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Kensington police chief retiring after 26 years in law enforcement
Chief Mike Sielicki of the Kensington Police Department retired from law enforcement Thursday. (MIKE LAWRENCE/Union Leader Correspondent)
“It’s been crazy,” Sielicki said, leaning back in his chair and exhaling during a brief respite in the police department trailer across from Kensington Town Hall. “The phone hasn’t stopped ringing and the emails haven’t stopped coming.”
Vittum spoke highly about Sielicki’s ability to take on sensitive issues – such as in-state gambling and whether to legalize marijuana – over the past year, when Sielicki served as president of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police.
Vittum also praised Sielicki’s actions and coordination of multiple departments following the death of Brentwood Police Department Officer Stephen Arkell, who was shot and killed in the line of duty May 12.
Sielicki said memorial services unfortunately are a part of every officer’s life, and his 26-year career was no exception.“It accumulates on you,” he said. “You go to a lot of funerals.” Sielicki was chief of police in Colebrook on Aug. 19, 1997, when Carl Drega shot and killed four people, including two officers, and wounded four others. Sielicki said he knew many of those people very well.
Sielicki said adjusting to a new routine, and a slower pace, will be a change.“I tell everybody, since I was 19 years old, I’ve had boots and a gun on,” said Sielicki, now 53.
“We’re rolling it out statewide over the next couple of years,” Sielicki said. “It’s a game-changer. Nothing else that we have now compares to this.”
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