“It’s accountability. It’s no longer just being accountable for you, yourself, but everything you do has a chain reaction—where you could change the course of someone’s life and you really need to be aware of that.” – William Regan, Jr., THE RECRUIT
The job of a police officer is dangerous. On any given day, they can lose their life or take a life. And, with an increase in high-profile deadly police encounters across the country, the job is becoming more challenging. NH1 News gives you an exclusive, in-depth look at how New Hampshire’s largest police force is training—THE RECRUIT.
24-year-old William Regan’s living out his childhood dream—he’s a police officer in training.
“I watched Chips,” says Regan. He adds, “I know that’s way, maybe a little before my time but it’s a show about people doing the right thing and the right point in time.”
It’s only week 5 of training, but this recruit already understands some of the biggest challenges he will face the day he puts on the uniform.
“Law enforcement is under high scrutiny. Somethings are horrible, tragic events that shouldn’t happen,” says Regan. “We want to be that fixture—you don’t have to be afraid to reach out to us, to call when you need help.”
With what seems like a regular stream of deadly—or just plain shocking—caught on camera videos of police encounters from around the country going viral, Manchester Chief Nick Willard admits, today’s young recruits have to be exceptionally well trained in protecting and serving.
“I say to recruits our job is to take criminals off the street. If we take criminals off the street, people will feel safer, people will feel more secure,” says Willard.
They key—treating everyone with respect. It’s the core of community policing.
“Somebody’s a witness or a victim, somebody’s a suspect, or eventually a defendant, it’s important to me that people are always treated with a sense of dignity and fairness.”
“To be part of this organization, is to be a part of Manchester,” says Regan.
It’s just one lesson recruits learn in their training, which lasts close to a year.
It starts in MPD’s in-house training center and includes lifesaving, defensive tactics like handcuffing, pursuit and evasive driving, firing pistols and rifles—and perhaps most importantly—when not to.
“It’s accountability. It’s no longer just being accountable for you, yourself, but everything you do has a chain reaction where you could change the course of someone’s life,” says Regan.
He knows the stakes are high, but he’s confident he will help drive positive change.
“You’re a public servant, you serve the community and there’s no real good excuse for a bad day.”
We will follow Regan through his training, so you can get a clear picture of how Manchester Police Department officers are trained.