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.

Detective Chris Olson, a seven-year veteran of the Londonderry force, recently was assigned the duties of public information officer and serves as the department’s liaison to media outlets throughout the region.

Officer Michael Tufo joins the department as a three-year veteran of law enforcement. he started his career in Milford. Tufo is certified as a defensive tactics and police

baton instructor. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Officer Ryan Buker joins the department as a five-year law enforcement veteran. He started his career with the Goffstown Police Department. He is a graduate of Saint Anselm College, with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Detective Daniel Hurley III recently was promoted to that rank after completing a testing process, which included a written examination and an oral board interview by veteran detectives and detective supervisors from area police department.

He’s a graduate of Westfield State College and has served with the department for more than six years. Hurley is a multiple award recipient for acts of bravery and extraordinary service. He is a tactical operator on the Southern NH Special Operations Unit and serves as one of the department’s Use of Force instructors. He instructs all officers in the department in defensive tactics, firearms, and other self defense and safety techniques. He’s also a Hazardous Materials technician on a regional emergency response team based in Southern New Hampshire.

Hurley recently completed his Global MBA from Southern NH University and is currently enrolled in a second master’s program in justice studies at the same institution.

Sgt. Nicholas Pinardi was promoted to his new rank and was presented with his sergeant’s badge by daughter Victoria.

Pinardi is a 16-year veteran of law enforcement. He started and spent most of his career with the Hooksett Police Department. He came to Londonderry just over three years ago and is the Departments Use of Force Supervisor.

He is a tactical operator on the Southern NH Special Operations Unit and one of the department’s two polygraph examiners. He is a recipient of the U.S. Congressional Unit

Citation, due to his involvement into the investigation of a bank robbery and drug operation conducted in coordination with Portsmouth and Lewiston, Maine, police.

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