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Two officers join ‘substantially depleted’ Weare police

Two new Weare police officers with ties to the local community were sworn in yesterday, increasing the department’s ranks to 12 members.

The department had been “substantially depleted in 2013,” according to a press release announcing the new hires.

In the release, Weare police Chief John Velleca said new Officers Austin Maguire and Sheila Savaria would help the department focus on “livability” within the town.

“By hiring quality people who have a vested interest in the community they serve, we enhance our ability to sustain the quality of life our community has enjoyed for a number of years,” Velleca said.

Maguire is a lifelong member of the Weare community. He received an associate degree in criminal justice from NHTI, according to the release, and he is working toward a bachelor’s degree in the same field. A member of the Weare Police Explorers Program for six years, Maguire will begin basic training at the New Hampshire Police Officer Standards and Training Council this month.

Savaria has been a part-time records clerk at the department for four years, according to the release. She lives in Weare with her husband and two children, ages 7 and 2, and she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of New Hampshire. She will begin her basic training in June.

Maguire and Savaria will follow two other officers who joined the department in November. Officers Barry Charest and Ryan Frisbee will also begin basic training this month.

“We look forward to the contributions these young officers will make as we begin to look beyond crime fighting and focus on livability within our community,” Velleca said.

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