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May 22. 2013 9:44PM

Nashua police seek federal reimbursement for helping capture Boston bombing suspect

NASHUA — Nashua Police Department officials hope that the close to $15,000 spent by the department on aiding with the manhunt of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be reimbursed.

Department Business Administrator Karen Smith said at Wednesday morning's Police Commissioners meeting that she is hopeful federal funding will offset the department's cost. She said enough money might be made available to offset the entire cost spent by departments across New England who rushed to help in the manhunt.

"We have no intent on billing another police agency for services we provide them," Nashua Police Chief John Seusing said, "We have never done that and will never do that. The only reason we are looking into this is because we were informed that some federal money might be made available to help offset the cost of the manhunt."

While still in the beginning stages of trying to be reimbursed, Smith said she is confident the department will at least receive some money, but as to when and how she said she is not sure.

Seusing added that he still isn't sure if the department will get reimbursed, and even if it does, Smith said that it could take long enough that measures might have to be passed by the city to offset the loss in the current budget.

Nashua resident Matthew Plante asked during the public comments section of the meeting if there was any concern within the department that it could be sued by a litigious Watertown resident displeased with having their home searched during the manhunt.

Seusing responded that he believes that to be unlikely, because members of Nashua Police asked for permission to search the houses they did, and did not enter the houses of those who refused or were not home.

"We just made the authorities handling the manhunt know which houses were empty or wouldn't let us in," Seusing said.

While searching Watertown, Tsarnaev, who remains in custody, was caught inside a boat in a driveway. While not actively involved in his arrest, Nashua police were on the periphery of the scene and listened as the situation unfolded on their scanners.

bklein@newstote.com


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