Manchester has five new police officers tonight to help battle the crime problem in New Hampshire’s biggest city. They just graduated alongside another 52 men and women who will serve communities across the state.

A proud day for William Regan Senior as he watches his son, his namesake, officially become a Manchester police officer.

“Very, very proud. He’s just a great kid. He’s worked really hard to get to where he is, and just very proud,” says William Regan, Sr.

“I wouldn’t be standing here on this stage if it weren’t for them. I can honestly, truly say that,” says Officer William Regan, Jr.

Officer William Regan Junior is one of 57 men and women graduating in the New Hampshire Police Academy’s 168th class.

Despite the excitement of the day, Regan is anxious to get off the stage and onto the job—especially in light of the recent mass shootings, including the deadly terror attacks in San Bernardino, California.

“I feel like I can speak for what I like to think is all of the Class 168, is we’re looking forward to getting out on the street,” says Officer Regan.

While he’s just getting started, Regan believes the training gives him—and his fellow officers—a strong foundation for a lifelong career of protecting and serving the Queen City.

“Policing seems to be changing. A lot of threats that people didn’t have to deal with or were not as prevalent many years ago. We hope we never come across a situation like that, but should we… we hope, we know, that we will act in the proper situation,” says Officer Regan.

“This is a very difficult job and nationally we lose a member of law enforcement almost daily. And it’s a really important reminder to everyone that we all need to work together to stay safe,” says New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan.

“We do an incredible amount of training in the Manchester Police Department. From start to finish, over 9 months of hands on training before they’re physically put in a cruiser on their own,” says Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard.

While Regan knows his parents worry for his safety, they’re all focusing less on the risk and more on the rewards.

“In terms of making someone’s day a little bit better or helping someone in some sort of way makes this profession that much more rewarding,” says Officer Regan.

A big challenge for MPD has been open police officer positions. There were 21 open and with today’s new graduates, that number is down to 16. Our recruit has graduated, but his training isn’t over, so stay tuned…

Governor Maggie Hassan comments on our series: THE RECRUIT:

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