Thornton Police Department

Chief Daniel Gilman
Address 16 Merrill Access Road
Thornton NH 03285
Phone 603-726-4222



The Thornton, New Hampshire Police Department is actively seeking full-time police officer candidate’s interest in a challenging police-oriented career to fill a current vacancy.  The Thornton Police Department is a progressive, community oriented, professional law enforcement agency serving a population in excess of 2,600 permanent residents and may reach 10,000 people during the peak seasons.  The Town of Thornton NH is a Traditional New England Town, where residents take pride in the quality of life that the town affords them. The Thornton Central School received the Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence.  The Town of Thornton is located in the Pemigewasset Valley midway between Plymouth and Franconia Notch, and is known as the “gateway” to the White Mountains with amazing mountain views and scenery throughout all four seasons.  Thornton is surrounded by ski areas and snowmobile trails for winter recreation.  Thornton has numerous campgrounds, hiking trails, rivers and lakes for kayaking and boating.  Thornton is located in a large vacation area with short driving distances to many summer attractions.  The town has two large musical festivals each year that attract thousands of people throughout the northeast. 

Officers patrol an assigned area for the purpose of crime prevention and law enforcement.  Duties include, but are not limited to:  Calls for Service; investigation of crimes; identification/apprehension of offenders; prevention of crime, community policing events and programs; motor vehicle enforcement.  Applicants must have the ability to exercise good common sense; discretion; be able to analyze situations quickly and objectively; make decisions under pressure; and perform ALL of the essential job functions of a police officer.

The Thornton Police Department is based on a community policing value system, this values system permits our officers to utilize teamwork strategies that are designed to help the community with their needs. Our goals and objectives are intended to help us reach our vision of “being a top community oriented policing agency in the State of New Hampshire” and coincides with our mission which in part reads make “the town a safer, more desirable place to live, work, and visit”.  Our officers are of strong moral turpitude and work well together towards our goals. If you are looking to be part of an exceptional team, then look no further than the Thornton Police Department.


The mission of the Thornton Police Department is to improve the quality of life, by enforcing the law, and promoting a feeling of safety and security for all members of the community. The Thornton Police Department will work in collaboration with the community to maintain and improve the quality of life, making the Town a safer, more desirable place to live, work and visit.


To be a top community oriented police agency in the State of New Hampshire.


Commitment to Community

We will provide a high level of Customer Service at all times. We will work courteously with other town, state and federal agencies to provide the highest level of service to our residents, businesses and visitors.

Honesty and Integrity

We are committed to the enforcement of laws and the preservation of order and property. We are honest, truthful, and consistent in our words and actions, and therefore worthy of the public’s trust. We will seek the highest levels of Ethical and Moral Conduct in all our on-duty and off-duty activities.


We treat the public and our colleagues with courtesy and respect. We value professionalism and a team effort to provide effective public safety services. We will strive for the courage and assurance to see the mission through.


The Thornton Police Department hires and promotes persons of good character based on the credence that actions and decisions ingrained in good character will always have positive results.

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