January 2015 Newsletter

There were seven members at the meeting on December 17, 2014.  One guest also attended, John Smith, a Marine veteran and VFW member.  John is a friend of Chaplain Mark Lindsley and has served with several law enforcement agencies in the state.

Adjutant/Finance Officer Ned Brooks read the minutes of the previous meeting which were accepted after making a correction.  Ned also reported  $7,197.34  in the checking account.

Judge Advocate Dennis O’Brien gave a report on the annual law enforcement and firefighter explorers’ banquet.  Dennis, Sr. Vice Commander J. Scott Crocker as well as Commander Dave Hargreaves and their wives also attended.  This year there were 164 in attendance at the banquet which is an all time high.

Attached is a copy of a badge that Past Judge Advocate and Past Finance Officer Nick Pishon provided to perhaps put on caps or shirts.  The Commander will report on pricing from an embroidery shop in Bedford at the next meeting.

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Members discussed the lack of nominations for the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.

Notices were printed in the Union Leader and other newspapers and delivered to Police Standards and Training.  Update:  After this meeting the Post received two nominations.  One was from a Keene Police Lieutenant who nominated Rochester K-9 Officer Keith MacKenzie and the other was from a Fremont Police Sergeant who nominated his fellow officer, Derek Franke.  The Fremont nomination was forwarded to us through Epping Legion Post Commander, Kevin Murnane.  After reviewing the nominations it was learned that Officer Franke is a part time officer and according to National rules (paragraph 6a), the nominee must be a full time member of a law enforcement agency.  Therefore, Officer MacKenzie is our 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  Officer Franke will be awarded the Department of New Hampshire Heroism Award.  We are currently in the process of getting all the required material for Officer MacKenzie sent off to National Headquarters.   Had both officer been full time, the Awards Committee would have had a very tough decision to make, as both officers easily surpassed all the other qualifications as outlined by National.

Upcoming event:  The tractor-trailer exercise at the Police Academy is scheduled for Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

Next meeting is Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 7:00 PM at Police Standards in Concord.

Reminder:  If the Concord campus of the New Hampshire Technical Institute cancels classes due to weather, then our meeting is also cancelled.