Antrim / bennington

2 officers change departments

Some shifting between local police departments took place earlier this month.

Former full-time Bennington Police Officer John Giffin will be joining the Antrim Police Department as a full-time patrol officer after more than two years in Bennington, Giffin said in an interview Monday.

Giffin will continue working in Bennington as a part-time officer. He said he began his police work as a part-time officer in Antrim in the October 201o, before moving over to Bennington full-time. Giffin said it’s been a good transition back to Antrim for him. “The move comes down to two things, schedule and base pay,” Giffin said.

Antrim Police Chief Scott Lester said Giffin will be paid $50,800 a year. When Giffin was a full-time patrol officer in Bennington, his annual salary was $42,500, and as a part-time officer Giffin will be paid $17 an hour, according to Bennington Deputy Town Administrator Kristie LaPlante. Det. Jason LePine said Giffin is now one of five full-time officers in Antrim; three others are part-timers.

On Nov. 1, former Peterborough Corporal Bret Sullivan joined the Bennington Police Department as a full-time officer. When Sullivan worked in Peterborough, Peterborough Police Chief Scott Guinard said Sullivan’s base salary was $57, 845. In Bennington, Sullivan will be making $50,000, but will go up to $52,00 on Jan. 2., according to LaPlante.

Sullivan and Chief Campbell are the only two full-time officers for Bennington, with four active part-time officers on the force.

“It’s been a good change for me,” Sullivan said in an interview Monday.

Sullivan said he’s lived in this area of New Hampshire his whole life and worked as a full-time officer in Peterborough for 12 years, and before that he was an officer in Temple for two years.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, or

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