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Manchester welcomes 14 new police recruits
Chief David Mara swears in 14 new officers, including (from left) his son, Matthew Mara, Michael McGee, Shawn McKennedy, James Pittman, Max Rahill and Sharah Thibault during a ceremony on Monday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
The chief said more than 200 men and women signed up to take the police exam and after extensive investigations, these four women and 10 men were selected.
But while the entire group will have to attend the Police Standards and Training Academy before hitting the streets, the hope is that they will stay with the department for many years.
The chief told the new officers, “Whether you like it or not, you are role models.” He said they will meet the worst of society, occasionally the best and “also good people that make mistakes.”
The new officers range in age from 21 to 34, with most in their early 20s.
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