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Ossipee Police hire first female officer

KIMBERLY HATCH, Ossipee’s newest police officer and first female full-timer, poses after her swearing in last Tuesday with husband Rob and proud son Austin. (Mellisa Seamans photo) (click for larger version)
November 29, 2012
OSSIPEE — This Tuesday, Nov. 27 marked a historic moment in Ossipee when the town's police department officially hired Kimberly Hatch as the first female to be hired full-time on the police force.

In a swearing-in ceremony with family, friends, town employees, and all of the other members of the department, Hatch took her oath of office, swearing to "faithfully and impartially" perform all duties required as a patrolman for the Ossipee Police Department. Her badge was pinned on by her husband, Rob.

Hatch's hiring was first announced the evening prior at the weekly selectmen's meeting. As a matter of introduction, Hatch said she grew up in Center Harbor and now resides in Madison. The 33-year-old mother of seven-year-old Austin said she is looking forward to serving the community and decided to pursue a career in law enforcement, among other reasons, to make her son proud. Hatch also serves in Madison's Fire and Rescue Department. That coupled with her new career on the police force is, according to Austin, "very cool" and, he added, it makes him "very proud."

An Ossipee patrolman position opened up when Ossipee's Anthony Sacco took a sergeant position at Effingham Police Department. Hatch was one of 13 candidates for the job. According to Ossipee Police Chief Donald Grow, one of the original 13 dropped out and five were eliminated after the physical test portion of the first round. Five candidates went on to be interviewed by an oral board made up of Tamworth Police Chief Dan Poirier, Ossipee Police Sergeants Joseph Duchesne and Robert King, County Sheriff-elect Domenic Richardi, and Ossipee Selectman Robert Freeman. The board narrowed the five to two, and Hatch was awarded the job. Hatch will be going to the police academy in January, where she will be trained to become a full-time police officer in April.

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