GILMANTON — Selectmen’s Chairman Rachel Hatch swore in the town’s newest police officer, William Mahoney IV, in a brief ceremony Monday night attended by fellow officers, family and friends.
Mahoney, 19, is a lifelong resident of Gilmanton who said he had always looked up to police officers as role models.
“I like the idea of taking criminals and anything illegal out of town,” Mahoney said.
Mahoney, who begins at the first of the year as a full-time officer with Gilmanton, will graduate with an associate’s degree in criminal justice from New Hampshire Technical Institute in May. While working this spring, he said he will complete his degree by taking both online and in-class instruction.
As part of his degree program, Mahoney completed a 120-hour internship with the Gilmanton Police Department.
Mahoney will attend the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training full-time academy beginning May 5. He said he plans on pursuing his bachelor’s degree and possibly more either at Plymouth State University or Southern New Hampshire University.
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