New K9 – BINX

Hinsdale Police Department set to welcome Binx the K9

Hinsdale Police Officer Paul Samataro receives a check for a new police dog from Hinsdale Walmart Store Adam Rizzo on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.

Hinsdale Police Officer Paul Samataro receives a check for a new police dog from Hinsdale Walmart Store Adam Rizzo on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.KRISTOPHER RADDER – BRATTLEBORO REFORMERPosted Thursday, January 3, 2019 7:54 pmBy Chris Mays, Brattleboro ReformerHINSDALE, N.H. — The police department is preparing to welcome a four-legged friend to the ranks. 

Binx is named after Thackery Binx, a character from the 1993 movie “Hocus Pocus,” because the dog was selected from Connecticut-based Katalyst Kennels around Halloween time. 

“It’s going to be a great dog,” said Officer Paul Samataro, of the Hinsdale Police Department. “It’s going to be a sweet dog.”

He expects to the K9 will arrive in late spring. The dog also will help when needed for mutual aid in nearby towns including Brattleboro. 

The breeder is working to desensitize the dog now and more training will follow with fellow New Hampshire officers later. Then Binx and Samataro will attend narcotics training in Boston in the summer. 

“Until then the dog will be able to do tracking,” Samataro said. “So if someone is lost, they’ll be able to find their scent.”

To help with the department’s first K9, it received $1,500 through the Walmart Foundation’s Community Grant Program. And the VCA Windham Animal Hospital of Brattleboro is providing medicines, vaccinations and the spaying for free. 

“We’re able to give back to the community every year,” said Adam Rizzo, store manager of Walmart in Hinsdale. “We have certain funds that the store managers are able to give out at their discretion.”

Rizzo said Samataro had been in the store often for various things and the officer told him about the K9 program. With funds still leftover, Rizzo decided to make a contribution. 

“It was great to be able to participate with them,” Rizzo said. “Whenever we can give back to the community, we try to do so.” 

Binx will be the Hinsdale Police Department’s first K9. Samataro said the dog is “definitely” needed in the area and will be a nice addition to the community. 

More fundraising is underway. 

“We want to get a bulletproof vest for the dog,” said Samataro, anticipating the cost to be about $1,000. 

The department is accepting donations. 

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.

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Awards Ceremony

It is with great pleasure and true respect that the Hinsdale Police Department honored several Fire Fighters, Rescue Inc. EMS providers and Hinsdale Police Officers for their professionalism and true dedication to the community of Hinsdale.

On April 18, 2016, the Hinsdale Police Department honored these heroes for their life saving efforts during two calls in the month of March.  Both of these emergency calls resulted in life saving measures including CPR and use of the Automated External Defibrillator.  Those recognized with the Hinsdale Police Department Life Saving Award are listed below.  It should also be noted that multiple other Fire Fighters and Police personnel also assisted with other tasks outside of patient care and their service is not unrecognized.

March 18, 2016 Cardiac Arrest Call 
Hinsdale Police –
Corporal Joshua Murray
Officer Timothy Richmond
Hinsdale Fire 
Asst. Chief Terry Zavorotny
Lieutenant Jason Antos
Fire Fighter Jon Bobak
Fire Fighter Kevin Cole
Fire Fighter Patricia Lachenal
Rescue Inc
Paramedic Isaac Smith
EMT Brittany Miner
March 28, 2016 Motor Vehicle Accident/Cardiac Arrest Call
Hinsdale Police
Lieutenant David Eldridge
Hinsdale Fire 
Chief Jay Matuszewski
Lieutenant Jason Antos
Fire Fighter Ben Aither
Fire Fighter Patricia Lachenal
Rescue Inc. 
Paramedic Isaac Smith
Lieutenant Nick Bergeron
Paramedic Christine Hume


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On December 19, 2015

On December 19, 2015 at approximately 2:40 PM Hinsdale Police, Hinsdale Fire, Rescue Inc. and Chesterfield Police responded to a 2 car motor vehicle collision on Brattleboro Road at the intersection of Mountain Road. Upon investigation it was determined that Kim Tae, 68, of Brattleboro, VT, was traveling east on Brattleboro Road following a vehicle operated by Theodora Bouboulis, 53, of Brattleboro, VT. Bouboulis stopped in the roadway to turn onto Mountain Road when Kim impacted the rear of Bouboulis’s vehicle. There were no injuries and this case remains under investigation.

Dedication of New Police Facility

In the fall of 2012 a great opportunity came before the town when the Major’s approached the town with an offer to donate their buildings and land to the town. In December of 2012 the town held a public hearing and accepted the donation from the Majors. It cannot be stated clearly enough that without this donation the desire of the town and need for a new facility to be on Main Street would not have come true. We have recognized this by placing an engraved granite bench in recognition of the Major’s land contribution in front of the building. We thank them for their generous donation and making this facility a reality.


In March of 2013 the taxpayers of the Town spoke loud and clear voting to approve the construction of a new police facility on the Major property.

Throughout 2013 the town officials worked tirelessly to purchase the property of 12 Main Street and address boundary issues and prepare the legal paperwork to begin with the demolition and construction process.



I would also like to make a special thank you to all of the highway and water department crews for their help. They have been instrumental in helping us make this building a success and their hard work has saved the taxpayers thousands of dollars.

In 2001 the Hinsdale Police Department was faced with the need to hire a new Chief and leader. After a lengthy process we were blessed with the hiring of Chief Wayne Gallagher. Over the next 11 years Chief Gallagher took our police department to a new level and made us a benchmark agency in many areas. He is an outstanding leader, mentor, teacher, friend and co-worker. Chief Gallagher brought out the best in us, encouraged us to take on new roles, trusted our abilities and made them better.

On a personal note I can say that he became someone I have immense respect and admiration for and my career and success would not have been possible if it was not for him personally mentoring me and our friendship.

Over 6 years ago Chief Gallagher also had a dream to move us into a new police station. He designed the building, worked hard to come up with out of the box ideas and did what he could to push for this building. In April of 2012 he retired as our Chief having not completed his final dream of leaving us with a new building.

Well, 8 short months later his dream became a reality. Chief Gallagher did not abandoned us though and right up until a few weeks ago he and I spent many hours building lockers and working inside of his building.

In recognition of Chief Gallagher’s outstanding leadership it is with great honor that I dedicate this facility to Chief Wayne Gallagher. We have created a commemorative plaque that will be displayed in our front lobby for all to see when they come to visit us.

Wayne…. thank you for all you have done for us and this will always be your building and you will always be our Chief.

Listen to the WTSA Press Release for this dedication –

New Police Department is Open!

The Hinsdale Police Department is pleased to report that our new police facility is open. We will be having an open house on December 5, 2015 between 9:00 AM and 5 PM.  There will be comments and a dedication ceremony beginning at 10:00 AM. To everyone who helped make this new facility a reality we all cannot thank you enough for your support.

Chief Todd Faulkner