Carrying on a family tradition, Sgt. Nathan Noyes aims high on the job
Noyes, 37, is a patrol sergeant with the New Hampshire State Police at Troop B in Bedford. He also serves as the assistant team leader for the State Police SWAT company, following in the footsteps of his father, James Noyes, who was killed in the line of duty in 1994.
Noyes said he always wanted to be a trooper like his father and two uncles, and was drawn to the comradery that's strong within the law enforcement community.
"It was all I knew growing up," he said. "It's a job that offers you an opportunity to give back."
Noyes has seen his share of dangerous calls as a member of the SWAT team. He has gone after and caught bank robbers and in doing so earned a congressional award. He saved a young girl who was being held hostage by her mother's boyfriend, diving into the window of the home when he heard shots ring out inside. And he has helped the State Police in their planning and preparation for SWAT calls.
For Noyes, being proficient in the skills that are needed to be an effective member of the SWAT team pushes him.
"It gives me the ability to test myself and to personally do better every day," he said.
But it's the interaction with the suspects at situations where the SWAT teams have to respond that he finds the most fascinating and challenging.
"Learning the skill of negotiation is very important," he said. "You have to have sympathy and empathy, the ability to walk in someone else's shoes, in order to deal with people who are scared to death, but need to answer for the very violent things they've done."
Losing his father in the line of duty inspires Noyes to make sure that every possible measure is taken to keep both the officers and the public safe.
"It makes me want to ensure that at every call we respond to we have exhausted every avenue before we have to take it to another level," he said. "I want to try and slow situations down as long as possible before putting anyone in harm's way."
As a patrol sergeant for Troop B, Noyes strives to maintain a balance between providing safety for the public while building solid relationships with people in the towns and cities he serves.
"We want to try and maintain the community policing aspect of our work so that we're deterring crime instead of reacting to calls," he said.