Nicholas J. Halias, Major (Ret.)
NH State Police
Major Halias became a member of the NH State Police in 1969; throughout his 30 year career, he served with distinction and pride. Every assignment showed his character, integrity and ability to provide strong leadership.
During Major Halias’ career with the State Police, he was commander of the narcotics and intelligence unit and on the Governor’s Executive Protection Unit. More than 30 years ago, as a corporal, Major Halias was knocked unconscious from a two and one-half pound grappling hook during an alteration from protesters at the Seabrook nuclear plant.
Many will remember the time Major Halias donned a white robe, providing security at the consecration of V. Gene Robinson, the Episcopalian Bishop. Many times thereafter he was referred to as “Bishop Halias”!
Retiring from the NH State Police in 2000, Major Halias was appointed as Police Chief at the University of New Hampshire. Continuing on in his exemplary spirit of cooperation, Major Halias led the effort to have the department accredited through the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation and became an onsite mentor/examiner for police organizations throughout the county. Chief Halias retired from the University of New Hampshire Police Department in early 2012.
Major Halias was a NH Mason being a member of the Eureka Lodge in Concord, NH for 45 years where he was a recipient of the Maj. General John Sullivan Distinguished Service Award.
Major Halias served on many boards, including board of trustees for the Community College System; Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee of the Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence; the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center; and the Department of Justice, Electronic Crime Partnership Initiative.
Major Halias passed away on March 3rd this year and will be missed by all who have know him.
It with honor and pride that the NH Police, Fire & EMS Foundation presents to Major Nicholas Halias’ wife, Linda, the Police Lifetime Achievement Award!