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N.H. wants to raise officer retirement age

By Lauren Dorgan
Concord Monitor

CONCORD, N.H. — Police officers and firefighters are balking at legislation that would increase the retirement age for new hires to 50 years old, from the current age threshold of 45. They argue that the proposal would dampen already-difficult recruitment efforts and would do little to plug the hole in the state's cash-strapped retirement system.

"From our perspective, we believe it's going to have a catastrophic effect on law enforcement in New Hampshire," said Mark Dumas, president of the Concord Police Patrolman's Association. "We have a recruiting problem. ... Now you're talking about taking a 20-year career and pushing it back."

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