Police training three new officers

PETERBOROUGH — Three recent hires have brought the Peterborough Police Department nearly up to full strength, but Police Chief Scott Guinard said the department is looking for one more person to hire.

“We have one part-time vacancy still open,” Guinard said recently. “With three recent hires still in training, we’re still stretched thin.”

Guinard said two full-time officers left recently. Officer Greg Hertik resigned from the Peterborough force recently in order to move to Georgia and David Abbott left to go to work in Memphis, Tenn.

Lionel Emond, who had been a part-time officer, briefly went on full-time duty, but he has since returned to part-time work.

Ashley Pepelis and David Bell were recently hired as full-time officers.

Pepelis, who started May 20, most recently served as an officer in Lyndeborough. She is originally from Weare and worked in Goffstown, first as a dispatcher and then as a patrol officer, before moving to South Carolina, where she worked for the Colleton County Sheriffs’s Department. Pepelis’s certification from South Carolina is recognized by New Hampshire, Guinard said, but she is spending some of her time in additional training at the N.H. Police Academy.

Bell recently retired from the U.S. Army, where he was a weapons specialist. Guinard said he is in the second week of a 14-week certification course at the police academy.

Gregory Theroux, a retired Marine who has worked in state prisons in Massachusetts, will be working part-time. Theroux is spending four days a week at a certification course at the academy.

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