Published DateLACONIA — Daniel Ward, Superintendent of the Belknap County Department of Corrections, will talk about the history of corrections in New Hampshire at the April meeting of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 22 at the Laconia Library.
Ward has served as the Superintendent of the Belknap County Department of Corrections since January of 2010. Since 1988, Supt. Ward has worked in the law enforcement and corrections field as a police patrolman for Pittsfield, Northwood and Epsom NH Police Departments, as well as having a 20 year career as a correction officer, case manager, and Chief of Operations for the Merrimack County Department of Corrections.
A resident of Pittsfield, where he attended high school, Ward and has since returned there with his wife to raise their family of six children. He attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Justice
Studies and later continued his educational career earning his Master's Degree in Business and Public Administration from the University of Phoenix. Ward holds a national certification by the American Jail Association as one of only five Certified Jail Managers to have earned that designation in the State of New Hampshire.
Throughout his career, Ward has worked to find new and innovative ways to address the recidivism rates of the inmates who enter the criminal justice system and prevent them from returning once released back to the community. New technologies with alcohol and breath testing, electronic monitoring, and collaboration with community partners has allowed successes to occur that would otherwise have been missed, saving the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in detention costs.
Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Daniel Ward (Courtesy photo)