SEABROOK — With the swearing in of five new officers Monday morning, Seabrook Police Department is now fully staffed with 27 uniformed officers, something that hasn’t been the case for years.
The five sworn in at the selectmen’s meeting were Travis Brown, Zachary Bunszell, Richard Hines, Daniel Hurley and Tyler Houldsworth. All will be patrolling the streets of Seabrook, according to police Chief Michael Gallagher.
“From everything I’ve been told from those who know and have worked with these men, we have five good officers who are going to go on to solid careers,” Gallagher said. “They’ve gotten into law enforcement for the right reasons. This is the future of the Seabrook Police Department.”
In recent years, Seabrook lost officers through retirements, resignations and firings, leaving vacancies on the busy department. According to Gallagher, finding good replacements isn’t always easy. He praised Sgt. David Buccheri for taking on the job.
Buccheri was able to get the best from the pool of candidates, Gallagher said. The chief said the sergeant wrote the department’s first manual on the process of objectively recruiting officers, organized the hiring process, and set up training at the New Hampshire Police Academy. In addition, Gallagher said, Buccheri will organize the field training for the new officers.
The chief said Hurley is a veteran officer coming to Seabrook from another department, and, as a result, he didn’t have to attend the police academy.
Brown, Hines and Bunszell graduated last Friday from the 171st New Hampshire Police Academy Class. Houldsworth is off to the academy in January for the 16-week course, Gallagher said.
With the development of hundreds of thousands of square feet of new retail space in town in recent years, heavy traffic, an increase in population and a growing drug problem in town, Seabrook police are experiencing a growing number of calls every year, according to Gallagher.
Selectman Aboul Khan told the men their presence in town will be “very good news for the people of Seabrook.”
As Selectman Theresa Kyle welcomed the new patrolmen, she said the swearing-in ceremony was emotional for her.
Selectman Ella Brown, whose son is a veteran officer in Seabrook, gave the men some advice. “Make sure you stick together as a team. Stay safe out there, especially these days.”
The men assumed their roles surrounded by fellow officers and family members in the audience taking photos. As soon as the ceremony was complete, Hurley’s 3-year-old daughter, Madelyn, could sit still no longer. She jumped into her father’s arms and gave him a big kiss.
Angeljean Chiaramida can be reached at 978-961-3147 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.