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Joyce Endee
January 11, 2012
LITTLETON—The tide that has carried two police officers out of town recently has brought back a second officer who left earlier this year because he feared his job might be in jeopardy.

Dave Wentworth, who worked as a fulltime Littleton officer from March 2010 to May 2011 was rehired last week as a fulltime officer to replace Aaron Roberts, who left the force in late December after 12 years of service.

Wentworth's hiring comes on the heels of the rehiring of former fulltime officer Dan Hebert, who left last spring after town meeting and it seemed certain that positions would be cut. Hebert was hired to replace Michelle Soares, who also resigned in December after more than 10 years of service.

Police Chief Paul Smith said that hiring Wentworth was a good deal as it will save the town quite a bit of money. He will not have to be field trained and he already has Littleton Police uniforms. Wentworth, the son of former Littleton sergeant and current Sugar Hill Police Chief Dave Wentworth, is from Littleton and it was always his goal to work here, Smith said.

"He's a good fit for the town," Smith said.

Also in late December, yet another officer, Christopher Cote, also resigned—the seventh to do so in less than a year. His position has yet to be filled.

With the departure of Roberts, the last of Littleton's long-serving patrol officers is gone. Smith noted that he has a young and enthusiastic force but noted it will take time for them to get to know the community and its residents the way the older officers did.

"I hope the public knows they'll have a learning curve."

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