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Rindge PD hires three new officers

  • John Ciarcia, 22, of Rindge has joined the Rindge Police Department as one of the department's newest officers. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • John Ciarcia, 22, of Rindge has joined the Rindge Police Department as one of the department's newest officers. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Mike Eneguess, 23, of Peterborough has joined the Rindge Police Department as a full-time officer. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Mike Eneguess, 23, of Peterborough has joined the Rindge Police Department as a full-time officer. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • James McGeeney, left, stands with Rindge Police Chief Dan Anair. McGeeney is one of three new officers for the Rindge Police Department. Courtesy photo—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:35AM

With three police officers under the age of 24 recently hired, the Rindge Police Department will see a small youth movement over the next year. 

John Ciarcia, 22, of Rindge, Mike Eneguess, 23, of Peterborough, and James McGeeney, 23, of Ashburnham, Massachusetts, will bring the Rindge Police Department up to “full strength” at eight full-time officers, according to Rindge Police Chief Daniel Anair.

“This was not intentional, however I am not opposed to it,” said Anair, of hiring three young officers. “This is a good way to bring some young blood to the team as well as some different prospective.”

While each is at a different phase in training, all three officers should be on the road by early next year, according to Anair. 

Serving the community

Ciarcia is no stranger to helping those in need in the community.

A lifelong Rindge resident, Ciarcia has been on the Rindge Fire Department as a firefighter for the past three years and an EMT for the past year. 

“I get to protect the people who contributed to who I am today,” said Ciarcia. “It’s great that I get to help out the community that helped raise me.”

Ciarcia said he was inspired to become a first responder after taking a law and public safety course at Conant High School. He would later attend Franklin Pierce University, where he graduated last year with a degree in criminal justice, because he was interested in the volunteer fire department on campus. 

When thinking about a future career, Ciarcia decided that there would be a natural transition to go from firefighter and EMT to police officer. 

“I’ve loved every step so far,” said Ciarcia. “Law enforcement has been the biggest jump, there’s more risk and danger.”

Ciarcia has already graduated the state police academy and started his field training. Ciarcia said he is going to remain on the fire department for the time being, and will reassess in a year based on his workload at the police department. 

“John has good community ties and will bring a much needed insight to the police department for a young officer,” said Anair. “This will give him a big advantage moving forward.”

Finding a home

For as long as he can remember, Eneguess has wanted to do something service-oriented with his career.

“I grew up playing with G.I. Joes in the woods, which turned into playing paintball,” said Eneguess. “… you see a lot of bad media about police officers right now. I want to set an example and be the change.”

Eneguess initially tried to go into the Marines but was medically disqualified due to having to get a pin in his shoulder at age 15. Determined to find a service-oriented job, he would later become a part-time officer with the Hancock Police Department in May 2017.

One goal Eneguess has in joining Rindge PD is to do more community outreach. Eneguess said he has always had great support from family, friends, coaches, and other community members, especially after the passing of his father when he was 7-years-old.

“I look forward to coming to work every day,” said Eneguess. “I’ve clicked with everyone here. I found a home here.”

Eneguess said he is currently able to work full-time under his part-time certification. He will go through the state police academy when a slot opens up. 

“Mike has had some good initial training working for the Hancock Police Department,” said Anair. “He will have to opportunity to take that training and hone his skills. In a very short time he has already fit in nicely to our team.”

A big step

McGeeney will start in Rindge as a part-time officer, waiting until a spot opens up in the state’s police academy. 

“Helping people is a big part [of me becoming a police officer,]” said McGeeney. “I enjoy helping in any way I can. I want to make sure bad people aren’t doing bad things.”

McGeeney is currently working towards his associates degree in criminal justice at Mount Wachusett Community College and is also a member of the Army National Guard. 

People in town may recognize McGeeney as he was previously employed at Market Basket. He said becoming a police officer represents a very big step in his life towards becoming an adult. 

“I wanted to stay close to home,” said McGeeney, of his desire to work in Rindge. “I always figured being a police officer would be something I would enjoy. It’s similar to the military. It’s a very transferable mindset to have and it’s something I wanted to continue to do.”

McGeeney currently works part-time as a security guard for Central Security. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the gym and hanging out with friends and family. 

“He has a prior military background that will transition well into the police field,” said Anair. “He is going to be a welcome addition to the team and we look forward to having him around.”