Town adds officer by way of Alaska
Daniel Cheshire of Dublin, left, was sworn in as a full-time officer for the Dublin Police Department in a ceremony with the Select Board on May 13. Cheshire's wife, Cindy, and 2-year-old daughter, Ainslie, attended the event. (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »
DUBLIN — New Hampshire native Daniel Cheshire spent the past six and a half years in Juneau, Alaska, serving as a full-time officer in the city. Now he’s returning to his home state to fill a vacancy in the Dublin Police Department.
“New Hampshire is where my family is,” Cheshire said Monday. “Returning home has been in the works for a long time and then this opportunity arose.”
Officer Joel Chidester, who had worked for Dublin full-time for more than two years, accepted a position with the Keene Police Department in January. Since then, the Dublin force has been down a full-time officer. Master Patrolman Tim Suokko and Chief Jim Letourneau make up the remainder of the force.
Cheshire said he remembers as a young boy driving through Dublin with his family and is excited about the chance to work in a small town.
“There’s just something about the personality of Dublin that’s great,” he said, referring to the town’s historic character.
As an officer in Alaska, Cheshire was a team leader for the Juneau Police Department’s Crisis Negotiation Team and Honor Guard.
He said he believes that the experience he gained as a member of those specialized units will serve him well throughout his law enforcement career.
Cheshire’s decision to become a police officer, he said, was prompted by his desire to serve the community and help better people on an individual level.
“You see people at their worst and at their best,” he said of the job.
Cheshire was one of about 25 people who applied for the open position, Letourneau said, adding that he was encouraged by the number of applications.
“It can be very competitive out there with other agencies that are also looking to fill openings, he said.
The years of law enforcement experience that Cheshire has will be of great benefit to Dublin, Letourneau said, adding that a trained officer saves the town money and time that would otherwise be spent at N.H. Police Academy training.
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