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For Immediate Release

June 19, 2001

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

NH-DOC CORRECTIONS OFFICERS WIN BIG AT STATEWIDE POLICE CONFERENCE

(Keene, NH) Two New Hampshire Department of Corrections Officers are the strongest cops in the state. That was the outcome of several competitive events at the recent law enforcement convention in Keene, New Hampshire. NH-DOC Sergeant Trisha Thompson was declared the runaway winner in the Strongest Policewoman competition.

Sgt. Thompson defeated other female police officers in a timed event of weight lifting and carrying heavy weights. This included bench pressing her own body weight several times and pushing a patrol car one hundred feet. Sgt. Thompson later won the women's arm-wrestling match. Sgt. Thompson is a four-year veteran of the department and is currently assigned to the department's Secure Psychiatric Unit.

The other big winner was Corrections Sergeant Timothy Marquis who was declared the state's strongest policeman. Sgt. Marquis participated in a timed bench-pressing event, had to quickly stack several heavy articles, and was also required to pull a police cruiser 100 feet, which he did in twenty seconds. Sgt. Marquis, a six-year department veteran, is one of the chief trainers for the eight-week Corrections Academy required of all newly hired NH-DOC employees.

Sergeant Mentor Danel Bean took the heavyweight arm wrestling title. Mentor Bean is currently assigned to the Lakes Region Facility in Laconia.

Dan Walsh, Manager of the NH State Prison's Reception and Diagnostic Unit finished first in a 5K Road race. DOC Officers also took second and third places in various pistol and rifle shooting competitions.

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections assigns 649 Correctional Officers to its four prisons and three halfway houses. There are 74 Probation and Parole Officers assigned to district offices in the ten counties.

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