smith bought a new vehicle and traded in their old vehicle that was in John’s name solely. When the new car is purchased it must have John’s name first so that he can transfer his plates and get the credit from the old vehicle
II) If there is a leasing company involved you can transfer your plates as long as the lessee is the same as the owner of the plates (on a leased vehicle the owner of the plates is the lessee).
If your name is not on the registration, we require YOUR ID and either renewal notice or old registration. We cannot look up any information for a vehicle not in your name.
A $10.00 fee must be paid when picking up your license. It will take approximately 14 days to process your application. You will need a picture ID (and/or proof of residency) when you pick up your license. No one else can obtain your license for you. When issued, the license will be valid for a period of not less than five years and may be renewed during the license holder’s birth month. As of February, 2017, the license became voluntary for qualified persons to carry concealed within the State of New Hampshire with certain specific limitations. More details can be found here: Pistol Licenses page.
- Accident Reports: As of June 16, 2017 Governor Sununu signed HB 437 allowing law enforcement to release motor vehicle accident reports and records again! Anyone looking to get copies of MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT REPORTS must request this report using the Record Request Form that is available in the lobby of the Police Department 24/7, or here on our website under the "Forms" tab. There is a $20.00 fee for reports that must be submitted with the request. We take cash and check only. The report will then be emailed out to you when it is completed and approved. Only individuals involved in the accident (drivers, passengers, vehicle owners, or property owners with damage, -and their insurers) are entitled to the report.
- Incidents: An incident report or Dispatch Log is a very brief description of calls that officers respond to. An incident report is typically one page of information that includes the date and time of an incident, the location, and the name(s) of officer(s) who responded to the scene.
- Crime Reports: A crime report is the Police Department’s more thorough investigation of an incident that has been reported. If you are the victim in a crime, you may call the police department at any time to check on the status of your case. Whether or not a report can be released depends mostly on its status. For example, if a case is under active investigation or pending court, details will not be made available to the public. Any replication photographs onto a CD will be charged $25.00 per CD.
- Arrest Reports/Discovery: If you need to obtain a copy of your arrest report, there are two ways of obtaining a copy. You may either have your lawyer request the report or you may contact the prosecutor's office at police headquarters. If you have retained a lawyer, he or she should be the one to request it for you. If you are requesting a copy of your arrest report for yourself, you must do it in writing using the Records Request Form.
All reports are individually reviewed for release. Reports may not be released if there are suspects, accused, juvenile, or arrested parties mentioned in the report or if it is an open investigation or is a pending court case. Redacted/edited copies may be released in certain cases. Any questions pertaining to the release can be answered by our records clerks.
Forms and fees can be found HERE
BPD now has a drug disposal box in our lobby available 24/7 to Bedford residents. This service is available for disposal of unused or expired medications or supplements. It is anonymous and the pills can be in unlabeled bottles or baggies.
**NO liquids/ointments, needles, inhalers, aerosols, or thermometers accepted.** The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country.
Since we initiated our own prescription drug drop-box in the lobby of the police department on June 16, 2015, we have taken in over HUNDREDS of pounds of prescription medications for disposal. This is an incredibly important step in fighting the drug epidemic in our community and it is something that every single household can do to combat this problem. It is important to note that according to statistics from the Partnership for Drug Free America, 60% of teens who have abused prescription painkillers did so before the age of 15. In addition, the rate of New Hampshire young adults aged 18-25 who reported non-medical use of pain relievers was the HIGHEST of all states reporting [2009-2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health].
As we have discovered in the past, discussions on drug take back usually raise questions on proper disposal of medical sharps (needles). In an effort to clarify, here are the options that the Town of Bedford offers for safe and proper needle disposal. Due to the risk to employees these disposal practices MUST be followed:
1 The Transfer Station does accept needles as per the information in the NH Department of Environmental Services Needle document available here: http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swmb/documents/bmp-household-sharps.pdf. Please read this document. It is allowed so long as the needles are put in a container that is rigid and puncture-proof, such as a laundry detergent bottle that has the screw-top securely taped and is labeled “Medical Sharps Container –Not for Recycling”. They have signs and labels at the Transfer Station. You can also print off copies of the label at home and tape them to the container. THE LINK FOR LABELS IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS FAQ.
2 The Bedford Fire Department accepts needles as a courtesy to our citizens. The same guidelines as the Transfer station (above) must be followed for the needles to be accepted: the needles are put in a container that is rigid and puncture-proof, such as a laundry detergent bottle that has the screw-top securely taped and is labeled “Medical Sharps Container –Not for Recycling”. No needles in bags or boxes will be accepted. No exceptions.
Proper disposal of prescription medications and needles and other sharps can prevent harmful health risks to the public, reduce potential drug abuse, and keep our public servants and employees safe. Thank you for helping us!
[ http://www.epa.gov/wastes/nonhaz/industrial/medical/disposal.htm ]Disposal Of Medical Sharps - EPA website
CLICK HERE FOR SHARPS CONTAINER LABELS
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