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Chief Dennis Shook


Strafford alum’ and Chief of Police Dennis Shook has been in law enforcement for over 30 year, with 25 of them at the Springfield Police Department, and now almost a decade as the Chief in Strafford. 

Shook graduated as an Indian in 1980. 

“I was a little bit onrey as a kid in this town, and to say that I’m the police chief now...” Shook laughed. 


Shook joined the Springfield Police Department in 1989. Over the next 25 years, he built a reputation of honesty and hard work until he retired in 2014. He figured his career in law enforcement was over, but when Strafford PD had an opening for a chief, Shook was offered the position.  

“They offered me the job and I came up and applied,” said Shook. “It’s a heck of a job.” 

Shook is a Strafford native through and through. All three of his sons graduated as Indians, and now he continues to protect and serve as Chief. 

“It’s a rewarding position to be in,” added Shook. “I enjoy being the police chief because of the people. There’s good people, supportive people, and I enjoy it so much. I’m here to serve to the best of my ability.” 



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