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Chief Michael Richard

Chief Michael Richard was hired in 1997 as a part-time officer. He left Strafford at the end of 1998 to become a full-time officer in Barrington, where he graduated from the New Hampshire Police Academy in March 1999. In September of 2002, we were able to “steal” him back from Barrington as a Sergeant for Strafford. Mike holds a degree in Criminal Justice from the New Hampshire Technical College. He has passed several accident reconstruction investigation courses at the Police Academy and is a certified accident Reconstructionist. A sworn Strafford County Sheriff’s Deputy, Mike is also a state-certified firearms instructor for both handguns and rifles. Mike was sworn in as Chief on March 12th, 2016. Mike lives in Strafford.

Sergeant Randy Young

Sgt. Randy Young served in the US Army and prior to becoming a Police Officer, was a Paramedic in Prince William County, Virginia where he earned one of Virginia’s highest awards for bravery. He started as a part-time officer in Strafford in August 2002 and was promoted to full-time service in January 2006. He attended the New Hampshire Police Academy in 2007. Randy also became the department’s first K-9 Officer with his partner Caisson. Other duties include patrol, investigations and field supervisor. Randy lives in Strafford.

Officer John Bernard

Officer John Bernard is completing his B.S. in Computer Information Systems at UNH Manchester.John began his law enforcement career in 2008 working with the New Hampshire Marine Patrol for 3 years before coming to the Strafford Police Department. He attended the NH Part-Time Police Academy in 2009, and graduated from the NH Full Time Police Academy in April of 2013. John lives in Strafford.

Officer Evan Ortega

Officer Evan Ortega was hired by Strafford in April 2016. He completed his Associated Degree in 2010 for Criminal Justice from NHTI, and then continued on to complete his B.S in Business Administration from SNHU. Evan completed the 170th NH Full Time Police Academy in August 2016. Prior to being hired by Strafford Evan worked for an environmental firm specialized in the handling, disposal, and remediation of hazardous waste sites and spills.

Officer Christopher Dustin

Officer Chris Dustin was hired in 2011 as a part-time officer. He attedned the part-time police academy in Concord, and graduated in May of 2012 with the 261st class. Chris is currently active patrolman at the police department. Chris currently lives in Wolfeboro.

Officer Adam Bergeron

Officer Adam Bergeron was hired by Madbury Police Department in July of 2013 and subsequently graduated from the 265th part-time academy. In May of 2015 he was hired by the town of Strafford on a part-time basis. He is currently a full-time student at UNH seeking a B.A. in Journalism.

Officer Scott Young

Officer Scott Young served four years in the United States Marine Corps from 1976 to 1980.  In 1982 he started his law enforcement career as a part-time officer in the Town of Barrington. Scott when on to become one of Barrington’s first full-time officers in May 1986. While working full-time in Barrington, he was hired as a part-time officer in Strafford in 1993. Scott became the Chief of Police for Strafford in March 1996. Scott retired from police chief on March 12th, 2016 and is still currently employed as a part time officer. Scott is a patrol officer, juvenile officer, detective, and qualified as a police instructor on a host of subjects including the department firearms instruction. He holds a degree in Business Science/Business Management from McIntosh College. Scott lives in Strafford.

Administration Assistant Mary MacFadzen

Mary has been employed as the department administration assistant since 1999. Mary is also a certified part-time police officer; however she is not a patrol officer. Mary has a degree in criminal justice from St. Anselm College, and is retired from the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office, where she was a dispatcher from 1978 to 2004. Mary lives in Barrington.