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Posted on: October 22, 2019

Promotions

Chief John Bryfonski is pleased to announce the listed and well deserved promotions and congratulates these employees for who have worked hard for these achievements. 


PROMOTION(S) – SERGEANT

NAME                         FROM                                      TO                               VICE

Gilligan, Patrick J.          Field Training Officer                 Sergeant                        KIMBALL

                                    Patrol Operations Division         Patrol Operations Div.   [EFF. 120819]


PROMOTION(S) – FIELD TRAINING OFFICER (FTO)

Kitchen, Benjamin J.      Master Patrol Officer                  FTO                             SWIADAS

                                    Patrol Operations Div.               Patrol Operations Div.   [EFF 101419]

McMillen, James G.        Master Patrol Officer                  FTO                             GILLIGAN

                                    Patrol Operations Div.               Patrol Operations Div.   [EFF 101419]


Sergeant Patrick J. Gilligan:

Field Training Officer (FTO) Patrick J. Gilligan entered on duty with the Bedford Police Department on November 5, 2007 after having served as a Probation Officer with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.  While serving with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice FTO Gilligan obtained certification from the State of Florida as a law enforcement instructor and was certified by the American Red Cross as a First-Aid and CPR Instructor.

FTO Gilligan earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science and Justice Studies from UNH in 2004. 

FTO Gilligan graduated from the 145th Session of the NH Police Academy on March 28, 2008 and was assigned to the Patrol Operations Division where he distinguished himself over succeeding years of service having reached and sustained a high level of patrol activity and traffic enforcement especially in the area of impaired driving enforcement. 

During his almost 12 years with the Bedford Police Department FTO Gilligan earned and achieved several certifications that measurably advanced his career and performance including certification in Mountain Bicycle Patrol Operations; Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), Drug Recognition Expert (DRE); Search and Seizure/Mobile Enforcement Operations; and Mental Health Interventions to name but a few.

Capitalizing on his dedication and training, FTO Gilligan has led the Department in DWI arrests for several years and he has earned several Department commendations and awards including a 2014 Commendation for Meritorious Service for his sustained superior performance arising from his DWI and drug related arrests; a 2017 Commendation for Meritorious Service for continued sustained superior performance stemming from DWI arrests and several drug arrests; a 2017 Letter of Recognition relating to his arrest of the subject responsible for the burglary of Kohl's Department Store and a 2017 Lifesaving Award.  In 2018 FTO Gilligan earned yet another Chief's Letter of Recognition for sustained superior performance stemming from multiple DWI and drug arrests including a subject who was in possession of a large quantity of controlled drugs and a loaded handgun at the Hampton Inn.  FTO Gilligan earned yet another Lifesaving Award in 2018 for his action in successfully reviving a heroin/fentanyl overdose victim.  FTO Gilligan also earned the coveted Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Officer of the Year Award for his sustained superior performance.  He also has a number of letters of commendation from residents extolling his professionalism and compassion.

FTO Gilligan was certified as a field training officer in 2016 and has gone on to training many of the members of the Patrol Operations Division serving today having mentored and coached these new employees through their assignment to the field training program and beyond.  He is a leader on the midnight shift.  FTO Gilligan is the Department's First-Aid/CPR and tactical medical instructor and he's participated in virtually every bicycle rodeo and Memorial Day parade.  He is a member of the Department's Mountain Bicycle Patrol Unit and Crisis Intervention Team.  He's volunteered for several Special Olympics events over the years.

FTO Gilligan has been a leader amongst his colleagues and peers in the Department and is the consummate team member and law enforcement professional having served with the utmost distinction and loyalty to the ideals of his profession and the Bedford Police Department.

We are looking forward to FTO Gilligan's continued professionalism, dedication and work as a sergeant in the Patrol Operations Division.



Field Training Officer Benjamin J. Kitchen

Master Patrol Officer (MPO) Benjamin J. Kitchen entered on duty with the Bedford Police Department on January 6, 2014 as a Communications Specialist (CS) assigned to the Communications Section, Operations Support Division.  CS Kitchen completed his initial training as a CS on March 24, 2015 and was certified as a Public Safety Telecommunicator by APCO.

Prior to his appointment as CS, MPO Kitchen earned a BA in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, Boston, MA in 2011 and later went on to achieve a graduate certificate in cyber-security from Southern NH University in 2014 and served as an intern at the Boston Regional Intelligence Center.

During his short tenure in the Communications Center, MPO Kitchen distinguished himself by mastering the myriad and multi-functional duties and responsibilities as a telecommunicator.

On December 18, 2014, MPO Kitchen entered on duty as a Police Officer with the Bedford Police Department and was a graduate of the 166th Session of the NH Police Academy on April 10, 2015.  During his more than four (4) year tenure assigned to the Bedford Police Department Patrol Operations Division, MPO Kitchen volunteered for the Department's Bicycle Patrol Program and the Technical Accident Reconstruction Team where he has distinguished himself in the highly technical area of crash reconstruction.  MPO Kitchen subsequently earned certification in Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation, Traffic Crash Reconstruction and Traffic Homicide Investigation.  He was promoted to Master Patrol Officer (MPO) on December 18, 2018.

We look forward to FTO Kitchen's dedicated professionalism in training the future of the Department and in providing them with the necessary skills, knowledge and insight as well as the critical acculturalization and assimilation into your Department. 



Field Training Officer James G. McMillen

Master Patrol Officer (MPO) James G. McMillen entered on duty with the Bedford Police Department on December 18, 2014 after having served eight (8) years with the United States Air Force (USAF) where he attended the USAF Law Enforcement Academy and subsequently obtained training in Airman Leadership, Supervision and earned certification as a DARE instructor.  After he completed his tour of duty with the USAF, MPO McMillen was assigned to counterintelligence duty in Kuwait and later went on to employment as an Assistant Security Manager for Raytheon.

MPO McMillen graduated from the 166th Class of the NH Police Academy on April 10, 2015 after having earned a BA in Homeland Security from Southern NH University in 2012.

During his more than four (4) year assignment to the Patrol Operations Division, MPO McMillen volunteered for and subsequently earned his certification as a Motor Officer in June 2017 after which he has distinguished himself in sustained superior traffic enforcement.  MPO McMillen also earned certification as a Simunition and Scenario Tactical Instructor serving as a key member of the Department's Tactical Instruction Unit.  MPO McMillen received several letters of commendation from the public including one from a resident in 2016 who observed MPO McMillen shoveling snow from a senior's driveway.  He earned the Department's Lifesaving Award in 2017 as part of a team of officers who successfully prevented a suicidal subject from jumping from the railroad bridge across the Merrimack River.  MPO McMillen also received the Chief's Letter of Recognition in 2017 for his work on a significant domestic violence and abuse case.

We look forward to FTO McMillen's dedicated professionalism in training the future of the Department and in providing them with the necessary skills, knowledge and insight as well as the critical acculturalization and assimilation into policing and the Bedford Police Department. 

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