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Hanover Diary: Chief Charlie

Charlie Dennis4.jpgCharlie Dennis has begun his time as Chief of the Hanover Police department following the retirement of Nick Giaccone. I spent an interesting hour with Dennis this week, though I have little to report. Chief Dennis is a friendly, confident, polished guy, and in his first month in Hanover he is meeting with any and all comers; however, he is a ways from making any changes to policies now in place.

We talked about the varying levels of enforcement of the alcohol laws in the different Ivy towns and cities (Dartmouth has often had more alcohol-related arrests than all of the other Ivies combined), the staffing levels of police forces in similarly sized towns in New Hampshire (Hanover has a high number of officers relative to many comparable cities in the state), and some of the things that the Hanover Po could do preemptively in the fight against sexual assault at the College.

Yesterday, a couple of days after our chat, I ran into Chief Dennis on Main Street in Hanover. He was enjoying the 4th of July parade and festivities with his son:

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