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At long last, Lyndeborough police force finds stability
Firings, hirings, special town meetings and lots of lawsuits have plagued the Lyndeborough Police Department and the Board of Selectmen for as long as many folks can remember. Since Police Chief James Basinas was ousted by a vote at a special town meeting to do away with the position of chief in 2007, there have been nearly half a dozen men running the department as interim administrators or officers in charge. Some left on good terms when their jobs were done, while others left unhappy with the town.
“He is a very qualified person with a lot of skills,” said Deware. Sprankle will work up to 32 hours per week, and will be able to fill in for Deware when the chief is away on vacation or otherwise occupied.
With the current hires, Lyndeborough now has seven officers working, though most of them are part time and only work a couple of shifts a week. Still, the extra hands mean the town has better coverage on nights and weekends. And Deware said he’s in the process of hiring another full-time officer.
“I’ve had good communication with the town administrator and the board,” he said. “Everybody’s talking and communicating and working together as a team to resolve issues.”
“Our calls in 2013 were less than half of what they were in 2012,” he said. “My guys are out driving around, stopping to say hi to people, and trying to make strong connections with the community. Everybody’s doing the right thing.”
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