Sheriff’s deputies were one of the first to arrive at that tragic scene and played a major part of extracting the chief during the shooting.
The Town of Atkinson Police Department was experiencing high levels of mold due to water damage. The inside of the building had to be gutted and rebuilt. Sheriff Downing sent the incident command vehicle to Atkinson and the town used the vehicle as its police department for a week.
Sheriff Downing is committed to support all local and State Police agencies with any support they may need. One example was of a missing child in Hampstead. Sheriff Downing dispatched the sheriff’s incident command vehicle to the town. The unit was utilized by the Hampstead police, fish and game, sheriff’s deputies, and state police. The unit was instrumental in the success of the task force in locating the missing child.
He was recently endorsed by Rockingham County Chief of Police Association.
The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department under the leadership of High Sheriff Downing has become a strong proactive professional law enforcement agency that the public in Rockingham County can be proud of.
As the police chief in the town of Atkinson, I fully support Sheriff Downing for the office of sheriff.