LONDONDERRY — The police department held a promotion ceremony Dec. 11.
The department, led by Chief William Hart, recognized veteran records supervisor Patricia “Patti” Melcher, who is retiring. She has served the department and the town for more than 30 years. In her post, Melcher, oversaw the processing of arrest, incident, accident and all other reports generated by the department.
Sgt. Jason Breen, a lifelong town resident and a 13-year veteran of the department, has been assigned to a newly created position, that of services sergeant.
Breen’s new duties will take him off the road and away from patrol. He will now oversee the Records Department, dispatch, training and several other administrative duties housed within the department’s services division.
He also oversees the Department Field Training Program, the most critical component of a new officer’s training after the police academy and comes with great responsibility, according to Sgt. Patrick Cheetham, the special ceremonies supervisor. Breen has won number Londonderry Police department awards.
Officer Timothy Moran, a three-year veteran of the department, is the newest member of the Southern NH Special Operations Unit, a regional SWAT team comprised of police officers, paramedics and emergency physicians from Londonderry, Salem, Hudson, Derry, Windham, Litchfield, Raymond, Pelham and Hampstead.
He is one of only four officers in the history of the Londonderry Police Department to receive the Arthur D. Kehas award, which he received upon graduating from the N.H. Police Academy as the best overall recruit. This award is given by the academy staff, based upon a recruit’s academic and physical fitness performance, as well as his leadership and firearms abilities.
Moran was selected from a pool of highly qualified group of applicants within the department. Lt. Christopher Gandia serves as the SNHSOU’S executive officer and introduced Moran at the promotion ceremony.