Enfield Police Chief Placed on Leave Pending Domestic Assault Investigation

  • Enfield Police Chief Richard Crate speaks with the media following an incident in Enfield, N.H., on July 12, 2011. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writer
Friday, March 09, 2018

Enfield — Enfield Police Chief Richard Crate has been placed on paid administrative leave while New Hampshire authorities investigate an allegation that Crate physically assaulted a minor son.

Assistant Attorney General Geoffrey Ward on Friday confirmed a joint investigation between the state Attorney General’s Office and New Hampshire State Police.

However, Ward declined further comment on the accusations, including when the alleged assault occurred, as well as the investigation.

Enfield Town Manager Ryan Aylesworth said the town has placed Crate on paid leave.

Reached by telephone, Crate, who has been the chief in Enfield since 2005, called the situation a “personal matter,” and declined to comment further.

Aylesworth confirmed that the allegation doesn’t involve Crate’s work with the Enfield Police Department, which is now operating under the leadership of Detective Sgt. Roy Holland.

Crate has surrendered his duty weapon, which was done in accordance with standard town protocol when someone is placed on administrative leave, Aylesworth said.

The minutes of Monday’s Selectboard meeting weren’t yet posted online, but Aylesworth said the board did not discuss Crate or the investigation in public or nonpublic session.

“As of Monday, this topic was not on the radar of myself or the Board of Selectmen,” Aylesworth said.

Crate, who is budgeted to make $94,000 in 2018, has been a member of the Enfield Police Department since 1989. He is a past president of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police.

The Enfield Police Department currently employees the chief, two sergeants, four full-time officers, two part-time officers, a police assistant and an administrative specialist, according to its website.

Jordan Cuddemi can be reached at jcuddemi@vnews.com or 603-727-3248.