LACONIA — Bryan Moynihan, who volunteers his time to help the community, including coaching youth basketball and soccer, has been named the 2018 Laconia Police Officer of the Year.

The award was made Tuesday evening at the Beane Conference Center.

Retired Sgt. Dennis Ashley was named the 2018 Civilian Employee of the Year.

Moynihan is a native of Massachusetts who moved to New Hampshire to start a career in law enforcement in September 2013.

He coaches on the Lou Athanas Youth Basketball League as well as the soccer team for Laconia Middle School. He also makes himself available at the Laconia Police Officers Association men’s basketball league.

He also answers phones for the Children’s Auction and participates in the annual “Winni Dip” to raise awareness and money for New Hampshire Special Olympics. He also serves lunch on Thanksgiving week to the Woodland Heights children and staff.

In 2017, Moynihan became a D.A.R.E. (drug abuse resistance education) officer.

Police Chief Matt Canfield said Moynihan has been successful in this assignment after spending significant time learning about the program from his predecessor.

"Officer Moynihan has evolved into a productive and proactive police officer who embodies what it means to be part of the community as a police officer," Canfield said. "Officer Moynihan is a worthy recipient of this recognition, may he accept a warm and heartfelt congratulations from this agency."

Dennis Ashley served as a police officer for 30 years, for the Department of Safety Marine Patrol Division and the Laconia Police Department. In 2017, he re-entered the workforce at the department as primary evidence technician.

"Dennis has proven to be highly meticulous in his approach to organization and accountability within the department’s evidence room," Canfield said. "Dennis is well respected amongst the sworn and civilian population at the agency and brings a warm and welcoming presence on a routine basis."


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