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Lancaster Police Department welcomes new officer


by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter
April 28, 2021
LANCASTER — The Lancaster Police Department is pleased to announce the hiring of its newest Officer, Kyler Kension. The 2016 White Mountains Regional High School graduate has been on patrol in uniform for the past month, but began working with the Police Department two months ago.

After graduation, Kenison spent three years serving in the Marine Corps, and is now in the reserves. His time in the military and his ability to relate to all individuals in a professional manner will take him far.

Kenison decided two years ago that he wanted to become an officer.

"I knew I wanted to be a police officer, but I only wanted to be hired in Lancaster," he explained.

His loyalty to the town led him to decline job offers from surrounding towns.

"I just stayed optimistic and waited until Lancaster had an opening," said Kenison.

The new officer will attend the Police Academy for 16 weeks this spring.

When asked if any part of the job came as a surprised to him, Kenison replied, "I thought you would have to be a lot more strict with people as an officer. But seeing how our officers interact with people, it's like they're talking to their friends. They have a level of empathy that many people just assume isn't there. It's refreshing to see. I love it and I feel like I blend right in."

As for dealing with high stress situations, Kension was prepared in some ways, albeit different during his time in the military.

"Nothing really stresses me out. Whatever I can do to intervene and help, I will. All I can do is a job well done, and nothing can really change that," noted Kension.

"Right now, I'm just working on creating a good rapport with the community. Growing up here, I know just about everyone, but building a new relationship in this capacity is important. I want people to know we are here to help," he said.

Given his age of 23, Kenison mentioned bridging the gap between the youth and officers.

"My generation needs to see that police officers are on their side and I'm hoping I can be a good role model to the younger kids in the area," explained Kenison.

Of the new hire, Lancaster's Police Chief Tim Charbonneau said, "Kyler has been a good addition to the Department, and I've been impressed with how he's handled various situations so far. We've been working him pretty hard, and he's done well. I think he brings a good balance to the Department and I'm sure he will have a very successful career here with us."

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