New Seabrook lieutenants, sergeants sworn in

ANGELJEAN CHIARAMIDA/Staff photoJoining four new police officials after their swearing in Monday are Chief Michael Gallagher and Deputy Chief Brett Walker, center. From left are Sgt. Justin Murphy, Lt. Kevin Gelineau, Gallagher, Walker, Sgt. Patrick Smart and Lt. Jason Allen.

SEABROOK —The Police Department gained two lieutenants and two sergeants Monday when the four were sworn in to take their places on the leadership team. 

Lieutenants Jason Allen and Kevin Gelineau and sergeants Patrick Smart and Justin Murphy took their oaths at the Board of Selectmen meeting to serve and protect the people of Seabrook.

 They are proven leaders who have earned their new roles and represent the future of the Police Department, according to police Chief Michael Gallagher. 

"These promotions represent a culmination of the hard work and dedication that all members of the department have displayed during this transition," Gallagher said. "I am humbled by their perseverance and commitment to service.”

Because of retirements, the department was down to five officers at one point while calls for service rose as the town and region deal with an opiate crisis. It took Gallagher two years to build the department up to its full complement.

"We're now at full strength," he said. "I truly feel that there is a chemistry and camaraderie among all members of the department that is unique. Almost daily, I hear reports of how professional and courteous these officers are in their duties. It makes me proud to be their chief.”

Allen, 47, is a 21-year veteran of the department and previously served as an officer in North Hampton and Hampton. He became a sergeant in 2004 and has served as acting lieutenant since January 2016.

Allen was raised in Lynn, Massachusetts, graduated from Lynn Classical High School and earned an associate's degree in criminal justice from North Shore Community College. The father of two lives in Seabrook.

Gelineau, 38, began his law enforcement career in Seabrook in 2005, leaving briefly in 2011 to work at the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office. After returning in 2013, Gelineau was promoted to sergeant in 2015 and was recently named the department's second lieutenant.

Gelineau is an East Kingston resident and father of two. He grew up in Salem, graduating from Salem High School and earning an associate's degree in general studies from Northern Essex Community College.   

Smart joined the department in 2003 after working in law enforcement in Newton, East Kingston and Kingston. He was named acting sergeant in January 2016.  

Smart, 49, grew up in Amesbury and is a graduate of Amesbury High School. He holds an associate's degree in engineering science, and is four courses away from earning his bachelor's degree in social sciences from Granite State College. Smart has a son and lives in Seabrook.

Murphy, 33, is a 10-year veteran of the department who graduated from New England University with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. 

He is a Haverhill native and graduate of Haverhill High School who is getting married Saturday. Murphy and his wife will live in Newton.

 Monday was an exciting day for the town and the Police Department, according to Town Manager Bill Manzi. The four men join Gallagher, sergeants Daniel Lawrence and David Bucchieri as well as Deputy Chief Brett Walker to make up the department's leadership team. 

"Chief Gallagher has a full contingent of officers and is deploying those assets in new ways that will better serve our residents and position the department to continue the commitment to fighting against the scourge of opioid addiction," Manzi said. 

 Angeljean Chiaramida can be reached at 978-961-3147, at achiaramida@newburyportnews.com, or follow her on Twitter @achiaramida1.

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