Patrol Officer Anna Ingraham will mark her third anniversary with the Norwich Police Department in September, so you've probably seen her around and about. I stopped by the station at the beginning of her shift on Thursday to ask her a few questions.
I've lightly edited our conversation, to tighten it up.
Tell me about your job.
I just come in to work to help people, and each day is different. One day I might do traffic stops, or deal with lost dogs, disorderly conduct or complaints between neighbors. Sometimes it’s all of the above. Sometimes it’s absolutely nothing, so I have to go out and find stuff -- just kind of be a presence in the town.
One of the reasons I came to Norwich is because it’s a small community, I really enjoy community policing. That’s really where my heart is. I did start off at the Windsor police department. It’s a little bit bigger and there’s a lot going on, but it wasn’t the right fit. So I looked around and found Norwich, and I’m happy here.
What brought you to policing?
In my last years of high school I decided that law enforcement was something I was really interested in. I went to Franklin Pierce, down in Ridge, New Hampshire. I studied criminal justice with a minor in psychology. It just blossomed from there. I wasn’t able to get in to law enforcement right out of the gate, but I got a job as a correctional officer in Windsor, at the Southeast State Correctional Facility. I kind of used that as a stepping stone, get my foot in the door, get experience. A lot of the training is the same.
Tell me something about your non-work self.
I grew up in Danvers, Massachusetts, where I was born. I moved up here in '97 with my family, and my plan was to go back. I grew up in the suburbs where there’s a lot going on. I’m like, 'Yeah -- no, I’m going back.' But I grew to really love Vermont and this area. I like to travel. I’ve been to Ireland, I have family in Nova Scotia, Canada. So I’ve done some traveling. But I like Vermont, and I plan to stay here.