Brian Peters named Portsmouth's deputy police chief

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PORTSMOUTH — Lt. Brian P. Peters has been appointed the town's new deputy police chief, Town Administrator John C. Klimm announced Tuesday.

Deputy Chief Peters was selected after extensive interviews with candidates held by Mr. Klimm and incoming Police Chief Thomas Lee, who was appointed by the Town Council Sept. 23. The only internal candidate among the five finalists for the police chief's job, Deputy Peters has 15 years of experience in the Portsmouth Police Department.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Salve Regina University and a master’s degree in criminal justice management from Roger Williams University. Deputy Peters has served on the Portsmouth Police Department since 1998 in various capacities including patrolman, detective inspector, sergeant and detective lieutenant.

“I share Chief Lee’s confidence in Deputy Peters and believe Brian Peters will make an outstanding deputy chief," Mr. Klimm said. "He will be a critical part of the new leadership team of the Portsmouth Police Department and his education and years of experience will serve the citizens of Portsmouth well over the coming years.”

The new deputy chief learned of his promotion on Monday.

"I'm excited to move on to a new position," he said Tuesday. "I'm definitely looking forward to it."

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