Det. Sgt. Shea honored in Allenstown for safety efforts

Monitor columnist
Published: 4/15/2019 12:34:02 PM

Det. Sgt. Dawn Shea of the Allenstown Police Department was recently named the New Hampshire Partners in Education School Safety Volunteer of the Year.

Shea was nominated by Shannon Kruger, the principal at Armand R. Dupont Middle School. In a prepared statement, Kruger said, “ARD students report feeling safe at school and that they feel more confident about what to do in an emergency. They have also been empowered to use a variety of resources and skills that Det. Sgt. Shea has taught them or that she has helped to make available to them.”

Shea’s background includes a wide array of volunteer and professional efforts aimed at making her town’s residents, particularly students, feel safer.

She helped to write the Allenstown Emergency Operations Plan; conducted active shooter drills; organized and supervised an off-campus drill for students and staff; facilitated SAU 53 administration training at ARD; advocated for schools at school board meetings; organized “Stop the Bleed” training for all staff; is a member of the emergency and response team; assists with school assemblies; and regularly stops by school to make her presence known and monitor safety practice.

Many of the activities in which Shea participated were done outside of her official police department duties.

As part of the official statement sent to the media, Allenstown police Chief Michael Stark added, “Det. Sgt. Shea has put effort into making our community better than it was when she found it and has truly made a difference.”

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