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Jaffrey-RINDGE School District

SRO recalled to town’s police force

JAFFREY — The Jaffrey Police Department, which is down three officers, has called upon former School Resource Officer Chris Anderson to return to the department as a full-time patrolman earlier than expected.

Anderson has served as SRO for the Jaffrey-Rindge School District since July 2010, and was scheduled to continue his duties there until July 1. But due to the departure of three Jaffrey officers since October 2012, Oswalt requested that Anderson resume his patrolman position in late March in order to fill vacant shifts.

Fully staffed, the Jaffrey Police Department employees 10 full-time officers, including the chief and prosecutor, and 2 part-time officers.

“Anytime we are down one, we have to make adjustments,” Oswalt said, referring to the time allocated to patrol, supervision and investigation. “But when we lose three, that’s a significant portion of our workforce.”

The latest officer to leave the department was Officer Nicholas Jowders, who resigned in March. Jowders was sworn in April 1 as a full-time patrolman at the Nashua Police Department.

Prior to Jowders’ departure, Officer Brandon Nicholopoulos and Officer Scott Radford had resigned. Nicholopoulos was sworn in as an officer at the Winchester Police Department last month, and Radford now works for the New Ipswich Police Department. “In some cases, opportunities for advancement and involvement in specialized teams were factors,” Oswalt said. “In other cases it was a slight pay increase.”

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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