EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


February 26, 2014

Letter: Support Furman for Danville police chief

To the editor:

My name is Sheila Johannesen, and I have lived in Danville for over 30 years. I have worked with Sgt. Ryan Furman of the Danville Police Department for seven years.

First, I would like to say that he is an excellent dad, loving husband and good family man. Sgt. Furman has served our Danville Police Department for 13 years. There is an oath each and every New Hampshire police officer takes and I would like to share this with you:

“As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence and disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all persons to liberty, equality, and justice.

“I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courage in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department.

“What I see or hear of a confidential nature, or that which is confided in me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty. I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for criminals, and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courageously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence, and never accepting gratuities.

“I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of police service. I will constantly strive to achieve those objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession — law enforcement.”

This is Sgt. Furman, an officer with integrity. Time for a change. Vote Ryan Furman for chief of police

Sheila Johannesen


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