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Residents show support for Tilton police



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Members of the Tilton Police Department were pleasantly surprised when a group of supporters came to their headquarters on Main Street last weekend with signs aimed to rally other residents in backing their community police. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
June 27, 2020
TILTON – Members of the Tilton Police Department were pleasantly surprised when a group of supporters came to their headquarters on Main Street last weekend with signs aimed to rally other residents in backing their community police officers, too.

"I'm not even sure who they were but we really appreciated them coming out like that," said Chief Robert Cormier.

Holding signs that said "Thank You NH Police" and asking passersby to "Honk 4 Cops" they brought smiles and good feelings to the officers as they went about their duties that day.

"I think it's really nice when folks drop by and do something like that," Cormier said. "The officers in my department don't have it easy. They've been busy and stressed out about the virus, too, but they keep working hard and do a good job."

Those seemingly small gestures, he added, are especially meaningful to them right now as the actions of some officers in larger cities across the country are being condemned.

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the nation, police and other first responders were applauded for all they were doing to keep citizens safe in the midst of a global health crisis. Cormier said his department received many food donations and thank you cards from organizations like the Girl Scouts, local schools, and nearby businesses. Since the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Milwaukee last month however, things have rapidly changed. Now police everywhere, including small towns in New Hampshire, are finding themselves subjected to not only governmental scrutiny, but even public scorn.

That's why last weekend's small support rally meant a lot to Tilton's officers.

"It's really boosts our spirits when people come out like this to say thank you," said Cormier. "We feel it's important to say thank you back to them as well, though, and let everyone know we really do care about the people in our community."

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