On August 1, 2019, the Lebanon Police Department held a Swearing In, Promotions, and Awards Ceremony at City Hall.
Newly hired Police Officer Benjamin Bailey was sworn in by Chief Mello. Officer Bailey comes to us from Park County Sheriff's Office in Montana where he worked as a Deputy Sherriff. Officer Bailey grew up in Hanover and received a degree from the University of New Hampshire.
Sergeant Garrett Hubert and Sergeant Paul Gifford were recognized for their recent promotions to Sergeant. Sergeant Hubert was hired in 2012, promoted to Corporal in June 2018, and now Sergeant in July 2019. Sergeant Gifford was hired in 2008, and also promoted to Sergeant in July 2019.
Senior Officer Jeremy Perkins received the Commendation Bar for Lifesaving Award. The award recognizes Officer Perkins for responding to an emergency call of a suicidal male threatening to jump off a bridge. Officer Perkins was on his way home from an overtime shift and responded to the call and was able to de-escalate the situation. The male reached out his hand and Officer Perkins pulled him to safety. Officer Perkins then stayed at the hospital with the male until he was calm. Officer Perkins’ excellent performance on this call resulted in saving this man’s life.
Sergeant Richard Norris was awarded a Distinguished Service Award for his dedication and outstanding work in the Cyber Crimes Unit. Sergeant Norris created the unit and through significant training and research, has created a highly progressive, technological unit that has been recognized across the region, specifically in the area of Internet Crimes Against Children.
Sergeant Norris, Sergeant Hubert, and Officer Eric Hunter were all awarded Unit Citation Awards for their superior performance during the last year in the Cyber Crimes Unit. The Unit has continued to expand its capabilities which have resulted in several high-profile arrests and successful prosecution of child predators.
Congratulations to all Officers!
Authorized by: Chief Richard R. Mello