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Beth Tower was sworn in as patrol sergeant on the Allenstown Police Department. (RYAN O'CONNOR/Union Leader Correspondent)

Allenstown police officer promoted to leadership post

ALLENSTOWN — For six years, Beth Tower has worked long hours to diligently serve and protect the people of Allenstown.

Recently, she was awarded for her efforts and dedication when she was named patrol sergeant.

To become one of the first women promoted to a leadership position within the Allenstown Police Department, the former master patrolman had to stand out among her peers in both a written examination and oral board interview, said Police Chief Paul Paquette.

The decision comes as no surprise to her peers.

"She's been a fantastic team player in the six years she's been here," said Lt. Michael Stark. "She's been very open to new training opportunities and has kept up to date with all proper procedures."

Tower began with Allenstown police in March 2008 and has constantly looked for ways to improve her performance and remain at the forefront of police technology.

Recently, she took the initiative to take supervisory courses and traveled to Texas to familiarize herself with top incident command practices.

Tower said she couldn't think of a better department and town with which to grow and further her career.

"I get a good mix of calls, and it's nice because we're a relatively small community, you know, we're not as big as Manchester, but when calls come in they're all treated the same and you see them through to the end. I suspect that might be tough to do in a larger town or city," she said. "It's also nice because this community is small enough that you get to know a lot of people and they get to know you."

"I'm beyond thankful for the opportunity to advance in this department," Tower added. "I hope to be here a long time.

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