New Manchester police officers have experience on their side
"Not only do we have a shorter training curve, they get out onto the street a lot quicker," Mara said during an induction ceremony. Meanwhile, towns are bemoaning the loss of valued employees.
"They (Manchester) have a good department, they have a newer facility, a great chief and a lot of room for advancement," Velleca said. He also said the city pays more; Bifsha will earn about $10,000 more a year in making the move.
• Kevin D. O'Meara, 36. O'Meara worked as a Carroll County corrections officer from 2004 to 2005. He worked as a police officer in Madison and Ossipee before being hired by Bedford police in 2012. "I always wanted to get back to (the city)," said O'Meara, who grew up in Weymouth, Mass.
• Matthew W. O'Connor, 26. O'Connor graduated from Manchester High School Central and served 11 months in Afghanistan with the Army National Guard. He started with Henniker police in 2007.