Horne sworn in as Hancock’s top cop

  • Thomas Horne is the new Hancock Police Chief. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Thomas Horne is the new Hancock Police Chief. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/6/2021 5:12:24 PM
Modified: 1/6/2021 5:12:14 PM

Hancock’s new police chief, Thomas Horne, says he’s committed to transparency between the Hancock Police Department and town’s people and government following his swearing-in ceremony on Monday afternoon.

“Moving forward, there needs to be a firm commitment from this department for transparency,” he said, something he sees as “crucially important” in the current national discourse regarding policing issues. Horne expressed his willingness to discuss current policing issues with the community and maintain an open dialogue, aimed at answering "How do we effectively do our jobs as law enforcement officers and maintain positive community relations?”

Horne also pledged to work collaboratively with the Select Board to effectively administrate the department according to the needs of the town, and said there’ll be an “open door policy” for residents who wished to engage the police department with ideas and concerns. Horne currently lives in Rindge and said there’s been no discussion so far about relocating to town.

Horne most recently served as a police sergeant for Hancock, but previously served as an officer in Antrim and New Ipswich, after starting out on Rindge’s force in 2010. Police work isn’t Horne’s first career, however.

Antrim resident Steve Ullman praised Horne’s above-and-beyond outreach to the Antrim and Bennington communities as an officer, and highlighted Horne’s varied background in a recent Letter to the Editor: “After earning an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry, Sgt. Horne taught physics in the city of Nashua. He then worked as a cryotherapy technologist,” Ullman wrote, and a firefighter, before going into law enforcement.

“I think I always wanted to be in law enforcement,” Horne said, and that the urge never went away even though other professions seemed a better fit for his circumstances earlier in life. His previous experience as an educator helps him in the field, he said. He attempts to take an educator’s approach with community interactions, and  tries to make law enforcement situations into teachable moments, he said. “[Having] people understand why we’re doing what we’re doing, why things are progressing… I find that to be a pretty effective approach,” he said. Horne’s experience in the business world helps him when public speaking and presenting to large groups, a further asset in community outreach, he said.

Horne described the words of support he’s received as “very humbling.” “Everyone’s been very kind,” he said.




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