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8 - December 23, 2011 | Salem Community Patriot Police Department Graduates its Second Citizen Police Academy Students

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz The second class of the Salem Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy celebrated its graduation ceremony on November 22 at the Salem Boys and Girls Club with an evening pizza party complete with cake and goodies. Every class member was greeted and

congratulated by Community Services Unit Sergeant Joel Dolan, Police Chief Paul Donovan, Deputy Chief Shawn Patten, Captain John Lozowski, Sergeant Rob Morin, and Community Affairs Officer Matt Norcross. A total of 13 Salem residents attended

graduated from the Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy Class of 2011. During the 11- week academy the graduates took a look into what exactly our community’s police officers do on an everyday basis. This class touched on every division and aspect of the Salem Police Department and police work in general, which included hands-on demonstrations with the

K-9 team, Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit, hard and soft hand control, self-defense, class instruction by Salem police officers, many of which teach at the New Hampshire State Police Academy, ride-along with on-duty Salem police officers, firearms training simulation, simunitions training and sampling or handling department issued weapons used by our community’s police officers during service. The class was unique in terms of who attended, as there were all ages, some with law enforcement experience but most without, but one thing everyone had in common was the curiosity of what our officers do and why they do it. Everyone in attendance took away one thing, a new found ambassadorship to the Salem Police Department. Fully armed with the right answers to many of the public’s questions and the ability to correctly disprove common mistruths and misconceptions about the Salem Police Department as an agency. Sadly, it is quite possible that the Citizen’s

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Police Academy may not be available next year, but that has not been made official just yet. One of the favorite portions of the course included a Saturday night ride along with Officer Bob Holland. It was neat to see how he conducts himself when dealing with the public. Officer Holland certainly conducts himself the way that any reasonable person would expect him too. He is polite and fair, always uses good judgement and does his job exactly the way he was trained to. Another class favorite was the K-9 unit class and demonstrations. Seeing the bond between dog and handler and how they communicate with each other and work together is an amazing thing that must be appreciated. Using the dog as a tool, but yet it is a living breathing creature that loves, feels and is eager to please and loves to work is beyond amazing and the entire 2011 Citizen’s Police Academy class agrees to that. The 2011 Salem Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy graduates are:

Captain John Lozowski, Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz and Sgt. Joel Dolan celebrate after the 2011 graduation at the Salem Boys and Girls Club on November 22

Arthur Nobrega, Robert Hansen, Anne Priestley,

John Tiller, Elliot Fair, William King, Cheryl King, Glenn Smith, Ron Penczak, Lisa Beckham, Andrea Dannewitz, Rubel Melendez, and William Gray.

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said the suspects were a 20-year old Lawrence, MA, man, identified as Edwin Rivera, Jr., and a 15-year old girl who also had her 1-year old daughter with her. Police took the three to the Salem Police Department. Rivera was charged with theft, endangering the welfare of a child, use of theft detection devices, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The 15-year old girl, who will not be identified due to her age, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and

theft. Both were

processed at the Salem Police

Department. The 15 year old

suspect and the infant were

Edwin Rivera

released into the custody of the girl’s mother. Rivera could not make the $1,000 bail and was transported to the Rockingham County Jail. The amount in the theft was approximately $430 worth of merchandise.

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